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The Texas Foreign Language Association

Volume 2 Issue 3 Summer 2018

Letter from the Editor

TFLA Executive Board
I hope that everyone had a restful summer break! Marie Douglass
Connie DeCastro-Herz
As you plan for the new school year, I hope that
Stephanie Escobar
you make TFLA part of your professional Diana Sullivan
development. We are thrilled to be going to the Susan Dworaczyk
San Antonio River Walk for our fall conference Nella Spurlin
Lauren Snead
and look forward to seeing you all there!
Adrian Kasbergen

Lauren Snead, Ed.D. Meredith G. Clark

MayDell Jenks

In This Issue

 Letter from the president  Call for Student Artwork

 Upcoming Fall Conference  Call for Journal Manuscripts

 TFLA Summer Institute Recap

 Becoming a Regional Coordinator
Dear TFLA Members,

I hope you all had a wonderful First Day back in your world language classroom, in
the fabulous state of Texas!

Our TFLA Summer Institute took place in July at the Texas State University campus in
San Marcos TX, and it was an amazing event!

Many educators joined us from all over the state and took advantage of this
opportunity to learn from National Presenter Laura Terrill who led us into a deeper
understanding of planning and assessing for learning.

Despite the heat (over 100-degree days!), we had a fantastic time collaborating,
networking, sharing and learning from one another. This was a truly enriching
experience for all involved. So much talent was present in the room!

As you settle into your classrooms with your students, I would like to remind you of
our 2018 TFLA Annual Fall Conference in San Antonio, October 25-27, at the Hyatt
Regency Riverwalk. We already have over 100 sessions lead by talented presenters
from all over our state, and beyond. If you take a look at the preliminary list of
sessions you will find that this year, there will be an even wider array of topics,
courses, levels, and languages represented. You will also have the opportunity to
meet with many exhibitors ready to impress you with innovative products and mate-
rials for your classroom.

You can find more information about this event on our TFLA Website.

So start planning and register for this enriching and fun-filled event here.

Now that we are well on our way to another amazing school year, I am looking
forward to seeing all you at in October in San Antonio!

Marie-Christine Douglass
TFLA President
2018 TFLA Fall Conference
October 25 - 27, 2018
Hyatt Regency—Riverwalk
San Antonio, Texas
2018 TFLA Summer Institute
TFLA held its 5th annual Summer Institute July 23-25, 2018 at Texas
State University in San Marcos, Texas. Approximately 140 teachers from
around the state attended the three-day workshop. The week was filled
with learning, sharing, and creating. Returning as presenter, Laura
Terrill, focused this year's program on creating a learning environment
for proficiency. Teachers created effective assessments and designed
lessons to maximize student learning. TFLA would like to thank Stevens
Learning Systems, Vista Higher Learning and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
for providing a working lunch on the last day of the summer
institute. Teachers were given the opportunity to collaborate and
network with colleagues while working on their proficiency-based unit
and daily lessons. It was a wonderful learning opportunity. We are
already looking forward to next year’s Summer Institute!
Ken Stewart Future Language
Educator Scholarship
SCOLT is excited to announce the Ken Stewart Future Language Educator
Scholarship! SCOLT is dedicated to building professional capacity and wants to
encourage students to pursue language teaching careers. Due to a generous gift
by our own Ken Stewart, SCOLT is now able to award $1000 annually to a high
school senior who wants to be a World Language teacher. The first award will be
made at the 2019 conference in Myrtle Beach, SC.
The recipient will receive $1000 to be used for college expenses. S/he will also
receive free registration to the SCOLT conference in their senior year of college as
well as his/her first year of teaching! The scholarship recipient will be asked to
give SCOLT progress updates throughout his/her college career.
The recipient will be invited to attend the SCOLT conference to accept the award,
but travel funds will not be provided. If the recipient is unable to attend the
conference, we will arrange to video conference with the student during the
awards ceremony.
 High school senior with intent to pursue a World Language teaching career
 3.5 GPA in World Language Courses
 3 letters of recommendation (language teacher, peer, another teacher/
 Produce a 2-3 minute video in the target language* addressing a professional
*Classical language students may record their response in English
 Complete application submitted by Jan 31, 2019.
Application and additional information can be found at
TFLA Wants You for Big Bend!
Would you like to be more involved in leadership for your profession? Do you enjoy
working with colleagues and sharing ideas? Do you enjoy the challenge of creating
and organizing activities and meetings?

If so, consider becoming a regional coordinator for TFLA!

As part of its mission to serve the teachers of Texas, TFLA has established a network of
regional coordinators to represent the teachers of each region, provide feedback
about teacher needs, and help organize and direct a regional conference for local
teachers within their area, so that all world language teachers can attend high-quality
professional development.

There are 8 regions throughout the state. Big Bend is currently seeking a regional

Regional coordinators:
 serve a two year term.
 attend TFLA events.
 present at the TFLA annual conference.
 have experience presenting and speaking to a group.
 are able to use technology to share and communicate.
 help organize and direct a regional conference for local teachers least once during
their term.
 are familiar with the newly adopted TEKS, ACTFL proficiency guidelines, and world
readiness standards.

If you would like to apply to serve as a regional coordinator, please contact Nella
Spurlin at for an application form.
See Your Student’s Work on the
TFLA Journal Cover

We are looking for the best

student art related to world
language education to be the
cover of our next TFLA
Journal. Have your students
submit their art via PDF to by
October 1, 2018. We look
forward to seeing the
wonderful submissions!
Call for Journal Manuscripts
TFLA welcomes a variety of articles related to foreign language and second language
acquisition. The audience of the TFLA Journal includes educators and administrators of
all levels of foreign language education. Consider submitting your article related to foreign
language teaching strategies or research in foreign language. Membership is not required
for submission.

The following manuscript requirements should be followed for article submissions:

 Formatting Guidelines - Submissions must adhere to APA 6th edition guidelines.

 Photographs - Send photographs as separate files.
 Language - Articles should be written in English, but may include examples, words,
and short statements written in other languages. Please include the English translation
for these words.
 Length – Article length is limited to 5,000 words.
 Publication – The submission must not be published, in press, or under review
anywhere else.
 Submission - Please submit articles electronically to

Please submit articles by Novermber 15, 2018 for the Fall 2018 edition .If you have
any questions, please contact Lauren Snead, Director of Publications at