The Program Diaries Project
About the Project The Program Diaries Project: World Language Teacher Collaboration in Context This research project is a collaborative effort involving every student who enrolls in FLT 817 Program Development and Administration. The data collection draws upon interviews that these teacher-learners conduct with their own colleagues about topics including collaboration, teacher development and supervision, curriculum […]
Language Advocacy Days 2023
Have you talked to your legislators lately? JNCL-NCLIS LAD23 – Building Opportunity through Multilingualism
Comprehensible Grammar – Voces Digital Webinar
It’s time to get past the discord and re-discover grammar. This session will explore why and how grammar belongs in your curriculum and ways of incorporating it that empower learners to communicate more effectively.
Opening the Silos: Languages without Walls
World language departments are composed of teachers of many different languages. How can we work together and grow even when our languages are wildly different? This presentation focuses on the experiences of teachers of less commonly taught languages (LCTLs) and give advice on how language departments can collaborate and grow as a community despite the […]
Advocacy for World Language Programs
Also published on the MAFLT blog: https://maflt.cal.msu.edu/program-news. Looking for recommended resources? Open the Advocacy page Advocacy has been a prevalent theme for world language teachers and programs in the U.S. recently. Teachers are overworked, programs are closing, funding is drying up, new programs are not getting off the ground, and less-commonly-taught languages remain less common […]
Paths to intellectual leadership
How does a program director chart a path to intellectual leadership – especially if it seems to lead farther away from productivity as a researcher?
Choosing to focus on (Clifton) strengths
This fall the College of Arts & Letters Leadership Fellows kicked off by taking the Clifton Strengths Inventory (www.gallup.com/cliftonstrengths). The strengths below are my top five: Learner Achiever Ideation Individualization Strategic When we debriefed the findings in a workshop setting, we saw that almost everyone in the room shared at least two of them and […]
FLT in the U.S. – Is it in crisis?
According to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences Commission on Language Learning, the Joint National Committee for Languages, the U.S. Department of Education’s current International Strategy, and the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), as well as a variety of articles in the media, the low percentage of K-16 students who […]