PSMLA News - 04/15/17

Created on Saturday, 15 Apr 2017 11:17:00

PSMLA News Update

Read below for information about PSMLA Award Nominations and Deadlines, Pennsylvania Language Forum Submissions, Professional Development Opportunities, World Language Day for Students, and a Survey.

PSMLA Award Nominations

PSMLA Teacher of the Year, PSMLA Outstanding World Language Educator K-12 and Postsecondary Awards

Nominations to recognize Pennsylvania World Language instructors are open.  There are three educator awards: PSMLA Teacher of the Year, PSMLA Outstanding World Language Educator K-12 and postsecondary.  Information about these awards is found at  and the deadline for nominating yourself or a colleague is April 20.  If you have questions, contact Kathy Fegely at

Pennsylvania Language Forum - Call for Submissions

Do you have great lesson plans, teaching strategies, or classroom activities to share with your colleagues? Are you looking to publish research related to language education? Pennsylvania Language Forum, PSMLA's annual journal, is now accepting submissions for the 2017 issue. Visit for more information. Article submissions are accepted on a rolling basis and must be received by June 1, 2017 to be considered for publication in the fall issue of PLF.

Professional Development

PSMLA Central PA Workshop

PSMLA is excited to announce that it is once again partnering with Messiah College to offer a workshop for world language educators in Central PA on Saturday, April 22.  The topic this spring will be teaching grammar in context and in the target language. This will be a hands-on workshop with time for collaboration and the production of materials to use in the classroom. PSMLA members can earn 3 Act 48 hours, but the workshop is open to all. Follow the link below for further details and to register. The registration deadline is April 17, 2017.

IUP Summer Study Abroad Program in Cuernavaca, Mexico

IUP is offering a faculty-directed study abroad program to Cuernavaca, Mexico from mid-May, 2017 through June 2017.  This program will run as a hybrid model that takes full advantage of an in-country 6 week study abroad program supported by an online course. The program is available to both IUP and non-IUP students, and students can earn 6-7 credits in Spanish.  Non-IUP and out of state students are responsible for any fees or transfer of credit to their home institutions. Full program and application information is available by clicking the link below:

Teaching for Proficiency Institute

The Connecticut Council of Language Teachers and the Rhode Island Foreign Language Association are sponsoring a two-day workshop on the key principles of teaching toward proficiency. Members of state world language organizations such as PSMLA will pay the member rate. For more information, go to

Express Fluency Workshop

The TriState TCI (Teaching with Comprehensible Input) Network has partnered with Express Fluency to offer a 2-day workshop for language teachers May 20-21 in Philadelphia, PA. Teachers new to TCI as well as experienced CI teachers may choose to be students or observers in morning language classes in Latin, Spanish, or Mandarin. In afternoon workshops participants will explore in greater depth the strategies they experienced in the morning. For more details and registration information please follow these links.

CALPER at Penn State University

CALPER at Penn State University ( is a Title VI national Language Resource Center funded by the U.S. Department of Education. For the past 14 years, they have offered a series of summer workshops for language educators with different topics and themes. This year, they will conduct 4 workshops, one of which has been specifically designed for teachers of Chinese. Follow the link below, which describes the workshops and shows accommodation and registration information.

Additional Culture and Language Activities

Mercyhurst University - A Day in World Languages                                 

High School Juniors and Seniors (and motivated Sophomores!) studying French, Mandarin or Spanish are invited to share a day filled with dynamic and engaging opportunities to put your language study into action. Meet native speakers, investigate language career options, dabble with a brand new language, and be inspired!  Students will have one session of immersion activities in their second language, one session in a less-commonly taught language, a campus tour, and a panel discussion on study abroad, majors and minors, and careers. A Day in World Languages will be held Saturday, April 22, 2017, 8:30-1:30 - lunch is included! Register for the day at:

Matsuri—Japanese culture festival at Penn State

The Japan Festival at Penn State will take place Sunday, April 16, 2017 in the HUB Alumni Hall on the campus of Penn State University. There will be various activities such as anime, kendo, origami, calligraphy, kimono, taiko, a Japanese traditional dance performance, and opportunities to practice the language. The event is free and open to the public. For more information please visit:


You are cordially invited to participate in a short survey designed to investigate the needs of and beliefs of pre-service teachers, teachers and administrators in the state of PA. The collected data will be used to facilitate a roundtable discussion at the 2017 PSMLA conference. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the researchers: Dr. Junko Yamamoto ( and  Dr. Keith Corbitt ( If you participated previously in the study, you do not need to participate again.







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