World Languages Update

April 8, 2016


How would you feel about adding to your French and Spanish classrooms some TPRS Publishing texts to encourage independent/choice reading in your classrooms? We know reading will continue to play a big role in what we do to develop students' language acquisition proficiency, especially incorporating a variety of not only non-literary texts, but some literary texts as well.

Please only complete this survey if you are interested & if you are from a traditional middle or high school before Monday.

Survey link:

Strengths and Opportunities for Growth

From the Dotstorm many completed prior to our team meeting, I highlighted some of the common themes where we are strong and where we may wish to look closer at moving ahead. You can view that document below. Thank you again for your transparency and your exchange of ideas.

mOPI Training Dates Added for UW-Madison

Some of you have asked about OPI training through ACTFL. I recently learned they have added two August dates for the mOPI (modified Oral Proficiency Interview) workshop at UW-Madison.

If you are interested in this professional learning opportunity, have a closer read:

WAFLT Opportunities

Mark Your Calendars

WAFLT Share Fair

for New, Future and Experienced Teachers: Inspiring One Another

Saturday, April 16th, 9-Noon, UW-Milwaukee



Come together to share tips, strategies, activities and resources to enhance your practice. Learn practical strategies to implement in your classroom! Meet colleagues and build up your network! Share ideas with others!

Mini-presentations are limited to 8-10 minutes. We encourage everyone to present an idea, or more, with their colleagues. Make your activities as hands-on as possible so audience members can easily connect your ideas to practice. We will have technology available and encourage a wide-variety of topics and strategies in all languages. You are also welcome to just attend if you don’t have an idea you wish to share.

Saturday, April 16th

  • 9:00am-9:30am REGISTRATION (introductions/breakfast)
  • 9:30-noon SHARE FAIR

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Curtin Hall 187 (Language Oasis)

3243 N. Downer Avenue, Milwaukee, WI

WAFLT Grants Deadline: April 15

WAFLT Special Projects Grant and WAFLT Scholarship for Professional Development

Applications are being accepted for the WAFLT Special Projects Grant, which provides up to $500 to help fund a special project such as supporting to underwrite research efforts, creating exchange initiatives, developing special programs, among others. See for specific details.

Applications are also being accepted for the WAFLT Scholarship for Professional Development. The WAFLT Scholarship for Professional Development is in honor of three extraordinary Wisconsin professors, Roma Hoff, Constance Knop and Irène Kraemer, who have trained countless teachers and students in world languages and the instruction of world language teaching methodologies. It is designed to help world language educators improve their classroom teaching skills by encouraging professional development such as study abroad, summer seminars, workshops, institutes, and short courses (credit-bearing or non-credit bearing). More specific info at

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