Fall 2014 Workshop and Conference

Our conference theme/title this year is: “Tweet Languages, Tweet #FLANC”


Fall Workshop and Conference will be Friday, November 7 (workshop) and Saturday, November 8 (conference) at Berkeley City College2050 Center St, Berkeley, CA 94704

Where is Berkeley City College located? (google maps) / Public Transportation – City of Berkeley

2014 Alexandra C. Wallace Essay Contest, by Ed Stering

donOur Keynote speaker this year will be Don Doehla

Co-Director, Berkeley World Language Project; French Teacher; Facilitator @Edutopia; Team Moderator #Langchat @Twitter

I was reluctant to get on social media, until I was stuck at home for 6 weeks convalescing from surgery. And now? I am hooked! I’ll talk about how and why I decided to become a “connected educator” and how that has changed my career, my outlook, and how it has helped me become a better teacher.  I look forward to seeing you all on November 8th!

FLANC Friday Workshops, November 7, 2014, 4:00-6:00 PM, Berkeley City College

DeborahLemonHS2-3Paint(1) “Teaching in Facebook” – presented by Deborah Lemon, Ohlone College and @One.

This step-by-step workshop will walk you through setting a customized Facebook Group for your classes. We will examine many of the features and experience sample activities and the integration of other social media applications. Bonus: Security / privacy settings and lists! In English with examples in Spanish. For secondary and post-secondary levels.

CCSS-Wordle(2) “What’s So Scary About Common Core? NOTHING!” – presented by Nancy Salsig, Berkeley World Language Project, with Carol Sparks, California State University, East Bay.

In this session participants will explore the alignment of Common Core Literacy and World Language Standards.  They will practice reading strategies with culturally authentic texts. Participants will experience a variety of strategies they can teach their students to help them achieve the Standards. In English with examples in French, Spanish and English. For all levels.

Nancy Alonso

Nancy AlonsoA FLANC first / Por primera vez en FLANC

Saturday November 8th, at the exhibits, acclaimed Cuban short story writer, Nancy Alonso will be available to sign books.

Alonso is a writer known for her ability to describe circumstances of everyday life in Cuba with insight, empathy and humor. At FLANC she will share information about her short stories and answer questions about how Cuba has changed and is changing in the 21st century.

Two books will be available for sale.
Closed for Repairs (an English translation of Cerrado por reparación) Humorous stories about the Special Period in Cuba – $10
Disconnect/Desencuentro a bilingual edition of Alonso’s 3rd collection of short stories with original illustrations – $12

Para los maestros de español:
Nancy leerá algunos de sus cuentos en La Peña en Berkeley de 5:00 a 7:00 el sábado, 8 de noviembre. Entrada gratis.

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President’s Message – Fall 2014

fabianAt the beginning of each semester, with the exhausting demands and challenges of preparing classes, managing departmental duties, spending time with our families, etc., I always remember the conversations I used to have with my dear friend and longtime member of FLANC, Norman Litz. We used to say that we could find many reasons why we should not be in this profession, but fortunately we could also find many more reasons why we wanted to continue in our chosen career. Norm was for me more than a friend; he was a mentor, a beacon, especially during difficult times in my professional life. For me it is impossible to imagine FLANC without remembering people like Norm. Fortunately, many like him are still with us in the Executive Council and in other similar organizations and institutions. People like Norm are one of the reasons why we continue this long tradition of teaching, especially of languages, in these stressful and complicated times. Continue reading ‘President’s Message – Fall 2014’ »

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