Providing students with authentic language experiences boosts learning, engagement, and builds bridges of personal connection to other people and cultures. Last year, Westwood High school, home of SCFLTA's President-elect, Nadine Okoduwa Stewart, facilitated the following language enrichment activities.
Webinar with Dr. José Liens & Mrs. Irma Leal
Virtual Hang Outs with Native Speakers
Westwood High's Spanish faculty facilitates virtual hang outs for Honors students not currently enrolled in Spanish (but plan to continue studies in college) in order to practice with native speakers. These hang outs also give native speakers a chance to practice their English. Win-win!
Yearly, the faculty encourages Westwood High School's 11th -12th graders who are bilingual or who have studied at least one other language, to level-up and prove their proficiency in their languages. The State Department of Education provides this opportunity. Students can earn a Gold, Silver, or Bronze Seal of Biliteracy from the State of South Carolina.
There is a lot happening with languages in South Carolina and we would like to share and network with YOU. Whether you are early in your career or experienced, we want to provide an opportunity to connect with other language teachers and share in our collective successes and challenges.
During the first of our virtual social hours we hope to have some fun with a short game or two and then hear from you about what is on your mind and what topics would be of interest for the next social hours. If you can't make it, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments or via Twitter or Facebook.
We're looking forward to meeting you!
~ The SCFLTA Regional Reps
Julia Royall, Amanda Hajji, Stephanie Madison, and Heather Giles"
Here is the Zoom link for the meeting:
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Meeting ID: 818 5963 3435