The Polyglot

An Inland Empire Foreign Language Association Publication

February 2018

Have you been looking for a reason to clean out your classroom?

Are you coming to the CLTA Quest for Proficiency or know someone who is? Then start cleaning up and clearing out in preparation for the Mariachi Mingle and Material Swap!

When: Friday, March 9, 2018


Where: Room TBA

What: Mingle and meet with colleagues across the state while enjoying light snacks, a no-host bar, and Mariachi music by the band Mariachi Rio Verde. Door prizes will be given away. You must be present to win.

Material Swap: Do you have gently used posters and other classroom resources that you’d like to recycle to another teacher who will use them? Bring your materials and resources to the Mariachi Mingle and leave on the tables provided. While you’re at the Mariachi Mingle you can “shop” the tables for materials you can add to your resources. Pick up new gently used materials while you’re there. At the end of the conference all materials still left will be donated to the Cal State San Bernardino Foreign Language Methods class so that beginning teachers have some materials to start with. (Note- due to space limitations, we are unable to hold materials for you, you will need to bring them to the Mariachi Mingle yourself.)

Tech Corner

This month it's all about the crossword puzzles. is a free online tool that allows you to create your own crossword puzzles.

Check out Free Technology for Teachers for some more ideas about how to use crossword puzzles in class.

Teach in China

This is a non-profit cultural exchange program with schools in China. Approximate dates June 28 - July 23. You teach for 12 days, and they give you airfare, hotels, meals, transportation, and tours of 5 cities. For details and application. Program co-ordinator, Sally Lowe, a teacher in San Diego City Schools, reports that the program is so successful that the schools in China are requesting more American teachers. Openings still remain.

Deadline for applications is February 10, 2018. For details go to

YouTube Clip of the Month

Good Ideas

Steve Smith from the Language Teacher Toolkit offers a great zero prep fluency game.

Interested in improving your teaching with technology? University of Colorado at Boulder offers a certificate in language teaching with technology. Click here for more information.

Looking for another way to mix up talking about the weekend? Sra. Dentlinger has a rock-paper-scissors activity that will get everyone talking.

Valentine's Day Ideas

For even more ideas for Valentine's Day click here to visit IEFLA's Pinterest page.

Here are some Valentine's inspired ideas for Spanish bulletin boards from Spanish Mama.

Looking for a simple activity to do on Valentine's Day? Language Makerspace has a low-prep activity that will leave everyone happy.

Spanish Corner

The Best Spanish Love Songs of All Time from Spanish Mama.

Free downloads of Spanish sentence building games from the Spanish Playground

Planning a house unit soon? Here are some curated resources from Maris Hawkins for novice-mids.

Long Term French Sub Needed

Claremont High School is looking for a long term French sub beginning immediately. If you are interested contact:

Brett O’Connor, Ed.D.

Principal, Claremont High School

International Baccalaureate World School

909-624-9053 ext. 30401

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.