Vermont Foreign Language association

The Vermont Foreign Language Association envisions a Vermont of multilingual global citizens who collaborate and connect to the world as a result of meaningful world language experiences.

VFLA Spring Conference

March 13, 2020 

8:30 am to 3:30 pm. 

Capitol Plaza Hotel

Montpelier 


Keynote and conference presenter:

Annabelle Allen "La Maestra Loca"

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She will give the keynote address and two sessions about comprehensible input. 

It is aimed to all languages and all proficiency levels.

Check her out at lamaestraloca.com 


Conference registration will open in the new year



VFLA Essay  and Poster Contests

This year, we are asking our students to respond to the prompt:   

With languages, you are at home anywhere"

~Edmund de Waal~

For guidelines and information about the Essay Contest click here .

For guidelines and information about the Poster Contest click here.


Congratulations to Allison Litten! 

The 2019 VFLA Distinguished Teacher!

The Seal of Biliteracy was awarded to fourteen

Vermont High School seniors!

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The Seal of Biliteracy offers students a purpose in second language study because by achieving proficiency, they will receive recognition that is useful for college applications as well as employment opportunities.  It does not denote fluency, it denotes proficiency.  It means that a person can communicate with a high degree of comprehension in both speaking and writing, as well as in understanding and reading.  This past year 14 students in Vermont received the Seal of Biliteracy.  We anticipate many more students becoming eligible this year as 3 large districts in Chittenden County alone hope to implement the Seal (Burlington, South Burlington and Essex), along with many other schools.  Most exciting is that it also extends to non-native English speakers who are fluent in their native language, and hopefully by graduation will be proficient in English, thereby qualifying for the Seal.

The VFLA will supply the Seals for you to award.  It consists of a medallion on a lanyard.  We will also supply you with start up documents and a "road map" for what is needed  We will add you to an email group of collaborators and support you all the way!

Please reply to kerilynbristow@gmail.com and I will be back in touch with you and add you to the group!  Now is the time to start planning!  

We want to hear your ideas and stories!  

We welcome contributions to our e-newsletters.   Submissions can be sent to aluna@cvsdvt.org

VFLA Distinguished Teacher Nomination

Each year the Vermont Foreign Language Association seeks to honor an outstanding world language teacher in the state. We will announce the winner of the VFLA Distinguished Teacher Award at our annual conference. The winner can then elect to submit a portfolio for the NECTFL Teacher of the Year. Principals, teachers, parents, or community members are invited to nominate a teacher for the VFLA Distinguished Teacher Award.

The VFLA presents the Distinguished Teacher Award to a foreign language teacher who:

  • is innovative and creative in the classroom
  • reflects on his/her practice and strives for professional growth
  • inspires and encourages students to become active global citizens
  • shares expertise with colleagues
  • exceeds professional expectations

Please fill out this form on or before  January 15th, 2020.

Distinguished Teacher Nomination Form

If you have any additional questions, please contact:

Erin Welch: eringwelch@gmail.com

Click here to join the VFLA!

Interested in becoming more involved with the VFLA but not sure where to start?

Please fill out this form and we will find something that works for you!

Our membership runs from

1 January - 31 December



The VFLA Board of Directors


Without volunteers, VFLA would cease to exist.

Have you ever  wanted to help advocate for World Languages on a statewide level?  How about becoming a member of the Vermont Foreign Language Association Board of Directors?

Becoming a Board member is a unique opportunity to support and strengthen your profession in Vermont and beyond. We know you have lots of ideas to offer and we would love to help you find your niche in our organization.  In addition to having an influence on the future of world languages in VT and helping to guide the VFLA in serving the professional needs of its members, benefits of being on the VFLA Board include free membership, free conference, and you can apply to your LSB for PD hours based.

In order to be included on the ballot, by March 4th, 2020.

VFLA

PO Box 66

Taftsville, VT 05073



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