Free Webinars for CLTA Members!

FREE WEBINARS – a new benefit for CLTA members
CLTA has worked with its member states—CO, UT, HI, NM, AZ, TX, OK—which make up SWCOLT, the regional foreign language organization, to offer three free webinars to members of state organizations this year. The major benefit to CLTA members is that now they will be able to not only participate in sessions given by California presenters but will also have access to presentations of the best presenters in neighboring states without leaving their classrooms. Our presenters this year are Evan Rubin from LARC (Learning and Academic Resource Center, San Diego campus), Toni Theisen and Yo Azama, (both former ACTFL Teachers of the Year). Evan Rubin will present a webinar about the Lesson Plan Generator on Tuesday, October 28, at 4:00 PT.
You may have already received an eblast. If you are a CLTA member, you will receive a second eblast from SWCOLT next week explaining how to register for this free webinar.

Not a member but want to attend webinars? Go to the CLTA website and join now.

Not sure if you are member, email the Membership Chair at

For more information, email
Thank you for your support.

Attention teachers of Japanese!

Reminder to Japanese teachers interested in applying for the Japan Foundation travel grant! You must apply by December 1, 2015 directly to the Japan Foundation! Go to the Japan Foundation website www.jflalc

Click on “Grants,” “Japanese Language Grants,” “Short-term.” Please read the requirements carefully, including the teaching level for each grant. The helpful website will give you all the information you need to apply. The Japan Foundation will recommend potential grantees to CLTA. The short-term travel/study grant for this year is July 7 – August 27, 2015.

Opportunity from NEH: Authors in the Prado

Spanish Painting and the Literature It Inspired (in Spanish)
Madrid, Spain
21 June-24 July 2015

This five week intensive course designed for K-12 teachers and graduate students preparing to be teachers looks at the dialog between masterpieces of Spanish literature and art. Artists and writers to be studied include Velázquez, Goya, Picasso, Calderón, Lope de Vega, Buero Vallejo, Alberti, Arrabal and others.
NEH Summer Fellows accepted to participate in this seminar will have free access to the Museo del Prado, will enjoy lectures from museum curators, and will participate in guided excursions to Toledo, Segovia, and Salamanca.

More information: NEH.BYU.EDU

Attention Italian teachers in northern CA

This just in from the Italian Consulate:

Cari tutti/Dear Everyone

As you may or may not know, a Campaign aimed to raise funds to increase the number of Italian classes and learners in Northern California schools was launched in February 2014.
I am now pleased to circulate the attached grant application form for your schools/your kids’ school to fill in with your projects to increase the number of Italian learners.
Grants will be distributed on the basis of fund availability and in the order they arrive at:

Looking forward to receiving your project soon.

Grazie infinite e cordialita’
Paola Ebranati

Education Attache’ | Consulate General of Italy

application form:

submit to:


Announcing CLTA World Language Jamboree 2014

in exciting Anaheim!

• October 25, 2014 8:00 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.
• Includes CLTA membership, cost of conference and meals, handouts if registered by October 15
• Must be a member of affiliate
• Registration $80 (late fee after October 15)
Please click on the url or cut and paste into your browser:
CLTA Affiliates FLA-OC, FLCSD, IEFLA, and MCLASC host


Every year, CLTA and other state language organizations from our Southwestern Region send one candidate to compete in the Teacher of the Year (TOY) program in the Southwest Conference on Language Teaching (SWCOLT). World Language teachers from Hawaii, California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Texas and Oklahoma created a portfolio and were interviewed at the Conference, which took place at Snowbird, Utah from April 24-26.Nicole Naditz

We are proud to tell you that the winner of the TOY competition was CLTA’s candidate Nicole Naditz, a French teacher at Bella Vista High School in Fair Oaks (Sacramento County).  Nicole has been a generous contributor and presenter in her local affiliate (FLAGS), Capital World Language Project (CapWLP) and CLTA.  She represents the best qualities of a World Language teaching professional and will compete at ACTFL in November.  Congratulations to Nicole!

2014 Summer Seminar Success in Beautiful Santa Barbara

This year’s theme focused on Common Core and World Language Standards: Engaging 21st Century Learners. While the Seminar’s general sessions continued to address topics relevant to all participants, including Common Core Standards and World Language Education,  participants also reviewed Assessment of Language Learner Performance employing the NCSSFL/ACTFL “Can Do” Statements, and Engaging 21st Century Language Learners in acquiring the global competencies necessary to be college, career and world readiness!

Also popular were language specific strands, as well as a new strand:  Immersion / Two Way Programs: Research, Models and Instructional Strategies for Chinese and Spanish Programs. For those recent to the profession, a Foundations strand: Standards-Based Lesson / Unit Design to Increase Students’ Linguistic and Academic Performance was offered. Content in the strands that are repeated from one year to the next is updated annually. If you wish to see the complete program listing, please go to

We hope that you are planning to join us next year for another professionally enriching experience at the Summer Seminar. Furthermore,we hope that you also will share the information with your colleagues and encourage them to attend as well.  Should you have any questions or need more information regarding next year’s seminar, please do not hesitate to contact either Lorraine ( Duarte (, Co-coordinators of CLTA/CWLPSummer Seminar..

2014 Summer Seminar Brochure