Fall Conference Request for Proposals

We are now accepting presentation and workshop proposals for the 2015 Fall Conference.   Submit a presentation or workshop proposal by completing the online submission form.

Priority Submission Deadline:  Monday, September 7, 2015.

Submission Guidelines:

Conference Theme: Inspire. Engage. Transform.

Focus Areas for submitting proposals are

  • Pedagogy & Practice: Practical language pedagogy, classroom practices, tips, tricks & tools, cultural practices.
  • Advocacy & Service: promotion of language & culture education, service learning, community engagement.
  • Scholarship & Research: in language acquisition, linguistics, pedagogy, intercultural topics, cultural practice or related subjects.

Session Length:
You may choose a 45-60 minute presentation or 75-90 minute session. Presentations that include significant audience participation or demonstration are well suited to a longer session.

Include a description of the presentation in 500 characters or fewer. Abstracts must be submitted in English and in a publishable format. Abstracts must be written in third person format avoiding the use of “I” and “we.” All accepted proposals will be printed in the Program Guide as submitted; however, COFLT reserves the right to edit when necessary.

Deadline and Selection Process

Submission Deadline :
Monday, September 7, 2015.   Proposals received after this date will be reviewed and accepted as space in the schedule allows.

Notification of selection:
Proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis as they are received. Presenters will be notified no later than September 16, 2015.  Your presentation will either be accepted as is, accepted with modifications, or not accepted.

You do not have to be a member of COFLT to submit a proposal.  However, if your submission is selected for presentation, you must become a member in good standing.  If you are co-presenting, at least one presenter must be a member in good standing.

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SAVE THE DATE: Fall Conference October 9-10, 2015

Screen Shot 2015-05-21 at 1.29.31 PMThe Annual Fall Conference will be held on October 9 and 10 at Portland Community College, Sylvania campus.  Watch the website and newsletters for more information.

Requests for presentation or workshop proposals will open June 1, 2015.

Paul Sandrock, Director of Education at ACTFL, will give the Keynote address and offer a workshop.

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Election Results Are In!

The results of the May elections are in! Join us in welcoming the following members to the COFLT Board effective November 1st:

Treasurer: Sandra Garcia (Pacific University; Japanese & Spanish)

K-8 Representative: Tina Hargaden (Gordon Russell Middle School; French & Spanish)

9-12 Representative: Scott Goodman (Valley Catholic High School; Spanish)

Post-Secondary Representative: Michael Robert Woods (Willamette University; Spanish)

These new board members will join these current COFLT Board members:

President: Erica Andree (Pacific University; German)
Vice-President: Natalie Stamper (Lewis & Clark College; French)
Past-President: Yuliana Rodarte (Westview High School; Spanish)
Secretary: Laura Mulas (Lewis & Clark College; Spanish)
Webmaster: Ben Finch (West Salem High School; Spanish)
9-12 Representative: Marj Hogan (Union High School; Spanish)
9-12 Representative: Molly MacGregor (Evergreen High School; German)
9-12 Representative: Ben Wolcott (North Salem High School; French)
Post-Secondary Representative: Marie-Eve Thifault (Lewis & Clark College; French)

A warm welcome to our new board members!


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Spanish Phonetics Course: 4 credit, 1 week intensive at University of Oregon

robert_davisSpanish Phonetics

Robert L Davis, U Oregon

15-19 June, 2015

Robert Davis, Professor of Spanish at the University of Oregon, is offering Spanish Phonetics,  a full 4-credit class, in an intensive one-week format. It’s listed as SPAN 324 (undergrad), but it could be taken SPAN 605 for graduate credit, if in-service teachers need the credits. Book an airbnb in Eugene, and complete a whole grad class in one week!


Description and objectives. In this class, the students will learn basic linguistic tools to analyze the phonetic and phonological systems of Spanish. Topics include the phonetic alphabet, syllabification, and thorough review of Spanish spelling system and accent marks. Students will use these linguistic tools to diagnose and correct possible deficiencies in the pronunciation of Spanish that give the student a non-normative accent. We will also study the range of regional and social accents and dialects of Spanish. This contextualization of phonetics within the geographical and social realities of the Spanish-speaking world make this class a perfect complement to the study of the cultures and literatures that are the core of the humanities-oriented curriculum.

Activities. The objectives above will be reached by

  • reading and study of linguistic descriptions of Spanish phonetics (textbook)
  • transcribing spoken and written texts using the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA)
  • recording and evaluating the student’s oral production in Spanish
  • in-class practice of the sounds of Spanish.

For more information, contact Robert L. Davis

Robert L. Davis
Professor of Spanish
Director of Language Instruction | Dept. of Romance Languages
University of Oregon | Eugene OR 97403-1233 USA

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Spanish and Social Studies Position at North Salem HS

northNorth Salem High School is seeking applicants for a full time Dual Language Social Studies and a Heritage/Advanced Spanish position. If you are interested or have any questions please contact Monique Aguilar-Weaver at aguilar_monique@salkeiz.k12.or.us. or call 503-399-3241.

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Chinese Immersion Elementary Teacher Position Available


Chinese Immersion Elementary Teacher (5th Grade) Substitute for Maternity Leave

Department: Faculty

Reports to: Principal (K-5)

Status: Exempt (salary) Full-time

Compensation: $39,110 – $47,230

(Depending on education and experience)

Effective Date: 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 Academic year June 1, 2014 – June 12, 2014 and August 19, 2015 – October 9, 2015

The International School in downtown Portland has one (1) opening for a limited duration Substitute Chinese 5th grade Immersion Elementary Teacher with native level fluency in Chinese. This position would be covering a maternity leave and will start June 1, 2014 complete the current school year and return again in the 2015-2016 school year for several weeks.

The International School provides a warm multicultural environment where students from Pre-K through 5th grade are fully immersed in Spanish, Japanese or Chinese language and culture. Chinese Immersion homeroom teachers use the target language throughout the day while engaged with students.

We are looking for energetic, flexible and open minded teachers who are motivated by new opportunities and challenges. We are seeking teachers who are passionate about and committed to the mission and vision of The International School and able to demonstrate the values and traits of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program and Learner Profile while teaching and working.

The ideal candidate will be dedicated to meeting the needs of diverse student learners, as well as, committed to being a collaborative team player who can work together with students, colleagues, the administrative team, parents/community, and work independently.

The International School is committed to small class sizes of 19 students or less; our average class size is 14 students. We offer an engaged school community with supportive and interactive parents, where our multicultural environment is appreciated and celebrated. We offer professional development opportunities for teachers and are committed to supporting teachers’ growth with trainings and workshops.

Minimum qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Teaching or Education
  • At least 1 year of professional teaching experience in a language immersion classroom
  • Demonstrated proficiency in written and spoken English
  • Native level fluency inMandarin Chinesealong with demonstrated ability to teach the language to non-native speaking students
  • Comfortable proactively learning new technology and integrating technology into the classroom to increase learning. Specific experience using Macs, iPads, iWorks, Google Suite, Microsoft Office Suite, and PCs

Preferred qualifications: 

  • Master’s degree in Elementary Teaching/Education
  • Previous experience working in an International Baccalaureate (IB) school, experience with Constructivist learning pedagogy or Inquiry Based-Primary Years Program (PYP) pedagogy
  • Certification for teaching Chinese language

Compensation and Benefits
• Depending on experience and education
• Employer paid medical for employee only, voluntary dental insurance, Cafeteria plan with FSA, DCA and Transit account, sick time and 403(b) plan with matching
• 50% tuition discount for full time employee’s qualifying children


Please visit our website to view the full Teacher Job Description http://www.intlschool.org/employment

Apply using our online application at http://intlschool.org/employment/ and submit the following to complete your application:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Copies of Degree(s) received and any teaching certifications obtained, or other trainings
  • For degree(s) or certifications obtained outside the U.S. Certified English Translations must be provided.
  • References or Letters of Recommendation
  • No new H1-B sponsorship available

**Employment is contingent on successful completion of the Oregon Department of Education Background Check http://www.ode.state.or.us/services/transportation/forms/2282-M.pdf  ***

Casey Ford

Human Resources
The International School
Tel: 503.226.2496 ext.107
Email: cford@intlschool.org

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Spanish Position in Kelso, WA

logo2The Kelso School District has and opening for a 1.0 FTE Spanish Teacher at Kelso High School in Kelso, WA beginning the 2015/2016 school year. Applications are online via the Kelso School District website at www.kelso.wednet.edu.

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Position available: long-term French sub

mcmLogoThe French teacher at McMinnville High School will be taking maternity leave Fall semester of 2015.  She is seeking a long-term French sub for the months of September and October.  For further information, contact Erica Zimmerman at ezimmerman@msd.k12.or.us

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Spanish Position at Jesuit High School

jesuitJesuit High School is a Catholic, college preparatory school in the Jesuit tradition. Located in suburban southwest Portland, Oregon, Jesuit became a coeducational school in the fall of 1993. To meet the needs associated with our enrollment and growth, we are seeking professionals who have the ability to provide academic, educational and personal talents toward our goal of preparing “men and women for others.”


MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:  Teach 5 sections of any level of Spanish

QUALIFICATIONS: Passion for and skill in teaching high school level Spanish.Teaching license required, (Oregon license preferred or in the process of obtaining Oregon licensure).

CLOSING DATE: April 30, 2015

STARTING DATE: August 24, 2015

Jesuit High School seeks a diverse applicant pool for this position. We welcome teachers of diverse religious, ethnic, national, cultural, linguistic, and educational backgrounds to apply.



  1. Visit JHS website (under About Us) to download application.
  2. Complete the application and return it, along with the requested supporting documents.

Jesuit High School makes employment decisions without regard to race, color, sex, national origin, marital status, age, and disability unrelated to job performance. Jesuit High School hires without regard to religion when Catholic faith is not a job requirement, and welcomes people of all faiths.

Vacancy Notice Spanish 4-13-15 (pdf)

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Should Computer Coding Be Offered As A Foreign Language? . Radio | OPB

Should Computer Coding Be Offered As A Foreign Language? . Radio | OPB.

Oregon lawmakers are proposing that computer coding be counted towards foreign language requirements for high school students. If HB 2766 passes, high school students will be allowed to take computer coding in lieu of traditional language classes, such as Spanish or French. Proponents of the bill argue (pdf) that coding is an important job skill that students can use anywhere in the world. Opponents say (pdf) that computer coding classes do not have the same cultural value as traditional language classes, which also include material on history and customs. Oregon is not alone in this debate; Texas passed similar legislation last year.

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