The Polyglot

An Inland Empire Foreign Language Association Publication

January 2018

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Local Teachers Presenting at CLTA in Ontario

We've got some of the best teachers in the state and many of them will be presenting at the CLTA Conference in Ontario March 8-11, 2018. Come join your local colleagues and see the best of IEFLA's members and knowledge.

Local Teachers presenting at the Quest for Proficiency in Ontario.

To see all of the workshops and interest sessions go to

Paul Verduzco, Hesperia High School

Shuliang Hsu, University of California, Riverside

Denise Martinez, Carter High School, Rialto

Dahiana Castro, Centennial High School, Riverside

Scott Dohrman, Patriot High School, Riverside

Oraib Mango - California State University, San Bernardino

Kate Fonken, Citrus Valley High School, Redlands

Leigh Muñoz, Ayala High School, Chino Hills

Valerie Morgan, California State University, San Bernardino

Francesca Regalado, Barstow High School

Bethany Thompson, Apple Valley High School

Paola Wagner, Citrus Valley High School, Redlands

Trini-Saldana Platt, Citrus Valley High School, Redlands

Conference Information

Link to Workshops -

Link to Interest Sessions -

Link to Registration info and packet download -

Tech Corner

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YouTube Clip of the Month

Great Ideas and Resources

Ten Activities for Music in the Classroom

Looking to change up how you are using music in the classroom? Tales from the Salle de Classe has ten activities that aren't just fill in the blank and that are appropriate for all levels.

Brain Breaks with Momo

Have you heard of Cynthia Hitz has developed a great brain break activity using this fun website. See what she does with her students by clicking here.


Games2Teach is a website with activities and games to motivate learners to use language. If you're looking to add some games to your class visit the website Sign up and choose the games you'd like to use.

Spanish Corner

Coco Movie Resources

Larry Ferrlazzo offers a ton of resources for the movie "Coco."

Differentiated Social Warmups

Señora Spanglish has some great tips for getting rid of bell ringers and using "Puedos" instead. Meredith White has a pdf template and Google Slides template for her own version. And for even more ideas, check out Meaningful Ed's post on Differentiated Communication Tasks.

Activities for Heritage Spanish

The Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning at the University of Texas at Austin has an entire website dedicated to activities and resources for heritage learners. This is a must see for all if you are teaching a heritage language class.

French Corner

New Year's Resolutions Task Sheet

Mme Carbonneau has a unique way to begin the New Year by talking about New Year's Resolutions. Here is her "task sheet" with activities and links to resources.

Night of French Short Films

Friday, Jan 26 at 7:30pm there will be a screening of short films from the 2018 César nominations. For more information visit

Allons en Martinique

Who else but Madame Shepard would design a unit for Intermediate Low students to combat the cool weather. Visit her blog for a well designed, thoughtful unit with links and agenda!

Jobs Available in Southern California

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

Inland Empire Foreign Language Association

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The Polyglot is published ten times a year.