News & Updates From AWLA

Awards & Recognitions

Descriptions and criteria for each award may be found online at Awards and Recognitions

  • 05 Oct 2018 3:46 PM | Malinda O'Leary (Administrator)

    On Saturday, September 29th the AWLA Executive Board convened at the University of Montevallo for the Fall Business Meeting and Conference 2019 site visit.  We are excited about the site as well as the support we have received from the University of Montevallo. As a Board that serves to support and represents the members of AWLA, we invite you to visit the AWLA Business page to view meeting agendas, minutes and more.

    We hope to see you in Montevallo!  Registration opens soon.

    Cheers, Malinda

    Malinda O'Leary, Executive Director, AWLA

  • 05 Oct 2018 3:45 PM | Malinda O'Leary (Administrator)

    The 4th China Trip for High School Students will be held on April 13-22, 2019. Some high school teachers organize the trip. They are going to Beijing, Chongqing and Shanghai. Please contact Dr. Xu for more detailed information.

  • 23 Aug 2018 9:46 AM | Malinda O'Leary (Administrator)

    SCOLT is excited to announce the Ken Stewart Future Language Educator Scholarship!  SCOLT is dedicated to building professional capacity and wants to encourage students to pursue language teaching careers. Due to a generous gift by our own Ken Stewart, SCOLT is now able to award $1000 annually to a high school senior who wants to be a World Language teacher.  The first award will be made at the 2019 conference in Myrtle Beach, SC! 

    The recipient will receive $1000 to be used for college expenses.  S/he will also receive free registration to the SCOLT conference in their senior year of college as well as his/her first year of teaching!  The scholarship recipient will be asked to give SCOLT progress updates throughout his/her college career.

    The recipient will be invited to attend the SCOLT conference to accept the award, but travel funds will not be provided.  If the recipient is unable to attend the conference, we will arrange to video conference with the student during the awards ceremony.


    • High school senior with intent to pursue a World Language teaching career
    • 3.5 GPA in World Language Courses
    • 3 letters of recommendation (language teacher, peer, another teacher/administrator)
    • Produce a 2-3 minute video in the target language* addressing a professional topic. *Classical language students may record their response in English
    • Complete application submitted by Jan 31, 2019 (See application for details.)

  • 16 Aug 2018 11:16 AM | Malinda O'Leary (Administrator)

    “Keep Them Talking! Moving Beyond Memorized Vocabulary” was selected as the Best of Alabama at the AWLA Conference 2018. Presenter, Liza Heath, will head off to SCOLT in the spring to represent Alabama.  Congratulations, Liza!

  • 13 Jul 2018 11:09 AM | Malinda O'Leary (Administrator)

    Make an impact!

    The CODES Act Threatens World Language Education 


    On June 26, the Senate committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pension (HELP) unanimously passed H.R. 2353, a key hurdle to reauthorize the Perkins Act. It comes after years of delays and direct lobbying from businesses and the President’s own daughter. The House passed their version of the Perkins Act reauthorization back in June 2017. The Career and Technical Education Research and Outreach Act of 2018 emphasizes technical education to prepare students K-12 for America’s 21st century economy. Senate and House leaders are eager for a sure bipartisan win ahead of November’s midterm elections and before the end of the legislative session, potentially putting Perkins on the fast-track to the President's desk. It now awaits a floor vote in the Senate, which has yet to be scheduled.

    Although amendments were not allowed in the Senate HELP Committee, amendments to the bill may be offered during the floor vote. JNCL-NCLIS is closely monitoring a potential amendment called the High School CODES Act, which is a serious threat to the integrity of high school language programs in every state of the Union. The CODES Act amends the Perkins Act by establishing a competitive grant that would be available to local educational agencies (LEAs) with “programs that allow high school students to take a coding class in place of a mathematics, science, or foreign language class in order to fulfill a graduation requirement.”

    As has been previously published by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), "the study of computer coding does not allow students to gain the intercultural skills, insight, and perspectives to know how, when, and why to express what to whom." By classifying computer coding as a foreign language credit, this program --and others like it-- encroaches on the limited resources normally allocated to foreign language departments, already suffering from a major teacher shortage.

    JNCL-NCLIS and its members strongly oppose limiting students' opportunities to study world language. The CODES Act and other bills like it that incentivize the replacement of world language education represent an existential threat to the language community and a gross misunderstanding of the practical needs of the globalized 21st century economy. JNCL-NCLIS and its organizational members ask you to write to your Senators today regarding the community's concerns. Click the link below to use the form email provided by ACTLF. 


  • 01 May 2018 1:22 PM | Malinda O'Leary (Administrator)

    AWLA 2019 planning is underway.  The Call for Proposals has launched and so we look forward to all the ideas and expertise our AWLA members bring to this experience.  We will take submissions through May 31.  

    If you have any questions about the conference program, please contact AWLA VP and Program Chair, Jennifer Charles. If you want to know more about the site, then Dr. Leonor Vázquez-González will be happy to help.  Dr. Stacey Ayotte is welcoming exhibitors and sponsors for the conference! So if you are interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at AWLA 2019, let us know!

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