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February 2016
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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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As winter comes to a close, there are a myriad of opportunities for NNELL members to gather at various regional conferences. Thank you to all that turned out at the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (NECTFL) . Where President Elect, Nathan Lutz, hosted a NNELL Networking Session. Also in attendance were Past President, Rita Oleksak; Executive Secretary, Dorie Perugini; and Regional Representative, Kate Krotzer; along with other members. Please join us as a NNELL representative will be present at each of the Spring Regional Conferences. We look forward to seeing you!
Nathan Lutz leaded the NNELL Networking Session at NECTFL

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Upcoming Events

Have you registered for the upcoming regional and or state conferences in you area?

February 18-20th: Southern Conference on Language Teaching (SCOLT)
President Nadine Jacobsen-McLean will host the NNELL Early Language Learning Network session on Friday, February 19th from 1:50 - 2:40 p.m.

March 3-5th: Southwest Conference on Language Teaching (SWCOLT)
Check out Advocacy Chair Janine Erickson's session on Whole Brain teaching in the Target Language on Saturday, March 5th.

March 10-12th: The Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (CSCTFL)
Don’t forget to register for the NNELL Networking Breakfast on Saturday, March 12th and join President Nadine Jacobsen-McLean, Bill Rivers (JNCL-NCLIS) and Rose Egan along with other NNELL Members! For more information, contact Lori Winne, Ohio ELL/NNELL rep:, or Julie Canady, NNELL Rep for CSCTFL East:

October 14th-15th: Pacific Northwest Council for Languages (PNCFL)

You will find opportunities to network and attend sessions presented by NNELL members across the nation! Check out the NNELL Calendar!

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Summer Institute: Save the Date!

Please join us July 14-17, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky, for the 2016 NNELL Summer Institute. This year's theme is "Whole Child, Whole World" and will focus on educating the whole child including core content, global competency, creativity and self-expression. Save the date! More details will be shared soon. Come visit Louisville, home of Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) and World Language Specialist Jacque Bott Van Houten. The diversity of this school system will amaze you. Bring the family for a tour of the Louisville Slugger Bat Museum and Factory and The Muhammad Ali Center!

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Learning Languages Journal

The Fall/Winter edition of the Journal is now available! Click the yellow cover image to access the content!--------->>>>

The Spring/Summer theme will coincide with the Summer Institute's theme, "Whole Child, Whole World." Our editorial board looks forward to receiving your submission. Click here for Author Guidelines and please send inquiries to

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Registration open for K-12 teachers!

Date: July 18th-19th
Location: Glastonbury High School, Glastonbury, CT
Choose from 3 language sections! Spanish, French, & English/mixed languages!

Click on Assessment & PD/Sponsored

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NNELL launched #earlylang last year and is continuing the conversation through social media. Follow us, like us, retweet, and/or hashtag your favorite #earlylang moments!

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There Are a Lot of Ridiculous Myths Out There about Raising Bilingual Kids

Does raising children bilingually cause a delay in their development? Do bilingual children lag behind their peers academically? Will children confuse the two languages while being raised bilingually? This article demystifies the myths and provides tips for parents who want to raise their children bilingually. Clear up your uncertainties by reading the article at the link below.

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Five Fundamental Strategies for Bilingual Learners

How much native language is too much in the bilingual classroom? The author looks at classroom management techniques to make the most of group work and differentiated learning when dealing with dual language learners. 

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How Learning Another Language Keeps Your Mind Sharp, No Matter Your Age

Northwestern University, researcher Dr. Viorica Marian reports that even a minimal knowledge of a second language is advantageous at any age. Learning a second language constantly exercises the brain and makes it more prepared to take on other brain-challenging tasks because the brain is constantly juggling two languages. 

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Rockalingua Games

Interactive games that include songs, worksheets, picture dictionaries and videos, designed to assist parents and teachers with kids learning Spanish. These Spanish games for kids act as fun ways to learn about colors, parts of the body, numbers, days of the week, feelings, and much more. Games work on computers and tablets. Most are free though some of them require a subscription.

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Spanish Listening

Free Spanish language site that provides over 200 free videos for students to practice their listening and reading. Students can do different activities based on each video.


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Little Mouse on the Lampstand

Here is a Chinese children traditional nursery rhyme. The nursery rhymes mean: Little mouse on the lampstand. Steals oil, cannot jump down. Meow meow, the cat comes, Jiligulu rolls down. Other children’s songs and nursery rhymes available on this website.

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This App contains stories (cartoons) of Monsieur Lapin who likes to do things in his own way. In French and English. .99 - $3.00 for these bilingual animated children's books for ages 5 and under.


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Sock Puppets

Free app for iPhone and iPad: Sock Puppets lets you create your own lip-synched videos and share them on Facebook and YouTube. Add Puppets, props, scenery, and backgrounds and start creating. Hit the record button and the puppets automatically lip-synch to your voice.


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Puppet Pals

Free app for iPhone and iPad: Create your own unique shows with animation and audio in real time..


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  Thank you to JNCL, ACTFL and NNELL members Janine Erickson, Tammy Dann, Lori Langer de Ramirez, Kristel Saxton, Andrea Suarez Boyd, Alice Charkes, Zhihong Li, Sally Hood, PhD., and Kennedy Schultz, 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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