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Public Comment On New Proposed World Language Standards Open Through October 28

Boise, ID - October 7, 2015

The time has come for public comment! We have until Wednesday, October 28 to provide feedback on the proposed new Idaho World Language teaching standards.

Here is the link to comment before October 28, 2015:

Look for the "Public Comment" box and follow the link to the Rulemaking page to enter your opinion.

Invite your colleagues to participate!

IATLC 2015 Fall Conference to be held October 1-2, 2015 at Boise State University in Boise ID

Boise, ID - September 6, 2015

Our 2015 state conference will be held at Boise State University, the home of the Broncos! See our most recent newsletter here.

Visit our State Conference page for more information. We will update you with information there as the date approaches.

Professional Learning Community (PLC) Meetings for TPRS Teachers

Nampa, ID - August 18, 2015

Want to know what TPRS is? Want to learn about TPRS without paying for a conference? Want to perfect your craft?

In 2012, a few teachers in the Treasure Valley decided to informally get together to share best practices and support one another in their Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling (TPRS®) method of teaching world languages. The group has humorously been dubbed the "Treasure Valley Teachers Teaching Teachers TPRS" (TVTTTTPRS) group. (There are entirely too many Ts in that acronym but we like it the way it is! We challenge you to say it without at least cracking a smile....)

In continuing with this tradition, dates and locations have been set for this year. With the exception of October (see below), we will meet the first Friday of each month in Nampa from 4:30pm to 5:30pm at Columbia High School in Room A-120 (Cell 208/917-0197 in case doors are locked) on the following dates.

  • Sep 4
  • Oct 2 at the IATLC Annual Conference at BSU
  • Nov 6
  • Dec 4
  • Jan 8
  • Feb 5
  • Mar 4
  • Apr 1
  • May 6
  • Join us! Contact Craig Sheehy for more information.

    2015 State Conference Keynote Speaker: Dr. Kelly Arispe

    Boise, ID - July 20, 2015

    We are excited to announce our keynote speaker for our 2015 IATLC State Conference, Dr. Kelly Arispe!

    Kelly Arispe received her PhD in Spanish Linguistics at the University of California, Davis with a Designated Emphasis in Second Language Acquisition (SLA) in 2012. She has taught Spanish Linguistics and Spanish language courses at the University of New Mexico, San Jose State University, and Sonoma State University. In addition, she has extensive experience teaching online and in the hybrid format and has co-taught annual workshops in Salamanca, Spain to train Spanish teachers and professors on how to effectively integrate technology in their language courses.

    Attend our 2015 IATLC State Conference at Boise State University on October 1-2 to hear her speak!

    READ MORE >>> Click here for Dr. Arispe's full biography.

    Open Position: French Teacher in Coeur d'Alene

    Moscow, ID - June 17, 2015

    Lake City High School in Coeur d'Alene is looking for a French Teacher!

    The AATF French Section of our IATLC organization recently received word from UI's Warren Bakes that the Assistant Principal for curriculum at Lake City High School, Tom Mollgaard, is recruiting a French teacher for their open position.

    Interested? Contact Lake City High School's Assistant Principal Tom Mollgaard at or call 208-769-0769.

    French Immersion Weekend Retreat

    Moscow, ID - April 2, 2015

    Attention French teachers!

    Let's get together May 8-10, 2015 for another weekend of French immersion and professional collaboration!

    The AATF French Section of our IATLC organization is planning a French immersion weekend in November in a vacation rental in McCall.

    Members of the Alliance Française de Boise and francophone members of the community at large will again be invited to participate.

    Professional development credit will again be offered to all participants through Northwest Nazarene University.

    For more information contact Anne Perriguey.

    Registration for "Pairing Pedagogy and Mobile Technology in the Language Classroom" is now available!

    Boise, ID - March 13, 2015

    Registration for "Pairing Pedagogy and Mobile Technology in the Language Classroom" is now available!

    To register and pay, please follow one of the two links below (for professional development credit or for workshop only registration). The registration and payment process is quick and easy to complete, but if you encounter any problems, please feel free to contact our Central Registration Unit for assistance at (208) 426-1709.

    Important: You will receive an emailed confirmation of your registration once complete. If you do not receive this, or would like to confirm your registration otherwise, please call (208) 426-1709.

    Credit Registration Deadline: April 3, 2015

    Click here to register for the workshop AND credit!

    Click here to register for the workshop ONLY (no professional development credit)!

    Please keep in mind that professional development registrants are entitled to one free transcript per term (Spring, Summer, and Fall) in which credits are earned. You must submit a transcript request form to have yours sent. You will receive a notification from Boise State once your grades have been formally posted. Please wait to submit a transcript request until you have received this notification, in order to ensure that your grade is captured correctly. The transcript request form is available on the K-12 Professional Development website.

    If you have any questions, please contact the Extended Studies Central Registration Unit at (208) 426-1709 or email

    Annual German Immersion Weekend November 7-9, 2014 in Sun Valley ID

    Meridian, ID - October 6, 2014

    The Annual German Immersion Weekend will be held this year in lovely Sun Valley, November 7th-9th.

    We'll live together for the weekend cooking, eating, playing games, collaborating, and watching movies, all while speaking German.

    Credit for professional development will be offered through BSU.

    Email Becca Sibrian or call 208-426-2476 for more information.

    Want to Learn a Language? Here are the Top 5 Choices

    For quite some time, native speakers of widely-spoken languages, such as English, could expect to get by during their travels without knowing a word of the language spoken at their destination. These days, not only is it considered to be polite to be at least conversationally familiar with the languages spoken in countries you visit or do business in, in many cases, not knowing a language other than your native tongue is nothing short of a major disadvantage.

    Nobody should expect to be able to learn all of the languages spoken throughout the world, nor even a small fraction of them. Sometimes having fluency in one foreign language is enough to prove to people how serious you are about effectively communicating. has compiled a brief list of languages that they feel could benefit you the most in today’s global world.

    What are their top 5 choices?