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November 2014
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Become a NNELL State Representative

As a national organization, NNELL operates through a network of state representatives. You could help NNELL to continue with its mission by becoming a representative of your state. As a State Representative, you will serve as an advocate for early language learning, heighten public awareness of foreign languages in elementary and middle school education, serve as state representative for NNELL to your state language association and ensure that foreign languages in grades K-8 are recognized as a priority matter in your state. If you are interested in being more involved with NNELL and its advocacy efforts, please read the description for this position or contact NNELL's National Networking Coordinator, Marcela Summerville (

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NNELL Board Election Results

 NNELL is pleased to announce the results of the recent election of Board Officers. These officers have been elected by a majority of votes submitted by the members during our recent election.

President: Nadine Jacobsen-McLean
President-Elect: Nathan Lutz
Treasurer: Diane DeNoon (serving her 2nd term as Treasurer)

The newly elected officers shall start the transition of their duties at the organization’s Annual Meeting of the Executive Board and assume full responsibility in January.

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Please Join NNELL at the ACTFL Convention 2014 in San Antonio, TX

NNELL is excited to be part of ACTFL’s annual fall convention. We look forward to seeing you at one of our NNELL Events:

  • NNELL Sponsored Workshops
    • Multi-Dimensional Thematic Units with a Global Perspective # 162
    • Connecting with the Common Core in the Early Language Learning #2259
    • Common Core and FLES: Language Learning with Nonfiction Texts #1867
  • NNELL Networking Breakfast
    • The NNELL annual breakfast provides attendees an opportunity to network with other early language-learning professionals. Join us for conversation on the latest in early language learning from leading professionals in the field. Sponsored by ACTFL and Santillana USA. Admission is by ticket only. Location: Grand Ballroom C2 (Convention Center), Saturday, November 22, 7:30-9am.

      The keynote speaker for this event is Leslie Davison.

      Leslie Davison is a National Board Certified World Language teacher with over 15 years of experience at both the elementary and high school levels. She was instrumental in starting a successful K-5 dual immersion program. Passionate about culture and global education, Leslie has taught in both Singapore and Honduras. Leslie shares her love for language acquisition by presenting at national and international conferences as well as offering workshops on CI/TPRS methods and technology integration. Leslie was recently awarded Colorado's World Language Teacher of the Year. When not teaching and learning, Leslie can be found running or skiing in the mountains with her dog or kitesurfing around the world. Currently, Leslie is teaching Spanish and serves as a Dual Immersion K-12 Coordinator and Instructional Technology Coach in Colorado
  • NNELL Membership Meeting
    • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM; at The Grand Hyatt Hotel
  • NNELL Networking Dinner

Sign up for the NNELL Networking breakfast and you could win one of these great prizes:

  • One NNELL membership ($30 value)
  • One free NNELL webinar ($35 value)
  • One Free Registration to the NNELL Summer Institute ($200 value)

For details about these great events, please download our NNELL at ACTFL flyer.

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Give the Gift of NNELL!

Are you a colleague, parent or a friend of someone you know who would like to join NNELL? If so, please fill out our online Gift Registration Form and complete your payment of a gift membership with PayPal. NNELL will inform the recipient of their gift and give them immediate access to all that NNELL has to offer.

Identify yourself as the giver or remain anonymous – either way it is a great surprise for someone special! Give the gift of NNELL today!

The Inauguration of Carine Feyten, Ph.D.

Dr. Carine M. Feyten was inaugurated as the 11th president and second chancellor of Texas Woman’s University — the nation’s largest university primarily for women — on November 10, 2014. The inaugural theme, “Moving Beyond the Inflection Point: Pioneers for a New Era,” expressed the optimism and determination of the university to reach even greater heights of achievement.

Carine was a Past President of NNELL in 2001-2002.

NNELL extends our congratulations and best wishes to Dr. Feyten on this auspicious occasion.

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Wanting it enough: Why motivation is the key to language learning

In this article, Alison Mackey, a professor of linguistics at Georgetown University and Lancaster University reviews the significant role motivation plays in language learning. One type of motivation is labeled either intrinsic or extrinsic. Learners who are intrinsically motivated may desire to connect with family members who speak the target language or raise their children bilingually. Extrinsically motivated learners might want to learn the language in order to pass a test or secure a job.  

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Does Learning a Second Language Lead to a New Identity?

In his Blog post at the Oxford University Press Blog, Arturo E. Hernandez, PhD discusses one way learning a second language (L2) could be made easier.

Hernandez writes that students regularly ask him, as to why is it hard to learn an L2 and what could make it easier? He contends that developing first language (L1) literacy is hard, let alone doing so in an L2. Drawing on reports of the emerging phenomenon of non-native, English-speaking authors who have elected to write books in English, he discusses three points.

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Where Are We Going Dad?

In this Blog post, Nick Jaworski discusses the factors central to the decision he and his wife have made to insure that their daughter can learn in school in more than one language. 


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Forbes Insights Study Outlines the Importance of Multilingualism in Business

A survey conducted by Forbes magazine asked more than 100 executives of large US businesses about the importance of multilingualism in the business world. The survey concluded that employees with foreign language proficiency could help companies expand overseas, boost productivity, and increase efficiency. The article states, "More than half (65%) of the companies surveyed face language barriers that contribute to inefficiency, ineffective collaboration and low productivity, among other factors." 


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Website: Speak and Read Chinese

This program helps children acquire the names of ten animals, along with the children’s’ song The Ugly Duckling. Animals include: Cat, dog, chicken, duck, bird, cow, sheep, horse, pig, and rabbit.  


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Website: Baila Baila

"Baila Baila Spanish Music for Kids" is a series of original musical videos written by Isabel Brazon and produced by Jeffrey Teruel. Spanish learners can practice a variety of vocabulary and grammar items while dancing.


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Website: Kidsimmersion

This website contains a collection of short You Tube videos to engage students in practicing key Spanish phrases with visuals to teach students what to do in key situations. President of Calico Spanish, Erica Fischer offers a free activity pack of the 3 most popular videos. 


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App Review: Naoplay Kids: Chiffres

This app is good for reviewing the numbers 0-9. For free you hear the pronunciation of the number when you press on the star with the number. Games and exercises cost $1.99.

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App Review: Spanish Playground Apps

Learn Spanish with playground games that are interactive and educational while making learning easy and fun. This APP is designed for both iPhone and iPad for $2.99.

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  Thank you to NNELL members Janine Erickson, Tammy Dann, Kristel Saxton, Heather Hendry, PhD, Alice Charkes, Zhihong Li, Sally Hood, PhD., Kennedy Schultz, PhD., and Robert B.L. Raymond, PhD. for their contributions to this publication.

If you would like to share an interesting article, app, or teaching tool with the NNELL community in our next eNNELL News edition, please contact Dorie Perugini.

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