The Kentucky World Language Association (KWLA) is seeking nominations for its annual awards, including:

  • Outstanding Teacher of the Year
    • Recognizes an individual of the world language teaching profession who has demonstrated long-term achievement and service to the profession. Candidates for this award are automatically those who have been named the “Teacher of the Year” selected and awarded by the executive boards from the Kentucky Chapters of each of their own respective professional language teaching organizations (currently in Kentucky, there are organizations for Spanish, French, German, Chinese, Japanese, and K-8).
  • Outstanding Rising Star Teacher
    • Recognizes a teacher with no more than five years of experience (both in the US and/or internationally) who has already made an amazing impact on their students by exhibiting best practices to an uncommonly high degree.
  • Outstanding Administrator
    • Recognizes a school administrator who has demonstrated exemplary support of world language learning and teaching at his/her institution, community, or in the state.
  • Lifetime Achievement
    • Recognizes a person whose life-long career in the world language teaching profession has made a vast and immeasurable difference on the lives of their students, parents, communities and colleagues
  • Amici Linguarum – or “Friend of Languages”
    • Recognizes individuals and/or organizations, who may pertain to the realm of education or not, and that are not directly involved in the teaching of world languages, for their significant contributions to the profession.

The deadline for nominations is June 30th, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. ET. Winners will be announced at the association’s annual conference in September.

Founded in 1974, the Kentucky World Language Association is dedicated to the improvement and expansion of the teaching and learning of all languages at all levels of instruction. The KWLA Awards Program was designed to further advance the group’s mission to better serve the world language teachers and students of Kentucky.

The winner of the Outstanding Teacher Award will advance to the regional competition, sponsored by the Southern Conference on Language Teaching (SCOLT). The person who wins at SCOLT will advance to the national competition sponsored by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language (ACTFL), where he/she will compete against other regional winners for the ACTFL National Language Teacher of the Year Award.

For more information on the awards and the nomination process, please visit the KWLA’s Awards webpage or email Mr. Alfonso De Torres Núñez