In this issue:
1. FLAVA Spring Conference @ Washington & Lee UniversityThe Foreign Language Association of Virginia is pleased to announce that registration for the first-ever FLAVA Spring Conference is now open. The conference will be held Saturday, April 16, 2016 at Washington & Lee University in Lexington, VA from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM. The cost of registration is $35 and includes breakfast and a boxed lunch. To register for the spring conference, please follow this link: FLAVA Spring Conference Registration
If you have any questions about the Spring Conference, please contact the FLAVA conference coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. ACTFL 2016 Registration and Housing Now Open
Register here and make your hotel reservations here now to get the best rates and housing selection for the 2016 ACTFL Annual Convention and World Languages Expo. This year's ACTFL Convention will be held at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in Boston, Nov. 18-20, 2016 with pre-convention workshops on Thursday, Nov. 17.
3. Deadline for FLAVA Proposals
Call for Proposals for FLAVA 2016 annual conference
先生方が取り組んでいらっしゃること、失敗・成功から学んだことなどでもいいです。この発表をきっかけにさらなるディスカッションに、またカリキュラム・アーティキュレーションに発展するかもしれません。ぜひ応募してください！ 今年のFLAVAでのMAATJのkeynote speakerはカリフォルニア州立大学ロングビーチ校の片岡先生です。 まずは、発表者として参加をお考えください！よろしくお願いします！(Kitamura sensei)
Please submit a proposal for a session or workshop now. The proposal window will close April 17, 2016. This is a firm deadline. Register now for the FLAVA Conference before the registration price increases September 15, 2016.
Here are a couple of reasons for presenting and attending:
a. The FLAVA Conference program is first rate.
The FLAVA Conference rivals regional and national conferences in size and scope of presentations; in fact, it is larger than most regional and national programs. We solicit proposals from outstanding presenters; we invite back presenters whose sessions have been highly evaluated; and we select sessions and workshops from over 400 submitted proposals. This allows FLAVA to offer a conference packed with interactive sessions on topics of concern and interest to world language professionals. It’s a conference that is a true learning event.
b. We encourage participants to connect with each other.
At this event you will experience just how much we have to learn from and with each other. You can expect to talk about teaching, students, and learning with teachers from your own language group, otherinstitutions, as well as from other places. It’s invigorating to be part of such a large group of teachers who care about students and want their teaching to promote deep, lasting language learning.
c. This conference is a well-attended event.
The attendance alludes to the quality and value of the conference. We are expecting close to 1,000 participants this year. And, you should note that the conference venue has sold out of hotel rooms for thepast ten years. This means that if you are interested in attending, you will want to avoid waiting until the last minute to register for the conference and to make a reservation at the DoubleTree Williamsburg Hotel.
d. Language Teaching is the most important career.
Today’s K-20 students have challenging learning needs. Institutions operating under budget constraints continue to askteachers to do more. It’s a recipe for tired language teaching and burnout. The FLAVA Conference gives teachers the opportunity to refresh and renew their commitments to teaching, acquire a wealth of new instructional ideas and the chance to share with others the joys and challenges of language teaching. www.flavaweb.org
American University (Soran Bushi)
State University of New York (Soran Bushi)
College of William & Mary (Shodo Performance)
Washington Keisho Center (J-POP performance)
Great Falls Elementary School (Chorus)
Fox Mill Elementary School (Chorus)
Thomas Jefferson High School (Shodo Performance)
University of Wisconsin, Madison (Anaguma Eisa)
5. 美文字判定アプリ- App for Handwriting in Japanese
We found a neat smart phone app for writing practice of hiragana released from Gloding Inc. The app is free and available for both Android and iOS. The current version is designed fo native speakers of Japanese, but it can be used by learners of Japanese. The company is developing an English version. You can get basic information about this app and how to use it here.
(Kazumi Hatasa, Purdue University / Middlebury School of Japanese)
2 月 2019