Anchorage School District News Release, April 11, 2016: District to offer Seal of Biliteracy on high school diplomas Seal will recognize highly proficient students who study a world language or whose second language is English Beginning with the Class of 2016, the Anchorage School District will offer graduating seniors a Seal of Biliteracy to recognize … More ASD to offer Seal of Biliteracy on diplomas
The University of Colorado Boulder has a new online program dedicated to the theory and practice of technology integration in the language classroom. The program, called Elevate, is a brand new, fully online graduate program designed specifically for language educators. Click here to learn more about the program. Their next course will be on Telecollaboration and Language Learning … More Online course for technology integration in language classes
Russian Cultural Day and Olympiada held at ASD Education Center by Anna Walker, Russian Immersion, Turnagain Elementary On March 4, the Alaskan State Olympiada of Russian Spoken Language and Russian Cultural Day were held at the Education Center. The event was organized by four Russian Language teachers: Anna Walker (Turnagain Elementary), Michele Whaley (West … More Report from 2016 State Russian Olympiada
The Anchorage area elementary, middle, high school and university Japanese teachers’ association was treated to an incredible Student Engagement one-day workshop presented by Mr. Yo Azama on Saturday February 13. Mr. Azama, the 2012 ACTFL teacher of the year, expertly presented on both student engagement and student preparation for the 21st century. Mr. Azama began … More Training for Japanese teachers in Anchorage
If you are unable to attend the 2016 conference in Anchorage, you can still maintain your active member status of AFLA and PNCFL for the upcoming school year! Annual membership for the two organizations is $40.00, and you can register at this link.
About 485 students from across Alaska recently demonstrated their skills in the Alaska State Activities Association’s World Language Declamation Competition. Students studying another language compete in recitation of poetry, speak spontaneously in solo or team events, and show off culture trivia knowledge in the languages of study. Students competed in six different languages: Chinese, French, … More State Declamation 2016
View this powerful story about a boy in Anchorage who–at the age of 5–decided that he wanted to study Arabic. Five years later, he has now taken seven semesters of Arabic online, attended Concordia Language Villages, and more! His study of Arabic led him to start a philanthropic organization that provides ‘postcards of hope’ to Syrian refugees. Watch … More Learning Arabic…in Anchorage!
In a recent email from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, the publishing company shared ideas for using the novel “The Little Prince” in World Language classes. Since the email subtitle was “Pique interest in languages with The Little Prince!”, we just had to share the resources that they put together on our AFLA blog to give you a … More Pique interest in languages with The Little Prince!
The preservation and revitalization of Alaska Native languages is one of AFLA’s most important objectives. We are always looking for ways to connect with teachers in the outlying school districts in Alaska and to provide quality training to teachers that are working hard to preserve our Native languages. Recently, Charles Wohlforth of ADN wrote this commentary that highlights … More Alaska Languages in the news!
AFLA strives to be 100 percent transparent with its members! To view the 2015 Treasurer’s Report, please click here. To read notes from the treasurer about the 2015 report, please click here! Thank you to our treasurer, Karen Cafmeyer, for being the voice of fiscal reason, for keeping incredibly thorough records, and for relentlessly pursuing budgetary issues … More 2015 Treasurer’s Report