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

  • 17 Oct 2017 3:23 PM | Malinda O'Leary (Administrator)

    AWLA congratulates member Catherine Daniélou for being honored by the UAB National Alumni Society.  Read the article here and more about Catherine here.

  • 17 Oct 2017 2:21 PM | Malinda O'Leary (Administrator)

    Submit a proposal here: 


    Register for the conference here:


    Reserve a hotel room here:


    See last year’s program here:


     If you have any questions regarding proposal submission, please contact

    Dr. Koji Arizumi
    Executive Director
    National Association of Self-Instructional Language Programs (NASILP) at 

  • 16 Oct 2017 6:57 PM | Malinda O'Leary (Administrator)

  • 10 Oct 2017 4:10 PM | Malinda O'Leary (Administrator)

    The AWLA Executive Board gathered Saturday, September 30th at the University of Mobile to continue planning for AWLA 2018.  University of Mobile Vice Provost, Dean of College of A&S and Professor, Dr. Lonnie Burnett greeted the board and offered a warm welcome to the board.  

     The University is excited to be hosting AWLA 2018 and we think attendees will enjoy the campus and community.  AWLA 2018 Program Chair Kristy Britt has worked hard to work up a session program that will be enriching and AWLA 2018 Site Chair Barbara Brousseau has pulled out all the stops to make it a fulfilling experience by offering two optional excursions for AWLA 2018 attendees and their families.  

     Registration is now open for AWLA 2018 and you can follow details as they come available online at theawla.org.

  • 10 Oct 2017 12:45 PM | Malinda O'Leary (Administrator)

  • 26 Sep 2017 2:01 PM | Malinda O'Leary (Administrator)

    I have exciting and yet bittersweet news to share.  AWLA Executive Director, Dr. Sheri Spaine Long, has accepted the position of Executive Director of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.  Please find the press release here. This is a wonderful opportunity for Sheri as much as it is for us Alabama educators to have someone from our ranks representing the profession at such a high and prestigious level.  Therefore, the excitement that I share is for Sheri and her new opportunity and the bittersweet is that AWLA will be launching a search for a new Executive Director.   

  • 17 Aug 2017 4:37 PM | Malinda O'Leary (Administrator)

    We have had a busy summer of professional development all over Alabama. Thank you to all the presenters and participants.  Members can follow this link for pictures and updates from these opportunities.

  • 19 Apr 2017 12:22 PM | Malinda O'Leary (Administrator)

    AWLA in the News!   We love to brag on our members. Share with us your blurbs, articles, photos and more and we'll help spread the cheer.  Find us on Facebook, Twitter or email at theawla@gmail.com

  • 25 Mar 2017 5:24 PM | Malinda O'Leary (Administrator)

    The Alabama World Languages Association (AWLA) is calling for nominations for the 2018 AWLA Awards. 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. Please consider nominating a deserving individual for the following awards: 

    • Promising New World Language Teacher Award 
    • AWLA Outstanding Administrator Award 
    • Alabama Educator of Excellence Award (Post-Secondary Educators)
    • AWLA Teacher of the Year Award
    • Marlin Harris Award for Outstanding Service to the World Languages Profession​ ​ 

    Descriptions and criteria for each award may be found online at theawla.org 

    Nominations will close on August 1, 2017.

  • 25 Mar 2017 5:22 PM | Malinda O'Leary (Administrator)
    Sweet Home Alabama: Language and Community


    AWLA invites you to submit proposals for AWLA Conference 2018

    Visit us online to submit a proposal.  

    Stay tuned as additional conference program, events and lodging details will be forthcoming.

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