Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Jobs: German Teacher - Pentucket Regional H.S., West Newbury, MA‏




Pentucket Regional High School is looking for a 1.0 German teacher (Long
Term Substitute) for the second semester of the current school year
(January-June 2013). We are located on the North Shore of Massachusetts and
have had a strong German program.

Please send letter of intent, resume, 3 professional references,
Massachusetts licensure and transcripts to:

Jeffrey J. Mulqueen, Supt. of Schools
Pentucket Regional School District
22 Main Street
West Newbury, MA 01985

Open until filled
EOE/AA

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Jobs: Urgent Opening - Hastings Public Schools, Hastings, NE‏



German 1.0 - beginning January 2013
Hastings High School, Hastings Public Schools, Hastings, Nebraska 68901
950 students grades 9-12

German program:

- solid enrollments, 4 levels

- School-sponsored ISE ten-day home stay and travel program to
Baden-Wuerttemberg and Bavaria including 3 days in Munich every other year.
Next trip - March 2013. Successful candidate can travel as one of the
sponsors with costs covered by program and school district.
Extra-standard pay from district for teacher(s) organizing and administering
program.

- Honors Academy Dual Credit Program for level three (101) and level four
(102) through Nebraska Wesleyan University

- AATG membership dues paid by district

- National German Exam administered annually

- A current senior German student scored at the 90+ percentile on the most
recent National German Exam and was selected to represent Nebraska on the
AATG/PAD Summer Study Trip to Germany in June and July 2012. Another HHS
German student received the same Summer Study Trip to Germany award in 2010.

- 1-to-1 computer initiative providing each student with a MacBook Air
laptop is being rolled out from now through end of semester.

- Textbook adoption process will run semester two. Successful candidate can
select all new materials, with particular focus on Online programs.

- Hastings High School currently undergoing a 3+ million dollar school
expansion and renovation project.

- Very supportive administration (materials, workshops, conferences, etc.)

- Up-to-date methods and materials, progressive foreign language department

- Regular placement of German students in Rotary International and/or
Congress-Bundestag student exchange programs. One each in 2011-2012.

- Community with a strong German heritage - very supportive of German
language education

- The opening has resulted from the reassignment of the current German
teacher to another position within district.

- Professional development and continuing education opportunities are
available locally through Hastings College, Central Community College,
ESU#9 and elsewhere in the Tri-Cities at the University of Nebraska at
Kearney, College Park in Grand Island and ESU#10.

- Hastings is a progressive community of 25,000 with a vibrant economy
located 90 miles west of Lincoln and 15 miles south of I-80. It is part of
the Tri-Cities that include Kearney and Grand Island.

For more information, please contact:

HHS Principal - Jay Opperman, 402-461-7550, jopperma@esu9.org
HPS Director of Human Resources - Craig Kautz, 402-461-7500, ckautz@esu9.org

German Instructor - Patrick Vogel, pvogel@esu9.org

HPS Website: http://hastingspublicschools.org

Monday, October 29, 2012

Flickr Update



Hello all, Chris here again. We have updated our selection of pictures on our Flickr photostream! Pictures have been added to our collections for Hamburg and Japan, and Belgium, as well as starting two new sets for Shanghai and Changzhou in China. Please visit our Flickr site and feel free to use these pictures however you wish for your lessons. Let us know what you think as well as what types of pictures you are looking for. Enjoy!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/languageteacherstoolbox/

Jobs: Adjunct Lecturer - Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY‏




Lecturer in German
Spring 2013
Title: Lecturer in German
Date Needed: February 2013

Description: Hartwick College, a nationally ranked, selective liberal arts
and sciences institution, invites applications for an adjunct position as
Lecturer in German for the Spring term in 2013. The successful candidate
will teach two sections of Elementary German I.

Qualifications: Master's degree in German, or teaching experience required.
Applicants should be committed to teaching excellence.

Interested candidates should send a letter of application, c.v., and names
of three references to Dr. Mark Wolff, Chair, Department of Modern and
Classical Languages, Hartwick College, One Hartwick Drive, Oneonta, NY
13820, or wolffm@hartwick.edu. Review of applications will begin immediately
and continue until the position is filled.

Hartwick College is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and members of
underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. The College
prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation/preference and
gender identity/expression.

German: 775 Jahre Berlin



Chris here again. Today I have a cool link to share for teachers and students interested in learning more about Berlin. This year Berlin is celebrating its 775th birthday! Check out the city's website for all the festivities and to learn more about this great city.

http://www.berlin.de/775/

Do you have any interesting activities or lessons on Berlin? Let us know how you cover Berlin in your courses!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Jobs: German Adjunct Position - Montclair State University, NJ‏



The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Montclair State
University in Montclair, NJ, invites applications for an adjunct
instructor of German for the Spring 2013 (to begin January 22, 2013).

Candidates should have at least a Masters degree, and would be tasked with
teaching an Intensive Beginning German course, MTWR 11:30 to 12:45 (6
credits). There may be a possibility for additional teaching assignments in
the future.

For more information, or to submit an application, please contact Dr.
Thomas Herold at heroldt@mail.montclair.edu or 973-655-7908.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

News: Best iOS apps for mobile learning



Hello all, Chris here. Today we have a great infographic from OnlineUniversities.com to share with you on mobile learning apps for iOS. There are a wide variety of great apps to be found here. Enjoy!


Best iOS Apps for Mobile Learning
From: OnlineUniversities.com

News: iPhone apps for letter recognition



Hello all, Chris here again. Today we have a guest post brought to us via gonannies.com. Their article features 10 iPhone Apps for Preschoolers that Reinforce Letter Rrecognition. Take a look and you may find possible application for the apps or their ideas in your language courses. Let us know what you think!


iPhone apps for letter recognition

Friday, October 26, 2012

Jobs: World Language Educators Needed - Middlebury Interactive Languages, VT‏



As World Language educators you possess the talent to prepare the next
generation to compete in a global world. Middlebury Interactive Languages
is committed to this mission and seeks World Language educators to be part
of their learning community during the summer of 2013. We are now accepting
applications!

Join this outstanding company and be a leader for tomorrow through your
talents and contributions. Visit http://mmla.middlebury.edu/employment/
for a complete job description and to apply.

Our Opportunities:
Summer Academy Language Directors and Teachers - Four-Week Residential
Academies
Qualifications:
Current language educators
K-16 teaching experience
World language teaching experience at the secondary level
Mastery of the target language and culture


Summer Academy Teachers and TAs - Day Programs
Qualifications:
Current language educators
K-16 teaching experience
World language teaching experience at the secondary level
Mastery of the target language and culture
Live within driving distance of program

Applications open October 22 for Language Directors and December 1 for
Teachers.

Jobs: German School of Ft. Lauderdale, part-time position




The "German School of Ft. Lauderdale" is seeking a qualified and highly
motivated, part time German teacher for Saturday classes in the Miami area.
Candidates should be experienced teaching German Language Arts, Science and
Social Studies to native speaker's on the elementary level, as well as
German as a foreign language classes for various age groups.

Please send resume and proof of qualifications to:
germanschoolfl@aol.com 
Attn.: Svenja Iglesias (Director)

www.germanschoolfl.com 
German School of Ft. Lauderdale c/o Gloria dei Academy
7601 S. W. 39th Street
Davie, Fl. 33328
Phone: 954-2887599

Thursday, October 25, 2012

ESL: Speaker Series (Nov 2)


French: Média en ligne | Musée du Louvre | Paris


Bonjour, Johanne ici. Today I have another video to share with fellow French teachers. This one is on the Musée du Louvre. Enjoy!

Média en ligne | Musée du Louvre | Paris

French: Musée d'Orsay - Petites phrases, grandes histoires - Manet, Cézanne


Bonjour, Johanne ici. Today I have another video about the Musée d'Orsay to share with you. This one features Manet and Cézanne:

Musée d'Orsay: Petites phrases, grandes histoires : Manet, Cézanne

French: Musée d'Orsay - 1 minute au musée - La nuit étoilée


Bonjour, Johanne ici encore. Today I have another video to share from the Musée d'Orsay. Enjoy!

Musée d'Orsay: 1 minute au musée : La nuit étoilée

French: Musée d'Orsay - 1 minute au musée - Rosiers sous les arbres


Bonjour, Johanne ici encore. Today we have another video to share about the Musée d'Orsay. Enjoy!

Musée d'Orsay: 1 minute au musée : Rosiers sous les arbres

France: Musée d'Orsay: Galerie vidéo



Bonjour, Johanne ici. Today I have a video to share about the Musée d'Orsay:

Musée d'Orsay: Galerie vidéo

Jobs: High school German position, Louisville, CO




Jerry Anderson, Principal of Monarch HS in Louisville, CO (Boulder Valley
School District), has announced a .6 High School German Position will be
posted this week and close next week.

The position involves three classes; a level I class, a level II class, and
a combined levels III, IV, V class.

For more information about this position, please contact Jerry Anderson,
Principal, at: jerry.anderson@bvsd.org.

To apply for the position, go to: http://bvsd.org/jobs/Pages/default.aspx
and follow the instructions on the website.

Direct link to apply: http://bit.ly/TdKdeb

Jobs: Middle school German teacher, Williamstown Middle School



The following position is anticipated within the Monroe Township Public
School District beginning February 1, 2013:

BUILDING: WILLIAMSTOWN MIDDLE SCHOOL
POSITION: World Language German Teacher

Candidates are to indicate their interest in writing to:

Dana R. Mericle, Principal
Williamstown Middle School
561 Clayton Road
Williamstown, NJ 08094
856-629-7444

CLOSING DATE FOR THIS POSTING: 10/16/12 or until filled

"Effective September 1, 2011, all employees of State and Local Government
must reside in the State of New Jersey, unless exempted under law"

AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER
MINORITIES ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

EFL: Weather lesson videos



Chris here again with some additional video clips featuring our teachers demonstrating parts of their new and improved lesson on weather. We noticed a large improvement in the teachers' abilities to plan lessons implement effective and enjoyable lessons in a very short amount of time. Presentations were followed with class discussion and feedback sessions.


Technology: Teachers Easy Guide to The Most Important Web Tools in Education


"When it comes to using web resources with our students, time plays a decisive role.It is next to impossible for a busy teacher restricted by curriculum constraints, day to day lesson preparations, assignment corrections, to mention but a few of his chores, to effectively search the web and find the adequate resources to share with his/ her students. Most people just do not have the time to learn all these technologies and some educators pick just one or two websites of interest and start exploring them." 

Technology: Using Google forms for a "Choose your own adventure" style story


"The basic idea is, the students construct a story where the next page in the story depends on a decision made by the person reading the story. Generally in one of these books the reader flips to a different page depending on their decision and so create their own version of the story. With a sufficiently advanced plot, and a long enough book, there can be a very large number of ways a story can unfold."
http://davidwees.com/

Monday, October 22, 2012

News: Learning languages makes the brain bigger



A recent article in Business Insider reports that learning a new language increases brain growth in certain areas, citing a recent report published in the journal NeuroImage. Researchers compared MRIs of Swedish army personnel going through intense language training with students at an elite science school. The brain scans displayed more distinct growth in the cerebral cortex for the language students. You can read more in the Business Insider article linked below:

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Technology: 80+ Google Forms for the Classroom



Hello everyone, Claudia here,

I would like to share with you this cool article I found on "Google Forms".  The author created example forms for each of the different topics, follow the links in each of the sections to see them. He also included a link so that you can get your own copy of the form – click on the appropriate link and it should open in your docs home.    http://edte.ch/

Spanish: Los mejores contenidos educativos online, en español y gratuitos

"Los mejores contenidos educativos online, en español y gratuitos" es un articulo con enlaces a páginas repletas de conocimiento libre, gratuito y de calidad. Incluye una selección de webs que ofrecen contenidos y herramientas educativas en español. Videos, tutoriales, presentaciones, blogs, interactivos, audioguías … Para diferentes etapas y materias.

http://www.sorayapaniagua.com

Technology: Curso gratuito y de calidad, con ejercicios, videotutoriales y evaluaciones, para aprender todo lo necesario sobre Google Docs


Curso gratuito y de calidad, con ejercicios, videotutoriales y evaluaciones, para aprender todo lo necesario sobre Google Docs.

  http://www.aulaclic.es/

German: Bingo made active - Reflexive Verb Bingo



Chris here again. Today I have a fun activity I have created for a lesson on using reflexive verbs in German. This is a Bingo activity to help students practice their recognition of reflexive verbs, however, I have built in an output component by taking the standard Bingo format and requiring students to ask classmates questions on health and hygiene using reflexive verbs. Students will then answer either affirmatively or negatively using the reflexive verb from the question. Thus, the activity also turns into a race as the students fill out their Bingo sheet as they ask and receive answers to their questions. This format in turn allows all students to participate rather than sitting and only listening to the teacher with each student getting several chances to both produce and hear reflexive verbs being used. This also reinforces the vocabulary being learned. Teachers should circulate around the room ensuring correct usage. I have included a template below for download. Feel free to create multiple alternate sheets. Let me know how this activity works for you!

Reflexive Verb Bingo 

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Jobs: Private German Teacher Needed - Madison, NJ‏




City/State: Madison, NJ

Teaching level: Minimum 2 years teaching experience required. Bachelor’s
degree and/or teaching certification preferred. Fluent or native German
proficiency level required. Experience with children preferred.

Description: Global LT, a language training company, is currently in need
of an experienced private German tutor for two children in Madison, NJ.
The children have native German speakers, however they have been living in
the U.S. for the past year, and are expected to return to Germany next
year. Their parents want them to be prepared for reintegration into the
German school system, so their reading, writing, and speaking skills need to
be up to par for their grade levels. The children are 12 and 9 years old.

Schedule: Twice per week, Monday, Wednesday and/or Friday after 4:00pm, at
their home in Madison.

If interested, please contact Christine Thornton at
CThornton@Global-LT.com. Please include your resume and hourly salary
requirements.

For more information about Global LT, please visit www.Global-LT.com.

Monday, October 15, 2012

News: Language skills: way to get a job?


Language skills: way to get a job?

Universities should do more to help students learn languages while studying, says Settit Beyene

http://www.guardian.co.uk/

Thecnology: 28 Creative Ideas for Teaching with Twitter



Enterprising educators are using Twitter in creative ways, to engage students inside and outside of class, to stay on top of education news, and keep in touch with peers and students. The following site enumerates 28 ways to use Twitter in class.

http://blogs.kqed.org

Jobs: Part-Time German at Chicago Waldorf School, IL‏



The Chicago Waldorf School is seeking a part-time German teacher for grades
7-12 beginning in January 2013.

This half-time salaried position is for 12 teaching hours (three classes
meeting four times per week for 45 minutes). Classes meet Tuesday through
Friday. Student proficiency ranges from beginning to fluent.

The ideal candidate will have native or near native fluency, a Bachelors
degree and some familiarity with Waldorf education.

We will be accepting applications through November 2012. Candidates should
send a letter of interest and resume to:

iwarfield@chicagowaldorf.org
Subject Line: Faculty Selection – Part-Time German


Ilene Warfield
for the Faculty/Staff Selection Committee
iwarfield@chicagowaldorf.org
phone: 773.465.2372


Saturday, October 13, 2012

French: Fabrice Luchini - LA FONTAINE - Le Rat et l'Eléphant - Lecture de fable


Bonjour tout le monde, Johanne ici. Today I have another video to share with French teachers. This video features a reading of a piece by La Fontaine. Enjoy!

French: Roland Barthes - Absence (Luchini) - Lecture de texte


Bonjour, Johanne ici. Today I have another French video to share about Roland Barthes featuring a reading of one of his works. Enjoy!

French: Fabrice Luchini - Rimbaud - Les assis. Lecture de poème


Bonjour tout le monde, Johanne ici. Today I have a video to share with French teachers featuring Fabrice Luchini doing a poetry reading in French. Enjoy!

French: Dans la maison, bande-annonce



Bonjour encore, Johanne ici. Today I would like to share a trailer for a new French film coming out in the near future called Dans la maison. You can read more about the movie here:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1964624/plotsummary

French: Le Palais du Louvre, Paris (1546 - 1857)


Bonjour everyone, Johanne here. Today I have another video to share with fellow French teachers. This video covers Le Palais du Louvre in Paris from 1546-1857. Enjoy!

Friday, October 12, 2012

German: Lila Wolken (Music Video & Lyrics)



Hello all Chris here again. Today I have a music video to share with fellow German teachers. This is one of the most popular songs in Germany at the moment and is getting frequent play on German MTV. Below you have the music video as well as the lyrics for the song. Enjoy!



Lyrics can be found at:

http://lyricstranslate.com

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Family Members with Pumpkins



Looking for an easy activity to bring Halloween to the class? Try this classic poem about five little pumpkins. If you have any students who aren't allowed to study holidays change witches to leaves and "Boo, It's Halloween YAY" to "It's time to play!
 
A family of pumpkins sitting on a gate.
The mommy said, "Oh, my it's late!"
The daddy said, "I don't care!"
The sister said, "There are witches in the air!"
The brother said, "Let's run away!"
And the baby said, "Boo! It's Halloween. Yay!"
Then Whoooooosh... went the wind,
And out went the light!
And the five little pumpkins rolled out of sight.

For sample worksheets along with a lesson look here

Jobs: DoDEA Virtual German Teacher Needed - Wiesbaden, Germany‏



Job Title: Teacher (German & Any Other HS Category)
Department: Department of Defense
Agency: Department of Defense Education Activity
Job Announcement Number: DoDEA-HQ-12-749852-GRM
SALARY RANGE: $39,775.00 to $80,930.00 / School Year
OPEN PERIOD: Thursday, October 04, 2012 to Friday, October 12, 2012
SERIES & GRADE: TP-1701-00
POSITION INFORMATION: Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
DUTY LOCATIONS: 1 vacancy in the following location:

Wiesbaden Germany

WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED: United States Citizens, Current or Former Federal
Civil Competitive, Current DoDEA or Excepted Service Employees

KEY REQUIREMENTS

You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this position
You must meet the Selective Service requirement
A background/suitability investigation/determination is required

DUTIES:

Incumbent of this position will provide professional teaching skills to
assist student to achieve optimum development of skills and mastery of
knowledge identified by the Department of Defense Education Activity
Community Strategic Plan and Curriculum by conducting assigned subject
matter or grade level(s) instruction in the DoDEA School System. The
teacher plans, organizes and presents information and instruction via a
Learning Management System which helps students learn subject matter and
skills that will contribute to their academic development; has an
instructional plan which is compatible with the DoDEA Virtual High School
and system-wide curricular goals; interacts effectively with students,
co-workers, and parents; carries out noninstructional duties as assigned
and/or as needed; adheres to established laws, policies, rules and
regulations; and follows a plan for professional development.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
In order to be considered for employment for positions in DoDEA, applicants
must meet the general criteria below.

Selectee MUST be certified to teach all specified categories below:
German AND any other High School teaching category (AP German is required)

EDUCATION:

A baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited by a regional
accrediting association is required. Academic preparation of at least 40
semester hours (SH) in general education course work distributed over such
fields as English, history, social studies, mathematics, fine arts,
languages, science, philosophy, and psychology is required. In addition, a
minimum of 18 SH of professional teacher education course work in such areas
as learning process, tests and measurement, educational
philosophy/psychology, social foundations, methods of teaching and
curriculum applicable to the type and level of the position for which
applying is required. Note: Professional teacher education and semester
hours in the content area(s) are considered in conjunction with a current
and valid State certificate. Official transcripts must reflect 50% of the
course work in professional teacher education and in the content area(s) of
the position(s) to be filled.

Advanced Placement (AP) certification in German.

Majored in Foreign Language OR a minimum of 30 semester hours in foreign
language course work in German.

A minimum of 12 semester hours of upper level foreign language course work.

REQUIREMENTS:

1. United States (U.S.) citizenship.

2. Physical ability to perform the duties efficiently and without hazard to
self or others.

3. Availability on a worldwide basis is required and applicants should be
available for immediate in-processing as soon as an employment offer is
made.

4. Specialized Experience Requirements: A minimum of two years of
successful classroom teaching experience is required.

5. Student Teaching or an Internship.

6. State or Territory Certification/License.

7. DoDEA Licensure.

8. Testing Requirements.

9. Extracurricular Activities.


HOW TO APPLY:

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package
which includes:

1. Your Resume
2. A complete Occupational Questionnaire
3. Additional Required Documents

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on
Friday, October 12, 2012.

To begin process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log
in to your existing USAJOBS account.

Full information available:

https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/327980100 

Jobs: Replacement Position in German: Davidson College, NC‏



Davidson College, a highly-selective, small liberal arts college near
Charlotte, North Carolina, anticipates a one-year sabbatical replacement
opening in German Studies (with the possibility of an additional semester),
beginning August 1, 2013. We are looking for a colleague who has a
demonstrated commitment to language teaching, has strong scholarly
potential, is committed to mentoring undergraduate students, and will
enthusiastically contribute to the growth of German Studies on campus.
Teaching load is 2/3 or 3/2. One course may be outside the department, e.g.,
in the Writing program or the Humanities program. Specialization open.
Native or near-native proficiency in German required. PhD in hand or
expected.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, c.v., statement of teaching
philosophy, a writing sample, and graduate school transcripts to our HR
website at https://jobs.davidson.edu. You will be asked to enter the names
and email addresses of three references. Our system willautomatically
contact those references to request a letter for your application.
Applications must be complete by November 15. Interviews will be conducted
via Skype in December.

Davidson is strongly committed to achieving excellence and cultural
diversity, and welcomes applications from women, members of minority groups,
and others who would bring additional dimensions to the college's mission.

Jobs: High School Teacher Needed - Goshen High School, IN‏



GOSHEN HIGH SCHOOL
German Teacher
1 class at Goshen Middle School – the remainder at Goshen High School

Required:
*Indiana License

Qualities Desired:
*Self-driven and motivated
*High energy – committed to teaching in collaboration with others
*Can motivate students
*Strong problem solver
*Skilled at communicating with staff, students, and parents
*Can push students to higher over thinking
*Can model thinking and problem solving skills to students
*Believes all students can learn
*Understand the use of formative assessment and data to drive instruction
*Provides timely and specific feedback toward student learning goals
*Designs engaging lessons
*Fosters positive, validating relationships within the school community

Prior to an interview, all applicants must have an online application
completed.
To complete the application, go to www.goshenschools.org, select
employment opportunities and follow the prompts for certified application.

Any applicant qualified and interested please send a letter of interest and
up-to-date resume to Principal Dr. Barry Younghans
byounghans@goshenschools.org. Goshen High School is located at 401
Lincolnway East, Goshen, IN 46526.

The teacher must carry a current Indiana Teacher’s License with German
endorsement. An understanding of best practice teaching, including the work
of Dr. Robert Marzano with academic vocabulary, learning goals, and
performance-based learning is essential. Goshen High School is a TAP school
(Teacher and Student Advancement Program), so a comfort level with multiple
observations/evaluations, peer/administrative feedback, collaborative work
and imbedded professional development is essential.

The Goshen Community School's Board of School Trustees is an equal
opportunity employer. Selection of the applicant will be made without
reference to race, color, creed, sex, age, handicap, or national origin.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

News: Flickr update with pics for French teachers



Chris here again. We have added some more pictures to our Flickr photostream. Today's upload is for French teachers with the start of our set for Belgium, specifically Brussels. Enjoy!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/languageteacherstoolbox/

News: Utah district expands dual language immersion program into higher grades



The number of dual language immersion schools has surged in recent years, and now some districts face a decision about how to continue language education efforts after students leave elementary school. A Utah district will be the first in the state to create a dual immersion program in junior high. "We're sort of blazing the trail," said Bonnie Flint, the district's secondary world languages supervisor. You can read more about Utah's dual language immersion expansion via the article linked below:

News: University creates course on learning Chinese for business




The University of Oklahoma has introduced a noncredit course for students interested in learning basic conversational skills in Mandarin. According to university officials, the class seeks to help students communicate during business transactions and travel, and was formed in response to more local companies interacting with China. You can read more about the course via the article linked below:

News: Fla. academy uses different approach to teach languages



The Ocala Language Academy in Marion County, Fla., does not take the traditional classroom method to get children and adults to speak a new language. Manager Gabriele Via Knecht engages her pupils with games and image association exercises when they are learning Chinese, German, French and Spanish. According to academy co-owner Ashley Owens the school will work to catch the county up with the rest of the world in its dedication to learning a new language.

Policy Watch: Fed. investigation results in new plan for Ariz. ELL education




Arizona will have to provide special classes to help about 42,000 students improve their reading and writing. The state's public schools falsely labeled the English language learners as fluent in English, an investigation found. The state also will need to establish a new process for accurately assessing students' English speaking competency. You can read more via the article linked below:

News: Lack of cultural knowledge causing problems for U.S. troops



A recent Stars & Stripes article details issues U.S. troops are having on the battlefield due to a lack of cultural knowledge. Soldiers ship out without language competence or any real cultural knowledge. You can read move via the article linked below:

Lack of cultural knowledge causing battlefield problems for U.S. troops

Policy Watch: Oregon reshaping struggling ELL programs



Oregon schools have had difficulties getting English language learners to reach proficiency and graduate from high school. As a result, the state is looking to make wholesale changes to curriculum and instruction for ELL students. According to Susan Inman, who supervises ELL programs for the state, "it's time to step up and even go further with serving these students in a more effective way." You can read via the article linked below:

News: University receives grant to teach languages to future mil. officers



The Defense Department awarded the University of Wisconsin-Madison a $490,000 grant to provide classes for languages of critical need. Students in training to become officers will take classes in Arabic, Hindi-Urdu, Turkish and Russian for free through the "Project Global Officers" grant. The military sees improving language skills as crucial to missions. See our recent post on a new military language facility in Germany here

You can view the full article on Wisconsin-Madison's grant via the link below:

News: Language study should be part of the college decision



In a recent article on the Huffington Post, global education advocate Stacie Nevadomski Berdan writes that parents and students ought to consider how well an institution teaches languages while making a college choice. Business leaders and government officials look at language proficiency as a critical need for their employees and we have seen many recent articles noting the government's particular need for qualified foreign language speakers. Berdan suggests checking each college's language offerings, the language faculty's qualifications and background as well as study abroad opportunities. You can read the full article via the link below:

Jobs: BSN Language Institute, German instructor, Penn.



The BSN Language Institute is seeking a Pennsylvania certified German
teacher who would be interested in teaching live, online High School German
level 1 and level 4 classes from 8-10AM EDT starting October 29, 2012. The
classes meet live. Teachers will be provided with any necessary texts,
graphics tablet and training with the online technology.

If you are interested, or if you would like more information about this
opportunity, please contact the BSN Language Institute Coordinator, Ms. Evon
Zundel at ezundel@blendedschools.net or 610-390-3521.

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