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  • 24 Mar 2021 1:45 PM | Malinda O'Leary (Administrator)

  • 28 May 2020 11:15 AM | Malinda O'Leary (Administrator)

    Look what ACTFL TOY Noah Geisel says about AWLA PD this summer! We invite anyone around the world to join for just $25 and get all of our amazing workshops for free! 

  • 12 May 2020 10:55 AM | Malinda O'Leary (Administrator)

    While seasoned teachers and professors are the backbone of the AATSP, the future belongs to our first-year members! We want to encourage new teachers and graduate students planning to become Spanish and Portuguese teachers to join us during the pandemic. Therefore, we are offering 400 free first-year memberships for 2020 (good thru December 31)! To qualify for this offer, you must never have been a past member of the AATSP. The free first-year memberships (a $45 value) will be awarded on a first come first served basis beginning on Friday, May 15 until we reach 400 new first year members.

    Simply visit our website, click JOIN, and fill out the membership application. At check out, type the following code: 400MEMBERS. When we reach 400 new first-year members, the code will no longer be valid.

    To find out more about our membership benefits, click here

    Please let your friends and colleagues who are not members know about this opportunity fast because it won’t last!

  • 07 May 2020 1:25 PM | Malinda O'Leary (Administrator)

  • 07 May 2020 1:17 PM | Malinda O'Leary (Administrator)

    The AWLA Board met through Zoom for the annual executive meeting!   Be on the lookout for ways that you can be supported during this time and to meet our newest board members!

    AWLA meeting minutes can be found here. You must be logged in to view Member Business.

  • 15 Jan 2020 3:47 PM | Elizabeth Conner (Administrator)
    For the past four years, AWLA representatives have been attending the JNCL-NCLIS Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C. During this two-day event, we are able to meet with representatives from the offices of our elected officials. During the short meetings, we report on the state of languages in Alabama, which includes sharing some success stories about you and what you’re doing in the classroom! Most recently, during ACTFL in November, numerous AWLA board members met with these offices and asked our elected officials to better support funding for world languages. The reception this year, and over the past four years, has been very positive!


    During the last Advocacy Day, a representative from another state mentioned an idea that may make a huge impact on world language education in Alabama…. inviting our elected officials to our classrooms to see what it is that we do! When we brought this up to our elected officials, they were excited at the possibility of the elected official themselves or a representative from their local office coming to the classroom and see a live course!

    This is where you come in! Using this site (http://myreps.datamade.us/index.html) find the contact information for your state and federal elected officials. Send them an email and also call to invite someone from their office, or the official themselves, to a class! Whenever they agree to come, plan a day in your class where you do something that gives them a good idea of what is like to be a student in a language class! Maybe it’s a day when you plan to be a breakout or when the students are presenting on careers in their language. Use this time as a chance to show our officials the impact you’re making on our students who are the future of Alabama!

    Nick Gossett, Advocacy Chair


  • 09 Jan 2020 3:37 PM | Elizabeth Conner (Administrator)

    In her own words....

    After attending ACTFL 2018, I decided to take the challenge and test my one Spanish 4 student for the Global Seal of Biliteracy (the Seal).  She had the English score needed in the ACT, so my challenge was to see if she could achieve the score in Spanish.  There are many ways to demonstrate achievement, but I choose AAPPL testing.  To qualify for the Seal, she needed to take Form B of the AAPPL test and achieve the Intermediate 4, Intermediate 5 or Advanced 1 level in all four parts:  Interpretive Listening (IL), Interpretive Reading (IR), Interpersonal Listening and Speaking (ILS), and Presentational Writing (PW).  

    The testing cost $20, but since I am at a private school, the school paid for it.  So, there was no issue with funding or a lengthy process to receive funding.  It is a reasonable price.  Also, results for the IL and IR were virtually instant.  The ILS and PW took a few weeks.  

    The value of earning this distinction is high for university level and in the workplace.  The trend in the industry is to use this common language for assessment and help place students and workers accurately based on their language knowledge.  

    I highly encourage every teacher to work towards having his/ her student earn the Global Seal of Biliteracy and be recognized for reading, writing, speaking and listening proficiency.

    Some links to help:



    Rhea Grate


    Saint James School

    Montgomery, AL

  • 03 Oct 2019 11:11 AM | Elizabeth Conner (Administrator)

    Registration for the SCOLT/AWLA conference on March 26-28, 2020 at the Mobile Convention Center is open now:


    Be sure to register for the AWLA luncheon on March 28! This will be our annual meeting and award recognition.

    Registration deadline is Sunday, March 1, 2020. AFTER March 1, 2020, you must register on-site and no luncheon tickets are included in the registration fee, which will be $200. A limited number of luncheon tickets MAY be available for $30 each for on-site registrants, but this is not guaranteed.

  • 12 Sep 2019 2:47 PM | Malinda O'Leary (Administrator)

    AWLA was proud to represent Alabama at the SCOLT (ALWA) Conference 2020 planning meeting this past weekend in Mobile.  Chase Krebs and Elizabeth Conner spent the morning with the SCOLT board planning out what looks to be a fantastic conference at the Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel. Session proposals have been submitted so now on to building the schedule.  Keep up with details here at AWLA as well as SCOLT.org.  

    Photo credit Leslie Baldwin, SCOLT ED

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