Jjoin us for a weekend of fun and Spanish Speaking in Elkins April 4th & 5th. This is an opportunity to hang out with teachers from around the state, build friendships, and enjoy being immersed in Spanish for a Friday and Saturday. Friday night we get to eat at a delicious Venezuelan restaurant – El Gran Sabor http://www.elgransabor.com/ and Saturday we will be on the beautiful campus of Davis and Elkins College in downtown Elkins. The registration fee of $55 is basically the cost of meals for the event and renting the space at D&E. Friday Venezuelan Dinner; Saturday snacks and lunch from at Hazlehurst Mansion on campus.
There is still time to register and get ready for a fun weekend for us Spanish teachers.
Over 100 World Language Teachers spent October 18-19th at Fairmont University for our Annual West Virginia Foreign Language Teachers Conference. Our keynote speaker was Dr. Donna Clementi, a foreign language methods instructor at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. Her remarks and activities were well received by all. The 2013 Teacher of the Year recipients were Shirlene Groseclose, of Pocohontas County and Dr. Julie Sellers, formerly of our host university, Fairmont State University. Dr. Sellers arranged a special thank you message.
Many of our teachers lead discussions or dispersed valuable information to all our colleages, both new and seasoned.
Our conference was also featured on the local 11pm newscast on WBOY TV, watch it here… http://www.wboy.com/video?clipId=9430471&autostart=true . Great sound bite from our Outreach Coordinator, Leah Devine, Spanish teacher with the WVDE Virtual School.
A big thank you to our Board Members and organizers for a wonderful weekend. Stay tuned on WVFORLAN and our website for planning for next year’s conference – which will be in Fairmont once again.
WVFLTA FALL CONFERENCE 2013
“COMMUNICATION IN CONTEXT”
October 18-19, 2013
Fairmont State University
For more information and registration wvflta.wordpress.com
Dr. Donna Clementi
Donna Clementi, PhD, is currently a foreign language methods instructor at Lawrence University, Appleton, Wisconsin, and a national consultant specializing in best practices in world language curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Clementi taught French and was the World Languages Program Leader in the Appleton Area School District for 33 years. She also spent 38 summers working at Concordia Language Villages, most recently as Director of Education and Research. She is a past-president of the Wisconsin Association for Language Teachers, past-chair of the Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, and past board member of ACTFL. She is a frequent presenter at state, regional, and national conferences. She has worked on a variety of state and national committees related to curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Clementi received ACTFL’s Florence Steiner Award for K-12 Leadership in Foreign Languages in 2000, the Distinguished Foreign Language Educator Award from the Wisconsin Association for Language Teachers in 2002, and the Supervisor of the Year Award by the National Association of District Supervisors of Foreign Languages in 2004. In 2008, she received Les Palmes Académiques from the French government in recognition of her teaching career. In 2012 the Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages honored her with the Founders Award.