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Copyright: Council of Europe
Goethe-Institut Toronto, Alliance Française de Toronto,
Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Prologue to the Performing Arts,
Spanish Centre and Instituto Camões Toronto
European Day of Languages 2014 for Students and Educators
The celebration provides a wonderful opportunity for Toronto students (Grades 7-12) to engage into multiple languages activities presented by Prologue to the Performing Arts and for European Languages educators to receive additional Professional Development.
Friday September 26, 2014, 1-3PM
Alliance Française de Toronto, 24 Spadina Road, Toronto
(New Theatre space)
1:00pm Greetings, introduction
1:05pm – 1:25pm Maderaz Latin Music – Fiesta & Carnaval Performance (Spanish)
1:30pm – 1:50pm Faustwork Mask Theatre – Le masque est le message Performance (French)
1:50pm – 2:00pm Break: Cold drinks
2:00pm – 2:45pm Faustwork Mask Theatre Movement Workshop (French)
2:45pm – 3pm Loot bags and good-byes
Free of charge, by invitation only.
If you would like to join our celebration as an educator and/or invite your students to participate in our European Day of Languages activities, please contact: Jadwiga.Baranowicz@toronto.goethe.org to check the availability and to register.
The OMLTA Spring Conference in 2015 will be a very special event. For one year only, our Spring Conference will be relocating from Toronto to Niagara Falls as we join forces with the Canadian Association of Second Language Teachers (CASLT) and the International Federation of Language Teacher Associations, to hold the “World Congress of Modern Languages – Collaborating across Languages and Borders”. The conference will run from March 26-28, 2015, at the Sheraton On The Falls Hotel & Conference Centre. We are already in the process of arranging workshops for the conference and our search for presenters is well underway. The deadline to submit a proposal for a workshop or presentation at this very special event (we are expecting over 1,000 delegates!) is July 15, 2014, much earlier than usual. We would love to have as many OMLTA/AOPLV presenters as possible! To submit a proposal, please go to: https://caslt.membershare.ca/event/en/31/46
The World Congress of Modern Languages: Collaborating across Languages and Borders is designed as an open forum for sharing knowledge, practices, and projects among all stakeholders in second language education, and we look forward to your participation — it is an opportunity that advances collaboration, fosters networking, and inspires great ideas! Please note that selected presenters are responsible for their own travel, registration, and accommodation expenses.
The 2015 OMLTA Spring Conference is sure to be a truly memorable occasion. For the first time ever, the event will be a co-production between the OMLTA/AOPLV, the Canadian Association of Second Language Teachers (CASLT), and the Fédération Internationale des Professeurs de Langues Vivantes (FIPLV). In order to accommodate up to 1,200 delegates coming not only from all over Ontario, but also from the rest of Canada, the USA and even from Europe, we will be temporarily relocating to the Sheraton on the Falls Hotel and Conference Centre in the spectacular heart of Niagara Falls. The conference will be titled “World Congress of Modern Languages: Collaborating across Languages and Borders” and will take place between March 26-28, 2015. This will be a unique opportunity to meet like-minded second language educators, and to network and share innovative teaching and learning strategies and practices. We will learn about new technologies, discuss emerging research, examine important resources, and explore trends and issues surrounding language education and cultural diversity.
Please note that an online form for submitting presentation proposals is available now at : http://www.caslt.org/WCML-CMLV-2015/
Throughout my teaching career, OMLTA has provided me with invaluable professional development and the opportunity to build and maintain a network of contacts. I also credit the Association with helping me secure my first teaching contract.
I attended my first Spring Conference during my pre-service year in 1985. With my fellow Althouse student teachers, I marveled at the number and variety of workshops and hungrily accepted handouts, catalogues and samples of materials. With some surprise and pleasure, I recognized my favourite high school French and Spanish teacher, John Jull. He invited me to sit with him at lunch and while catching up on news, I learned that he had left my hometown to become the FSL consultant in Victoria County. He invited me to send him my resumé and by the end of May, I had been interviewed and offered a Core French teaching position in Lindsay.
I have many fond memories of OMLTA from workshops I attended, workshops I presented, inspirational keynote speakers and the privilege of working with exceptional educators when I was on the Board of Directors. However, I will always cherish the memory of my very first Spring Conference when everything was new and my career was just beginning. Thank you OMLTA!