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  • 18 Apr 2018 4:05 PM | Malinda O'Leary (Administrator)

    A an invitation from Heather W. Fitch, NBCT (World Languages Department Chair and Spanish Teacher) at Mountain Brook High School

    We are hosting our Learning Conference in Mountain Brook Schools – Listen, Learn, Lead – on June 4-7, 2018.  On session is of particular interest to teachers of world languages.  Might you be able to publish this to the AWLA membership?  Information about our Learning Conference can be found hereTeachers of all levels are invited to attend the session below. Direct link to session here.

    Wednesday, June 6 • 8:00am - 3:00pm 

    Conceptual Learning in Modern Language (Spanish III/ IV/V and French III/ IV/V ) MB-S18257 

    The curriculum for advanced-level modern languages revolves around 6 themes as expressed through Communication, Culture, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities.  Teachers are always looking for ways to incorporate these themes into reading, writing, listening and speaking activities.  We propose having a day for modern-language teachers to discuss these six themes and activities, and also to brainstorm and to develop new standards-based activities to use in class.  The themes are useful at any level, thus facilitating vertical alignment. Teachers of all levels are invited to attend this session. MB-S18257. Presented by Jessie Creech and Audrey Laird

  • 20 Mar 2018 12:13 PM | Malinda O'Leary (Administrator)

    Increasing Student Confidence and Proficiency with Can-Do Statements  
    This session will address how to effectively incorporate can-do statements into your planning and assessments so teachers and students can more easily see proficiency development over time. We will consider how to develop appropriate and meaningful can-do statements for all levels, how to create assessment opportunities that accurately measure student proficiency development, and how to utilize a backward design approach to plan lessons and activities that will prepare students to reach these goals. 

    Presented by Jennifer Kilmore
    Jennifer Kilmore has 15 years of experience as a French teacher, curriculum developer, teacher trainer, and professional development presenter. She has worked both in traditional classroom and distance learning settings. Jennifer currently serves as a member of the Leadership Initiative for Language Learning with ACTFL and is the President for the Arkansas Foreign Language Teacher's Association as well as Past-President of the Arkansas Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of French. As a former Arkansas World Language Teacher of the Year and a SCOLT Teacher of the Year finalist, Jennifer has been a leader and activist in language pedagogy locally, regionally, and nationally. Jennifer is a contributing writer for T'es branché? and a Learning Solutions and Outreach Specialist with EMC School.

    Click here to register online!

  • 06 Mar 2018 12:50 PM | Malinda O'Leary (Administrator)

    We are excited to announce AWLA summer professional development opportunities! 

    The workshops are free for AWLA members. Please make sure your membership is up to date! Non-members may attend for $25.00 per workshop. Registration is now open.

    Curriculum Design and the New World Language Course of Study

    Randolph School in Huntsville, June 8, 9am-3 pm
    Dr. Krista Chambless and Dr. Sandrine Hope

    The Alabama State Department of Education has developed a new course of study for world languages. This professional development workshop will present the new course of study highlighting additions and differences from the previous course of study. Presenters will also discuss ACTFL's core practice of Backward Design in planning curricula. Workshop will be conducted by members of the Course of Study committee.

    Proficiency-Based Instruction

    Vestavia Hills High School, Vestavia Hills (Birmingham), June 21-22
    Carmen Scoggins, President-Elect of SCOLT and ACTFL Social Media Lounge presenter

    Proficiency-Based Instruction: what does it look like in the classroom?  How does one plan for instruction?  What kinds of activities, assessments, etc should be used? Come learn how to create authentic language learning experiences for your students that move them effectively along the path to proficiency and to become life-long language learners.

    For more information and online registration go to and click on upcoming events.

  • 15 Feb 2018 11:40 AM | Malinda O'Leary (Administrator)

    AWLA 2018 Presenter Ken Stewart and Vista Higher Learning invite you to join a free professional development webinar presented exclusively for Alabama world language educators!

    Learn more and register here.

    Date: February 28th, 4pm CST

  • 01 Feb 2018 12:24 PM | Malinda O'Leary (Administrator)

    The U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and IREX are pleased to announce the launch of the 2018 application cycle for the Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms (Fulbright TGC) Program.

    Fulbright TGC is a year-long professional development fellowship for United States elementary, middle, and high school teachers to become leaders in global education. Global education is integral to building 21st century skills, and teachers are the greatest resource to empower students as global citizens. 

    Applications are due Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 11:59 PM EST.


    Program Goals

     Fulbright TGC strives to:

    • Enhance teachers’ expertise in adapting teaching methods, lesson planning, and using instructional technology to internationalize the U.S. classroom.
    • Support U.S. teachers to develop the leadership and professional skills to ensure that their students are knowledgeable about the world and prepared for careers in an increasingly competitive global economy.
    •  Prepare U.S. students to work and collaborate in multiple cultural contexts and to be more aware of other countries around the world through interaction with teachers globally.
    • Develop mutual understanding and lasting relationships by sharing best educational practices between teachers and students in the U.S. and abroad.

    The Fulbright TGC Program promotes diversity in the classroom and in learning. Fulbright TGC supports inclusion and strongly encourages teachers with disabilities to apply. 


  • 25 Jan 2018 12:40 PM | Malinda O'Leary (Administrator)

  • 05 Dec 2017 12:35 PM | Malinda O'Leary (Administrator)

    Complete information for full scholarship immersion in Madrid (February 2018) available in the Members-Only section. Follow this link for information.  Be sure you are logged in to access.

  • 14 Nov 2017 2:52 PM | Malinda O'Leary (Administrator)

    Foreign language skills are increasingly in demand by U.S. employers, yet language programs are often the first to be cut from school budgets. The Teachers of Critical Languages Program (TCLP), an initiative of the U.S. Department of State, provides schools with fully-funded language teachers for an academic year to start or grow a Mandarin or Arabic program.

    Since 2006, TCLP has placed teachers from Egypt, Morocco, and China in 173 K-12 schools across 38 states. TCLP teachers and host schools are supported by American Councils' staff throughout the program. All U.S. schools are encouraged to apply.

    More information available here.

    Questions? Join our Webinar

    Attend a live webinar on November 16 at 4pm EST to learn about the fully-funded grant, application process, and hear first-hand from TCLP alumni host school educators.

    Please contact us if you have any questions about hosting a TCLP teacher in your school or district. 

    Elise Villemez 

    Senior Program Officer, Teacher Programs 

    American Councils for International Education 

    Tel: 202.833.7522

  • 24 Jun 2017 2:20 PM | Allison Ramey (Administrator)

    A big thank you to Clarissa Adams Fletcher and Meredith White, who traveled from Atlanta to share their expertise with World Language teachers in Alabama. We were hosted by the Randolph School in Huntsville, AL, where presenters led discussions on proficiency, showcasing student work, and classroom management strategies. Participants increased their professional learning communities and left with practical teaching ideas for the upcoming school year. 

    We hope you'll join us for other professional development workshops later this summer. Sign up here

  • 21 Jul 2016 2:20 PM | Malinda O'Leary (Administrator)

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