Kansas World Language Association

Promoting and improving teachingProviding professional development. Encouraging cooperation.

Thanks to everyone who made KSWLA 2009 a success!           See you next year in Overland Park!


  4:30 PM         
   Registration opens

   5:00-6:00 PM       
   Social mixer w/ cash bar

   6:00 PM     
   Plated Banquet Dinner
   (optional, pre-registered only)

6:30 -7:30 PM
   Chapter meetings

   Member Presentations
   Breakout sessions I

   Special Film Screening:
  "Speaking in Tongues"

  7:00 AM        
   Registration Opens

  7:30 AM       
   KSWLA Business Meeting
   Ballot Measure (PDF)
   8:00 AM      
   Exhibits open

   9:00-11:15 AM
   Keynote Presentation:
   Myriam Met

   (11:30 AM-12:30 PM)       
   Awards Luncheon

  (11:30 AM-12:30 PM)        
   Awards Luncheon

  12:45-1:45 PM      
   Member Presentations
Breakout sessions II

   1:55-2:55 PM      
   Member Presentations
Breakout sessions III


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Wichita, Kansas  67207                      


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"Taking the Pulse on
Language Education in the US:
A Conversation with Mimi Met

01/07/09, 30 minutes
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Dr. Myriam (Mimi) Met is Acting Director of the National Foreign Language Center at the University of Maryland, where her work focuses primarily on K-12 foreign language policy. Her previous positions include supervisor of foreign language programs K-12, English for Speakers of Other Languages, and bilingual education for major urban and suburban school districts, including responsibility for designing, implementing, and supervising a variety of language program models at all grade levels.

Dr. Met has chaired the New Visions in Foreign Language Education initiative since its inception, an undertaking that has brought focus on a national foreign language agenda, and has fostered collaboration at the national, regional, and state levels within the K-adult foreign language education community. She was also the founder and first president of the National Association of District Supervisors of Foreign Languages; a founding member, and later president, of the National Network for Early Language Learning; and currently serves on the Executive Council of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. She has provided consultant services to school districts, state departments, and ministries of education, universities, professional associations, and private agencies throughout the United States, as well as in Europe, Asia, South America, and Canada. She has published extensively in books and refereed journals on topics related to foreign language, ESL, and bilingual education.

The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages awarded Dr. Met the Florence Steiner Award for Leadership in Foreign Language Education, K-12, in 1983 and the Papalia Award for Excellence in Teacher Education in 1999. She has also received a Pioneer in Bilingual Education Award from the National Association for Bilingual Education and the Palmes Academiques from the government of France.

Dr. Met has authored (or co-authored) textbooks and ancillary materials for teaching Spanish and ESL at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. In addition, she served as a consulting editor for both acquisitions and development for several major commercial publishers and development houses.

Dr. Met earned her B.A. cum laude from Queens College of the City University of New York, and an M.A. in Spanish from Indiana University. She completed all required coursework for a Ph.D. in Spanish literature with minors in general and applied linguistics prior to enrolling in the University of Cincinnati, where she earned an Ed.D. in an interdisciplinary program focused on foreign language education. 



From KSWLA Vice-President
Leah McKeeman:  

Dear KSWLA members:
We are nearing our annual conference in Wichita, and we have a winning line-up of breakout sessions. I’m excited to showcase our different presentations for this year’s conference.

In alphabetical order, based upon presentation title, we can look forward to the following presentations on
Friday, November 6 and Saturday, November 7.  -- LMcK

SESSION TITLES  (session descriptions follow; see on-site Conference Schedule for room and time

“AATF Presents…”
Gail Burkett and Nora Kelting

“AP Exam: Get Your Students Ready”
Evelyn Toft and Terry Lindberg

“AP Model for Level 4 German”
 Elke Lorenz

Brain-research based strategies to
introduce, review, and assess new
and previously-introduced
vocabulary to FL classrooms”

Marta Silva

“Call ‘em Conversations”
Mary Smith

“Carpe Diem…Seize the (New) Day”
Carol Swinney

“Differentiated Learning: What’s New
and what works?”

Lois O’Malley, CJS, PhD

“E-Tickets: Get your passports ready”
Bonnie Orozco and Bret Klankey

“Heritage Language Learners In Kansas:
Teachers’ New Frontier”

Manuela González-Bueno, Lourdes Olivares - Escobedo, Betzaida Imperiale, Cristina Paz Vega,
and Sybil Niccum

“Immersion for Teachers”
Meagan Meneley

“Improving the Quantity and Quality
of Language Learning: A Kansas Strategic Plan”
Phyllis Farrar

“Let’s Play!”
Alyssa Rumple

“Multimedia Formats and Second Language Composition”
Rosa María Castañeda

“Reflections  and Implications from an
American who Learned Chinese”
Judith C. Richards

“Spanish National Honor Society:
What are the benefits?”
Evelyn Gregg

“Teachers, don’t let your babies grow
up to be tourists”
Sherry Elder and Amy Dick

“Teaching in Honduras”
Barbara Cowen

“Third Annual KSWLA Roundtable
on Post-Secondary Language Education”
Erin Joyce

“Using Content & Language Objectives
in the Foreign Language Classroom”
Judith C. Richards

“Using Multi Media in the
Foreign Language Classroom”
Mary Smith

“Using Technology to Engage Students
in Learning”
Diane DeNoon

SESSION DESCRIPTIONS  (see on-site Conference Schedule for room and time)

“AATF Presents…”
Presented by Gail Burkett and Nora Kelting
Members will present a variety of programs and activities available through AATF, including information on Le Grand Concours, the Société Honoraire de Français, scholarships, grants, and publications, and the latest news fresh from the 2009 convention in San Jose. Find out what AATF can do for you!  Non-members welcome!

“AP Exam: Get Your Students Ready”
Presented by Evelyn Toft and Terry Lindberg
Find out what your students need to succeed on the AP language exams. Two experienced AP exam graders share the grading rubrics and give practical advice. Although focused on the Spanish exam, these tips are useful for AP teachers in all languages.

“AP Model for Level 4 German”
Presented by Elke Lorenz
This session is for all German teachers, whether or not they currently teach an AP German class.  The presentation discusses ways of turning a traditional German 4 class into an AP German class.  It shows how the AP approval process works and gives examples of an AP exam.  An AP sample syllabus will also be available.

Brain-research based strategies to introduce, review, and assess new and previously introduced vocabulary to FL classrooms”
Presented by Marta Silva
This session explains key items from current brain-research programs applied to FL instruction in order for students to preserve knowledge in their long-term memory, so that information can be reused in future units. Presentation of vocabulary is based on a variety of Powerpoints per topic, in which order of slides, pictures vs. photographs, and other strategies are implemented to produce retention versus short-term language acquisition.

“Call ‘em Conversations”
Presented by Mary Smith
This session will provide participants with information on how to get their students conversing in their target language.  Your students will be using their "cell phones" for constructive conversations.  Cue cards will be provided in Spanish for immediate use.  You'll have your students talking in no time.

“Carpe Diem…Seize the (New) Day”
Presented by Carol Swinney
Today's technology affords a plethora of opportunities to enrich World Language instruction for our students.  This session will explore such technologies as interactive white board, clicker activities, blogging, online instruction, desktop videoconferencing, electronic field trips and many more opportunities to enhance the WL experience. Participants will be encouraged to seize  "the new day" of instructional possibilities.

“Differentiated Learning: What’s New and what works?”
Presented by Lois O’Malley, CJS, PhD
This workshop is a recap of the 2009 CSC extension workshop. The session will include some of the latest findings and methods that help make differentiated learning more understandable to all language teachers. PLUS, what works in our day-to-day lesson planning.

“E-Tickets: Get your passports ready”
Presented by Bonnie Orozco and Bret Klankey
Discover the joy of a trip that eliminates fear. Explore traveling through simulation, virtual visits, taking the metro, etc. If you've wondered how to use authentic websites successfully, generate enthusiasm and use only one Internet connection, this is the session. Connected to real travel, models in French/Spanish. English overview.

NOTE: this presentation garnered KSWLA’s “Best of Kansas” award in 2008. Don’t miss it!

“Heritage Language Learners In Kansas: Teachers’ New Frontier”

Presented by Manuela González-Bueno, Lourdes Olivares-Escobedo, Betzaida Imperiale,
Cristina Paz Vega,
and Sybil Niccum
A panel of language professionals will discuss the challenges foreign language teachers are facing today in teaching heritage language learners (e.g., native speakers in regular FL classrooms, pre-service teachers lack of training to teach HLL.) The audience will receive information on resources to address the needs of this student population.

“Immersion for Teachers”
Presented by Meagan Meneley
Come hear about the Kansas Association of Teachers of German's successful annual immersion weekend for teachers/professionals.  This 24 year tradition has evolved over the years, but the goal has remained the same:  to provide Kansas German teachers with useful classroom content through an immersion setting.  Tips will be given for others wanting to plan such an event with their language organization.

“Improving the Quantity and Quality of Language Learning: A Kansas Strategic Plan”
Presented by Phyllis Farrar
Our KSDE world language consultant and the KS World Language Advisory Council have developed a strategic plan for improving language teaching and learning across the state. This session provides a snapshot of current world language instruction and presents the plan as a model of action research. Join the effort!

“Let’s Play!”
Presented by Alyssa Rumple
This session is aimed for any level of world language to reinforce vocabulary in a game setting that could be used in any size classroom. There are some old favorites as well as some new heart-racing adrenaline packed games that students will be begging to play over and over again while they are reinforcing vocabulary.

“Multimedia Formats and Second Language Composition”
Presented by Rosa María Castañeda
New Technologies in L2:  Multimedia formats in second language composition.

“Reflections  and Implications from an American who Learned Chinese”
Presented by Judith C. Richards
This session will reflect upon the presenter's journey, experiences, and challenges in learning Chinese. Implications will be shared as to effective strategies and activities needed in today's Chinese as a foreign language classroom.

“Spanish National Honor Society: What are the benefits?”
Presented by Evelyn Gregg
The session will provide information on how to charter a chapter for your school and present current information from the National AATSP office on the benefits of having a Sociedad.  Learn about the National Spanish Exam and scholarship/travel  opportunities for your students as well as yourself.   Ideas for chapter activities will be presented.  Current sponsors are asked to bring activities to share.

“Teachers, don’t let your babies grow up to be tourists”
Presented by Sherry Elder and Amy Dick
Why travel with students?   Why NOT??   Immersion travel is an opportunity that shouldn't be missed!  Not only do students build bridges between cultures, but they build friendships that last a lifetime!  Come let us answer your questions and calm your fears about exploring another culture with your students.  Don't be tourists -- be PART of the culture -- a life changing experience!

“Teaching in Honduras”
Presented by Barbara Cowen
This session will be a sharing of what I learned during my three years of teaching at a bilingual school in Tela, Honduras. I will share info about both teaching differences, as well as Honduran culture tidbits.

“Third Annual KSWLA Roundtable on Post-Secondary Language Education”
Presented by Erin Joyce
Participants are invited to discuss any pertinent issues that they are facing in regards to teaching world languages and the post-secondary level.  Because these discussions have been so successful for the past two years, we'll keep the conversation going!  Topics from previous years have included language classes for concurrent high school and college credit, assessment, teaching students with learning disabilities, and college-level standards.

“Using Content & Language Objectives in the Foreign Language Classroom”
Presented by Judith C. Richards
This session will not only cover how to write and use content and language objectives, but will offer strategy and technique suggestions for the secondary level classroom.  Examples will be given for teaching Chinese, but the strategies and techniques could be implemented in any foreign language classroom.

 “Using Multi Media in the Foreign Language Classroom”
Presented by Mary Smith
This session will provide insight on using video as a media in the foreign language classroom.  How to create your own telenovelas and other creative stories.  Participants will be given an outline to use in their own classrooms.  For all languages.

“Using Technology to Engage Students in Learning”
Presented by Diane DeNoon
Presenter will share information about student proficiency levels in speaking, writing and reading as measured by the STAMP test.  Participants will gather some instructional and assessment tools that they can implement to move their own students toward greater language proficiency.

Speaking in Tongues
NOVEMBER 6, 2009


The heated debate over bilingual education usually takes place in courtrooms, at academic conferences and in editorial missives. At its most vitriolic, the "English only" camp skews toward xenophobia and racism, while the opposition at times sounds utopian themes of American global economic resurgence with the aid of multilingual classrooms. Often neglected in this discourse is the firsthand experience of students, an oversight that veteran documentarians Marcia Jarmel and Ken Schneider beautifully rectify with their latest effort. 

Closely following four very different local public-schoolers through an academic year, they draw on subtle nuances of the kids' stories to illustrate the complex shades and permutations of bilingual schooling. Two children are placed in immersion programs to retain their native tongues while learning English, and the other two are in the reverse situation.

Their parents list both familiar and surprising reasons for enrolling their children, but each remains a strong proponent of the programs despite criticism from extended family, friends and a loud chorus of English-only activists.

Even while dismissing common barbs, the families must confront unique challenges both humorous and serious. 

With San Francisco becoming the first city to mandate access to bilingual opportunities for all public schoolchildren, this thought-provoking documentary could hardly be timelier.  

Ilya Tovbis / San Francisco International Film Festival