FLCSD Bulletin

Second Quarter / January 2019

Foreign Language Council of San Diego


Our mission is to provide support, leadership and vision for quality

World Language and Culture teaching and learning in San Diego County

President's Message

Happy New Year ! The world-language community has quite a year ahead of us, and FLCSD is excited to connect you with interesting and useful events and resources.


Earlier this month, the State Board of Education voted unanimously to adopt the new World Languages Content Standards. Click here to access a final draft of the standards. The standards present important shifts that positively impact learners' equitable access to, and learning experiences within, world-language programs. Several California Language Teacher Association (CLTA) leaders participated in the creation of these standards, and there will be opportunities at the CLTA conference from February 28th to March 3rd to learn more. Be sure to register, book your flight, and reserve your hotel room soon! Additionally, I am honored to have been selected to present an all-day pre-session on Friday of this year’s conference on creating an entirely student-centered learning experience through workstations. Join me!


Finally, we here at FLCSD hope you will join us for our post-conference San Diego Language Teacher Meet-Up on March 16th where we will share about current happenings, build community with local teachers, and share out from the CLTA conference. We have an exciting announcement at our March 16th gathering about the future of FLCSD that we cannot wait to share with you! Thank you for taking the time to engage with your local language -teacher community, and I look forward to seeing you soon!


Sincerely,

Joseph Pearson

Language Advocacy Day 2019

Voice your concerns about the state of language learning in our country! Language Advocacy Day (LAD) brings together the stakeholders in language education and business from all parts of the United States and connects them with policymakers in Washington D.C.


The Joint National Committee for Languages has organized the event on February 14-15 at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill. Among the topics tabled for discussion are the Seal of Biliteracy program and the America's Languages Project. As a previous attendee of the conference put it "language learning is not simply an elective; it is critical for job growth in 21st century economy, national security and social justice". Please register before February 1st. Click here for more details.


If attending the LAD meetings and a trip to Washington DC will not work for you, do not forget to continue advocating for better and broader language education in the diverse San Diego community. Follow the conversation in DC and keep abreast of all the policy changes that will impact our classrooms.

San Diego Language Teacher Meet-Up

Saturday, March 16th, 10am-12pm

6401 Linda Vista Road

San Diego, CA

Here's an opportunity for you to connect with fellow language teachers in San Diego! We'd like to hear from you and invite you to a Saturday morning of coffee and conversation at ANNEX B of the SDCOE in Linda Vista.


There will be a share-out of CLTA Annual Conference presentations, and current news in our profession, specially those that impact our classroom.


Finally, we'll have a conversation about our classroom experiences. Let's talk about our needs and concerns, and share what works best for us. We'd like to let other language areas know the goings-on in our respective group.


A fee of $5.00 for refreshments will be collected at the door. Please register here for the event.

Conversations

The benefits to learning a second language are well documented. There is a growing public awareness of the advantages multilingualism confers. Although foreign language learning is not given the same attention it receives in European countries, it will continue to be a focus of interest among educators here in the United States.


In the article “Looking ahead: Future directions in, and future research into, second language acquisition” Dr. Diane Larsen-Freeman reviews how second language acquisition research has evolved over the years. She then uses this as a springboard to posit that the changes in globalization have spurred a need to rethink the direction of future SLA research. Dr. Freeman believes that SLA research needs to adopt an ecological or person-centered perspective. At the same time it needs to focus on context and the nature of the constraints to that context.


She then completes her article by presenting the implications of these changes on testing, research and teaching a second language. On teaching for example, she decries the one-size-fits-all approach in the language classroom regardless of goal (general education, professional expertise, study abroad, heritage learners) or nature of learner (school children, university students, multilingual learners, advanced students). She cites the porous classroom, content-based instruction, and preventing language loss as focus points in future research.


She ends with the observation that “teacher effectiveness may have less to do with who has the more correct knowledge of the language or the more authentic knowledge of the culture and more to do with teachers’ exercising their educational responsibility in helping their language students to understand the world in which they live.” Click here for the full article.