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ACTFL in Orlando, FL

November 22-24, 2013

November 2013
Parent Connections to Early Language Learning:
Planning a Trip Abroad with Children
The latest issue of Parent Connections to Early Language Learning is posted on the NNELL Members Only website. Click on the Publications menu option to access this issue, which focuses on Planning a Trip Abroad with Children.

Parent Connections to Early Language Learning is a newsletter written for parents. Each issue addresses parent questions about early language learning and is written thematically. NNELL members are encouraged to download and print this newsletter to send home with their students.

Email suggestions and comments for these issues or ideas for future issues to Tammy Dann, NNELL’s Early Language Advocate, at tdann@nnell.org.

Start an Early Language Strand at your
State World Language Conference

Through the efforts of IA-NELL leadership and in collaboration with the Iowa World Language Association (IWLA), an early language strand was successfully piloted at the fall conference. IA-NELL leaders worked hard to find presenters for each session and all sessions were well attended.
Sessions included:

  • Games Galore
  • Rhymes, Mimes and Pantomimes
  • Teaching Culture Through Personal Connections
  • NNELL meeting
  • Don’t Just Survive…Thrive!
  • Using Music to Develop Fluency
  • How to Be a Language Advocate Every Day
  • FLES Activities and Games

Interested in starting an early language strand at your state conference? Contact Tammy Dann at tdann@nnell.org for more information.

Legislative Alert from JNCL/NCLIS and ACTFL
The legislative alert below was sent by JNCL-NCLIS and ACTFL to their members and we are providing it to you for informational purposes. As a non-profit that is not legally allowed to lobby, we are obligated to inform you that NNELL is not officially asking you to contact your Congressional Representative or take any other particular action.

Please urge your Members of Congress to eliminate the funding levels established by the Budget Control Act. Let them know that millions of students and teachers will lose this critical component of their education and that our nation will fall decades behind in global competitiveness.

In addition, ask them to work with their colleagues on both sides of the aisle and in the White House to reach a long-term, balanced approach to deficit reduction and to fight to end the misguided and irresponsible budget sequester.

Thank you for your support of language education.
Contact your Members today.

Please Join NNELL at the ACTFL Convention 2013 in Orlando, FL

NNELL Sponsored Workshops

Title: Building Chinese Reading and Writing Proficiency: Examples from Immersion
Description: Participants will learn how assessments of Chinese proficiency for elementary age students can be used in daily instruction for all ages. Participants will see examples of assessment activities that integrate academic content and language functions. Through student-to-student interaction and teacher-to-student interaction, assessments help teachers to create a highly engaging classroom that builds overall Chinese proficiency.
Professional Learning Target Area: Standards and Assessment
Level: PreK-12
Presenter(s): Hsiuwen Hsieh (Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School) and Su Lu (Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School)
Chair(s): Kathleen Wang (Pioneer Valley Charter School)
FRIDAY 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM; W105B (Orange County Convention Center)
Language of Presentation: Chinese and English
Applicable Language: All


Title: Whoa NNELLy! The Trifecta of Resources!
Description: The trifecta of resources for Early Language Learning! On a cart? In a class? Online? Connect Common Core through innovative, tested and approved technology, assessments and activities. Start by bringing assessments into the 21st century, continue around the track through activities and technology and win with support for your program!
Professional Learning Target Area: Personalized Learning
Level: PreK-8
Presenter(s): Nadine Jacobsen-McLean (Middlebury Interactive Languages), Lynn Sessler Neitzel (Menasha Joint School District) and Andrea Suarez (Villa Madonna Academy)
FRIDAY 3:45 PM - 4:45 PM; W307C (Orange County Convention Center)


Title: Intercultural Competence in the Early Language Classroom
Description: In this session, we will discuss the importance of intercultural competence in the early language classroom and explore how language lessons can be modified to help students develop intercultural competence. We will share sample lessons, units, and rubrics created for a research project feature in NNELL’s Learning Languages journal.
Professional Learning Target Area: Research-informed instruction
Level: PreK-8
Presenter(s): Michael Byram (Durham University), Dorie Conlon-Perugini (Glastonbury Public Schools) and Manuela Wagner (University of Connecticut)
SATURDAY 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM; W106 (Orange County Convention Center)


NNELL 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 in part by Santillana USA. Admission is by ticket only. Location: Signature 2 (Rosen Centre Hotel), Saturday, November 23, 7:30-9am.

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 ($300 value).
  • One free Registration to the Northeast Professional Development Workshop in New Jersey ($65 value).


The keynote speaker for this event is Jessica Haxhi.

Jessica Haxhi
is currently the Supervisor of World Languages for New Haven Public Schools in Connecticut. Previously, she taught Japanese language in grades PreK-12 for 22 years, the majority spent teaching at a PreK-5 magnet school. She is the current co-president of the American Association of Teachers of Japanese and has served on the Board of Directors of the Northeast Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. Jessica has taught world language methodology courses at two Connecticut state universities and consults with districts on curriculum and instruction both locally and nationally. She received the Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award in 2002 and the U.S.-Japan Foundation's Elgin Heinz Outstanding Japanese Teacher Award in 2008.

NNELL Membership Meeting
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM; Salon 13 (Rosen Centre Hotel)
We anticipate having a draft of the bylaws by November 1st for your review. Members will receive a link to the draft in the next eNNELL notes. We invite you to review the draft and submit your comments by November 15th to Nadine Jacobsen at: njacobsen@nnell.org

We will also discuss the proposed changes on Friday, November 22nd, 2013 during the NNELL Membership Meeting which will be held in Salon 13 (Rosen Centre Hotel) from 11:00am-12:00pm at the ACTFL Conference in Orlando, FL. This meeting is open to all members. We welcome your participation and look forward to hearing from you.

NNELL Get Together
One of our favorite aspects of attending the ACTFL conference is meeting and reconnecting with teachers from across the country. Join us at the Rosen Centre Hotel Saturday Nov 23 at 7:00 PM for networking. If you’d like to join us RSVP at msummerville@nnell.org so we can reserve an area at one of the restaurants.

National Network for Early Language Learning