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The World Congress of Modern Languages “Collaborating across Languages and Borders,” March 26-28, 2015, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, organized by the International Federation of Language Teacher Associations, the Ontario Modern Language Teachers’ Association and the Canadian Association of Second Language Teachers announce that the deadline to submit a proposal for a workshop or presentation at the 2015 World Congress of Modern Languages: Collaborating across Languages and Borders has been extended to July 15, 2014. To submit a proposal, go to: https://caslt.membershare.ca/event/en/31/46

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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.

By popular demand, the OMLTA/MLC are fortunate to be able to offer another FSL Curriculum Institute in Stony Creek on Saturday, May 3, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Sign up as these spaces go quickly!

This institute will focus on key aspects of the revised curriculum, authentic, spontaneous and interactive speaking activities and instructional strategies and best practices in FSL education.

Teachers are asked to bring their revised FSL curriculum to this one-day complimentary session.

Cette formation intensive se concentre sur les activités authentiques, spontanées et interactives pour la salle de classe. Les frais des sessions sont gratuits. On demande aux professeurs d’apporter leur document du curriculum de français aux sessions.

Registration for the Stony Creek FSL Institute is due no later than April 29, 2014.

If you are interested in registering for this unique professional development opportunity, please follow the link:

OMLTA/MLC FSL institute registration page (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1ADNdi84w-cMwcb4YFzLGCjdi3LZoqxsi3oSeSfKndDE/viewform)

Teachers registering for this session are asked to send a $100 refundable cheque to the OMLTA office to reserve their space in Stony Creek.  This cheque will be returned upon completion of the institute.

The May 3 FSL institute will be held at the Winona Vine Estates, 269 Glover Road, Winona, ON.

WCMLWebLogoThe 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/

 

The Education Office of the Embassy of Spain (Washington) is proud to offer the opportunity to be the recipient of a two week course in Salamanca, Spain to a Canadian Spanish teacher who is also a member of the OMLTA.
The revised application deadline is Wednesday, April 16 at 5 PM. See the flyer for details.
2014 Embassy of Spain – OMLTA Scholarship
¡Buena suerte!

Celebrate the new season with the newest issue of our newsletter, Communication!
Look for updates on the new curriculum and great support resources, info for lovers of the Italian language, resource reviews, and much more! Click on “Members Only” for the latest issue and the exciting content!

In memory of Lise Moore

March 31st, 2014 | Posted by webmaster in News - (0 Comments)

Our long time friend and colleague, Lise Moore passed away on Tuesday, March 18, 2014.

Lise was the Administrative Assistant and the “voice” you heard when you contacted the OMLTA office.  She is greatly missed by her family and her many OMLTA friends.

More information on a Memorial Gathering for Lise can be found at:

http://www.lifenews.ca/announcement/4438048-moore-lise-andr-e-nee-lafrance-

 

On behalf of the OMLTA/AOPLV Board of Directors, I am pleased to announce to all FSL educators in Ontario that our 2014 Projet à Québec will be running again this summer. A special thank you must go to the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Government of Ontario for their financial support of this exciting professional development opportunity. This year, the Projet à Québec program will provide professional development opportunities for 50 Core FSL Teachers from Catholic and Public English-language district school boards across Ontario.

Le programme de 2014 aura lieu à la ville de Québec du 12 au 20 juillet. Cette formation intensive de 9 jours se concentre sur le développement des compétences linguistiques des enseignants et à la sensibilisation culturelle à travers divers ateliers et excursions. Les frais des sessions, les excursions et l’hébergement sont pris en charge. Les lauréats auront seulement l’obligation de payer leur voyage aller-retour et les repas.

The deadline to submit an application is Friday April 11th at 5:00 pm. If you are interested in applying for this unique professional development opportunity, please see the following links:

Projet flyer

PAQ 2014 Application Form

Bonne chance!

Wanda West

President OMLTA/AOPLV

We are pleased to announce that the early-bird registration deadline for our Spring Conference has been extended!  In order to take advantage of early-bird pricing, you must register by 9am on Monday, March 3.”"
This year’s conference theme is “Languages 2.0: Teaching in the 21st Century/ Langues 2.0: Enseigner dans le 21ième siecle”.  Sessions include building oral proficiency, working with the CEFR, and incorporating technology into the classroom.  Our keynote speaker is Jacques Cool.  For more information and to register, visit our conference page at http://www.omlta.org/upcoming-events/spring-conference-2014
Early-bird prices offer teachers a significant discount on conference registration, and we encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity.  We look forward to seeing you in March!
Jennifer Rochon
Chair – OMLTA Spring 2014 Conference

Don’t forget to log in to your Members Only account to see the bumper Fall-Winter edition of “Communication”!
Communication Fall-Winter2013

BELC is Back!

January 21st, 2014 | Posted by webmaster in News - (0 Comments)

Vive le stage BELC !
Le Stage BELC est de retour !

This generous scholarship, courtesy of the Embassy of France in Ottawa and
the OMLTA, allows an outstanding French teacher the opportunity to attend
the prestigious BELC program this July in France.

If you are an exemplary FSL educator and a current member of the OMLTA,
you may be successful candidate. Please see the attached information for
full details. Bonne chance avec votre candidature !

Descriptif Offre Bourse 2014 OMLTA
Formulaire Bourse 2014 OMLTA

The OMLTA has played a big role in my professional life. I was fortunate to attend the Spring Conference in my third year of teaching, and that experience opened my eyes to the “big picture” of languages in Ontario. It was so exhilirating to meet others who were experiencing the same challenges in the classroom. Networking and sharing with colleagues who had similar teaching assignments to my own made me realize that we can support one another so effectively when given the opportunity to meet and talk.

Eventually, I decided to make the leap and put my name forward as a director of the OMLTA. That led to 10 years of participation on the Board and the Executive. This experience has made me aware of the full extent of the influence of this association, and its importance to FSL and Classical and International Language teaching in Ontario.

Then, there is the fun part! Back in the day, when so many publishing houses freely shared wine and cheese parties with delegates, it was a time to socialize and party in as many languages as you wished! :^) It is still an opportunity to celebrate as I meet up with friends and colleagues at the Spring and Fall conferences.

Ultimately, it has been about community. The friends, the support I’ve received over the years, the many opportunities I’ve had to give back to my profession, the “idea sparks” that have been triggered during workshops- the OMLTA has given me so much.

May the association celebrate many more anniversaries, for hundreds of years to come! Languages teachers need the support!

– Linda Hendry - Waterloo Region District School Board