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1 ILLINOIS COUNCIL ON THE TEACHING OF FOREIGN LANGUAGES Accents.ONLINE The Electronic Newsletter of the Illinois Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Volume 19, Number 4 (Winter 2006) Post Office Box 5633 Springfield, Illinois Telephone: 217/ Fax: 217/ In This Issue Website: SECOND ELECTRONIC ACCENTS Online newsletters are transmitted in March and December; printed newsletters are mailed in August and January. PREFER A HARD COPY? Request a printout from Headquarters, I.C.T.F.L., P.O. Box 5633, Springfield IL WinterFest 2007 page 15 IS YOUR UP-TO-DATE? Send any changes in address to so that we can continue sending Accents to you via the Internet. 2-3 Executive Director & Registrar Both To Retire on December 31 Favorite Pictures Personal Message 4-5 I.C.T.F.L. Fall Conference 2006 Lisle, October Photos Story 6-9 Recipients of I.C.T.F.L. Awards for 2006 Pictures Background Sketches 10 Cemanahuac Scholarship: Learning Spanish Where It Is Spoken by 06 scholarship recipient 11 The View From the Middle Mid-Year Thoughts by the Director-Elect, Region IV 12 Message from the President Thanks for a great year! Board of Directors Report on Meeting of October 19 Committee Chairs for Announcing WinterFest 2007: Friday, March 16, Barrington Saturday, March 17, Urbana 16 Planning for 2007: Board Convenes for Annual Work Day Participants gather for photo 17 A New Affiliate for I.C.T.F.L.: The Network of Illinois Educators of Spanish for Heritage Learners 18 Illinois Entry Submitted for ACTFL/TFLTA Quilt Photo of national quilt 19 Illinois Colleagues Are Among Award Winners at ACTFL: Virginia Gramer & Jayne Abrate 20 Happy 20 th Birthday, I.C.T.F.L.! An invitation to join the festivities 21 Language in the International Press: Malaysia Fines Users of Manglish Mongolia Regulates Genghis Khan Accents Calendar via of Events Keep January your 2007-October address 2008 current Call for Presentations for Fall Conference 2007 Celebrating our 20 th anniversary 25 Dues To Increase in New Year: Renew membership prior to January first to qualify for lower 2006 rate. 26 Officers of I.C.T.F.L. for 2006 Includes affiliate presidents and their institutions I.C.T.F.L. Accents, vol. 19, no. 4 (Fall 2006) 1

2 U P D A T E S Executi ecutive e Director To o Retir etire e at t the Close of 2006 In the mid-1960s, Griffith taught French and Spanish at Maine Township High School in Park Ridge, Illinois. In the early 60s, he taught at and attended the University of California at Berkeley, where he obtained his master s degree. He did his undergraduate work at Indiana State University in Terre Haute, his home town. He also studied in Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico, and at the University of Paris. In the 70s Griffith was the lead author of a series of Spanish textbooks published by Scott, Foresman and titled Churros y chocolate and Plazas y paisajes. During that time, Griffith was decorated by the French government with both the first and second levels of the Palmes Académiques for his contributions to the teaching of the French language. Buddy (left), Sunshine (right), and Paul are retiring at the end of the year to their farm in Macoupin County. Springfield IL October 23, 2006 Paul T. Griffith, the I.C.T.F.L. Executive Director since 1992, announced today that he will retire from his position at the end of Griffith s retirement will leave a large number and a very broad variety of jobs for the association to staff. These include editing the newsletter, Accents; providing leadership for the development and implementation of the annual threeday Fall Conference; and supervising the organization and day-to-day work at the central office of Illinois Council. Prior to becoming the I.C.T.F.L. Executive Director, Griffith had been the Supervisor for Foreign Languages at the Illinois State Board of Education since There he was responsible for administering grants, conducting inservice training, and developing research and position papers for the state agency. During his time at the State Board, Griffith convened a group of teachers from all parts of the state and led them in organizing the annual GlobalFest celebration for students of foreign languages and international studies, a program that continues to this day. From 1967 to 1973, Griffith taught French and foreign language teaching methodology at the University of Illinois in Urbana, where he directed the cadre of teaching assistants and which he also attended as a graduate student. Griffith, who has taught at the elementary, high school, and post secondary levels, began his career by teaching English in the French public schools in 1955 to In the 60s Griffith was the chief executive officer of the Council for Study Abroad, an organization responsible for large numbers of American secondary students enrolled in summer study programs in England, France, Germany, Mexico, and Spain. For two consecutive summers in the early 1980s, Griffith taught groups of French teachers of English and American teachers of French at the summer retreats sponsored by the International Rotary Club at the Château de Chavaniac- LaFayette in southern France. In 1982 he conducted an institute in Rouen for the French Ministry of Education. During Griffith s tenure as Executive Director, as I.C.T.F.L. and languages continued to thrive, the Illinois foreign language community welcomed a number of new organizations into the state: Foreign Language Action Group (FLAG), Illinois Association of Teachers of Japanese, Illinois GlobalFest Association, South Suburban Foreign Language Network, and, most recently, Network for Illinois Educators of Spanish for Heritage Learners (NIESHL). Griffith accepted the position as Executive Director during the term of Susan Leibowitz, the fifth president of Illinois Council, immediately following his retirement from the Illinois State Board of Education. As the first person to hold the post, Griffith had the task of tailoring the job to the needs that arose. Fortunately, he was very ably assisted by Ronald E. Sauberli, who maintained the membership roster, the members address files, and the conference registrations and financial records. Paul Griffith was largely responsible for developing the I.C.T.F.L. annual conventions; the February/March conference, WinterFest; the I.C.T.F.L. quarterly newsletter, Accents; and the numerous forms and procedures that have kept the Headquarters running smoothly for these many years. His accomplishments, together with the extensive contributions of Ron Sauberli, form an elaborate system that I.C.T.F.L. now faces the challenge of replacing. I.C.T.F.L. Accents, vol. 19, no. 4 (Fall 2006) 2

3 Registr gistrar ar Also Bids Far arewell: ell: A Per ersonal Message All Good Things Must Come to an End I am borrowing this well-known line because it so appropriately expresses how I feel about my retirement as Registrar of the Illinois Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. These past nineteen years have zoomed by from one conference to another, from one membership drive to another, from one newsletter to the next and I have enjoyed every minute. I was there in 1987 when I.C.T.F.L. was founded. Our guiding force was to create a renaissance in language leadership in Illinois. I am proud that we did indeed accomplish our goal. The organization and its members have maintained the high standards and quality that made I.C.T.F.L. one of the leading language organizations in the nation. Our conferences, workshops, and publications have always highlighted the many talents and the professionalism that define the Illinois language-teaching community. Consistently, our record keeping and our fiscal management have been above reproach. One of the goals of I.C.T.F.L. was to serve all areas of the state. We held our conferences and workshops in the four corners of the state so that language teachers in each region could showcase the wide variety of talent and innovation that is abundant in Illinois. We made it a point to recruit members from every region so that Illinois Council would be truly a statewide association. Each and every member has always been important to the success of the organization, and we have always taken pride in the equality this represents. As Registrar, my duties let me become involved with the membership on a personal basis. I am grateful to all of you U P D A T E S for this friendship, for our many discussions, even if our principal topic of conversation was only which address we should use. It has been fascinating to watch my computer screen evolve as Student Members graduated from college and became Full- Time Teachers, and as veteran members retired following a successful career as teachers and after a long and fruitful association with I.C.T.F.L. Now it is my turn to join this happy club. But before I do so, I am very pleased to announce that, as I end my 19-year tenure as Registrar, Illinois Council s membership numbers have reached an all-time high of 1200! Ronald Sauberli, Registrar , with Dolores Decoroli, Treasurer , in their familiar roles of managing the registration at the Fall Conference (shown here, Chatauqua, 1991). I want to extend a very special thank you to the 660 Charter Members who in 1987 provided the foundation upon which our organization was built. Remember, it was the presidents of all the affiliate organizations, together with all the past presidents of the former state organization, that created the new association, as they gathered early that year around the dining table in Al and Patsy Turner s home. Many of these friends are still active members and continue to contribute to the success of Illinois Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. A special thanks goes to Dolores Decaroli, for many years our Treasurer and my good friend, who guided I.C.T.F.L. through the fiscal intricacies that are so critical to running such an organization. As a team for many years, Dolores and I were able to make the conference registration run very smoothly, allowing members to start their convention on a positive note. And finally, a particular debt of gratitude goes to Paul Griffith, Executive Director, for always having all the right contacts and always the correct answers to the myriad of questions associated with running conferences, as well as operating a successful not-forprofit statewide association. We will soon see new faces at the leadership helm as our replacements continue building on the strong basis that was laid down for Illinois Council from the time it all began back in Next year marks the 20 th Anniversary of our organization, and a new chapter of I.C.T.F.L. s history will be unfolding. I am sure that the next decade will be as exciting and productive as the first two. I ask that you continue to support Illinois Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages as you so generously have during the past 19 years. Parting is such sweet sorrow. I don t believe that retirement was exactly what William Shakespeare had in mind when he penned that line, but still it applies very aptly to my departure. Saying goodbye to the many friends you made along the way is always sad, but the happy memories you take with you are always sweet. Now the time has come to say, adieu, adiós, auf Wiedersehn, ave, ciao, sayonara, äî ñâèäàíèÿ, so long, and farewell. No matter how you say it, it still unfortunately means Goodbye. Ronald E. Sauberli I.C.T.F.L. Registrar, I.C.T.F.L. Accents, vol. 19, no. 4 (Fall 2006) 3

4 F A L L C O N F E R E N C E Improving Instruction... Increasing Visibility I.C.T.F.L. Fall Conference 2006 October Hickory Ridge Marriott, Lisle Fall Conference 2006 was held on Thursday-Saturday, October 19-21, at the Hickory Ridge Marriott in Lisle. Over 550 teachers and administrators attended this annual meeting of language teachers from all over the state. Thursday s program consisted of a choice among four workshops, Reading in a Foreign Language presented by Susan Ferguson, Hinsdale Central High School; Using Technology to Enhance the Teaching of Languages by Mary Paracka and Julie Meierdirks, Northbrook School district 28; FLES Activities To Make Them Talk by Lori Winne, Grove Patterson Academy, Toledo OH; and Teaching with the 5 C s by Sue Arbuckle, Mahomet-Seymour High School (Emerita). The conference theme: Improving Instruction... was carried out in the Awards Banquet table decorations. On Friday and Saturday, conferees had their choice of hour-long workshops throughout the day. On Friday they attended the traditional Language Luncheons, at which the programs were organized in French, German, Italian, and Spanish by the respective I.C.T.F.L. affiliate organizations. Friday s program ended with the Meeting of Members and the annual Awards Banquet. On Saturday the choice of workshops continued. At noon a buffet luncheon brought all members together in a happy exchange of regional news and impressions of the conference. On both Friday and Saturday, forty companies set up their displays of publications, equipment, materials, and services for the language teaching community. The exhibits are always a high point. The I.C.T.F.L. annual conference is the largest gathering of language teachers in the state. Next year s conference will be held on October at the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel, Springfield. Conference photographs courtesy of Julie Jezuit Everyone enjoys the exhibits, a colorful place where you can learn directly from company representatives and even buy some of the many products. Photos continue on the next page. I.C.T.F.L. Accents, vol. 19, no. 4 (Fall 2006) 4

5 F A L L C O N F E R E N C E Mary Paracka (right) teaching technology. Learning from performers at Spanish luncheon. Les Caltvedt s workshop on Neudeutschland. Conferees enjoying a night out at the annual Awards Banquet after a day of high-powered conferencegoing. Conference photographs courtesy of Julie Jezuit Co-Chairs in 2006, Todd Bowen and Joan Stopka, are already planning for Fall Conference Guest of honor, John Miles, I.C.T.F.L. s first president, flanked by two other former presidents, Sue Coons and Virginia Gramer. I.C.T.F.L. Accents, vol. 19, no. 4 (Fall 2006) 5

6 I. C. T. F. L. A W A R D S I.C.T.F.L. Award for Distinguished Service to Foreign Language Learning Mary F. Lindquist has been a French teacher in District 99, at Downers Grove North High School, for 35 years. She has also been the chair of the World Languages Department for the past 12 years. As a teacher, Mary has promoted language study, particularly the study of French, by offering her students many opportunities to use their language and to be recognized for their accomplishments. As department chair, Mary has shown leadership in her school and district as well as in the county and state in promoting and advancing the study of languages. She encourages teachers of other languages to attend conferences and to network with other teachers. She is herself a long-time member of the American Association of Teachers of French and her students have been recipients of opportunities offered by this organization. Mary has planned and accompanied many student trips to France, and in 1988 her students participated in the first trip in the district, which included a family home stay. For the students of Downers Grove North, family homestays have since become an important part of student trips to Germany and Spain, as well as to France. Mary was quick to take advantage of technology by applying for a technology grant in 1996 for on-line curriculum projects. She also was instrumental in bringing a high-tech language lab into her school and the other high school in the district. She has led the World Languages Department at Downers Grove North in aligning curriculum with State Standards, using performance based assessments and evaluating data from those assessments to improve instruction. She has sought to expand foreign language enrollments in her school by suggesting changes in sectioning and encouraging collaboration in instructional and curricular decisions. Outside of the district Mary is equally active in promoting foreign language study. She is the chair of the Western Suburban Department Chairs group which meets twice a year to discuss common concerns and interests in foreign language curriculum and instruction. She has been active in the DuPage County Institute Day by arranging speakers and being a part of the local arrangements. She has made it a priority in her role as department chair to work with administration to expand the feeder school programs, to provide opportunities for frequent articulation and to establish expectations for incoming students through required summer activities. Mary is a frequent presenter at conferences including the DuPage County Institute Day, I.C.T.F.L., Central States Conference, and the Illinois Education and Technology Conference. Another way in which Mary has distinguished herself among teachers and leaders is the way that she approaches the planning and hosting of department meetings. The focus of the World Languages Department is teaching and learning. While there is some routine business to be done, most of the time is dedicated to the professional dialogue about a recently shared article, a particular lesson or unit, or a teaching strategy. She models the importance of preparation and honoring other s time by always being ready to fulfill her responsibilities, as a teacher and as a leader. She is described as having boundless energy and above all is most concerned about the success of her students and her colleagues. We actually could go on listing the many accomplishments from the wonderful letters of support of Mary F. Lindquist, but we think you will all agree that Mary is very deserving of the Award for Distinguished Service to Foreign Language Learning. Congratulations, Mary! DISTINGUISHED SERVICE TO FOREIGN LANGUAGE LEARNING The I.C.T.F.L. Award for Distinguished Service to Foreign Language Learning was established in 1988 to honor outstanding achievement in the field of language teaching, research, and material support. The selection criteria are spelled out in six categories, including exemplary teaching and training, enhancement of the profession, promotion of language study, major financial contributions, shaping public policy, and research, writing or curriculum development. I.C.T.F.L. Accents, vol. 19, no. 4 (Fall 2006) 6

7 I. C. T. F. L. A W A R D S I.C.T.F.L. Award for Distinguished Service to Foreign Language Learning Willa Shultz joined the World Language Team at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in 1988 to expand and to more fully develop the French program. With her colleagues Willa developed teaching materials for five levels of French with curriculum and materials that personalized instruction and transformed French into an engaging and rewarding experience for the IMSA students. She has always demonstrated great passion as a teacher of the French language and culture by encouraging her students to go beyond their comfort zones in order to embrace the joy and curiosity of learning a new language through sharing one s personal, familial, and cultural identities. She is known for her bold and bright smile and enthusiastic approach to cultivating a fair and equitable classroom. She has earned her students unwavering trust and respect. Willa s colleagues say that she has impacted the lives of countless students and staff members at IMSA through her outreach and advocacy of language and culture, and encouraged many to continue foreign language acquisition beyond high school. One also described her as an unrelenting storm of energy and motion. Ideas come quickly and are immediately transformed into action. Her enthusiasm is infectious and her skill as a teacher is profound. Willa has not only brought French to her students, but has also brought her students to France. Since 1998 she has regularly accompanied IMSA students to an immersion experience in Paris. She sets high standards for her students, guiding and celebrating their successes with them. Willa understands that French is just a vehicle by which she is able to teach young people about the world and what it means to be a world citizen, and to teach them to think critically. She shows students the impact that France and the French language have had beyond France s borders. Her holistic approach to French language development has made an impact on the way world languages are taught at IMSA and in the way the students learn. She is preparing them not only for advanced study in French, but also in cross cultural exchange, intellectual discourse, and commitment to humanistic endeavors that improve the lives of others. In addition, the same concern and professionalism that are the hallmark of Willa s teaching are also evident in her collaborative relationship with colleagues. Under her leadership the team at IMSA successfully developed and implemented curriculum, learning standards, and assessment strategies. Managing a team with up to nine divergent opinions is not always easy, but her colleagues state that Willa s willingness to listen and her uncanny talent for helping the group find consensus have helped to assure a positive and collegial environment. Over the years Willa has very generously shared her ideas about teaching with colleagues at IMSA and in various professional organizations, including I.C.T.F.L., AATF, the Immersion Weekend Programs at Benedictine University, and the French Summer Programs at the University of Chicago. In 2002 Willa became one of the first French teachers nationally to be certified as a National Board of Professional Teaching Standards Teacher of World Languages other than English. She is described as being a beacon of light making students, teachers, administrators and the general public more aware of the value of French. Willa is very deserving of the Illinois Council s Award for Distinguished Service to Foreign Language Learning. Congratulations, Willa! THE AWARDS COMMITTEE The biographical material concerning the I.C.T.F.L. Awards Program was adapted from the script written by Barbara S. Bell for the awards ceremony on October 20, Barb Bell, the Chair of the I.C.T.F.L. Awards Committee, conducted the presentation of awards that evening at the annual Awards Banquet held in conjunction with the Fall Conference at Hickory Ridge Marriott, Lisle. On this occasion, Ms. Bell expressed appreciation to all persons who took part in nominating the winners. She also thanked the jurors for their time and hard work in judging the applications. In conclusion, she encouraged all members to think of someone who is worthy of distinction and to begin planning now to nominate someone for next year s awards. The award deadlines will be announced in future issues of Accents. I.C.T.F.L. Accents, vol. 19, no. 4 (Fall 2006) 7

8 I. C. T. F. L. A W A R D S Carole Ann Ryan Awards for College Foreign Language Teaching Majors Andrew Viscariello, a junior at Monmouth College, is pursuing a degree in Latin/K-12 Education with minors in Classics and History. Andrew actually entered college as a Political Science and International Studies major, but quickly changed his focus and lifetime goal to that of teaching Latin. He is a member of Eta Sigma Phi, the national Classics Honor Society, and is the current webmaster for the society. He serves as a Latin tutor and the treasurer for the Classics Club to which he belongs. He is presently working to finalize a paper to enter in the Ralston Classics Competition concerning the sociopolitical implications of the Trojan War on the Hellenic Dark Age and its connections to contemporary studies. Andrew feels strongly about the usefulness of studying Latin and Dr. Thomas Sienkewicz, the Minnie Billings Capron Professor of Classics at Monmouth College, says that Andrew has a natural talent for teaching and is convinced that he will be a valuable asset in the school that hires him. Heather Zbasnik, a senior at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, is studying Spanish and Education and she intends to teach at the secondary level. Heather has been serious in her preparation and already has taken advantage of opportunities to improve her fluency skills by studying in Costa Rica for a semester and in Spain for a summer. These experiences also showed her the diversity of the Spanish-speaking world and have convinced her that learning Spanish can enrich one s life and offer incredible opportunities for work and travel. She volunteers as a tutor and also as a teacher s assistant during class time in order to broaden her understanding of the student s perspective. Heather valued the opportunity to be at the fall conference in order to gain strategies for effective teaching that she can apply to her student teaching in the spring. Dr. Linda Hemminger, Director of Foreign Language Teacher Education at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, wrote that Heather s enthusiasm and seriousness of purpose are already apparent and that her attendance at the annual fall conference can only support and encourage the energy and vision that is already there. Jennifer Zinnecker, a senior at the University of Illinois in Urbana- Champaign, intends to teach French and German at the secondary level. Jennifer has chosen to pursue a career as a language teacher so that students might see language as a transmitter of cultural perspective and identity as well as being able to take advantage of career and service opportunities in French and German. She studied one semester in Paris which she feels expanded her worldview and knowledge of how her French skills could be used. The possibilities of sharing what she learned with future students and encouraging them excites her. Some of Jennifer s other interests include being a Bible study leader in the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and the Pause Café French conversation hour. She is a member of the Kappa Delta Pi Education Honor Society, the Pi Delta Phi French Honor Society, the Alpha Lambda Delta Honors Society, and the Phi Eta Sigma Honors Society. Dr. Linda Hemminger, Director of Foreign Language Teacher Education at the University of Illinois, wrote that Jennifer has a wonderful gift for strong and sincere personal interactions and she is sincere, dedicated and enthusiastic. THE CAROLE ANN RYAN AWARD The Carole Ann Ryan Award, established in the spring of 2001, commemorates the life and good works of the late Carole Ann Ryan, professor of French and administrator at Illinois College in Jacksonville. Dr. Ryan was admired and appreciated as a long-time member and leader of I.C.T.F.L., serving as president in She was also passionately dedicated to the preparation and careers of students. It is in commemoration of Dr. Ryan s personal and professional dedication that this award is made. The award is for current university students majoring in foreign languages who intend to become teachers of a foreign language. Recipients receive complimentary registration including lunch and banquet fees for the I.C.T.F.L. Annual Fall Conference, as well as a one-year membership in I.C.T.F.L. I.C.T.F.L. Accents, vol. 19, no. 4 (Fall 2006) 8

9 I. C. T. F. L. A W A R D S Cemanahuac-I.C.T.F.L. Scholarship for Study in Mexico Jenna M. Bryant, Spanish department head at Mahomet- Seymour High School and recipient of the Cemanahuac- I.C.T.F.L. Scholarship for Study in Mexico, graduated from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, in 1997 and received her master s degree from the University of Illinois in In 1998 Jenna received the I.C.T.F.L. Montserrat Vilarrubla Award for Outstanding New Teachers of Foreign Languages. She has received several grants over the years, traveled with students to Europe, presented at conferences, and was most recently elected as president of the Downstate Illinois Chapter of AATSP. Jenna s colleagues state that she demonstrates the passions of a life-long learner, is open to new ideas and finds ways to incorporate those ideas into her lessons. She is a communicative language teacher, concentrating on full use of the second language in the classroom. Winner of the Cemanahuac-I.C.T.F.L. scholarship, Jenna Bryant traveled to Cuernavaca with her four-yearold daughter, Karsyn, during the summer of 2006 for two weeks of study and homestay. Jenna s own story about Cemanahuac is on the following page. Jenna spent two weeks studying at the Cemanahuac Educational Community in Cuernavaca in the summer of This was the first time that Jenna traveled to Mexico. At the Fall Conference of 2006, Jenna conducted a presentation of her experiences in Mexico, providing valuable information about the scholarship and how to apply for it. Congratulations, Jenna! THE CEMANAHUAC SCHOLARSHIP At the awards ceremony, Barbara Bell called on the Director of Education for the Cemanahuac Educational Community, Vivian B. Harvey, to participate in the presentation of the scholarship. The Cemanahuac- I.C.T.F.L. Scholarship for Study in Mexico is given to a teacher in a Spanish program at any level, elementary through secondary, in a public, private, or a parochial school. The scholarship covers two weeks of study at the Cemanahuac Educational Community, located in Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico, during the summer. The scholarship includes family housing with all meals, registration, tuition, and one field study trip. It also provides an immersion experience for someone who has shown professional commitment and involvement in the teaching of Spanish and who has a history of participation in I.C.T.F.L. events. Illinois Council is very grateful to the Cemanahuac Educational Community for making this scholarship possible. The application procedure for the scholarship will be announced in a future issue of Accents. I.C.T.F.L. Accents, vol. 19, no. 4 (Fall 2006) 9

10 Learning Spanish Where It Is Spoken By JENNA BRYANT, Mahomet-Seymour CUSD #3 I. C. T. F. L. A W A R D S Imagine that you have an opportunity to study in Mexico, with others that have the same desire to give up two weeks of their summer to take intensive Spanish language classes, live with a local family, take workshops or classes in afternoons and evenings, and participate in excursions that range from climbing pyramids, to visiting Frida Kahlo s home in Mexico City. It almost sounds too good to be true. Last October, after a discussion with Vivian B. Harvey, the Educational Programs Coordinator of the Cemanahuac Educational Community in Cuernavaca, I realized I actually could fulfill my desire to study in Mexico. I had studied in Spain and taken students to travel there, but was lacking first-hand experience in Mexico. The past few years were a struggle for me to find material and experience to make me knowledgeable in Mexican history and the language differences. I learned that my four-year old daughter, Karsyn, could travel with me, stay with the family, and attend a local preschool. I immediately began the process for applying for the scholarship that is sponsored annually by Cemanahuac and I.C.T.F.L. The paperwork is simple and the experience is worth much more paperwork than is needed. Jenna, her four-year old daughter, Karsyn, and friends in the Zócalo of Cuernavaca during the summer of Members of Jeanna s class at Cemanahuac. I traveled with my daughter to Mexico for two weeks in July. We had the experience of a lifetime. Not only did I feel that my belief in communicative language teaching got validated yet again, I was also able to see my daughter learn Spanish daily. While I attended my classes from 9:00 to 1:00 daily, she attended the greatest preschool, where she learned along side Mexican children. My classes were intensive and advanced. I studied the structure of the language as well as reading about cultural holidays and museums in Cuernavaca. The teachers at Cemanahuac are outstanding. They pushed us to do our best and integrated the culture and our personalities into the lessons. We were able to ask questions and seek further information about the day-to-day life in Cuernavaca and also use the language. I often had questions that I brought to class about history, culture, and current events. What a fabulous resource we all had in our teachers! My daughter and I would walk around the town during the afternoons to learn all we could about Cuernavaca. We shopped at the grocery store, walked through the Zócalo, and visited the Muros museum to see paintings by Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. Also we figured out the bus system together (she was more outgoing than I to jump on a bus to see where we ended up), and found parks where Karsyn could play. I was able to study during my classes about the language and culture and live it in the afternoon with my daughter through unforgettable experiences. There are numerous excursions during the week and on weekends. When I didn t take advantage of these, my daughter and I were attending craft workshops and swimming. The Admissions Coordinator, Charles P. Goff ( Charlie ), and Vivian are exceptional tour leaders and guides. The Cemanahuac Educational Community offers impressive language classes combined with Mexican history and culture. Everyone in Cuernavaca was pleasant and welcoming. My daughter and I both wish to return to our Mexican home and study more about the language, culture, and history while living in it. I.C.T.F.L. Accents, vol. 19, no. 4 (Fall 2006) 10

11 F R O M T H E R E G I O N S The View From the Middle Mid-Year Thoughts by the Director-Elect of Region IV, MISTY FERGUSON Which sixties band proclaimed, Here we are, stuck in the middle again? We are right in the middle the middle of the year, the middle of the book. I have to believe all of us teachers are feeling measures of exhaustion, overload, discouragement, hopelessness, strong need for a vacation. However, here in the middle, we have no choice but to keep on keeping on as the saying goes. In light of our need to push forward from the middle to the other end, I have compiled a short list of reasons why this is a great time in history to be a language teacher. It is by no means a complete list nor is it in any order. While I am sure I need this more than you do, I hope that pausing to reflect on the results of our work will give you just enough vision to make it at least to winter break! Daily Humor Just today, during a homework check, someone said, Ella lo come and lo, unfortunately, was standing for el gato the cat. Feeding the nice kitty was what we were trying to do, but instead she got munched. I could look at this as a failure of my instructional ability, or I could see the humor in it, laugh, with the kids, and know that, in this business, where there is no mistake-making, there is no learning. Autonomy in the Classroom at least in Illinois, we are not on the standardized test map yet Whatever your opinions about testing, there can be no doubt that standardized testing removes at least a bit of that highly coveted reality of our profession autonomy. (At least we can hope, right?) We d like to think that once a teacher closes that door each day and begins teaching, he or she really is the one who decides what s going to happen. Not many jobs provide an individual with so much room to be creative and autonomous each day. And, at least for now, we are safe from Big Brother and his overbearing mandates. For those of us teaching our L2, teaching keeps us learning and using our Second Languages You will never learn a subject better than when you start teaching it. For those of us who live in linguistically isolated places, teaching language provides us the opportunity to maintain our proficiency. What s more, language and culture are bottomless wells of learning. There is always another people group, a new idiom, a different perspective, a unique holiday and all of it is so fun to share with the students. Summers Off and that means travel! And, being language teachers, we have the perfect excuse for bravely spending the money and its all for the kids and in the name of professional development! Being on the cutting edge of our culture Immigration ( legal and illegal ) is at its highest level since the turn of the twentieth century. We are preparing our culture for its own future. I believe that we are on the front lines of the drive to a culture that is at once more diverse and more unified. What better way to do our part for the future of our country than building bridges through language and culture. Going to work every day is our way of changing the world. Improving test scores, even if they re not our own According to the Illinois State Board website, A study of over 17,000 students applying for college admission revealed that students who had completed a foreign language course in high school tended to have higher scores on the ACT exams in English and math regardless of their ability level (Olsen & Brown 1992). What can we say? And, if learning a FL makes kids that much smarter, think what it must do for us the teachers! Changing the world, now and forever Several times this school year, I have attempted to explain to my students that immigration is simply too complex to be treated fundamentally as a demographic or political issue. Factors such as poverty, persecution, and war are compelling people to leave their own countries and move here. What if just a handful of my students catch a vision of what they could do to be part of the solution to the larger challenges on the globe? They are so much more creative and adaptive than I have ever been. But that I could be a part of what inspired them to change the world or even the condition of one impoverished child makes it me believe in what I do even when I m stuck in the middle. History has proven that the cause of war and oppression has often been people who believe their stereotypes about other cultures. We have the opportunity to be prejudice busters, encouraging our students each day to become better and more multi-faceted human beings and to believe that others are as well! I.C.T.F.L. Accents, vol. 19, no. 4 (Fall 2006) 11

12 A Message From the President Samantha Godden-Chmielowicz President, I.C.T.F.L. Salut! 2006 has been a full year! I find it hard to believe that I am writing my last message as President of I.C.T.F.L. when it seems like just yesterday I was sitting down to write my first! We have accomplished a lot this year: Central States held their annual conference in Chicago in March, another successful GlobalFest was held at Urbana High School in March, we moved into the 21st century with our first on-line newsletter, a wonderful Fall Conference at Hickory Ridge in Lisle, and a variety of events sponsored by our affiliates throughout the year. Members of I.C.T.F.L. were also involved in the foreign language and arts grants given by the ISBE this year. Also, ISBE announced the hiring of a part-time world language consultant, so we will once again be officially represented in the state government. I need to take this opportunity to THANK the people who have helped to make these events happen! All of the names would fill pages, but you know the faces of the committee chairs and members that you see at our events. I am grateful to everyone who has helped our organization this year. And I encourage people to volunteer! New ideas are always welcome. Looking ahead, I invite you to be part of our upcoming 20 th Anniversary celebration! 2007 will be a time to look back at all we have done, and to look forward to another 20 years of supporting language teachers in Illinois. Lastly, I need to extend a special Wow! Thank you! to Paul T. Griffith, who will be retiring in December 2006 from his position of Executive Director. No one person will be able to replace all that Paul has done for I.C.T.F.L. over the years and we will miss him. Enjoy your new endeavors! We also need to thank Ron Sauberli for his years as Registrar of I.C.T.F.L. as he, too, retires at the end of Ron has kept meticulous records for years, and we appreciate that service. I hope that you feel as proud as I do of our Watch for more information soon on the website ( about the events we are already planning for the 20 th anniversary celebration, and we look forward to having you be a part of them! Cordially, Samantha Godden-Chmielowicz President I.C.T.F.L. Accents, vol. 19, no. 4 (Fall 2006) 12

13 B O A R D O F D I R E C T O R S BOARD REPORT Meeting of October 19 The last Board meeting of the year was held at the Hickory Ridge Marriott in Lisle in conjunction with the Fall Conference President Samantha Godden-Chmielowicz presided. Actions taken on this occasion included: Welcomed as a new affiliate organization of I.C.T.F.L. the Network for Illinois Educators of Spanish for Heritage Learners (NIESHL). NIESHL was represented at the meeting by its Chief Executive Officer, Stacey Villanueva, St. Charles East High School, and other members of the new affiliate organization. Heard a report from the Executive Director, Paul T. Griffith, that hotel contracts had been signed for the conferences of 2007, 2008, and In 2007 the Fall Conference will be held on October at the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel in Springfield. The 2007 Conference Chair is Joan F. Stopka, Lyons Township High School, LaGrange. In 2008, the conference is scheduled for October at Hickory Ridge Marriott in Lisle. In 2009, the conference will be on October again at Hickory Ridge. Approved the basic design and content of the online brochure to promote the study of foreign languages, as presented by the Board member in charge of developing the document, Jo Anne Bratkovich, Joliet West High School, noting that corrections still need to be made. Amended the Bylaws, as proposed by Susan C. Johnson, Co-Chair of the Bylaws Committee. Certified the results of the election for officers for 2007, as reported by the Chair of the Elections Committee, Heribert Breidenbach, Eastern Illinois University (Emeritus). The officers elected for 2007 are: FIRST VICE PRESIDENT Jo Anne Bratkovich Joliet West High School SECOND VICE PRESIDENT Julie Jezuit Lincoln Junior High School, Mt. Prospect SECRETARY Margaret Swanson Knoxville High School TREASURER Suzanne C. Coons Fieldcrest High School, Minonk (Emerita) DIRECTOR, REGION I Joanne Kotecki Lakes Community High School, Lake Villa DIRECTOR, REGION II Susan C. Johnson LaSalle-Peru Township High School DIRECTOR, REGION III Joe Scanavino Sangamon Valley High School, Niantic DIRECTOR, REGION IV Misty Ferguson Danville High School DIRECTOR, REGION V Mary Slider West Frankfort High School In 2007, the current First Vice President, Todd Bowen, Barrington High School, will succeed to the Presidency, as provided by the Constitution. The term of office for these officers begins on January first and runs for one year. Certified the recipients of the Carole Ann Ryan Awards for College Foreign Language Teaching Majors and of the I.C.T.F.L. Awards for Distinguished Service to Foreign Language Learning, as recommended by the Chair of the Awards Committee, Barbara S. Bell, Monticello High School (Emerita). I.C.T.F.L. Accents, vol. 19, no. 4 (Fall 2006) 13

14 B O A R D O F D I R E C T O R S AWARDS Barbara S. Bell Monticello High School (Emerita) BYLAWS C. Alice Henderson Joliet West High School (Emerita) Susan C. Johnson LaSalle-Peru Township High School ELECTIONS Heribert Breidenbach Western Illinois University (Emeritus) FALL CONFERENCE 2006 Todd Bowen Barrington High School Joan F. Stopka Lyons Township High School, LaGrange Commitee Chairs in 2006 FALL CONFERENCE 2007 Joan F. Stopka Lyons Township High School, LaGrange FOREIGN LANGUGAGE IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (FLES) Kathleen Priceman Abraham Lincoln School, Oak Park FOREIGN LANGUAGE WEEK Julie Jezuit Lincoln Junior High School, Mt. Prospect Alan Wax McGugan Junior High School, Oak Lawn (Emeritus) HIGHER EDUCATION Clara Orban DePaul University NOMINATING Jo Anne Bratkovich Joliet West High School PROFESSIONAL AWARENESS Caitlin Banister Midwest Central High School, Manito PUBLICATIONS Paul T. Griffith I.C.T.F.L. TECHNOLOGY David W. Hirst Normal West High School I.C.T.F.L. Accents, vol. 19, no. 4 (Fall 2006) 14

15 O R G A N I Z A T I O N A L I.C.T.F.L. WinterFest 2007 Learning Strategies That Encourage More Self-Directed Students Susan Arbuckle Mahomet-Seymour High School (Emerita) Mary Paracka Northbrook School District 28 Use the strategy of your best students to help your struggling learners Box lunch and coffee are included in the $75.00 registration fee. Friday, March 16 Barrington High School (pending confirmation) 9:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m. AND Saturday, March 17 Urbana High School (pending confirmation) 9:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m. You will find complete information & registration form at (If you have further questions, please Susan Johnson at N E W S Accents by In 2007, we will continue to transmit some issues of Accents, the I.C.T.F.L. newsletter, via , in response to requests from a number of members. Please make sure we always have your correct address so that you can receive the I.C.T.F.L. newsletter with its conference announcements and other important information. To Change Address. To communicate a change of address, send a brief message to As the subject of your , please type address. Do not include other information or questions. It will now be necessary for you to keep your address updated in our files. Deliveries in Two issues are being sent by regular U.S. mail during 2007 and two are being delivered by e- mail. The two issues are Number 2 (spring) and Number 4 (fall). The two published issues are Number 1 (winter), which will be mailed in January, and Number 3 (conference), which will be mailed in August. No ? If you prefer not to receive your newsletter by , you may ask that we send you a hard copy via U.S. mail. But please notice you must actually request that we mail all newsletters by sending a message to I.C.T.F.L., Post Office Box 5633, Springfield IL Caution: School s. I.C.T.F.L. strongly prefers that you use your home address, rather than a school one. There are two important reasons: 1) the filters used by schools sometimes screen out incoming messages, and 2) many persons do not have access to school during the summer months, when important communications are often transmitted. Suggestions? Questions? Please do not hesitate to communicate any questions or suggestions you might have concerning Accents by to or to I.C.T.F.L., Post Office Box 5633, Springfield IL We will do our best to respond. I.C.T.F.L. Accents, vol. 19, no. 4 (Fall 2006) 15

16 O R G A N I Z A T I O N A L N E W S Plan 2007: Board Meets for Annual Wor ork Day The I.C.T.F.L. Board of Directors are shown in this photograph that was taken on Saturday, November 4, 2006, at Joliet West High School during the annual Planning Seminar. Traditionally, the activity is devoted to laying out the projects that I.C.T.F.L. will realize in the coming year. However, this time most of the day was spent strategizing how to fill the vacancies left by the upcoming retirements of the Executive Director, Paul Griffith, and the Registrar, Ron Sauberli. Both these members will vacate their posts at the end of the year leaving a large number and variety of administrative jobs to fill. The Board members were grateful to Jo Anne Bratkovich for arranging for the Planning Seminar to the held at Joliet West. The Board also expressed appreciation to the students of Ms. Bratkovich for serving the lunch. Higher Education Matter tters By CLARA ORBAN, Chair, I.C.T.F.L. Higher Education Committee Welcome back to a new year, as always filled with possibilities. As our members know, there have been changes in the I.C.T.F.L. directorship positions so our organization is certainly poised for new beginnings. Further, with the recent elections, the political landscape for the teaching profession, and for teaching second languages, has changed (we may still be assessing how and when). And within I.C.T.F.L., the Higher Education Committee continues to work, but with some new members on board. First, however, a look back at a very successful I.C.T.F.L. October conference. The Higher Education Committee sponsored four interesting and worthwhile sessions for new teachers. Everything from classroom management to student teachers in the classroom was discussed. We saw many eager young teachers come listen to those of us who have been behind the desk for a while provide some tips of the trade to help make the transition to the classroom easier. We also received many useful suggestions about new types of sessions geared toward new teachers we could incorporate into the conference for October 2007 our 20th anniversary year! We are already looking forward to hearing your feedback and meeting you at the sessions next fall. At one of the sessions, discussion about student teachers proficiency skills led the group to explore ideas for Study Abroad. The participants agreed on the importance of spending time in the country or countries where the language one teaches is spoken. Students who come back from Study Abroad experiences come back linguistically better prepared and culturally transformed. Clara Orban, Chair, I.C.T.F.L. Higher Education Committee Still, we also agreed that cost is often a prohibitive factor in students decision to go abroad. That s where government can help: we talked about a new initiative, the Abraham Lincoln Study Abroad Act introduced in Congress in summer A favorite project of Illinois late Senator Paul Simon, the goal of this legislation aims to increase the number of students able to go on a Study Abroad program during their undergraduate years, open these opportunities to non-traditional students, and encourage students to explore non-traditional areas of the world. The details of the plan how to apply for funds, timetables for application, and so forth are to come. But the mere fact that the issue of increasing the possibility for students to live in other countries is now of major interest to lawmakers should be cause for rejoicing in our profession. In future Higher Education Matters, we will keep you posted on these and other developments. We begin this year with optimism in the future of language learning in this country. Contact with questions or comments. I.C.T.F.L. Accents, vol. 19, no. 4 (Fall 2006) 16

17 O R G A N I Z A T I O N A L N E W S Our Thanks to Appleseed Society Illinois Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages appreciates very much the financial support provided by the following members who became associates of the Appleseed Society by contributing funds over and above their regular membership dues during 2006: CONTRIBUTING MEMBERS Paul T. Griffith Illinois Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Ronald E. Sauberli Illinois State Museum SUSTAINING MEMBERS Jill Beronio Spanish Quest Virginia Gramer Hinsdale Elementary Schools David W. Hirst Normal West High School Jackie Mitchell Illinois State University Clara Orban DePaul University Lorin Pritikin Francis W. Parker School, Chicago I.C.T.T.F.F.L..L. Welcomes New Afflia liate Member At its regular meeting on October 19, 2006, the Board of Directors received an application from the Network of Illinois Educators of Spanish for Heritage Learners (NIESHL) to become an affiliate member of the association. The Board reacted favorably, and NIESHL was inducted as the sixteenth affiliate of I.C.T.F.L. at that very meeting. NIESHL was represented at the Board meeting by the Chief Executive Officer of the organization, Stacey Villanueva, St. Charles East High School, and by members Michelle Farfán, Elk Grove High School; Kathy Bellavia,Warren Township High School; and Tonya Russell, Barrington High School. The purposes of NIESHL are to improve the study and teaching of Spanish as a heritage language, as well as the target literature and culture, at all levels of instruction. The organization plans to accomplish this through education programs and inservice training; exchange of materials, methodology, and other information to improve teaching; keeping members informed of current issues and trends; public recognition of outstanding programs and individuals; and cooperating with regional, national, and international organizations and agencies. NIESHL started as a small group of teachers meeting to discuss how better to meet the needs of their Spanishspeaking students. The organization has now blossomed into a network of over 60 members. Two meeting are held each year, one in the fall and one in the spring. Meetings are always collaborative in nature. The network offers teachers the opportunity to learn more about methodology and programs. Typically heritage language teachers may lack the teaching experience to work effectively with this population. At each meeting teachers share ideas, curricula, and tips for teaching native speakers and heritage learners. NIESHL, a relatively new organization, is eager to increase its membership and, therefore, invites all persons who are interested to become members. Membership dues are $15 per year and the cost to attend each workshop is $10. If you would like information about the next meeting, please visit the NIESHL website, In order to join, download an application form from or get in touch with Kathy Bellavia, 2920 Navajo Road, Waukegan IL I.C.T.F.L. WinterFest 2007 Learning Strategies That Encourage More Self-Directed Students Friday, March 16 9:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m. Barrington High School (pending confirmation) AND Saturday, March 17 9:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m. Urbana High School (pending confirmation) Complete information and registration form at If you have further questions, please Susan Johnson at I.C.T.F.L. Accents, vol. 19, no. 4 (Fall 2006) 17

18 O R G A N I Z A T I O N A L N E W S Illinois Entry Submitted for ACTFL/ TFLTA Quilt I.C.T.F.L. submitted a block for a quilt developed by the Tennessee Foreign Language Teaching Association (TFLTA) and which was exhibited at the national convention of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). The ACTFL convention was held in Nashville on November 17-19, TFLTA had encouraged all state language organizations to send a square to be incorporated into the national quilt. In 2005 Tennessee sponsored a statewide quilt project that was very successful. The Illinois entry depicts the I.C.T.F.L. logo and below it, the word for welcome in the languages of each of Illinois Council s affiliate organizations, in keeping with TFLTA s requirement that language(s) be incorporated to express the state s connection with communities that speak the language(s). The block was sewn by Margaret Swanson, Secretary, and Luetta June Bowen, the mother of the First Vice President of I.C.T.F.L., Todd Bowen. The national quilt as displayed at ACTFL I.C.T.F.L. block is top right. Photo by Leann L. Wilcoxen Planning for Next Confer erence ence Alread eady Well Under Way The 2007 Fall Conference planning committee is shown at work on November 11 at the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel in Springfield. The conference will be held on October It will feature a gala celebration for the twentieth anniversary of the founding of I.C.T.F.L. I.C.T.F.L. Accents, vol. 19, no. 4 (Fall 2006) 18

19 O R G A N I Z A T I O N A L N E W S ACTFL Names 2007 National Language Teacher of the Year November 30, 2006, Alexandria VA Natomas (CA) high school French teacher Christine Lanphere was named the recipient of the 2007 ACTFL National Language Teacher of the Year Award. The presentation was made at the 40 th Annual Conference and Exposition of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages in Nashville TN on November 17, Lanphere, who resides in Elk Grove CA, has 13 years of experience as a language educator and serves as the World Languages Department Chair at Natomas. She was one of five regional winners from around the U.S. who were finalists for the national award. Lanphere was the finalist from the Southwest Conference on Language Teaching, while the other finalists were Christi Moraga, Farmington CT, representing the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages; Tracy Veler Knick, Melbourne FL, from the Southern Conference on Language Teaching; Gisela Holmquist, Mequon WI, from the Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages; and Terri Carnes, Covallis CA, representing the Pacific Northwest Council on Languages. The award, which is sponsored by publisher McDougal Littell, was created to recognize a foreign language teacher at the K-12 level who exhibits excellence in classroom language teaching. The selection process includes the submission of a portfolio and a teaching video, as well as an interview with the selection committee. In serving as a spokesperson for language education over the coming year, Lanphere will make appearances and give presentations at foreign language conferences as well as at events that promote language education through the Discover Languages public awareness campaign. The 2006 ACTFL conference was attended by more than 5,000 language teachers and administrators and offered more than 650 program sessions and workshops, as well as more than 350 exhibits. Conference highlights included a keynote address by television journalist Forrest Sawyer and a special plenary session, The Power of Language: U.S. Language Policy Five Years After 9/11, which demonstrated how educators can expand the impact of President Bush s 2006 National Security Language Initiative. ACTFL membership includes more than 9,000 professionals from all levels of education and representing all languages. The association provides these members with a wide variety of professional development opportunities, including training and certification programs. All members receive the association s two publications, the Foreign Language Annals scholarly journal and The Language Educator magazine. Two Illinois Colleagues Are Honored at ACTFL 06 Recipients of national awards at the ACTFL convention, which was held in Nashville on November 17-19, 2006: Jayne Abrate (left), Executive Director of the National AATF, who received the Nelson Brooks Award for Exellence in the Teaching of Culture, and Virginia Gramer (right), Hinsdale District 181 (Emerita), who was the recipient of the Florence Steiner Award for Leadership in Foreign Language Education, K-12. In the center is the president of ACTFL, Paul Sandrock. Photo by Leann L. Wilcoxen I.C.T.F.L. Accents, vol. 19, no. 4 (Fall 2006) 19

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