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  • 19 Oct 2020 4:20 PM | COFLT (Administrator)


    October 2020

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    Apply Now to the FY 2021 Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Program!

    Deadline: Dec. 18, 2020

    2019 Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad in the Czech Republic and Uruguay

    The Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Program (SA) provides U.S. educators in the social sciences and humanities with opportunities to participate in short-term seminars abroad to improve their understanding and knowledge of the peoples and cultures of other countries. In 2021, summer seminars will be offered in Iceland, Morocco, and Mexico.   

    Each thematic seminar features educational lectures and interactive, cultural activities specifically designed for elementary, secondary, and postsecondary educators, including visits to local schools and organizations and meetings with education administrators, government officials, policymakers, teachers, and students. Participants draw on their experiences during the program to create new or to enhance cross-cultural curricula for use in their U.S. classrooms and school systems.

    Sixteen educators participate in each seminar. The SA program covers airfare, room and board, and program costs. Teacher participants are responsible for a cost-share of $650.

    Please note that seminar dates could be postponed until the summer of 2022 due to international travel restrictions that may be enacted in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic.

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    How to Apply

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    The FY 2021 Seminars Abroad application is now available on the G5 website at www.g5.gov.

    If you are a new user, click “Sign Up” on the G5 home page. Once you have successfully registered and your access is activated, click “Package Submission” under Grant Setup. Following the steps provided, complete and upload the required forms and files. See the application package for more detailed instructions.

    The application deadline is Dec. 18, 2020.

    Eligibility Requirements

    Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad program applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

    • Be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States.
    • Hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
    • Have at least three years of full-time teaching or administrative experience by the departure date from the United States.
    • Be currently employed full-time in a U.S. school, institution of higher education, local educational agency, state educational agency, library, or museum as a teacher, curriculum developer, librarian, or administrator.
    • Be an educator in the arts, humanities, or social sciences (this requirement does not apply to administrators).
    • Employed at the level of the seminar for which you are applying.
    • Be physically and psychologically fit to participate in the program.
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    Application Webinar: Coming Soon

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    The U.S. Department of Education's International and Foreign Language Education (IFLE) office will host a technical assistance webinar in the coming weeks to help teachers, school administrators, and other educators learn more about the FY 2021 Seminars Abroad Program and the application process. The webinar will provide guidance on how to prepare a competitive application, use the G5 electronic application system, and troubleshoot technical issues.

    In order for the webinar to best serve the needs of all applicants, please submit any questions regarding the competition and application in advance to seminarsabroad@ed.gov to ensure that they are addressed during the session.

    The webinar will be pre-recorded and posted on IFLE’s YouTube channel. A link to the recording will also be posted on the Applicant Information page of the Seminars Abroad website. Check the website over the coming weeks for updates. 

    If you have questions about the program or application in the meantime, please send them by email to seminarsabroad@ed.gov.

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    Drawing on a Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Experience, Professor Encourages Global Citizenship in Clemson Students

    Bailey at Malbork Castle, a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization site in Poland

    This article was edited and adapted from an article on Clemson University's Newstand website by Michael Staton.

    Beatrice Bailey, professor of social studies education in Clemson’s College of Education, participated in the 2018 Fulbright-Hays Seminar Abroad Program that focused on exploring contemporary U.S.-Poland relations.

    After traveling abroad with the Seminars Abroad program, participants return to their home institutions and share their broadened knowledge and experiences with students and colleagues in the U.S. According to Bailey, the true beneficiaries of her experience abroad were her Clemson students, especially undergraduate students in her “Principles of American Education” course. Bailey stated, “I’m charging each student to design a model K-12 Global Citizenship Education activity for a discipline of their choice and grade level that focuses on U.S.-Poland relations. As future educators, they can help students become ‘world changers’ in any discipline or grade level as they encourage these types of activities.”

    During her time in Poland, Bailey met ambassadors and experts on international relations, traveled to see historical sites and modern communities, and took part in discussions and cultural events designed to connect specialists from different academic disciplines. Bailey gained insights into the U.S.-Poland relationship and noted the particular affinity between the two countries and their people. “Before this trip, I couldn’t have imagined the kinds of connections we have and could have with Poland, from the wide variety of multinational corporations and think tanks to the international film industry evolving within Poland’s borders. The trip reinforced my belief in Clemson and our entire nation’s need to focus more fully on education from kindergarten to postgraduate work that emphasizes global citizenship.”

    Bailey drew upon her Fulbright-Hays experience to develop a curriculum for her students at Clemson. As part of the curriculum, Bailey required her Clemson education students to write letters to Clemson alumna Nicki Haley, who was serving as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations (U.N.) at the time, to share ideas for ways that K-12 students in Poland and the U.S. could work together to address U.N. development goals. Students posted their U.S.-Poland curricular designs on a blog that current and future teachers could use in their own classrooms. “The ideal student in South Carolina and at Clemson is one who is prepared for global citizenship,” Bailey said. “Through our curriculum simulation and correspondence with U.N. Ambassador Haley, we’re showing how any teacher can begin to design ways to encourage global citizenship within their discipline and grade level.”

    Bailey’s experience in the Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad program has been personally enriching as well. “I have remained in touch with several colleagues from that experience,” Bailey noted, and described her overall experience in Poland as “terrific.”

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  • 06 Sep 2020 9:51 AM | COFLT (Administrator)

    COFLT is sending ten (10) members to ACTFL this year for free!

    Have you ever wished you could go to ACTFL's convention, the must-attend-language education event of the year? Do you wish to hear fabulous keynotes, connect with other fellow world language educators, and learn from thousands of innovative presenters? Now is your chance!

    ACTFL 2020 is going virtual this year and given our fall bi-state conference postponement, COFLT wants to give the ten lucky winners an opportunity to continue their professional growth and development to share with their students and colleagues. 

    COFLT will conduct the random drawing of current members on September 10, 2020.

    The ten winners will be invited to share their experience in the form of a short video, blog post, roundtable, or any other creative venue. 

    Please note that to receive this scholarship you must be a current member. If your membership is not renewed by September 10th, you will not be eligible for the $230 conference value (early bird registration conference fee and basic year membership). Further instructions will be sent to those selected. 

  • 30 Jul 2020 8:04 PM | COFLT (Administrator)

    Linfield University, located in beautiful McMinnville, is hiring a part-time Spanish instructor for the fall 2020 semester to teach two hybrid first year classes with the possibility of returning in the spring semester. For more information, click on this link! 

  • 19 Jun 2020 7:16 PM | COFLT (Administrator)

    Please join SCOLT for “Courageous Classrooms: Hard Conversations, Intentional Design, and Critical Reflection” on July 1, 2020 at 5pm EST. Register now and be a part of this important conversation. 


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  • 03 Jun 2020 7:28 AM | COFLT (Administrator)

    COFLT STANDS IN SOLIDARITY WITH ALL BIPOC COMMUNITIES FIGHTING AGAINST SYSTEMIC DISCRIMINATION AND RACIAL INJUSTICE. OUR ORGANIZATION VALUES INCLUSIVENESS, DIVERSITY, KINDNESS, PEACE AND ABOVE ALL, EQUITY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.

    TO OUR BLACK TEACHERS, STUDENTS, AND COMMUNITIES: WE SEE YOUR PAIN. YOU ARE NOT ALONE. WE STAND WITH YOU.

  • 01 Jun 2020 9:31 PM | COFLT (Administrator)


    UPCOMING FREE WEBINAR

    K12 educators may request a certificate for 1 hour CE

    We ALL Can Do It:
    Empowering All Learners in the Language Classroom
    Presented by Rebecca Aubrey, ACTFL Teacher of the Year (2019)


    June 17, 10AM Arizona (10AM PDT/1PM EDT)

    Learning a language is no longer just about preparing for college, but about preparing all students to live in a globalized world. Thus, every student has a right to study languages and teachers need to meet their diverse needs. We typically add differentiation strategies after a lesson has been developed. This is time-consuming and disrespectful of the diversity of our students.

    In this webinar, participants will learn to differentiate through backwards design by individualizing proficiency targets within a common theme, empowering students to self-direct how they show their learning, and designing a variety of learning activities.  To learn more and register for this free online event, visit: 
    https://cercll.arizona.edu/event/empowering-all-learners/
  • 01 Jun 2020 9:11 PM | COFLT (Administrator)

    Due to COVID-19 and as a precautionary measure in the midst of much uncertainty, COFLT and WAFLT have made the difficult decision to postpone our bi-state fall conference one year. Please save the date for October 7-9, 2021. We would like to thank the Sheraton Hotel for being flexible with our contract and look forward to creating opportunities for continued growth and inspiration in the meantime. The conference planning committee invites you to hear this video message.

    I welcome you to reach out to me directly at any time at cofltoregon@gmail.com. I hope you are safe and well, that you are continuing to take care of yourself and others. 

    Best wishes, 

    Sandra Terra

    COFLT President 

  • 16 May 2020 10:18 AM | Scott (Administrator)

    Fantastic ATJO Spring 2020 Newsletter, check it out!  Thank you so much to all the contributors and to the incredible Japanese language teaching community!

  • 22 Apr 2020 11:25 AM | COFLT (Administrator)

    A message from our friends at Michigan State University:

    As we all look for guidance on transitioning language courses online for summer and possibly the next academic year, I wanted to share a professional development opportunity available through the Center for Language Teaching advancement (CeLTA) and the English Language Center (ELC) at Michigan State University. 

    Introduction to Online Language Teaching is a fully online, six-week course designed for experienced classroom instructors who want to make the transition to teaching languages online. The course is led by a master instructor with extensive online teaching experience. While each participant will bring their own pedagogical background, the course presupposes a task-based, proficiency-oriented view of language instruction. Course participants will gain an understanding of key criteria and conceptual frameworks used to describe online pedagogy, and will develop expertise in the areas of course quality and design, accessibility, and media. We are offering two sessions of this course this summer:

    Summer Session 1: May 18th - June 26th

    Summer Session 2: July 6th - August 14th

    The online nature of the course exposes participants to all of the affordances and constraints of an online environment for language teaching and learning, allowing them to experience a student’s perspective firsthand. This includes engaging in a variety of tasks and discussions, which are meant to be a non-comprehensive sampling of the possibilities of online learning. Participants will receive feedback from the instructor and, by the end of the course, will have developed a principled plan for developing an online course at their own institution. For more information and instructions on how to sign up, please visit the course website at olt.cal.msu.edu.
    Michigan State University

    Please do not hesitate to reach out to me directly if you have any questions. 

    Luca Giupponi

    Educational Technology Coordinator, English Language Center (ELC)
    Educational Technology Specialist, Center for Language Teaching Advancement (CeLTA)


  • 13 May 2019 8:47 AM | Scott (Administrator)

    Like Brigadoon, the International Association for Language Learning Technology (IALLT) biannual conference only surfaces in the Pacific Northwest once in a great while. This is your chance to experience 3 days of exciting workshops, presentations, and panel discussions. IALLT is an eclectic mix of K-16 attendees with backgrounds in language teaching, curricular innovation, technology and publishing, The keynote speaker is Michele Aoki, Ph.D from Seattle Public Schools. We hope you can join in Eugene, June 19-22. For more information about the program, see: https://iallt.org/iallt-2019/

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