The Polyglot

An Inland Empire Foreign Language Association Publication

October 2017

IE Stars Deadline Extended

IE STARS Professional Development Seminars

Registration deadline extended to October 6, 2017

California State University, San Bernardino

Four different strands to choose from:

  • Tier 1A - Standards-Based World Language and ELL Instruction to Address the Common Core and Today’s Students
  • Tier 1B - Using Stories to Enhance Standards-Based Foreign Language and ELL Instruction and to Address the Common Core
  • Tier 2 - Standards-Based Instructional Practices to Address the Common Core for Teachers of Advanced Spanish Classes
  • Tier 3 - Using Film to Enhance the Common Core and Standards-Based Competencies of Spanish Speakers.

Program will be offered on four Saturdays: October 14, November 11, 2017, January 27, and February 24, 2018, and an observation day at a local school.

* Tiers 1A and 1B on November 30; Tiers 2 and 3 on November 29, 2017.

Registration forms and program information are available online at

For questions contact Lewie Johnson at or call 760-953-0659

Tech Corner

This month- Fliprgrid

Flipgrid is a video recording app that works on smart phones or through a web browser. Ask your students a question or have them record their thoughts using Flipgrid. This is a freemium service and the free version allows you to have up to one "grid" and unlimited topics.

For some ideas of how teachers are using Flipgrid see these blog posts.

Visitor Videos- Cultural Comparison

Flipgrid Fever "First-Timer" Review

Flipgrid and Novels

YouTube Clip of the Month

This month some super cute kids go under the "truth machine" with Détective Benoît.

Détecteur de mensonges des enfants

Great Ideas and Resources

Classroom management fundamentals from

Whether you're a new teacher or a veteran these ideas are great.

Les Couleurs

The French Corner offers some great ideas for embedding colors in class everyday.

Thinking about redesigning your classroom?

Crafting a French Blend has some beautiful inspiration for you!

Writing Comprehensible Texts

Being comprehensible isn't always easy, but Martina Bex has some tips for you.

Brain Breaks - Extreme

Everyone needs a brain break every once in a while and La Maestra Loca has an extreme take on Paper, Rock, Scissors

Being Empathetic = Successful Teaching

Steve Smith from the Language Teacher Toolkit offers some helpful insights that may help you be more successful.

French Corner

Free Slideshow in French

Martina Bex is offering a free slideshow of Madame Courtcaca. If you're intrigued by the title, just imagine how intrigued your students will be.

Le portail de statistiques

Looking for some French statistics for lessons? This site has it all.

French Promotion in the U.S.

French President Emmanuel Macron announced a new fund for bilingual programs in the U.S.

Spanish Corner

Preserving and celebrating Latino cultures in the U.S.

Google Arts and Culture brings you a curated exhibition of Latino cultures in the U.S.

Authentic Songs

More authentic songs ideas from Spanish Mama

Water in Spanish

You and your students can explore water in Spanish.

German Corner

Tongue Twisters

Some German tongue twisters from Transparent Language.

National German Week

Here are several ideas to celebrate October 2-8 or after!

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.

Jobs Available in Southern California

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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