Updates from AWLA

Awards & Recognitions

Each year, AWLA is dedicated to recognizing exceptional educators and leaders who exhibit an unwavering commitment to the advocacy, teaching, and learning of world languages.  This year award winners will be recognized at the annual conference luncheon.  Please join us to celebrate your colleagues! Descriptions and criteria for each award may be found online at Awards and Recognitions

  • 25 Jan 2018 12:22 PM | Malinda O'Leary (Administrator)

    AWLA members Teo and Emily Valdés, founders of Language South have launched their first Spanish Camp. Based out of Chattanooga they are launching the camp for kids and teens.  They are also hiring for this summer.  Check out their camp, El Pueblo, online and on social media.

    Details for hiring camp counselors available here and staff information here.

  • 25 Jan 2018 12:04 PM | Malinda O'Leary (Administrator)

    Recently EF Tours invited Alabama teachers to apply for their Madrid Language Immersion Scholarship.  Learn more here. 

    We are excited to share the below from EF Tours.... Congratulations Mary!

    Mary Crouch from James Clemens High School in Madison Alabama was the candidate selected  for the Madrid Language Immersion Scholarship from AWLA! Mary is a Spanish teacher and has been teaching at James Clemens for the past five years. Mary hopes to establish an ongoing international, education program at her school. Mary feels Global Education is so important because it benefits the entire student body by helping students realize their unique role within a larger global community.

  • 25 Jan 2018 12:03 PM | Malinda O'Leary (Administrator)

    Done and off to the printers!  The AWLA 2018 Conference Program is now available, find it online at the conference website and of course in person in Mobile!

  • 29 Dec 2017 1:12 PM | Malinda O'Leary (Administrator)

    The tentative AWLA 2018 at-a-glance session schedule is now available here and online at the conference website. We look forward to seeing you in Mobile!

  • 27 Dec 2017 12:48 PM | Malinda O'Leary (Administrator)

    Early registration will close January 20 and rates will increase to $125. Don't miss out on special hotel rates and the current conference registration. Visit us online to secure your spot.  Special AWLA hotel rate goes up January 5.

    *Breakfast and lunch are not included in late or onsite registration. 
    *Membership and Membership renewal are not included in conference registration. Be sure to log in to theawla.org first before registering for conference.  Contact us at theawla@gmail.com if you have trouble.

  • 14 Nov 2017 8:15 PM | Kristy Britt (Administrator)

    The Board is excited to announce Dr. Malinda O'Leary as the next AWLA Executive Director. Malinda has been active in the organization for many years and has served on the Board in several offices, most recently as our current President. 

    In her own words, here is a little about her history with the organization:

    AWLA (at the time, AAFLT) came into my life as I was just starting out in my career. I was in graduate school (circa 2002) at UAB pursuing my MAEd. in Secondary Spanish Education while teaching ESL at Creekview Elementary in Shelby County. At the encouragement of my teaching methods professor as well as my supervisor in Shelby County, I joined AAFLT and attended my first professional conference. My professor had encouraged the class to join AAFLT so that we could have a community to reach out to as we started out in our careers. My supervisor encouraged me to attend the conference for professional development, naturally. This is noteworthy in my memory because it is two times that I was invited into the fold of my soon-to-be career peers and encouraged to be active in the profession beyond my little island of a classroom. As a newbie just starting out, I felt motivated, connected, inspired and welcomed. As Executive Director of AWLA, I would like to be a part of instilling the same to our members, both current and future.

    Malinda brings a wealth of knowledge and vast experience with the association to her new position as Executive Director. Malinda says she is excited to move into this new role with AWLA. The move will take place at the end of the upcoming conference in February.

    Congratulations, Malinda!

  • 01 Nov 2017 11:49 AM | Malinda O'Leary (Administrator)

    Over the summer our very own Allison Ramey (Communications Director & 2017 Promising New Teacher Award Recipient) was invited by EF Tours to participate in an amazing opportunity at Harvard University.   We share the below in her own words.  (Here's the link to learn more.) Cheers Allison! 

  • 27 Oct 2017 12:37 PM | Malinda O'Leary (Administrator)
    For the last several years Linda Paragone has worn the hat of AWLA Parliamentarian.  This month she bids adieu to her leadership roll to pivot to a new career.  We are incredibly grateful to Linda for all her years of service to AWLA (formerly AAFLT), the community and the profession.  Dedicated leaders and members like her are what ensure that we all have a professional peer group community to turn to for support and growth.  I leave you with her own words in the letter below.

  • 27 Oct 2017 12:21 PM | Malinda O'Leary (Administrator)

    To celebrate National French Week and International Education week, Samford University invites you its Tournées Film Festival October 30-November 16. We will be showing six films in French with English subtitles. The festival will be sponsored in part by Samford University Department of World Languages and Cultures, the Samford Film Club, and the Alabama Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of French. All films are appropriate for middle school and high school students and will be followed by a short discussion.

    Tournées Film Festival at Samford University

    October 30-Novmeber 16, 2017

    Location: Christenberry Planetarium  (40b on the map linked here)

    Avril et le monde truqué / April and the Extraordinary World

    Belgium, Canada, France, 2015              

    7:00 Monday, October 30 (103 minutes)

    An animated film with a dystopic, steampunk landscape where scientists have mysteriously disappeared for decades and where April Franklin, the brilliant young descendant of a long line of chemists, is in danger of being next

    Fatima (French and Arabic)                        

    France 2016                      
    7:00 Wednesday, November 1 (79 Minutes)
    A film which perfectly balances sharp observation of the harsh realities of the immigrant experience with an inspiring story of individual resilience
    La noire de… / Black Girl         
    Senegal, France 1966
    7:00 Monday, November 6 (59 Minutes)
    The first film by Senegalese master Ousmane Sembène and the first feature produced in sub-Saharan Africa, “Black Girl” is the story of Diouana, an illiterate nursemaid from Dakar who follows her French employers to the Côte d’Azur with dreams of discovering France. But once in Antibes, she finds herself enslaved, trapped in the couple’s well-appointed holiday apartment and on the receiving end of their domestic frustrations.

    4.     “Examen d’État”/ “National Diploma”          
    Congo, France, 2014 
    7:00 Wednesday, November 8 (92 Minutes)
    In the Congo, passing the national baccalaureate exam can save a young person from a life of manual labor and open the doors to university and a career. As Congolese filmmaker Dieudo Hamadi’s documentary National Diploma so powerfully shows, the path to success in the national exam is full of challenges.

    Grigris (French and Arabic)            
    Chad, France 2013
    4:00 Tuesday, November 14  (101 Minutes)
    In an act of desperation, Grigris, who has vowed to pay his gravely ill stepfather’s exorbitant hospital bill, joins an illegal gas-smuggling operation, setting off a chain of events that leads him to escape the city in fear for his life.
    Deux jours, une nuit / Two Days, One Night     
    Belgium, France, Italy, 2014
    4:00 Thursday, November 16 (95 Minutes)
    Marion Cotillard plays Sandra, an employee at a solar-panel factory in an industrial town in Belgium who took a leave of absence after suffering a bout of crippling depression. Although eager to return to work, the wife and mother of two young children is told that management is offering each of her colleagues a 1,000-euro bonus if they vote to make her redundant.
    We hope to that your students and you can join us.
    Best regards,

    Heather A. West, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor of French
    Director, Critical Languages Program
    Department of World Languages and Cultures
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  • 18 Oct 2017 1:33 PM | Malinda O'Leary (Administrator)

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