Monday, July 30, 2012

News: Duolingo Translates the Web and Teaches You a Language

"Duolingo, which had been undergoing beta testing, is now available to the public in English, German, French, or Spanish. The free program helps people learn a new language, and as they do the language exercises, they help Duolingo translate websites. Its users already have translated 75 million sentences. It soon will be available in Portuguese, Italian and Chinese."

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Job: PT German Teacher - Highland Hall Waldorf School - Northridge, CA

We are recruiting for an experienced part-time German Teacher to teach grades 1-8 at Highland Hall Waldorf School, a private school located in Northridge, CA, a suburb of Los Angeles, on 11 acres of a beautiful campus that includes gardens, landscapes and open, natural play and learning areas for the children.

The ideal candidate will have classroom experience teaching German to the lower grades, a Bachelor’s degree in German, and a high level of enthusiasm and love for children. Highland Hall has the position listed on its website at: The candidate must have eligibility to work in the U.S. Qualified candidates may submit a letter of interest and resume directly to

Rita Van Vranken
Director of Human Resources

Saturday, July 28, 2012

News: Google confronts extinction of more than 3,000 languages

Google-backed initiative the Endangered Languages Project aims to help preserve the many languages slated to become extinct within the next 100 years.

News: Study shows England is lagging in language skills

"The European Commission launched a new study of 16 nations to determine which had the best language capabilities. England came in last; the survey revealed only 9% of its 14 and 15 year olds could converse in French, compared with 42% in the rest of Europe. Sweden, Malta and the Netherlands had the best language skills."

Friday, July 27, 2012

News: Rhode Island Crafts Road Map to Learning Languages

"Rhode Island leaders in education, business, and politics this month unveiled a blueprint to ensure that students learn a foreign language and build their understanding of other cultures."

Thursday, July 26, 2012

News: Foreign language proficiency and sales skills required to fill 2,200 future jobs

"The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation has launched a skills report from Forfás and the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs (EGFSN) that highlights a critical need to improve sales skills and foreign languages to meet employers’ needs in exporting companies."

Jobs: Spanish Full-time Temp Position for 2012-2013 - Emory University, Atlanta, GA

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Emory University seeks a creative and engaging teacher-scholar for a full-time, one-year replacement position for AY 2012-2013. Depending on the candidate’s qualifications, the appointment will be made at the rank of Instructor or Visiting Assistant Professor. Responsibilities include teaching and holding office hours. The teaching load is 2 courses per semester, distributed across the undergraduate curriculum of language and literature/culture instruction, including topics course for majors. Candidates who have completed the PhD at the time of appointment may also teach a graduate seminar. The ideal candidate will have a PhD in Spanish, but ABD’s are also encouraged to apply. The field of specialization is open, although there is interest in early modern Spain. Requirements include a minimum of three years experience teaching Spanish at the university/college level and native or near-native competency in Spanish and English. Especially welcome are applicants who bring interdisciplinary perspectives to their scholarship and teaching. Emory University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

Please apply electronically by sending an e-mail addressed to Zinnia Johnston, Academic Department Administrator, Department of Spanish and Portuguese,

The e-mail should included the following attachments: CV; letter of application; and names, addresses, e-mail, and phone number of three references.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Hazel Gold, Chair
Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Emory University
Atlanta, GA 30322
404-727-4072 (fax)

News: Forget The Politicians, The Children Of Europe Will Be Its Savior

"Another European summit, another injection of confidence. Who knows if it will be long-term, or short-term like the others over the past several years. Knee-deep in a worsening economic crisis, national leaders have repeatedly dithered over one inadequate response after the other, unable to pose practical solutions that won’t cost them their jobs. Maybe this time is different?"

Jobs: German Position at Starr's Mill High School - Fayetteville, GA

Starr's Mill has a position open for a German teacher for the 2012-13 school year. The position as well as additional information will be posted at under Position Openings.

Fayette County Public Schools Human Resources Department
210 Stonewall Avenue, P.O. Box 879
Fayetteville, GA 30214-0879

Foreign Language Teacher Latin or German Preferred
2012-2013 School Year

Facilitate student acquisition of foreign language including the study of grammar, reading comprehension for pleasure and information, oral and written communication and an appreciation of the culture; provide high quality instruction and implement the curriculum for assigned students; establish, foster, facilitate and maintain a safe and secure classroom environment that is conducive to learning.

 1. Valid Professional Standards Commission approved certificate in appropriate educational field at level T-4 or above.
 2. Valid Professional Standards Commission approved subject-specific endorsements, as required.
 3. Highly qualified status in assigned instructional/subject field in accordance with Georgia Professional Standards Commission requirements.

 1. Teach grade relevant, subject matter specific and mandated curriculum.
 2. Provide foreign language instruction with an emphasis on speaking, listening, reading and writing skills.
 3. Prepare lesson plans, instructional aids, and supplemental teaching materials.
 4. Assess, document and prepare reports such as achievement progress, grade and classroom performance, and attendance.
 5. Manage the learning environment and ensure the maintenance of an effective physical setting for instruction.
 6. Participate in student development and achievement related conferences with parents, students, counselors, teachers, the principal, and/or administrators.
 7. Perform general instruction coordination duties such as ordering materials, attending meetings, and engaging in various forms of correspondence.
 8. Attend professional learning sessions and/or required conferences.
 9. Adhere to the Georgia Professional Standards Commission’s Code of Ethics for Educators, all Board policies and regulations, and all local school procedures.
10. Perform other professional duties and responsibilities as assigned by the principal or designated school based administrators.

Salary is based on Fayette County Public School System’s Educator Salary Scale. Employee benefits include health insurance, life insurance, long-term disability, and dental insurance. Applicable retirement contributions are provided by the Fayette County Board of Education.
External applicants should apply online at Complete application packets consist of:
- Letter of Interest that refers to the desired position by position title
- Current résumé  Completed online application (
- Copies of all valid professional certificates (as applicable for position)
- College transcripts or high school diploma/GED equivalent (as applicable for position)
- Three Fayette County Public Schools Reference Forms ( These reference forms must be written within one year of application date. Two of the references must be from persons who have directly supervised the applicant: (1) a current supervisor and (2) the most recent former employer/supervisor.

It is the policy of Fayette County Public Schools not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetic information in any of its employment practices, educational programs, services or activities. For additional information about nondiscrimination provisions or to request accommodations based on a disability, contact the Human Resources Department (770.460.3535).

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

News: Study: Bilingual Ed. Better for Non-ELLs

"There's a robust body of research that has examined how the various forms of English-language instruction impact the ability of ELLs to acquire English and achieve academically, but a group of researchers is taking a completely different look at this question."

Spanish: Colibrí y la lluvia

Hello all,
This is a nice video about Peru's indigineous culture. You can share it with your students and practice listening asking questions about it afterwards. Enjoy!

Jobs: German Tenure Track Opening - Hauppauge High School, NY

We have a tenure track opening for a high school German teacher, grades 9-12. NYS Certification in German, grades 7-12 required; Experience in teaching IB German or AP German is preferred. We have a strong German program and annually participate in the German American Partnership Program. Applicants can apply on OLAS or mail/email me a resume:

Lillian Carey, Director of Language Other Than English
Hauppauge Public Schools
495 Hoffman Lane
Hauppauge, NY 11788

email and phone contact information are below.

Lillian Carey
Director of Languages Other Than English
Hauppauge Public Schools

Jobs: one-year Spanish term position for this Fall - University of Tennessee at Martin

The Department of English and Modern Foreign Languages invites applications for a one-year term position in Spanish, starting on August 1, 2012. The successful candidate will hold an M.A. or Ph.D. in Spanish or be ABD in Spanish. All four Spanish courses will meet on Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Office hours are also a requirement of the position and can be scheduled with the approval of the Spanish Coordinator. Applicants should possess a native or near-native command of the Spanish language. The salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications.

To apply: All applicants must apply online at Click on Employment Opportunities, then Faculty Vacancies. Applicants will attach their letter of application and current vita to their online application. Send three letters of recommendation and copies of graduate transcripts to: Dr. Randal Garza, Spanish Search Committee, Department of English and Modern Foreign Languages, 427B Humanities Bldg., University of Tennessee at Martin, Martin, TN 38238. All applicants must complete the online employment application.

Review of applications begins July 9, 2012, and will continue until position is filled.

The University of Tennessee at Martin is a primary campus of the University of Tennessee system. The campus is located in Northwest Tennessee, approximately 125 miles northeast of Memphis and 150 miles northwest of Nashville. The University of Tennessee at Martin has a combined undergraduate and graduate enrollment of approximately 8,100 students. 

The University of Tennessee is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/ Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution in the provision of its education and employment programs and services. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status. Inquiries should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity (OED), 303 Administration Building, Martin, TN 38238, (731) 881-3505 Office, (731) 881-4889 TTY, Hearing Impaired, (731) 881-3507 Fax,,

Jobs: Full-time HS Position - Elkhorn, WI

Elkhorn, WI
TEACHING VACANCY For 2012-2013 School Year

Start Date: August 27, 2012
High School German Teacher
Wisconsin DPI Licensure: German 0370
Certified for Grades 9-12

This is for a second German teacher at the school.

For confidential consideration, please mail as a packet the following: a completed EASD application (available in PDF format at, a letter of interest, a current resume, a list of (3) references, letters of recommendation, COPIES (official originals not required) of your transcripts, and a copy/proof of your current DPI license.
Address your application materials to:
Mr. Gregory A. Wescott
District Administrator
c/o Jodi Essman
Elkhorn Area School District
3 North Jackson Street
Elkhorn, WI 53121
(262) 723-3160

Application deadline: Friday, August 3, 2012

Equal Opportunity Employer

The Elkhorn Area School District does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age or disability.

News: Md. students have fun learning Chinese with summer activities

Chinese culture camp keeps kids all smiles as they learn another tongue.
Summer session is just one of Chinese Language School of Columbia's endeavors.

Jobs: Part Time German instructor Concordia College, Moorhead, MN

The German program at Concordia College, Moorhead, MN, is looking for a German instructor to teach an intermediate German I course in Fall 2012. MA degree in German or related field required. We are a small department with motivated students and an engaged, supportive faculty.
If interested, please contact Stephen Grollman for further details.

Stephen Grollman
Associate Professor of German
Department of German, Norwegian, and Chinese
Concordia College
901 8th St S.
Moorhead MN 56562

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

News: Renew our commitment to teach foreign languages

Tiesa M. Graf, president of the Massachusetts Foreign Language Association, writes that it is time for the state to recommit to its pledge to have all students learning foreign languages with great proficiency. There needs to be more access to foreign language education in kindergarten through the 12th grade and beyond, Graf writes.

News: Researchers predict a growing need for foreign language skills

"Americans are lousy at learning foreign languages. We all know the historical reasons – the United States was long a big, largely monolingual country with a fairly self-sufficient economy. U.S. economic and military might (and that of the British Empire before) spread the English language across the world, so that English became the global second language and the de facto language of international business."

Jobs: German Instructor needed - Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery AL

The position is teaching German for a group class at Maxwell Air Force Base AL. We need experienced instructors. Instructions will be from August 14 to October 5 for 8hrs/day.

If interested, please contacts Ali Yebbal, Language Cohort Coordinator for European and African language at ICA Language Services.

Ali Yebbal
Cohort Coordinator
ICA Language Services
1901 N Moore St
Arlington, VA 22209
Tel: 703 527 8666 Ext 114

News: NBC Launches NBCLatino, New English-Language Site Targeting Hispanics

NBC News on Monday launched, a news and lifestyle website that will draw from NBC News, MSNBC, and NBCUniversal property Telemundo.

Jobs: Adjuncts - German - Marymount University - Arlington, VA

Title: Adjuncts - German 
Position Number: 09416 
Department: Literature and Languages 
Location: Main Campus 
Job Type: Part-Time 
The Literature & Languages Department at Marymount University seeks qualified candidates to teach Introductory German. 

Minimum Qualifications: Successful applicants should hold a Master's degree in a related discipline, with a minimum of 18 graduate semester hours in German. 

Preferred qualifications include university teaching experience and Ph.D. or ABD. 

Please Note: Include Required Documents to be Attached
Please attach a cover letter, current CV and three references. 
Application materials must be received by: Open Until Filled

Marymount is a comprehensive, coeducational Catholic university that combines the liberal arts tradition with career preparation. Marymount serves nearly 4,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The Main Campus is located on a hillside in residential Arlington, Virginia. Marymount University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. 

More information:

News: ACTFL 2012 early bird deadline only days away

Don't miss your chance to save money on registration fees for this year's ACTFL Convention in Philadelphia, Nov. 16-18. After July 11, rates will increase. ACTFL 2012 features more than 600 sessions, covering topics like assessment, curriculum, literature, methods/techniques, advocacy and policy issues, professional development, research, standards, technology, and much more.

Monday, July 23, 2012

News: Robot learns words - just by talking with humans

"In an attempt to replicate the early experiences of infants, researchers in England have created a robot that can learn simple words in minutes just by having a conversation with a human. The work, published in the journal PLoS One, offers insight into how babies transition from babbling to speaking their first words."

Jobs: Full-time German Position - Bismarck, ND

Full-time German Position - Bismarck, ND

This is a full-time German position for grades 7-9. The position will travel between two of our middle schools. Requirements for the position are a valid North Dakota teaching license and a bachelor’s degree with German major. The deadline for applications is July 30, 2012. 

Applicants need to apply online on the school website (

ESL: Idiom Vocabulary English Rap Song

Idiom Vocabulary ESL English Rap Song "Back to Back" w/Fluency MC and A.M.P. of EL T Funk

News: Too Many Balls!?

" I am utterly bewildered and overwhelmed. I am struggling my way around the book exhibition at an ELT conference. What a bombardment of books! ‘How do teachers even begin to choose?’ I ask myself. "

Too Many Balls!?

Sunday, July 22, 2012

News: 34th TESOL Greece

34th TESOL Greece International Convention
30 ~ 31 March 2013
Athens, Greece

Jobs: German Immersion Preschool Teacher - San Diego, CA

German Immersion Preschool is looking for teacher/assistant (pending enrollment) for the 2012/2013 school year.

Please contact us for information and to submit your resume via email. 

Wir hoffen auf eine weitere Gruppe und suchen daher vorausschauend nach Erzieher/sozialpaedagogische Assistentin mit Ausbildung, Erfahrung und Arbeitserlaubnis.

• Location: 92115
• Compensation: teacher salary, assistant hourly entry level $11, commensurate with education 

Martina Preczewski
Die Rasselbande Preschool 

Jobs: Administrative Assistant needed at German International School Boston, MA

 The German International School Boston, Inc. is seeking an Administrative Assistant with emphasis on School Admission Assistance.

Start Date: September 1st or earlier
Minimum employment 20 hours per week
Candidates must be fluent in both German and English (written and spoken), customer oriented, friendly, a real team player with colleagues in the office and the school at large, good with people and have excellent communication skills. 

We are looking for a reliable and detail oriented person who is very well organized, ready to learn and who enjoys the varying demands of our small but fast-paced international work environment. Experience in an office setting and especially in a school office setting is preferred. Bachelors Degree required.
To learn more about us, please visit

U.S. employment authorization required!

If interested in this position, please send a cover letter and CV electronically to: 

We will begin reviewing application on August 1st. We will get back to you for more information if your application seems to indicate a good fit.
Please do not call the office or e-mail the school to any other than the address above. We hope you understand that we won't be able to send rejection letters

Friday, July 20, 2012

News: U.S. Education Reform and National Security

"The United States' failure to educate its students leaves them unprepared to compete and threatens the country's ability to thrive in a global economy and maintain its leadership role, finds a new Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)–sponsored Independent Task Force report on U.S. Education Reform and National Security."

Useful Link: Word Hippo

Hello all, I found this neat site, you should check it out!
Find Similar or Opposite words at

News: More students traveling to top 50 cities while studying abroad

"From Beantown to the Land of Oz to the City of Light, college students are sprinkled throughout the globe studying in some of the most vivacious cities of the world. QS, the same company that conducts worldwide university rankings, just released their first Best Student Cities Ranking list with Paris, London, Boston, Melbourne and Vienna making up the top five."

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Useful Links: Read Write Think

Provides educators and students access to practice and resources in reading and language arts instruction.

Useful Links: Pronunciation Practice

Check out these two sites I found dedicated to help English learners with their pronunciation.

News: There are two kinds of bilingual brain

"How do bilinguals avoid confusing the two languages they speak? One idea is that there's a kind of language switch that inhibits one tongue whilst the other is in use."


News: DOES LANGUAGE MATTER? - Conference at the University of Bergen

DOES LANGUAGE MATTER?Different Voices, Different Stories:
Perspectives on Language Use in Climate Change Text and Talk

Conference at the University of Bergen, Thursday 25 October 2012

Workshop for PhD candidates and master students, Friday 26 October 2012

Venue: Auditorium “Egget”, Studentsenteret, Parkveien 1, 5007 Bergen 

Preliminary registration to conference coordinator Anje Müller Gjesdal:

Final registration and payment: 10 September 2012Deadline for submission of abstract (approx. 500 words): 31 August 2012

To be sent to coordinator Anje Müller Gjesdal: with copies to Kjersti Fløttum ( and Trine Dahl (

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Spanish: Película completa "Un lugar en el mundo"

Esta es una de mis películas argentinas favoritas y se la puede ver entera en youtube. Desafortunadamente no tiene subtítulos en inglés pero es útil para una clase de español avanzada. También si quieren saber más sobre la película pueden entrar en wikipedia:

¡Suerte y que la disfruten!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

News: 70 Useful trick for Bing

Chris here. Today we have a post brought to us by featuring various intersting tricks for Microsoft's Bing search engine. Enjoy!

70 trick for Bing!

Spanish: Artículo de "El País" sobre la Corrida de toros con video

¡Hola a todos! Espero que este artículo del periódico español en línea les guste.

French (fashion) accent

Nouer un foulard. deuxième partie

French: Charles Trenet - Que reste-t-il de nos amours - Paroles (karaoké)

Johanne here again. Today I would like to share a music video with fellow French teachers by Charles
Trenet. Enjoy!

What French music do you use in your classes?


French: Mika - Elle Me Dit (clip officiel)

Bonjour, Johanne ici encore. Today I have another interesting video to share with fellow French teachers. Enjoy!


French: Nouer un foulard

Bonjour, Johanne ici. Today I would like to share a fun video with fellow French teachers called Nouer un foulard. Enjoy!


News: Fired for protecting German?

Recent reports suggest the departure of University of Virginia President Teresa A. Sullivan resulted from her unwillingness curtail certain 'obscure' academic programs in liberal arts, namely German. In the articles, board members are said to believe the program is unprofitable and unsustainable. You can read the full article from Inside Higher Education below:

Fired for protecting German?

How do you view the board's decision?

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

News: A case for French as the world's most useful language

In a recent article in Language Magazine,Richard Shryock, a French professor at Virginia Tech University, argues that learning French as a second language is a wise investment. French is a useful language to learn because it is widely used in several international bodies, such as the United Nations and NATO, he writes. He further adds that France has a large economy, and many U.S. government job listings require French-speaking applicants. 

How do you view his arguments? Which languages do you feel are most useful to learn?

Jobs: German position, Arlington, VA

German Teaching Position available in Arlington, Virginia, for German Level
3 and above using Arlington Public Schools Hybrid Distance Learning

online application: 

contact information: Marleny Perdomo, APS World Languages Supervisor

POSTING DATE: 07/03/2012 

POSTING NUMBER:  T12/13-348.66.8
LOCATION:  World Languages Dept.
POSITION TITLE: Distance Learning German Teacher

• Must have or be eligible for Virginia licensure.
• Must have a high level of fluency in English.

A .8 position (equivalent to 4 days per week) located in the World Languages
Office. Position follows a rotating schedule at various schools.

• Must function as a team member.
• Must be dependable and organized.
• Position teaches several levels of upper level German classes.
• Must be comfortable using and teaching with technology.

• Prior teaching experience at the secondary level is preferred.

If you would like to apply to this position please follow these steps.
1. Log into your application and select the appropriate application (Current
APS employees interested in transferring must select the Employee Transfer
Application.) If you are a new online application user, please register with
the online system, then proceed to Step 2.
2. Login to your application, select the appropriate application, click the
Start Application button at the bottom of the page.
3. Click the Continue/Save button at the bottom of each web page until you
reach the Employment Openings page of the application.
4. On the Employment Openings page, click the Add Job button.
5. Select the position you would like to apply for from the drop down list.
6. Click the Add Another button to add a different position to your
application or if you have finished click the Continue button and proceed to
Step 7.
7. Once you have finished selecting the job(s) click the Continue button at
the bottom of each web page and submit the application. (You will need to
complete the Applicant Testimony and Applicant's Authorization Statement
every time you re-submit your application.)
8. Click the Submit button on the left.
9. Click the Submit Application button to finish applying for an APS
10. Please do not contact the schools regarding job openings.
Arlington Public Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Jobs: Deutsche Sprachschule, Washington DC, DaF-Stelle

Die Deutsche Sprachschule der Deutschen Schule Washington, DC sucht DaF-Lehrer/innen fuer ihr Samstagsprogramm.

·         Gueltige US-Arbeitserlaubnis
·         US Social Security Number
·         Erfahrungen im DaF-Bereich
·         Freude und Spass am Unterrichten

Bitte emailen Sie Ihre Bewerbungsunterlagen an: Kerstin Hopkins

Jobs: Colorado International School German position

Colorado International School seeks qualified native speaker German teachers
for immediate openings in pre-K-elementary and middle school for summer
camps and 2012-2013 school year. Salary commensurate with education and

Send CV to or call             303-282-6666      

Monday, July 9, 2012

Jobs: Part-time German position, Susquehanna University

Susquehanna University is seeking a part-time instructor of German for three
courses in the 2012-2013 academic year: two in the fall, one in the spring.
Interested candidates should contact Sue Schurer at: 
Susan M. Schurer
Book Review Editor 
Society for German-American Studies
Professor of German
Dept. of Modern Languages
Susquehanna University
Selinsgrove, Pa. 17870
Cell:             (570) 594-4984      
SGAS E-mail to Home: 


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