Thursday, March 23, 2017
Global Competency/World Languages

Global Competency/World Languages

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Global competence professional learning modules released

Kentucky educators now have access to nine free Global Competence Modules that are self-directed and can be completed anywhere there is an internet connection. The eight modules and final review module help educators understand the concept of global education and how those ideas can translate into global lesson for all students in all content areas.

World languages regional conferences set for March

There are two regional professional learning opportunities available for world languages teachers in March.
Locals and visitors alike line the street at dawn in Luang Prabang, Laos, to distribute alms to the Buddhist monks. This past summer, Lauren Hines, a Spanish and global competency teacher at Murray High School (Murray Independent), traveled on two Global Exploration for Educators Organization programs – a 14-day Bali and Lombok trip in Indonesia and a 14-day trip to Thailand, Laos and Vietnam. Submitted photo by Lauren Hines

The everlasting effects of traveling in a teacher

Lauren Hines, a Spanish and global competency teacher at Murray High School (Murray Independent), shares how her global travel has impacted how students learn in her classroom.
The Visiting Teachers from Spain for the 2016-17 school year include, from left, María del Carmen Pinilla Martínez de Salinas (Fleming County), Lucía Fraile Villacorta (Fayette County), Celia Manzano Gil (Fayette County), Carlos Berrozpe (education adviser from the Embassy of Spain), Alfonso De Torres Núñez (Kentucky Department of Education world languages consultant), Francisco Luque Aranda (Bath County), María Mato Fresán (Fayette County), Juan Milla Torres (Fayette County), María Dolores Baeza Alzamora (Barbourville Independent), Irene Bermejo Cobarro (Fayette County) and Cristina Tubio Estrabón (Fayette County). Not present in this picture, Nuria Rincón Vega (Boone County). Photo submitted by Alfonso De Torres Núñez

Call for applications for 2017 Visiting Teachers from Spain Program

Apply now to host a visiting teacher from Spain for the 2017-18 school year.

Core practices: Fostering interpersonal communication

In this third article in a series of seven focusing on the core practices of world languages instruction, the 2015 ACTFL National Language French Teacher of the Year Nicole Naditz shares tips for how educators can infuse interpersonal communication tasks at the earliest levels of language learning.

Japan Foundation grants offered for the 2017-18 school year

Applications are available for the following grants from the Japan Foundation, Los Angeles, for Japanese language programs.
The Visiting Teachers from China for the 2016-17 school year include, from left, Xiong Renli (Fayette County), Wei Xiaocheng (Frankfort Independent), Wang Wen (Woodford County), Liang Guangxia (Frankfort Independent), Diao Yitong (Woodford County), Cheng Labing (Beechwood Independent), Carrie Wheeler (UKCI K-12 teacher coordinator), Xu Jimin (Woodford County), Li Yang (Beechwood Independent), Yang Xiaoye (Rowan County) and Li Chun (Fayette County). Photo submitted by Carrie Wheeler

UK Confucius Institute offers K-12 schools support for global readiness

The K-12 Chinese Language, Culture Development and Enhancement Program allows local school districts in Kentucky to host highly qualified, licensed, native Chinese speaking educators to provide instruction at the elementary, middle and high school level.

Applications open for Teachers for Global Classrooms Program

The Teachers for Global Classrooms Program is a year-long, fully funded professional development opportunity for elementary, middle and high school teachers to become leaders in global education.

Core practices: Using the target language as the vehicle and content of learning

Teacher Sara Merideth shares her thoughts about why teachers shouldn't be scared of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages' core practice that says educators should use the target language as the vehicle and content of instruction 90 percent of the time.

KWLA 2017 state showcase details released

On March 25, several hundred world language students will gather at the new Cathy and Don Jacobs Building at the University of Kentucky for the Kentucky World Language Association’s 2017 State Showcase and Competition.