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December 10, 2018

Looking for something to do this summer? You might be interested in this. Teachers love this program and want to come back year after year.

Registration deadline is February 19, 2019

Teach and Travel in China
A Unique Cultural Experience

Summer China Travel & Teaching Program

  • Established in 2004, this program is a non-profit intercultural and educational exchange program sponsored by the Chinese schools in China.
  • Participating teachers provide twelve days of English instruction (six 45-minute sessions daily) for K – 8 students.
  • Participating teachers will be provided with the following by the Chinese schools:
  • International round trip airfare reimbursement from Los Angeles to China
  • Free hotel housing and meals for the duration of the program
  • Free tours of 5 cities in China (hotels, meals, admissions, transportation all paid for)
  • Chinese culture and language workshops on campus
  • Certificate of Completion of English Instruction and Professional Development
  • Eligibility:
    • Teachers who hold a multiple-subject or single-subject credential issued by any state in the US. 
    • Student teachers in the credential program who have done at least one semester of student teaching in the K – 12 schools
    • Non-credentialed private school teachers who have had teaching experience in the K – 12 schools
    • Graduate students in a TESOL Program at an American university (K – 12 teaching experience preferred)
    • Community college teachers who have had teaching experience in TESOL/foreign languages
    • All candidates are required to have high proficiency in English (required by the Chinese schools that sponsor the program).
  • Please visit our website ( for more information on eligibility requirements.
  • This program including the tours is for participating teachers only.
2019 Tentative Program Schedule: June 25 – July 23, 2019

Contact Information:

Application Deadline: February 10, 2019

Program Website:

Sally Lowe (California Certified Teacher) 
Summer China Travel & Teaching Program or 

Mailing Address:

Summer China Travel & Teaching Program 
7040 Avenida Encinas, Suite 104 – 219
Carlsbad, CA 92011 

Time to nominate a deserving colleague for Teacher of the Year!

Each year CLTA recognizes the best World Language teachers in the state and this year is no different. In order for us to know who they are, we need your help with a nomination.  Let’s honor those who go above and beyond their professional duty to instill in others the love of language. Nominations can be submitted by any CLTA member or local affiliate. Deadline for submissions is Friday, December 7, 2018 and winners will be recognized at the 2019 CLTA conference in San Jose, CA.  Please carefully read the nomination criteria and more details about the Teacher of the Year award at Remember that as one is recognized, we all benefit from the recognition.

Travel Awards, Grants and Scholarships

Maybe you didn’t strike it big with the last Powerball jackpot but you can still be a winner.  How so? Submit an online application for a CLTA travel award, LangAboD grant or scholarship. Gain more exposure to language and target culture through travel and immersion while some of the expenses are paid for by CLTA.  Deadline to submit an application is Friday, December 7, 2018. Recipients will be recognized at the 2019 CLTA conference in San Jose, CA. Information can be found on our website at:

State Seal of Biliteracy

There have been some concerns brought to CLTA’s attention about changes to the the State Seal of Biliteracy so we would like to try to shed some light on this with the hopes you will continue to participate in this wonderful program.  Beginning with the 2019-2020 school year, there must be an oral component in order to receive the Seal. If your students take the AP/IB Exams, this is sufficient to meet the oral proficiency requirement. For those choosing to meet the requirement other ways (such as 4 years of non-AP language or SAT II Language), each school or district may create its own method of determining oral proficiency.  The State has not created or mandated a specific assessment, but has suggested students complete the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Exam as one way of demonstrating oral proficiency. For more information, please go on-line to

For those not currently participating in the program, there is no cost to students, schools, or districts so we encourage you to visit the website  for more information on how you can participate and award your students the California State Seal of Biliteracy.

Tom Beeman, Advocacy Chair, California Language Teachers’ Association 
(562) 215-4978    –

Japan Foundation Summer 2019

The Japan Foundation reports that there were no applications for the short summer program scholarship last year. Therefore, they are not offering a specific grant to CLTA or to California. However, you may apply directly to the Foundation at any time at We are working to re-establish the grant for the summer of 2020.



Public Comment for Draft World Languages Standards


On July 26, 2018, the Instructional Quality Commission (IQC) took action to begin the public review and comment period for the draft World Languages (WL) Standards. The public review and comment period is an opportunity for any interested individuals or organizations to provide comments and suggested edits to the IQC. Those comments and suggestions will inform the IQC’s actions at its November 15–16, 2018, meeting, at which it will consider recommending the draft WL Standards to the State Board of Education for adoption in January 2019.

  • Draft WL Standards(DOCX)
    The Instructional Quality Commission and the State Board of Education welcome your review and comments on the draft WL Standards.
  • Provide Public Comment
    Select the link above to access an online survey to review and comment on the various sections of the draft WL Standards. The online survey will remain open from August 1 through September 30, 2018, at 3 p.m.

Please access the World Languages Standards web page for more information. Encourage your colleagues to subscribe to the World Languages Standards listserv. To join the listserv, send a blank e-mail message to to receive notifications of updates regarding the WL Standards and the WL Framework revision projects.



You belong at the table!

Please apply to serve on the World Languages Curriculum Framework and Evaluation Criteria Committee (see below).

This committee will help to shape the principal and most current resource for language teaching methodology and practice in the state.

Please share this announcement and encourage your colleagues to apply as well.

Recruitment for the World Languages (WL) Curriculum Framework and Evaluation Criteria Committee (CFCC)

The WL CFCC will play a significant role in the revision of the WL Framework which will be developed to incorporate and support the 2019 World Languages Standards for Public Schools, Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve.

Credentialed teachers; school, district, and county administrators; college and university personnel representing academic departments and schools of education; and representatives of citizen groups or educational organizations are encouraged to apply. The submission period for the online application is August 1–October 15, 2018.

All WL CFCC meetings will be held at the California Department of Education on the following dates:

  • February 7–8, 2019
  • March 7–8, 2019
  • April 11–12, 2019
  • May 30–31, 2019
  • June 27–28, 2019
  • August 1–2, 2019

2020 World Languages Framework CFCC Application
There is still time to submit your Application to Serve on the Curriculum Framework and Evaluation Criteria Committee.

Please access the World Languages Framework web page for more information.

submitted by:

Susie Marks Watt
World Language Consultant
Professional Learning Innovations Office
Educator Excellence And Equity Division
Teaching and Learning Support Branch
California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Suite 4309
Sacramento, CA 95814

Telephone: 916-323-5252


Reminders from the California Department of Education:

Global Education and Empathy: Contributing to a Kinder World

Do you teach 7 to 11 year olds? The KIND Foundation is funding Empatico, a multi-year $20 million initiative to connect students around the globe. It’s a free online learning tool that builds broader world views through meaningful interactions with peers. Empatico’s mission is to make it possible for children worldwide to connect and share, and by giving them this opportunity to meaningfully interact with one another, to create a lifetime of positive change.

Leading technologists, passionate teachers and global education experts have collaborated to develop the beta version of Empatico, which is now available. Teachers are invited to test the tool, share feedback, and help optimize Empatico for their classroom needs.

Teacher Recruitment: ‘Make the Switch’ Campaign

To put a spotlight on mid-career professionals who have become teachers, the CDE is planning the launch of a publicity campaign called “Make the Switch: Become a Teacher,” which features video profiles of individuals who have made the switch, as well as resources letting people know how to become a teacher. If someone you know has switched careers to become a teacher, please be aware that nominations are currently being sought for the video campaign. You can read more about this campaign on the Superintendent’s Initiatives Web page.

Perhaps you know someone you think would be a good candidate to become a teacher, either a mid-career professional, military veteran, or a young person. Please let them know how they can make the switch by directing them to resources at the CDE or other Web sites including the Teach California Web site and the California Center on Teaching Careers.

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