World Languages

World Language Review November 2019

Raising the Standard: Connections to Embedded Interculturality

Field Trip: Art in French

Standard 3.1: Students apply the language of study to discuss other content areas of study.

Omaha North High School French Teacher Margarita Fernandez de Blas shares an art project based on painter Robert Delaunay who assisted with the construction of the Eiffel Tower. Delaunay reproduced many paintings of the Eiffel Tower using techniques based Impressionism, Cubism, Fauvism, and Pointillism. The artist and his wife also created a style called “orphism” which uses the circle as a base of painting. In Fernandez de Blas’ classroom, students create a painting of the Eiffel Tower, cut it into five or six pieces, and then rebuild it in a free form. Then, using circles of various sizes, they create the background. Student artwork is displayed with a mural of the Eiffel Tower and artwork by the painter.

Standard 3.1 states that students will apply the language to discuss other content areas of study. According to the indicators, novice low learners can label colors and shapes. Intermediate low students begin to describe the painter and his influences. Skillfully using vocabulary specific to the subject, such as “orphism”, is exactly the use of language to reinforce and expand knowledge in all content areas.

Charlamos: Charlamos: The Way to Washington

Annually, I attend the National Council of State Supervisors of Foreign Language Annual Meeting and the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language Annual Convention. This year’s meeting celebrates NCSSFL’s 60 years of providing leadership in world language teaching and learning across the nation. If you would like to know more about NCSSFL’s work with the Seal of Biliteracy, LinguaFolio, and the Intercultural Can-Do Statements, visit the NCSSFL website at

Stephanie Call, World Language Specialist ♦ 402-471-4331 ♦

Planning Ahead: Preparing for 2020

Good planning starts early. Please consider being involved in any of the following events.   World Language Week, April 5-11, 2020 Annual event celebrates world language learning in Nebraska. Distinguished Scholar awards submissions will begin in January and are open to all students at any level of world language learning who are earning high school credit. Consider planning events in response to World Language Week and share them with NDEWL. Museums, community centers, and the business community are all potential partners to collaborate on a meaningful world language experience. For more information about World Language Week, please visit NDE World...Read More › - Planning Ahead: Preparing for 2020

French February: Placements Needed for French Exchange

February in Nebraska—it’s evidently for the French! Language & Friendship, Inc., a Minnesota based non-profit agency, is again bringing French students to Nebraska in February. Bellevue East French Teacher Nora Boyd has hosted for three years. She shares, “It has been a great experience. I know that February in Nebraska doesn’t seem like the best time to come visit, but the students were pretty delighted with all the snow. In fact, February seems to be a little easier for some host families because there aren’t a ton of activities going on then. The organization is currently seeking placements for the...Read More › - French February: Placements Needed for French Exchange

UNO Announces MALT Colloquium 2020

(Submitted by Dr. Claudia Garcia) The Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures and the MALT Program at UNO announce the 14th MALT Annual Colloquium on Language Teaching, to take place Saturday February 8, 2020 from 9:00-3:00 PM at Mammel Hall (UNO Scott campus). The event is free and open to the public. This year’s Colloquium includes a Keynote Address by Dr. Catherine Compton-Lilly (University of South Carolina) on “Transnational Awareness and Cosmopolitanism: Funds of Knowledge Brought by Children in Immigrant Families” (10:00-11:00); Morning and Afternoon Presentations (11:15-12:15; 1:00-2:00); and a Round Table & Open Discussion on “Social Equity in Language...Read More › - UNO Announces MALT Colloquium 2020

University of Nebraska Omaha MALT Colloquium 2020

14th Annual MALT COLLOQUIUM The University of Nebraska Omaha’s Master of Arts in Language Teaching Program announces its annual Colloquium. Keynote Speaker: Dr. Catherine Compton-Lilly John C. Hungerpiller Professor at the University of South Carolina "Transnational Awareness and Cosmopolitanism: Funds of Knowledge Brought by Children in Immigrant Families" Dr. Compton-Lilly has devoted long-term research to following and describing her experiences with students of immigrant families in the Midwest. Her work studies ways to structure schools to leverage students’ experiences and to build stronger networks of support for students and their families. WHEN: Saturday, February 8, 2020 WHERE: Mammel Hall Scott...Read More › - University of Nebraska Omaha MALT Colloquium 2020

2020 MALT Colloquium Call for Proposals

DEADLINE: All session proposals must be received by January 8, 2020. 14th Annual Colloquium on Language Teaching Saturday February 8, 2020 9:00 AM-3:00 PM, Mammel Hall (UNO Scott Campus) The MALT Annual Colloquium on Language Teaching seeks to create a community of local area language teachers & learners, promote interdisciplinary collaboration, and encourage research in the field of Language Education. The event is free and open to the public. Event Schedule: 9:00-9:50: Meet & Greet and Poster Session 10:00-11:00: Keynote address by Dr. Catherine Compton-Lilly 11:15- 12:15: Morning Presentations 12:20-12:50: Light Refreshments and Social 1:00- 2:00: Afternoon Presentations 2:15 3:00:...Read More › - 2020 MALT Colloquium Call for Proposals


DACA Renewal Clinic
Empowering Families and Immigrant Legal Center
December 4

Michale Londra’s Celtic Yuletide
World Theatre
December 6

Holiday Cultural Festival at the Durham Museum
December 6

Christmas in Germany
German-American Society
December 8

DACA Renewal Clinic
Multicultural Coalition
Grand Island
December 12

An Irish Christmas
Midwest Theater
December 17

Mariachi Herencia de México
Orpheum Theater
December 20

Les Misérables
Orpheum Theater
January 14

America to Zanzibar: Muslim Cultures Near and Far
Omaha Children’s Museum
January 18-April 19

An American in Paris
Lied Center
February 8-9

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Updated November 27, 2019 10:05am