Welcome to the Wyoming Foreign Language Teachers' Association webpage!
Welcome to a new school year!
I am so excited about this upcoming school year and all the potential that it brings. Even though we are burning the candle at both ends, and still have about a million tasks left to do on our ‘to-do’ list, our students make it all worthwhile. They are our driving passion and will continue to drive where our language programs are going in the state of Wyoming. And they are going to some pretty wonderful places with the multiple Dual Language Immersion (DLI) programs throughout our great state. As educators, we need to be cognizant of where we are and where we are going so that we are prepared to challenge our students when they come to us at the secondary level. With this in mind, I am excited to feature several discussions at our upcoming WFLTA conference located at the Ramkota Hotel in Casper, WY on Oct. 6-8, 2016.
At this conference we will further our understandings from the workshops that we attended last year in Cody with Craig Sheehy by featuring Bryce Hedstrom (http://www.brycehedstrom.com/about). His focus during this conference will be how to scaffold and make our classrooms comprehensible - to hook our language learners and engage our intermediate learners (Scaffolding TPRS for the Upper Levels, Backward Design in a CI World Language Program, & Keynote: The Power of “Social” in World Languages). Additionally, we’re planning to tour the DLI schools in Natrona County so that we can see their success and try to mimic it in our own classrooms. This will begin the dialogue about where we need to go with our curricula in order to accommodate these students in the future. My hope, after touring and this conference, is that we can take information back to our home school districts and communicate the importance of language learning to our administrators. We are the advocates for these wonderful programs. It starts with us.
We are very excited for this upcoming WFLTA and look forward to seeing you all. I know that it is a large time commitment, however it is one that is worth the time and effort. When I mention WFLTA to colleagues from other content areas, they are always very envious that we are such a tight group that is so dedicated to professional development for the betterment of our students and ourselves. I commend you for taking this endeavor so seriously. Whenever they make these comments, I have to agree and think about how truly blessed we are. We are a dynamic group of people. Thank you for your dedication to our profession. See you in Casper!
A Message from WFLTA President
Jaime Basham :