By Lucas Gravitt

The Kentucky World Language Association’s (KWLA) Annual Fall Conference is coming Sept. 21-23 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel at the Louisville Airport. With more than 400 attendees expected from all across Kentucky and other states, we are thoroughly looking forward to “Languages on the Rise” with you.

The conference theme, “Languages on the Rise,” is meant to inspire world language teachers to continue growing toward proficiency-based instruction, as well as promoting language study and advocacy. Conference attendees will notice a colorful balloon motif throughout the event to encourage our members to reach higher.

Ted Zarrow, 2016 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages National Language Teacher of the Year, will join us as keynote speaker and featured presenter. We are excited to have one of the best join us this year as we continue making the shift in our instructional practices.

Conference registration is open on the KWLA website until Sept. 15.

On-site registration opens 5 p.m. ET Sept. 21, and the pre-conference workshops begin at 6 p.m. ET. You also can join the KWLA board that night for the President’s Reception. The conference kicks off Sept. 22 with the opening session and keynote address, along with sessions and workshops all day. The day ends with a reception prior to the language-specific immersion dinners. Sessions and workshops continue on Sept. 23, which also includes our annual Awards Luncheon, where the new 2017 KWLA Outstanding Teacher award – among others – will be announced.

We certainly hope you will consider joining us in Louisville in September!


Lucas Gravitt is a German teacher at Scott County High School and the owner and director of the Central Kentucky German School in Lexington. He currently serves as the president of the Kentucky World Language Association.