Hawai‘i AATSP Fall Newsletter

Otoño/Outono 2017

Chapter News

¡Hola! Olá! We hope you are all having a great Fall semester! Thank you to all of you who attended our Noche Española event--¡fue fenomenal! In addition to the great food and drinks, we learned about scholarships and awards for travel to Spain and shared tips for writing conference proposals. Hopefully many of you will consider attending and/or presenting at the 2018 Conference in Salamanca, Spain!

In other news, a special congratulations to Mid-Pacific Institute student, Anna Palagano, for winning 3rd place for her digital poster in the AATSP 2017 National Poster Contest. ¡Enhorabuena, Anna!

2018 Poster Contest

The 2018 Poster Contest is now open! Consider entering your students. This is an excellent project to celebrate Hispanic Heritage month.

The AATSP sponsors the Poster Contest annually for students enrolled in Spanish and Portuguese in grades K-12. The Hawaii Chapter contest is the first round of the AATSP contest and allows students the opportunity to be celebrated on the chapter level as well as on the national level.

This year's theme is:

¡El español y el portugués en marcha!
O espanhol e o português em movimento!

For more information, please click on this link or email Hawai‘i Chapter Poster Contest Coordinator Heather Paulino, paulinomohs@gmail.com

National Spanish Exam

Consider participating in the National Spanish Exam for 2018! Join over 600 Hawaii students across both public and private schools who participated in 2017. The NSE is an online, standardized assessment tool for Grades 6-12, given voluntarily by about 4,000 teachers throughout the United States to measure performance (interpretive communication) and achievement of students who are studying Spanish as a second language. If you would like further information, check out the website nationalspanishexam.org, or contact Jami Higashi-Lee (jhigashilee@gmail.com).

AATSP Conference 2018 Call for Proposals


Looking Forward/Forward Looking: Spanish and Portuguese on the Move!
Hacia adelante/Visión a futuro: ¡El español y el portugués en marcha!
Para a frente/Visão do futuro: O espanhol e o português em movimento!

June 25-28, 2018

Salamanca, Spain

  • Proposal Deadline: Monday, November 6, 2017
  • Conference dates. The conference will take place June 25-28, 2018 in Salamanca, Spain. Please check your personal calendar and ensure you are available to present during these dates and in the conference city before you submit your proposal.
  • Proposal types. The AATSP Conference consists of a variety of session types. Before submitting a proposal, please read the descriptions of the proposal types outlined below.
  • Strands. The AATSP 2018 Conference will address three conference strands. Please read the descriptions of the strands outlined below.
  • Acceptance date. The AATSP will inform presenters in January 2018 whether or not their proposal has been accepted.
  • Scheduling date. Presenters will be notified of the date and time of their presentation by March 2018.
  • Conference presenter no-shows. Any person involved in an undocumented cancellation (a "no-show") of his/her session cannot be selected as a presenter at future AATSP conferences for two conference years.

    The AATSP offers Conference Attendee Travel stipends and application forms for AATSP members to attend the AATSP Conference. Scholarship information for 2018 will be available on the AATSP website late September 2017.


1. Forward-looking Curriculum
Proposals that fit this strand may address one or more of the following topics:
a) Languages for Specific Purposes
b) Strategies for integrating the study of literature, film, and culture into all courses including
those for novice-intermediate level students
c) New language-related majors and minors

2. Teaching Culture
Proposals that fit this strand may address one or more of the following topics:
a) Integration of language and culture; culture as course content
b) Development of cultural sensitivity through language learning
c) Standards-based cultural units

3. Immersion Experiences
Proposals that fit this strand may address one or more of the following topics:
a) Study abroad: model programs; research on language gain through study-abroad
b) K-12 immersion program models
c) Creating immersion experiences within a traditional language program.

For more information, please consult the AATSP website.

Events & Reminders

HALT Fall Symposium

Saturday, Oct. 7th, 8am-12:30pm

Moore Hall, Honolulu, HI, United States

Honolulu, HI

Experience IT (Instructional Technology)

Moore Hall 153 & 155

Each fall, HALT hosts its annual half-day Fall Symposium which provides hands-on workshops on ways to integrate technology into language teaching.

The HALT FALL SYMPOSIUM is FREE for HALT members! $10 for non­-HALT members, $5 for students! Register onsite. For more information, refer to the HALT website.

Portuguese & Puerto Rican Heritage Festa/Fiesta

Saturday, Oct. 7th, 10am-3pm

94-695 Waipahu Street

Waipahu, HI

Come celebrate Hawai‘i's Portuguese and Puerto Rican heritage at the Hawai‘i Plantation Village. There will be lots of delicious food, comedy by Frank DeLima and music.

Hawai‘i Opera Theater Presents: Carmen

Wednesday, Oct. 11th, 7pm

777 Ward Avenue

Honolulu, HI

Opera for everyone night! Established 1991, HOT’s Opera for Everyone program offers students from elementary through high school and college classes (age 24 and under) the opportunity to enjoy the live opera experience for just $7! Teachers and others working with Hawaii’s youth may reserve seating for the Wednesday before each opera opening. This is the final full orchestra dress rehearsal and designated Opera For Everyone night reserved exclusively for this purpose during the regular school year.

Please note Chaperone Ratios: High School – 1 chaperone per 10 students/ Middle School – 1 chaperone per 8 students/ Elementary School – 1 chaperone per 6 students/ College -must be full time students age 24 or younger to be considered.

MINIMUM ticket order is 4 student tickets.

For more information and to order tickets, please visit the HOT website.

Hawai‘i Hispanic Heritage Festival

Sunday, Oct. 15th, 11am-8pm

1201 Ala Moana Boulevard

Honolulu, HI

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, this free community-wide event features Latin food booths, crafts, cultural exhibits, a keiki section, community/ health agencies and lots of live entertainment including Latin music and dancers. It regularly attracts over 10,000+ people according to event officials.

Needed: Volunteer Committee! Plus Vendors (Food, Crafts, Specialty, Health & Community Agencies), Sponsors, Bands, Dancers. Interested please email: nancy.almalatina@gmail.com or call 808-285-0072.