The Polyglot

An Inland Empire Foreign Language Association Publication

December 2017

Registration Now Open!

Registration is now open for the CLTA Annual Conference in Ontario March 8-11, 2018.

IEFLA is hosting this year's conference and we've been working hard to make it the best!

Register online today and take advantage of our locally hosted conference. Early bird prices until January 16!

View the Registration Pack here.



This month- Blendspace (TES Teach)

Tes Teach, formerly Blendspace is an online platform that allows you to create digital lessons for your students. You create the the steps by inserting links, documents, websites, or videos and your students click through the lesson. Add in quizzes and assessments to know what students have done and what they haven't. Check it out today!

YouTube Clip of the Month

IEFLA Mini- Grant Applications Available


Submission Deadline December 15, 2017

Five $200 mini-grants will be awarded by IEFLA. These mini-grants are intended to help teachers and/or world language departments to enhance instruction for students learning world languages.

  1. Applicants must be teachers of world languages in San Bernardino and Riverside Counties.
  2. Previous awardees are not eligible to apply.

Proposals funded in the past included monies to attend a play in the target language, special classroom funding, TPRS readers, funding to buy children's books, readers in the target language, and others. If your proposal is accepted by the committee, you will purchase the proposal items, and IEFLA will reimburse you from the receipts. Apply online at

Great Ideas and Resources

CI Increases Enrollment

Grant Boulanger shares student data that shows that CI increases enrollment.

Database of Prompts

Maris Hawkins has created a database of speaking and writing prompts. Do you have any to add? Visit her blog to add your own and see what everyone else has contributed.

AP Themes at All Levels

Kara from Creative Language Class has some great suggestions for adding the AP themes into all levels of language. It's never to early to start getting ready for AP!

Charades, but Backwards!

La Maestra Loca has directions for playing Backwards Charades to get students up and laughing and speaking!

Heads Up Number Game

Looking for a fun way to practice numbers with your students? Crafting a French Blend has a fun activity with numbers for the whole class.

Christmas and Holiday Ideas

Spanish Christmas Ideas

Spanish Mama offers up the ultimate Christmas activity list.

Create a Snowman

Eric Curts has a great Google Slides activity to create a snowman that is easily adaptable to the TL.

Noel for All French Levels

Of course Madame Shepard has several Noël units for varying levels.

IEFLA Pinterest Board

Check out all of the Christmas ideas on the IEFLA Pinterest Board!

Blogging with Students

Have you considered blogging with students? Here are some resources to get your started.

Not sure what platform to use? Free Technology for Teachers offers an overview of many different platforms with ideas for blogging.

Sra. Spanglish offer some ideas on Project Based Blogging in Spanish class on her blog PBL in the TL.

TESOL has seven ways students can communicate outside the classroom. Seven projects that just might be great for a class blog.

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

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.