Fall Workshops and Conference – Saturday, October 29 at Berkeley City College

Important information for the conference participants:

Fall Workshops and Conference will be Saturday, October 29 at Berkeley City College2050 Center St, Berkeley, CA 94704 (google maps)

Special Presentations / Keynote Addresses:

Yo Azama

11:00-11:30: Yo Azama

“The Teacher as an Artist. Inspire and Engage Learners in the 21st Century World Language Classroom”

Azama currently teaches Japanese at North Salinas High School and World Language Teaching Method course at California State University, Monterey Bay is a team leader of the Monterey Bay World Language Project. He has conducted numerous presentations and seminars regionally, nationally, and internationally on various topics including; Motivational Curriculum & Syllabus Design, Classroom Management,and Effective use of Technology in World Language Classroom. In 2003, he served as a member of the Instructional Materials Advisory Panel for the California Department of Education.

He has also served as a College Board Advisor for AP Japanese Language and Culture Development Committee. He has been the recipient of numerous awards such as the 2012 ACTFL Language Teacher of the Year, Outstanding Teacher of America Award by Carlston Family Foundation, the Robert J. Ludwig Distinguished Leadership Award, and Elgin Heinz Teaching Excellence Award just to name a few. His teaching has been featured in the Teaching Foreign Languages K-12 Video Library by WGBH Boston in 2003.


img_018111:30-12:00: Mark Kaiser

“Teaching Languages in Context: How foreign languages can survive in the digital age”

Mark Kaiser received his PhD from the University of Michigan in 1989. He has taught Russian at Brigham Young University and Illinois State University, where he was the director of the Russian Studies program. He came to Berkeley in 1996, where he has served as Associate Director of the Berkeley Language Center and occasional lecturer in Russian.

He is the project director of the “Library of Foreign Language Film Clips”, an online database of film clips for teaching language and culture in the foreign language curriculum.



Special-Interest session (AATSP-NC)

1:30-2:20 | Book presentation: Brujos, espiritistas y vanguardistas. – (Room 212)
by Fabián Banga, in conversation with Anne Fountain, American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese President, and Sandra García Sanborn, FLANC President.

The title is Brujos, espiritistas y vanguardistas (Witches, spiritualists and avant-garde) and was published by Editorial Leviatán  (Argentina). The book explores the representation of esoteric traditions in the aesthetic projects of the avant-garde literary movements in Latin-American and Spain of the early twentieth century.
Main Language of Presentation: Spanish-English

Fall Workshops and Conference will be Saturday, October 29 at Berkeley City College2050 Center St, Berkeley, CA 94704

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

BCCAll presenters must be current (2016-2017 Academic Year) members of FLANC. Become a member!
All presenters receive automatic conference registration. Sessions will be 50 minutes in length.

Students and teacher candidates are specially welcome!  Bring a colleague!

Before October 16: regular members registration is $50, non-members is $65 and students $15.
After October 16: regular members registration is $65, non-members is $85 and students $25. (Please note that after October 16 registration will be on-site only)

FLANC membership is: individuals $35, retired $25 and students $10.


General Information to Exhibitors

Exhibitor Reservation Form


President’s Message – Fall 2015

I would like to start off by wishing all of you in our learning language community a fantastic 2015-2016 academic year. I not only wish you this in my name but also in the name of our FLANC executive council. We all know that, as language teachers, we often do not earn high salaries and furthermore, many of our non-tenured faculty make even less. I know how difficult it can be when we do not have access to all the resources we need to teach the way we would like. Languages are often not a priority on our campuses or elsewhere. In academia today the word “productivity” appears to be more often spoken than the word “humanities”. This is an uncomfortable reality. But, as we always say at the executive council, “we love what we do because we love languages”. We, the younger members of the council (and many of us are more than 40!) learned how to deeply love languages and our profession from those teachers who were part of the council before us. And new generation of teachers will come. We are working to leave them a strong and vibrant organization that will support them in the future.

I would also like to cordially invite you to our conference in November. Thanks to our kind friend, Francisco Zermeño, and his college, we will host our conference in Chabot College, Hayward this year. Because of their great hospitality, I know we will have another innovative and productive conference. Please visit our website fla-nc.org for more information.

All the best and I hope to see you in Hayward,

Dr Fabián Banga
Berkeley, August 29, 2015