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CARDINAL. Newsletter of the Ohio Foreign Language Association. Volume 48, Number 1 September/October Letter from the President.

The CARDINAL Newsletter of the Ohio Foreign Language Association Volume 48, Number 1 September/October 2009 Letter from the President Fred Toner, OFLA President Greetings! 2010 in 2010! Each one bring
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The CARDINAL Newsletter of the Ohio Foreign Language Association Volume 48, Number 1 September/October 2009 Letter from the President Fred Toner, OFLA President Greetings! 2010 in 2010! Each one bring one! I am in the enviable position of beginning my term as president at a moment when OFLA is strong, active, and vibrant. Our members, under the leadership of our past presidents, have brought us to a point where we are speaking out effectively for language education in the state of Ohio, expanding our professional development offerings for teachers, and working in the context of the profession to bring about positive change. We are particularly fortunate as a state organization to have two extraordinarily dynamic World Language Consultants from our state Department of Education, Debbie Robinson and Ryan Wertz, who continue to inspire and motivate us. I sincerely believe that it would be difficult, indeed, to find a more dedicated and enthusiastic set of individuals than those who serve you on the OFLA board. young age makes perfect sense. The camp setting is an ideal way to get a head start on becoming a global citizen and reaching one s full potential. As we look forward to the next year, at the beginning of the new decade, we need to have high expectations and set lofty goals. OFLA membership can bring you into contact with a group of energetic and sympathetic colleagues, it is a source of important information, and will advocate for you and your program should you need it. Why not spread the word and ask your colleagues to join the party? The more members we have, the stronger our voice will be and the more effective our actions. We currently have nearly 1,800 members out of a total of more than 3,000 foreign language educators in the state. My goal is to increase our membership to 2,010 by our conference in April. Each one bring one... or two, or three, or more! Together we can do this ( Yes, we can! ), and that, my friends, is only the beginning. All the best, Fred If you aren t already a member, then please consider signing up for the OFLA ListServ. The ListServ has become control central for information concerning job openings, professional development opportunities, and upcoming events. If you have a question about textbooks, teaching methods, language-specific materials, or anything else touching on teaching world languages, then send out a query on the ListServ and receive immediate attention from colleagues. OFLA is increasing its professional development offerings. Please mark your calendars now for our state conference on April 8-10, once again at the Hyatt on Capitol Square in Columbus, where you will hear an amazing keynote speaker (more about that in a later edition) and will have the opportunity to share ideas with hundreds of other teachers, participate in numerous workshops, and attend any number of exciting presentations. With the conference centrally located in Columbus, OFLA is striving to enrich the regional offerings. Our traditional fall workshop will be in Cincinnati this year on October 10 and will focus on differentiated instruction. You may already know the talented presenters, Jane Rauschenberg and Mary Goodwin. Don t miss this one! Look for other presentations in your area later in the year, and don t forget that your OFLA membership entitles you to reduced rates for all regional workshops. If you know young people who are curious about the world and show promise, please help them plan for the next Camp OFLA in June The camp has an amazing rate of return, as many students who attend camp return the following year. We all know that learning a language at a In This Issue OFLA News: Association Letter from the President...1 Membership Information...3 New Board Members...4 Advocacy Minute...5 Camp OFLA...6 Faculty Professional Development Learner Technology Integration...11 Advocacy & Affiliates ODE Around the State AATF...16 OCC...17 TESOL...17 Membership Form...19 Calendar of Events...20 The Cardinal September/October Executive Board President Fred Toner 283 Gordy, Ohio University Athens, OH President Elect Sarah Shackelford Executive Vice President Carol Eiber Immediate Past President Martha Pero Executive Recorder Kathy Lewton Executive Treasurer Vice President of Public Relations Roslyn M. Terek Vice President of Membership Teri Wiechart Vice President of Publications Cheryl Johnson The Cardinal The Cardinal is published four times per year by the Ohio Foreign Language Association. Deadlines: August 1 (September/October issue) October 1 (November/December issue) December 1 (January/February issue) April 1 (May/June issue) Send all submissions or queries to: Keep in mind that space limitations may make it impossible to publish all submissions, and that submissions may be edited for brevity and clarity. Why The Cardinal? (quoted from Vol. 1 No 1, October 1962) We think we have the ideal title. Ohio s representative bird, the cardinal, whose song is as beautiful as his plumage, is certainly distinctive. Furthermore, Websters s first definition of cardinal is: of basic importance. In this modern era it is of basic importance for more Americans to know more modern foreign languages, and to know them better. So we think The Cardinal is a most suitable title for our modern foreign language newsletter. The OFLA Web site: Committee Chairs Articulation & Curriculum Committee Jane Rauschenberg Awards Committee Mark Himmelein Beginning Teacher Committee Lucas Hoffman By-Laws Committee Barry Thomas College Committee Mark Himmelein Early Language Learning Committee Judy McCombs Nominations Committee Mark Himmelein Political Advocacy Committee Sarah Shackelford Professional Development Committee Patrice Castillo Promotional Educational Activities Committee Michelle Garlock Retired Teachers Committee Scholarship Committee Stacey Knipp Secondary Language Learning Committee John Meadows Teacher Education & Licensure Committee Isabel Espinoza-Cavour Technology & World Languages Committee Theresa Minick Ohio Dept. of Education World Languages Consultants Deborah W. Robinson Ryan Wertz Affiliate Organizations: American Association of Teachers of French (AATF) Richard Emch American Association of Teachers of German (AATG) Deborah Page American Association of Teachers of Slavic and Eastern European Languages (AATSEEL) Irina Stakhanova American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP) AATSP Buckeye Chapter Denise Lepe-Perkins Ohio Association of Teachers of Chinese (OATC) Jeannine Subisak Ohio Association of Teachers of Japanese (OATJ) Lee Link Ohio Classical Conference (OCC) Franz J Gruber Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Teri Mandell The Ohio Foreign Language Association is a member of the Central States Conference (CSC), the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), and the Joint National Committee for Languages (JNCL). 2 September/October 2009 The Cardinal Ohio Foreign Language Association The OFLA Vision Every Ohio student will be proficient in a second language, which is essential to a world-class education. The OFLA Mission The Ohio Foreign Language Association is committed to world language study beginning in the primary grades, so that every learner, from early childhood through adult, acquires a high level of communicative and intercultural competence. The OFLA Strategic Plan 1. Establish clear expectations for foreign language learners. Executive Vice President Early Language Learning Secondary Language Learning College Beginning Teachers Promotional Educational Activities State World Languages Consultant 2. Build the capacity of foreign language teachers to prepare learners to demonstrate their proficiency. President Elect Articulation & Curriculum Professional Development Scholarship Teacher Education & Licensure Technology & World Languages State World Languages Consultant 3. Build support for foreign language instruction among parents, policy leaders, the business community and opinion leaders in the media. Immediate Past President Awards Political Advocacy Public Relations Retired Teachers the OFLA web site the Affiliates Membership Information Teri Wiechart, Vice President of Membership This is the last issue of The Cardinal for those whose memberships expired on September 1, Look on the mailing label of this issue for your expiration year. (This is accurate as of August 19, Renewals received after this date were not yet posted.) To renew go to and follow the prompts for Membership. Or mail the renewal form to Teri Wiechart, VP for Membership OFLA, PO Box 7038, Defiance, Ohio Questions? contact Teri at President Fred Toner has set a goal for 2010 members in Talk to your colleagues who are not members and encourage them to join. If any of you has ideas and a desire to help market and promote this goal, please join my committee. Contact me at And the Membership Contest Winner Is... Norma Guice! Congratulations, Norma! Norma s name was drawn at the OFLA Board Meeting held on Tuesday, Aug 4, 2009 in Columbus from the pool of all those who renewed their membership early. For renewing early, she will receive an additional year of membership free! Norma received a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois in She taught for 15 years at the University of Illinois (Urbana and Chicago), and Miami University of Ohio where she initiated a successful Olympiad for high school students of Spanish. She has been a teacher of Spanish and French at Shaker Heights High School, Shaker Heights, Ohio, since She served for 12 years as the Foreign Language Department Head and was active in district initiatives and activities. In 1992 she founded the Mano en Mano: Hispanic Connection group and in 1997 she founded the La Mancha chapter of the Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica at the high school. Norma has also taught at John Carroll and Ashland Universities in Ohio. She has served as a workshop consultant and AP Spanish Table Leader for 17 years. She is a past member of the AP Spanish Test Development Committee. She is Chair Emerita of CORE-FL (Coordinating Ohio Educators in Foreign Languages) of Northeast Ohio, an organization that she founded in Norma has received grants from various foundations and was one of two national scholars to receive a fellowship from the College Board to a University of Virginia summer experience. She was one of the contributors to Ohio s first Model Foreign Language Curriculum. She has published a book and articles in the field of education and Hispanic letters. Norma is a member of OFLA, AATSP and the MLA. She has three children, Raleigh Jr., Tracey, and Gregory, and three grandchildren who, together with her teaching, keep her very busy. The Cardinal September/October Meet Our New Board Members Carol Eiber - Executive Recorder Carol has over 27 years of experience teaching Spanish, some French, and a little English. She earned National Board Certification in 2002 and served as chairperson for the foreign language department at Stow-Munroe Falls High School. Her favorite professional development activities have been OFLA and CSC conferences, the study abroad programs with the Spanish Ministry of Education in Salamanca, Spain, and with AATSP in Puebla, Mexico. She marks her success by students who have gone abroad with Amigos de las Americas, the Rotary Exchange, and mission trips, as well as those who have majored or minored in Spanish at the university level. Franz J. Gruber Ohio Classical Conference (OCC) Representative Franz did his undergraduate studies in Regensburg and Berlin, Germany. In 1994 he earned his Ph.D. in Classics from Cornell University. He taught Ancient Greek and Classical Mythology at the Univerisity of Malawi from He has been teaching Latin, Classical History, and Mythology at the Middle and High School level since 1996 first at The Wardlaw-Hartridge School in New Jersey (from ) and then at The Columbus Academy. He served as president of the Ohio Classical Conference from He is a member of the OCC Council and now serves as the OCC representative to OFLA. 4 September/October 2009 The Cardinal Advocacy Minute Sarah Shackelford, President Elect About JNCL-NCLIS Joint National Committee for Languages - National Council for Languages and International Studies Advocacy updates received from JNCL-NCLIS are frequently posted to the OFLA ListServ. So what IS JNCL-NCLIS? The Joint National Committee for Languages (JNCL) and the National Council for Languages and International Studies (NCLIS) are united in their belief that all Americans must have the opportunity to learn and use English and at least one other language. This mission is shared by all of the organizations who hold membership in JNCL-NCLIS. In 1976, the Joint National Committee for Languages began as an informal coalition of eight national language teaching associations, and now has grown to over 60 members, including national, regional, and state organizations. JNCL is an entirely member-funded nonprofit education policy association, and it represents more than 300,000 professionals under its three-tiered governance. The most widely known JNCL activity is its annual Delegate Assembly in Washington, DC where members promote public awareness of language issues. Since its creation in 1988, the National Council for Languages and International Studies has engaged in public advocacy on behalf of languages and international education. NCLIS is a nonprofit trade association that serves as an action arm for the language and international education community by translating professional priorities into national policy. OFLA is a member of long standing in JNCL-NCLIS, and OFLA President Elect Sarah Shackelford currently serves on the JNCL Board. Recent News: Race to the Top - President Obama s Race to the Top is a challenge to provide a top notch education to all students. Learn more at [July 28, 2009] Preparing students for the global economy is one of the key concepts behind the 21st Century Skills agenda. Read more about this report here: ntent&task=view&id=202&itemid=64 The executive summary of the report of the New Commission on the Skills of the American Workforce examines the challenges of globalization and the way that education must change to meet those challenges. More at: skillscommission.org/pdf/exec_sum/toughchoices_execsum.pdf American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of Building the nation s language capacity is the topic of a new report out of the NFLC & CAL. Read this informed opinion about the steps that the U.S. must take. summaryfinal040509_combined.pdf Hot Off the Press: A policy statement about foreign language strategies, objectives, and goals that came out of the May meeting of JNCL-NCLIS. Read and download a pdf version at You will find, in addition, a PowerPoint containing information about efforts to enhance foreign language education in Ohio. The PowerPoint also provides a summary of research about the benefits of learning foreign languages. The Cardinal September/October 2009 Awards Banquet Donors Support Camp OFLA Roslyn Terek, OFLA Vice President for Public Relations $2100 Raised in Honor of Foreign Language Colleagues, Family Members and Friends Once again, there was an amazing show of support for Camp OFLA at the 2009 Conference Awards Luncheon! As he addressed the audience, Past President, Mark Himmelein, explained how thrilled he was last year to have begun this impromptu drive that raised $1200. At that time, Mark had challenged those in attendance to honor colleagues, former foreign language teachers, mentors and others who had been influential in their career choice. This year, Mark expressed the desire to continue this support. He noted that in this economically difficult time, perhaps it would be difficult to meet last year s donations. Nonetheless, after his initial pledge, nineteen OFLA members joined him in support of this great program! A standing ovation honored this year s donors as the drive ended. The donations to Camp OFLA totaled $2100 this year! There was great emotion evident in the faces and voices of the donors as they each rose to announce their donations and those they were honoring. The OFLA Board and the Camp OFLA Staff thank the following members for their support. Camp OFLA Donors and Honored Colleagues and Friends Sarah Shackelford - $300 Barbara Andrews Marilyn Barruetta Micheline Ghibaudo Roslyn Terek - $300 French Professor Christine R. Dykema French Professor Dr. Renée Linkhorn Father Peter Paul Gura Brother Thomas Randall Gura Lillian Acker - $100 Her Parents Her Children Anonymous - $100 Susan Colville-Hall - $100 Her current and former students Kirsten Halling - $100 Wright State French Colleagues Pascale Abadie Barbara Galbraith Marie Hertzler Mark Himmelein - $100 Barbara Ball Roger Schlueter Louise Kiefer Qun Hu-Yan - $100 Denise Lepe-Perkins - $100 Colleague Betty Croswell Middletown City Schools FL Department Wright State Spanish and French Professors Stacy Knipp - $100 Her grandmother John Meadows - $100 Marcia Ruegsegger Rose Corcoran Smith Martha Pero - $100 Hudson World Language Teachers Joanne Martin-Reynolds Jane Rauschenberg - $100 Madame Bayat Madame Muntean Madame Weber Kun Shi - $100 Volunteer Teachers from China Ohio Foreign Language Teachers Rita Stroempl - $100 Early College Colleague Madame Alice Larson John Hay Campus Barry Thomas - $100 His German teachers His French teachers Fred Toner - $100 Barb Reichenbach Ryan Wertz - $100 Student Teacher Interns Laura Vice Patricia Gray Mendoza Anne Weiant Germaine Evanko Teri Wiechart - $100 Carma Jean Rausch, Morgan High School 6 September/October 2009 The Cardinal Around the State Deborah W. Robinson, Ph.D. & Ryan T. Wertz World Language Consultants, ODE Ohio Warmly Welcomes Its Fourth Group of Visiting International Teachers Finding highly qualified world language teachers for hard-to-fill positions in our state continues to be a challenge for many schools and districts. With baby boomers beginning to retire in significant numbers and fewer young people enrolling in foreign language teaching certification programs, Ohio faces a significant challenge in maintaining its current levels of K-12 foreign language enrollment. Ohio s Memoranda of Understanding with Spain, Taiwan and Mainland China allow our state to bring highly qualified teachers for short periods of time to fill critical need positions while we work to increase the number of Ohioans seeking their K-12 foreign language teaching credentials. The Ohio Department of Education is pleased to welcome the following visiting international teachers to our state, some for their second or third year: Visiting Teachers from Spain: Guest Teachers from Mainland China: Rocío Adrián - Mansfield City Schools (2nd year) Rocío Arias - Cincinnati City Schools (new) Esperanza Gorriz - Youngstown City Schools (2nd year) Aurora Madaula - Indian Creek Local Schools (new) Alberto Martínez - Mansfield City Schools (new) Ruth Martínez - Bryan City Schools (3rd year) Marta Rodríguez - Mansfield City Schools (2nd year) Raquel Rodríguez - Cincinnati City Schools (new) Visiting Teachers from Taiwan: Yu-Fang Chiang - Avon Local Schools (3rd year) Chen Gang - Chillicothe City Schools (new) Yaxin Guan - Chagrin Falls Schools (2nd year) Qian Jiang - Marion Local Schools (new) Zhihui Li - Columbus School for Girls (new) Yue Lin - Tipp City Schools (new) Yonghui Ren - Jackson City Schools (2nd year) Xiao Sun - Lorain City Schools (new) Peibin Tang - Hubbard Schools (2nd year) Xiaosu Tang - Perkins Local (new) Yanling Wang - Crestwood Local Schools (new) Guanyu Wu - Perkins Local Schools (new) Jingjing Wu - Shaker Hts. City Schools (new) Yahui Xu - Kenston Local Schools (2nd year) Zhimin Xu - Kent City Schools (new) Wen Yi - Shaker Hts. City Schools (3rd year) Yang Zhang - Lorain City Schools (new) Qiong Zhou - Genoa Area Schools (new) If one or more of these individuals will be working in your district, or
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