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Dear Colleague,
The Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese will be having its annual Gala on Saturday, April 16th at John Jay College.  
This year's gala will be dedicated to Guatemala.  There will be presentations on the country's history, culture and literature.  Our keynote speaker will be the Consul General Myriam De La Roca.
Teachers will be given PD credit certificates for their attendance.
There is more information about the gala and registration on the attached newsletter.
If you have any questions, kindly contact me at
Bernie López
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Cari Amici!
Are you ready for the fun? We are gearing up for our 12th season! It's hard to believe. but we keep moving forward, always better, always brighter! We have some BIG news to share with you! In response to  continued requests we have finally added Spanish to our repertoire and Connecticut to our locations. We are now more accessible than ever meeting more of your needs. We are thrilled! Andiamo avanti!   ¡Vámanos!
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We now have 3 locations:
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Greenwich, CT 06831
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From: Stacy Giufre <sgiufre@GMAIL.COM>

Date: February 21, 2018 at 11:37:29 EST


Subject: Online Italian courses at UMass Amherst

Reply-To: Stacy Giufre <sgiufre@GMAIL.COM>


The Italian program at UMass Amherst will offer a number of courses online this summer:


Summer Session 1, May 21-June 29:


Beginning Italian 110, 3 credits  

Intermediate Italian 230, 3 credits

Italian 333, a 4 credit general education literature course taught in English


Registration begins March 12 and preview week access opens May 14.


Summer Session 2, July 9-August 17:


Beginning Italian 120, 3 credits

Intermediate Italian 240, 3 credits


Preview access begins July 2.


All courses are open to the public. Interested students can go to for more information or to register. Requests for more information can be directed to





Stacy Giufre

Lecturer of Italian

University of Massachusetts, Amherst






A short stay in the Île-de-France  

guest blogger Lisa DiGiacomo's experiences and encounters


Edible logs: The Bûche de Noël, a theatrical dessert for the holidays 


A White Christmas with Monet

Our review of a great illustrated children's book in French.


Three recipes and three books

to enrich your winter living


Bonne année et bonne santé!

Best wishes for a happy and prosperous 2018.  We are excited to continue sharing our blog and newsletters with you in the year ahead.  If there are any particular topics that you would be interested in hearing more about, please let us know.  We are always eager to hear your suggestions.


Bien cordialement,


Suzie and Jonathan Ceci





We're excited to announce that more than 500 French books are now on Epic! - including picture books, chapter books, comic books, nonfiction and Read-to-Me books - all available to read in French today!













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Dear NYSAFLT colleague,


Please disseminate to all World Language/ LOTE teachers. We need feedback from all NYS regions for the NYSED PD initiative. 


Thank you,




Dear World Language Colleague,


You are being asked to participate in this research study because you are a World Language educator or teacher candidate. You are invited to participate in surveys on world language curriculum, assessment and instruction. This study aims to examine current World Language teacher preparation requirements, professional development, and the perception of new assessment paradigms from candidates placed at student teaching sites.


 The purpose of this research study is to gather feedback to inform the development of supportive materials for NYS World Language teachers and administrators and bridge the gap between skills of veteran in-service teachers and those more recently certified. Results of this survey will guide various professional development initiatives in order to address your needs in curriculum, assessment and instruction. Therefore, it is essential to seek feedback representing all stakeholders in the World Language (LOTE) profession across New York State. 


 If you agree to participate, you will be asked 30 questions that should take you no more than 15-20 minutes in an anonymous online survey. Your participation in this online survey is voluntary. Usernames or remote computer names will not be retained, stored, or used in data analysis or reporting by those involved in the data analysis and reporting. You can stop at any time by exiting the survey. The survey does not ask for any information that would identify who the responses belong to. 


If you are a CUNY student, your willingness to participate in this research study, or your request to withdraw from the research study, will not affect your grades or academic standing with CUNY. You may refuse to answer any questions that you do not want to answer and still remain in the study.


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Principal Investigator.


Thank you for your participation and feedback. 



Dr. Jennifer Eddy

Principal Investigator: World Language Pathways Curriculum and Assessment Initiative


Survey links:











Dr. Jennifer Eddy

Tenured Assistant Professor and Program Director of World Language Education 


Powdermaker Hall 150

Queens College, CUNY




Note:   Individuals seeking NYS teacher certification-related advice should note that SEYS faculty are not authorized to give such advice. Prospective students and those without a Queens College affiliation should contact NYS Department of Education ( for definitive information.  Current and former Queens College students should contact the State (  or the Teacher Certification Office on campus ( 





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FEBRUARY 2, 2018







Throughout the month of February, Lead with Languages will be celebrating stories from students, parents, teachers, and other community members who advocate for language education across the United States. We want to see you and hear from you.


Check out our social media kit to learn how you can participate in Lead with Languages Advocacy Month. You can start small by changing your profile picture, or jump right in by taking a #LeadwithLanguages selfie!











Looking to advance your language skills, or just need a refresher? Available exclusively for ACTFL members, the 2018 summer language scholarships are now accepting applications. Scholarships are available for Arabic, Chinese, French, Italian, and Spanish language courses, from online to around the world.


Applicants must be current ACTFL members and paid through the end of March 2018 to apply. Applications and all supporting documents must be submitted by March 31. Take advantage of this incredible member benefit. Log in and apply today!













We think you should attend the 2018 ACTFL Annual Convention and World Languages Expo at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Nov. 16-18. Don't take it from us, though. In this video, your peers tell you why you can't miss ACTFL 2018.


Registration and housing open in March!




The ACTFL Center for Assessment, Research, and Development (CARD) is seeking two classes (any grades 5-12) per language to help pilot the AAPPL in Hindi, Thai, and Japanese. The test would be free of charge and your students would receive their official ratings as well. If you are interested or would like to learn more about piloting for Hindi, Thai, and Japanese, please email Dr. Ann Aly.











ACTFL's Center for Assessment, Research and Development (CARD) seeks high energy, creative, collaborative individuals who share our commitment to innovation, quality, and creativity in meeting the changing needs of language educators and language learners.


The following positions are available: instructional designers to develop world language classroom materials in Arabic, Chinese, French, English (ESOL), German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, and Turkish for grades 3-12; e-learning course designers to develop LMS courses using educational content provided by an instructional design team.














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ACTFL staff is pleased to announce the dates and locations for the Proficiency & Performance Summer Institute, a valuable professional learning opportunity. Not sure which workshop is best for you? Learn about the different types of workshops and read our frequently asked questions.


New York University, May 4

  • OPI Familiarization Workshop, Mixed Languages*

University of Texas at Austin, May 29-June 1

  • OPI Workshop, Arabic, Chinese, ELL, LCTL, Russian, Spanish
  • OPI Advancement Workshop, Mixed Languages*, Spanish
  • OPI Familiarization Workshop, Mixed Languages*

City University of Seattle, co-hosted with The Bush School, June 21-24

  • OPI Workshop, Japanese, Korean, Mixed Languages*, Spanish
  • MOPI Workshop, Chinese, French, Mixed Languages*, Spanish
  • OPI Familiarization Workshop, Mixed Languages*
  • AAPPL Familiarization Workshop, Mixed Languages*

Washington & Lee University, Lexington, VA, July 10-13

  • OPI Workshop, Chinese, ELL, French, Japanese, Spanish
  • OPI Advancement Workshop, Mixed Languages*, Spanish
  • Writing Proficiency Rater Training, Mixed Languages*

Lake Park High School, Roselle, IL, July 23-26

  • MOPI Workshop, ELL, French, German, LCTL, Spanish
  • OPI Familiarization Workshop, Mixed Languages*
  • AAPPL Familiarization Workshop, Mixed Languages*

*Mixed Language workshops are facilitated in English. Participants may have access to digital samples in their language of choice, when available.











Language educators are challenged on a daily basis to meet the needs of all learners, which vary based on students' readiness levels, interests and learning preferences. By the end of Engaging All Language Learners, you will enhance your background knowledge around differentiated instruction, learn how to implement key strategies for responding to the needs of all students, and better reflect on your practice. Price: $59 for ACTFL members.


LIVE EVENT: Join Leslie Grahn, 27-year world language teaching veteran and creator of this VLM, for a live-discussion on Feb. 26 and receive a code to get 20% off Engaging All Language Learners. Register for the live event (Only 100 spots!)



Learn – Discuss – Reflect: ACTFL brings you these additional topics throughout the academic year:

  • Developing the Interpretive Mode of Communication with Authentic Resources, with Nicole Naditz (Available March 5)
  • Creating Formative and Summative Assessments to Guide Language Learning, with Yo Azama (Available April 2)
















Same great ACTFL publications…new digital format! Take your favorite reads on the go!





GIVE BACK, GET INVOLVED: Looking to get more involved in 2018 with ACTFL? We are in need of volunteers for two great opportunities this summer: summer scholarship reviewers and ACTFL professional awards committee members. All volunteer opportunities are listed on the ACTFL Community under the "Volunteer" dropdown. Please visit each opportunity to learn more about qualifications and expectations. Log in, view the opportunities, and apply today!


Help review summer language scholarship applications in Arabic, Chinese, French, Italian, and Spanish. Volunteers must be comfortable reading and assessing the target language. Time commitment is generally a few hours, and all work is completed online. Apply to be a reviewer by March 15.


The ACTFL professional awards are given each year at the Annual Convention. We are looking for volunteers to serve on the committees for each of the ten awards. Time commitment is about 2-3 hours for a committee member, and all work is completed online through the Community. Apply to be a committee member by February 28.


ATTENDING NECTFL?: Stop by the ACTFL booth #310 on Friday, February 9th from 11:30 am – 1 pm ET for a special book signing with Leslie Grahn, co-author of the new Keys to Strategies for Language Instruction. Bring a copy of your book or purchase one on-site. Don't miss your chance to win one of two ACTFL memberships – stop by and enter the raffle. Make sure to visit the Hospitality Booth to participate in the State Basket Raffle and bid on baskets, including a bundle of ACTFL publications. See you next week!






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ACTFL and EF Tours have partnered again this year to design a trip to Havana, Cuba, exclusively for ACTFL members. This program focuses on providing opportunities to collaborate with language professionals across the US and in the target country we visit.


These collaborative professional learning experiences are an invaluable way to not only expand your intercultural competence, but also to build a robust professional network of language teachers and administrators.









FUTURE LANGUAGE EDUCATOR RESOURCES The Future Language Educator Resources are designed to showcase some of the current benefits available for ACTFL members. These documents are available for you to download and share with your methods students (or other students interested in pursuing a career in language education).

MEMBERSHIP ORIENTATION WEBINAR Get the most out of your ACTFL membership. Join us for one of our monthly live webinars to review your membership benefits.

BECOME AN ADVOCATE FOR WORLD LANGUAGES Subscribe to ACTFL's Action E-List to get latest updates on mobilization efforts in your state and district.

DID YOU MISS LAST WEEK'S CONNECTION? We're now posting the newsletter on the ACTFL Community – log in and view the most recent Connection under the “Browse” tab.




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If you're looking for a BOCES workshop that will be strictly FLES-related, there is still time to register! We have a wonderful group of 15 teachers but of course I'd love to see all of you, too! Let me know if you have any questions. Here is the link to sign up!


Here's to a wonderful new year!


A fabulous opportunity for you and your students !  French singer/songwriter Eric Vincent ( will be performing in New-Jersey, this Fall: 
• on Monday October, 24th, 2016 at  Kent Place School, 42 Norwood Avenue, Summit, NJ 07901 (sold out).
• on Tuesday October, 25th, 2016, at 10:00am Montgomery High School, 1016 Route 601, Skillman, NJ To attend this morning concert with your students, please contact Madame Nathalie Bogen <>


Eric Vincent concerts are a huge boost for the French program...enriching and fun… Check out reviews by teachers at:
If you are too far and want to host Eric for a superb concert at your own school or university, let me know, we still have October 20th, available. 
I'll be pleased to answer any questions you may have about the organization of a concert and I’ll give you all the details about our sharing receipts formula, that allows you to host a concert without any budget.  
I am looking forward to hearing from you.
Marie-Claude BARBIN
Eric Vincent’s songs has been included in several major textbooks, most recently : 
"Discovering French Today": Blanc (Level 2) by Valette and Valette (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
"SAM Contacts: Langue et Culture Françaises, 9th edition" , by Valette and Valette (Heinle Cengage)
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