Friday, September 25, 2020
Recognitions

KWLA announces Outstanding Teacher, Outstanding Rising Star Teacher

Jennifer Hoban, a French teacher at Louisville Collegiate School, is the 2020 recipient of the Kentucky World Language Association (KWLA) Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award. She received the award on Sept. 19 at the KWLA Fall Virtual Conference.
Recognitions

102 Fayette County graduates earn Seal of Biliteracy

The Fayette County Public Schools Seal of Biliteracy recognizes graduating seniors who demonstrate functional language skills in English and another language. Honorees awarded this distinction during the 2019-2020 academic year include 102 graduates earning distinction in French, German, Hungarian, Japanese, Lingala, Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swahili and Swedish.
Recognitions

Lafayette High School teacher named Japanese Teacher of the Year

The Kentucky Association of Japanese Language Teachers selected Mariko Barnes of Lafayette High School (Fayette County) as the state’s Japanese Teacher of the Year.
Announcements

KWLA seeking nominations for 2020 World Language Teaching Awards

The Kentucky World Language Association (KWLA) is seeking nominations for its annual awards.
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.
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.