AWLEF announces WILD 2016 to be held November 11-13, 2016. For students of French, German and Spanish. Sponsored by AWLEF and the Alabama Humanities Foundation

W.I.L.D. Weekend Immersed in Language Development November 11-13, 2016
Sponsored by the Alabama World Languages Education Foundation (AWLEF) Co­sponsored by The Alabama Humanities Foundation
a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities

YMCA Hargis Retreat
Birmingham, Alabama 35043 
Learn more about the YMCA Hargis Retreat here.

Project Director  
Lisa Loyd
AL Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, President

Mirella Hodges Linda Paragone
Alabama Federation of Spanish Clubs, President Alabama Federation of Spanish Clubs, Vice President
National Spanish Exam Coordinator The Alabama World Languages Association, Executive Board 

The Alabama World Languages Education Foundation (AWLEF) established by Alabama Association of Foreign Language Teachers seeks to enhance the opportunities for foreign language teachers and students to improve their spoken language skills and fully realizes that travel abroad is not accessible to most teachers and students on a regular basis. Therefore, AWLEF is continuing the work of AWLA to provide opportunities to its teachers and students to practice and improve their skills in residential, immersion experiences led by fluent scholars.

The12tannual Weekend Immersed in Language Development (W.I.L.D.)student experience will be offered in November for students of Spanish, French, Chinese and German who have completed at least one full course of the target language and who are at least in the 10tgrade in the fall of 2016. This 2 1⁄2 day residential program will take place at the YMCA Hargis Retreat just outside Birmingham. The activities planned will include daily living experiences as well as cultural and academic learning experiences. The purpose of the project is to put the students in a setting where they will use the language they are acquiring in a non­threatening, relaxed atmosphere whose goal is communication. Therefore, activities will include physical activities, film discussion, games, music, art, history and grammar. Throughout the weekend, second language acquisition will take place either directly from lectures and reading/writing experiences or indirectly through daily living experiences and games.

For some of the activities, the students will be grouped according to their level of study, but for the majority of the time the students of varying levels will be mixed so they may learn from each other as well as from their instructors. The planning committee consists of university and high school scholars. The program begins on Friday evening, Nov. 11, 2016 and ends in the early afternoon of Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016. It is open to 110 students of French, Spanish, Chinese and German. The students will be chaperoned and instructed by 18 teachers/scholars. The students are selected based on their level of study, grades in their language courses, their teacher and personal letters of recommendation and an essay explaining what they hope to gain from the experience and how learning a second language can help them in their career choices.

The cost to students is only $50 for the entire weekend and includes meals, lodging and all supplies. A discount waiver of the fee is available to students who qualify. The application and further information will be posted on the AWLA website at In addition, information will be emailed to all foreign language teachers and will be sent through our email list to all AWLA members. For further information, contact the program director, Lisa Loyd (, or the advisors, Mirella Hodges ( or Linda Paragone at (Linda@paragone­

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