Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Recognitions

Kentucky students win National Security Language Initiative scholarships

Nine students at The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science at Western Kentucky University have received a nationally-competitive National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) Scholarships for immersive, critical language study this summer and next academic year.
Recognitions

Fayette teacher earns national Chinese language teachers’ group honor

Yan Wang, a teacher at Dixie Magnet Elementary School (Fayette County), is one of two national recipients of the 2019 Outstanding Chinese Teacher Award from the Chinese Language Association Secondary-Elementary Schools, which commended her as a highly effective teacher and an excellent role model for K-12 Chinese teachers.
Elena Kamenetzky

KWLA names Outstanding Teacher, Outstanding New Teacher

Elena Kamenetzky, a Japanese teacher at Eastern High School (Jefferson County), is the 2019 recipient of the Kentucky World Language Association Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award.
News

Feedback and teacher participation sought on world language standard

The Kentucky Department of Education is seeking feedback on the Kentucky Standard for World Language Proficiency.
Recognitions

Russell Independent teacher recognized by honor society

Catherine Del Valle, a Spanish teacher at Russell High School (Russell Independent), has received the John Temple Award for State Director of the Year from Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica, an honor society for high school students enrolled in Spanish and/or Portuguese.
Heike Armbrust, left, an English teacher and German educator at the Anne-Frank-Gymnasium in Werne, Germany, and Nicole Whitescarver, a German teacher at Greenwood High School (Warren County), team teach in Whitescarver's classroom. Submitted photo by Karen Phillips Littlewood

Creating long-lasting international partnerships in Kentucky schools

Global teachers create global students. Traveling the world with your students may sound like a huge step to take, but in fact, it is manageable for every teacher willing to give it a try.
At the Kentucky World Language Association’s 2019 State Showcase and Competition, students can create a variety of projects that represent their language of study, such as this entry from a previous year. During the interpersonal interview, the student presents their project to a judge, who asks questions of the student in the target language. Submitted photo by the Kentucky World Language Association

KWLA 2019 State Showcase set for March 2

On March 2, 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 2019 State Showcase and Competition.
Announcements

High school students may apply now for UKCI China field study

The UK Confucius Institute has announced the 2019 High School Students Experiencing China Field Study — a 14-day study program in China hosted by the UK Confucius Institute and designed to help Kentucky high school students expand their Chinese language and culture experiences.
Spotlight

Providing high-quality Spanish teachers to Kentucky schools

Visiting Teachers from Spain enables local school districts in Kentucky to hire highly qualified, licensed, native Spanish-speaking educators to teach at elementary, middle and high schools.
Announcements

New leadership named in language-specific professional organizations

During the Kentucky World Language Association’s annual conference in September, new leadership was elected in five of the six different language-specific state professional organizations.