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Mary Jackson for PNCFL Rep

Lewiston, ID - September 1, 2014

Our very own Mary Jackson is running for PNCFL rep this year. We wish her well. She will be a powerful voice for Idaho!

WSU Workshop: Engaging Language Learners with New Technologies

Pullman, WA - February 15, 2014

The WSU Department of Foreign Languages and Cultures cordially invites you to a workshop Saturday, April 5th, 2014 on the WSU Pullman Campus from 10:00am until 3:00pm.

Participants in this workshop will explore how technology can help engage their students in language learning. In particular, participants will reflect on their teaching contexts, review applicable theory, evaluate a variety of Web sites and apps, and interact with peers around classroom technology integration.

Space is limited. Your $15 registration fee includes lunch and five free clock hours. Bring your smart phone (if you have one) and a USB flash drive. Your registration form and check must be received March 27, 2014.

Click on the red and white WSU logo for more information and to register.

Annual German Immersion Weekend November 1-3, 2013 in McCall ID

Boise, ID - October 30, 2013

THIS JUST IN: The Annual German Immersion Weekend will be held this year in McCall, November 1st-3rd.

In addition to living together for the weekend (cooking, eating, playing games, collaboration, watching movies, all while speaking German), we will be taking a field trip to Burgdorf Hot Springs.

Credit for professional development will be offered.

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

Professional Learning Community (PLC) Meetings for TPRS Teachers

Nampa, ID - October 10, 2013

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

Last year 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!)

In continuing with this tradition, dates and locations have been set for this year. We will meet 4:30pm - 5:30pm at the following locations.

  • Oct 25 — Boise: Capital High School, Room 135
  • Nov 15 — Kuna High School, Room 207 (Cell 208/871-6693 in case doors are locked)
  • Dec 6 — Nampa: Columbia High School, Room A-120 (Cell 208/917-0197 in case doors are locked)
  • Jan 24 — Boise: Capital High School, Room 135
  • Feb 21 — Kuna High School, Room 207(Cell 208/871-6693 in case doors are locked)
  • Mar 14 — Nampa: Columbia High School, Room A-120 (Cell 208/917-0197 in case doors are locked)
  • Apr 11 — Boise: Capital High School, Room 135
  • May 2 — Kuna High School, Room 207(Cell 208/871-6693 in case doors are locked)
  • Join us! Contact Craig Sheehy for more information.

    IATLC 2014 Fall Conference to be held October 2-3, 2014 at Kuna High School in Kuna ID

    Kuna, ID - October 4, 2013

    THIS JUST IN: Our 2014 state conference will once again be held at Kuna High School, the home of the Kavemen!

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

    2014 French Immersion Weekend Retreats

    Kuna, ID - October 4, 2013

    Attention French teachers!

    Let's get together in April and September 2014 for two more weekends of French immersion and professional collaboration!

    The AATF French Section of our IATLC organization is planning a French immersion weekend in April at what they hope to be a vacation condo in Sun Valley and another French immersion weekend in September again at the University of Idaho's McCall Outdoor Science School.

    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. Registration fee discounts will be given for IATLC and Alliance Française de Boise members of record at the time of each event.

    For more information contact Andrew Horning and Kyle Schlagel.

    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 todayís global world.

    What are their top 5 choices?