Sponsored by the Alabama World Languages Education Foundation (AWLEF) 

Co-sponsored by


A.A.T.F. Alabama



About WILD

WHO:  The Alabama World Languages Education Foundation (AWLEF) established by Alabama Association of Foreign Language Teachers (now AWLA) 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. 

The planning committee consists of university and high school scholars.  The students will be chaperoned and instructed by 18 volunteer teachers/scholars. 

It is open to 110 students of French, Spanish, and German. The students are selected based on their level of study, grades in their language courses, 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. 

WHEN:  November 1-3, 2019, The program begins on Friday evening, Nov. 1st, 2019 and ends in the early afternoon of Sunday, Nov. 3rd, 2019.  

WHAT:  The  Weekend is for students of Spanish, French, 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 2019. 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 non¬≠threatening, 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.

WHERE: This 2 1⁄2 day residential program will take place at the 4H Center just outside of Birmingham.  

HOW MUCH: The cost to students is only $110* for the entire weekend and includes meals, lodging and all supplies. A need-based scholarship is available to students who qualify.  

MORE INFORMATION? For further information, contact the program directors at alabamaimmersion@gmail.com, or contact Sandrine @ 205-799-7078.


Weekend Immersed in Language Development November 1-3, 2019

4H Center

Columbiana, Alabama 35051 
Learn more about the 4H Center here.

Project Directors  
Dr. Krista Chambless
AWLEF, Executive Director, Co-Director W.I.L.D.

Dr. Sandrine Hope

AWLEF, Co-Director W.I.L.D.

DEADLINE TO APPLY: September 15, 2019

All registration documents are to be completed online for the W.I.L.D. 2019 program. The following steps are required in order to successfully register for W.I.L.D. 2019:

1) Complete the online application form. The online application form can be accessed here. NO OTHER DOCUMENTS NEED SUBMITTING AT THIS TIME.

2) Be sure you have completed the online registration form above or your application will not be considered.

4) Once the application is received it will be reviewed by the W.I.L.D. directors. You will be notified whether or not you are accepted via email by October 4th.

5) In your acceptance email you will receive all the details of necessary documents (medical form, payment, etc.). Only when you have received your acceptance letter will you have access to the other documents needed. 

5) The final step, after you have been accepted, is to pay the $110 registration fee and send the required documents.

Go to: https://www.paypal.me/AWLEF and type $110 in the spot where the $0.00 is located. You can pay with a debit card, credit card, or a PayPal account through that link.

If you have any issues with PayPal or do not feel comfortable paying through PayPal, please send an email to alabamaimmersion@gmail.com with the student’s name in the subject line and one of the directors will contact you.

The payment and paperwork will be due on October 18th at the latest.  PLEASE, do not submit payment or paperwork until you have received an official email of acceptance. Note: You will receive an automated email after completing the online application, this is not a letter of acceptance.

If you have any questions at any point during the process, please email alabamaimmersion@gmail.com and one of the directors will respond.

Cancellation Policy: If paperwork AND payment have not been received by Oct. 18, the student will be removed from the program. Any cancellation by the student after Oct. 18, will not be refunded no matter the reason.

DEADLINE TO APPLY: September 15, 2019

* Unfortunately, due to the loss of our past Grant, the cost to the students had to be raised in order to cover their cost of food and lodging. 

Any one with any resources for grants is welcome to reach out to the directors at alabamaimmersion@gmail.com

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