The Polyglot

An Inland Empire Foreign Language Association Publication

November 2017

LA Stars Registration Now Open!

Five-Day Invitational Institute

Programs will be offered on Saturdays.

December 9, 2017; January 20, February 10, March 17, April 14, 2018

Registration fee is $795 per participant (Breakfast and Lunch Ticket included)

8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Information and Registration:

Contact us:

Brandon Zaslow, Site Director

Department of Education

1600 Campus Road

Los Angeles, CA 90041-3314

323-259-2949 phone

323-544-7009 FAX

Tech Corner

This month- Flippity allows you to easily turn Google Spreadsheets into a set of online flashcards. Bingo! Crossword puzzles! Random name pickers! Check out what has to offer today

YouTube Clip of the Month

This month we offer, not one clip, but several to help students learn the ABCs in Spanish from Spanish Mama.

Songs: The Easy Way to The ABCs in Spanish

Great Ideas and Resources

Funding Flexible Seating

Are you looking to change up your room arrangement? Here is some practical advice from Crafting a French Blend for funding your project.

Break free of the verb chart.

You can do it. Sara-Elizabeth Cottrell offers details of what verb endings are and what they aren't so that you can your students can break free of the verb chart.

Try a MovieTalk

Never heard of a MovieTalk? Check out this description and lesson ideas from Martina Bex. You and your students will be be talking about Simon's Cat in no time!

12 Strategies for Teaching Literature in the 21st Century

While this article from Teach Though is for English literature, the strategies presented are applicable to world language as well.

Unit Vocabulary "Lists" - Not created by the teacher

If you're looking for a way for students to keep their own personal vocabulary lists, see this post from Kara at Creative Language Class for her vocabulary list organizer.

French Corner

Meaningful World Language Cultural Activities

The French Corner offers several diverse real world activities for French students.

Les Impressionnistes

Once again, Madame Shepard shares a thoughtful proficiency based unit for intermediate low students.

Le français par la chanson

No need to look anywhere else for a French theme based than this document prepared by Dominique Denis. Themes, countries, it's all there for you to choose from.

Spanish Corner

Important Problems: Adversity, Inventions and Authentic Texts

Laura Sexton from PBL in the TL offers authentic texts and activities centered around the topic of important problems.

Food from Latin America: Roots of Culture

Resources and infographics from Latin America and food offered up from Spanish Playground.

Los Héroes de los terremotos de México

Martina Bex offers a free download of resources for the Mexico earthquakes.

German Corner

Award of Excellence

Win an all-expenses paid, three week chaperoned trip to Germany! Details available at Step Into German

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The Quest for Proficiency -CLTA Conference

Thursday, March 8th 2018 at 7am to Sunday, March 11th 2018 at 1pm

222 North Vineyard Avenue

Ontario, CA

IEFLA is hosting the CLTA conference this year. Are you interested in helping? Contact Lewie Johnson lewiejohnson@gmail to volunteer.

Languages in the News

NCSSFL and ACTFL Release the 2017 Can-Do Statements

Download the statements by performance level here.

L'Académie Française release statement on Gender Neutrality

Teaching Assistant Programs in France Applications are now being accepted

America the Bilingual Podcast- Sealed with un Beso

The story of the Seal of Biliteracy

Chinese Cultural Festival

The Chinese Student Association at Cal State San Bernardino is hosting a Chinese Cultural Festival on November 15 from 2:30-4:30 in the Santos Manuel Student Union. Admission is free.

Jobs Available in Southern California

Long term sub French Position at Centennial High School contact Kelly Buffington

LA Stars Job Bulletin Board - Job listing for all of Southern California.

Inland Empire Foreign Language Association

The Inland Empire Foreign Language Association is dedicated to quality professional development for world language teachers in the Inland Empire since 1985.

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The Polyglot is published ten times a year.