PSMLA Fall Conference (deadlines approaching); 100 years; PEP; Advocacy

Created on Tuesday, 27 Aug 2019 11:17:43

PSMLA Conference Hotel Reservation Deadline Approaching

Reserve your room at the PSMLA Conference hotel, The Penn Stater, by September 12 to get the special conference rate.  Visit our conference webpage to register online, reserve your hotel room, and learn more about our keynote speaker and pre-conference workshop.  You can renew your membership while registering as well.  We hope to see you at our 100-Year Anniversary Celebration on October 24-26 in State College!

Conference Schedule & Sessions Now Online

Take a glance at the many sessions to be offered at the PSMLA Fall Conference.  Visit our tentative listing of session times and titles to begin preparing.  The full program will be available later this fall.  Visit the conference webpage for details.

PSMLA PEP Reminder  
2018 and 2019 Gold, Silver, and Bronze PEP Award schools that haven't yet used their PEP vouchers may wish to do so for the upcoming 100th PSMLA Anniversary Conference. The vouchers must be used within the timeframe of the award.

100 Years of PSMLA: A glance into the archives 

       In 1936, M.A. DeVitis, University of Pittsburgh, stated, “although enrollment had dropped a little, due to the dropping of the language requirement, the quality of students, now on a voluntary basis, had improved; that teachers of modern languages are better prepared now than even 25 years ago; and that the future is not altogether dark.”

       Dr. Palamountain, from Macmillan Co., complained, “… teachers of languages should be paid enough so that they might study abroad and keep in touch with current trends in thinking.”

       Miss Emily Redmond, Peabody High School in Pittsburgh, “read a paper on ‘Devices for attracting pupils to Modern Language classes’. The best one, she said, was good teaching and attractive personality.”

Taken from the 1969 50thAnniversary edition of the PSMLA Bulletin.  

Language Studies Advocacy

Please be aware that the advocacy team at PSMLA is here to support the needs of world language instructors.  The advocacy team has supported endangered world language programs throughout the state, including a language program in Central PA.  If you have a concern regarding your program, do not hesitate to contact PSMLA.

The Joint National Committee for Languages and the National Council for Languages and International Studies represents the interests of language organizations in varied aspects of the language enterprise to the US government.  Their mission is to ensure that all Americans have the opportunity to learn English and at least one additional world language.  As a world language educator, I encourage you to be aware of the work happening on your behalf and support the efforts of JNCL-NCLIS as possible.  You can receive a weekly newsletter and news blasts at no cost by subscribing to their news brief at the bottom of their website:

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