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December 18, 2012
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  Spotlight on Languages 
  • University students speak 10 languages under one roof
    Students living in the University of Maryland's Language House spend 80% of their time speaking a language other than English, such as Spanish, French or Japanese. The immersion learning approach has steadily grown in popularity throughout the country, says Marty Abbott, executive director of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. Adapting it to the collegiate lifestyle is another sign of that. "It's like study abroad without studying abroad," said Phoenix Liu, director of the program. The Daily Record (Baltimore)/Capital News Service (Maryland) (12/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • German immersion program impresses foreign diplomats
    Students and teachers at an elementary school in Glendale, Calif., received a visit last week from important guests -- diplomats from the Los Angeles based German consulate. The diplomats came away with a positive view of the school district's growing commitment to dual immersion education and pledged to help the school secure grants for language programs and to provide students with opportunities to study in Germany when they get older. Glendale News-Press (Calif.)/Los Angeles Times (12/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology & Trends 
  • Words for educators who want to speak the language of tech
    Education technology has a language all its own and there are terms teachers and administrators should know. In this article, writer Corey Murray shares 24 education-technology terms that should be known by all teachers and administrators. Among the terms are one-to-one learning, adaptive learning, blended learning and differentiated learning, in which technology is used to match students' individual learning styles. EdTech magazine (12/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How technology can help students learn
    In this blog post, educators and experts share their insights and advice for integrating technology into the classroom in ways that improve student learning. "The best way to use tech in the classroom is when the technology primarily supports the process of student learning, not the product," said Sylvia Martinez, president of Generation YES. Technology is often used to help English language learners, and Tina Barseghian, editor of MindShift, offered examples of how video games enriched a Latin course. Education Week Teacher/Classroom Q&A (12/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Education Department says improvements have been made to ELL policy
    The federal government devotes $750 million a year in funding to aid English language learners, who now represent about 10% of the student population, veteran education reporter Lesli Maxwell writes in this blog. However, some advocates and parents in the Latino community worry that the U.S. Department of Education is less focused on ELL needs than in the past and has reduced the authority of the office of language acquisition. The department contends it has made resources more easily available and efficient. Education Week/Learning the Language blog (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Organization provides services to help newcomers assimilate
    In Boulder, Colo., a nonprofit group called Intercambio has helped thousands of immigrants adapt to American society and learn a new language. The organization was formed in 2000 when co-founder Lee Shainis noticed schools cutting English language learner programs despite a growing number of immigrants living in the area. "We want to make sure that immigrants are participating and contributing, as opposed to scared and fearful," Shainis said. The Denver Post (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  ACTFL News 
  • Tell leaders to avoid the sequester -- protect education and teacher jobs
    Time is running out to save nearly two million children and 16,000 education jobs from devastating education cuts. Congress has less than three weeks left to act before automatic spending cuts gut programs like Title I by more than $1.7 billion. Tell your member of Congress that language education is important to you. Send a message and make your voice heard. Protect critical education and language programs from further cuts! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ACTFL 2013 Call for Proposals now open
    It isn't too early to start planning for 2013 in Orlando, Fla. Compelling proposals address the needs of today's learners and educators by focusing on innovations and research-informed practices. Special consideration will be given to proposals that highlight personalizing the learning experience, engaging the learner, collaborating with others and assessing learning and teaching. Submit a proposal today. The submission deadline is Jan. 9. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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2012 Annual Convention & World Languages Expo

Position TitleCompany NameLocation
Visiting French Resident and InstructorGoucher CollegeBaltimore, MD
Online Adjunct Faculty - World LanguagesAmerican Public University SystemWest Virginia, WV
SPANISH FACULTYHarper CollegePalatine, IL
German TeacherConcord AcademyConcord, MA
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  Editor's Note 
  • SmartBrief will not publish Dec. 25 or Jan. 1
    In observance of the Christmas and New Year's holidays, ACTFL SmartBrief will not publish on Dec. 25 or Jan. 1. Regular publication will resume Tuesday, Jan. 8. Enjoy the holidays! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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