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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Rigoberta Menchú Tum to Speak

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Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1992, activist for the rights of Guatemala’s indigenous peoples. Ganador del Premio Nobel de la Paz en 1992, el activista por los derechos de los pueblos indígenas de Guatemala.

Thursday, April 16, 2015 • Jueves, 16 de abril 2015

6:30-8 pm

Jefferson High School, 5210 N. Kerby

Presentation in Spanish in the Auditorium. Live feed video and simultaneous translation in the Cafeteria.Ms. Menchú Tum is here for the Northwest PeaceJam Conference in Eugene, April 17-19.

Conference signup for students:

Presentación en español en el Auditorio. Imágenes de vídeo de Live y traducción simultánea en la Cafetería.Sra. Menchú Tum es en Oregon por la Conferencia PeaceJam en Eugene, abril 17 a 19.

Signup Conferencia para estudiantes:

Rigoberta-Menchu-Poster (pdf)

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Job Opportunity: Spanish

Position available to teach Spanish 1 and 2 and MS Spanish at Perrydale High School.  The assignment is from 11:30 to 3:30 Monday through Thursday.   Please contact Principal Sheila McCartney  for more details.

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Leadership Initiative for Language Learning


Summer Institute

July 21-23, 2015
The Ohio State University
Columbus, Ohio

Theme: Educator Effectiveness in Language Learning

The Leadership Initiative for Language Learning seeks to

  • empower individuals to become agents for change,
  • foster a growth mindset focused on effective teaching and learning, and
  • purposefully nurture leadership skills, all in the service of learners.

LILL’s summer initiative is based on the premise that every educator is a leader every day and strives to be highly effective. For language educators, effectiveness is demonstrated by evidence of learners’ growth in proficiency, including their growth in literacy. Join language educators, teacher leaders, and national experts to explore issues important to you. Help shape the conversations, engage in the learning, and create your proactive plan to make a difference in your educator effectiveness and that of your colleagues. Discover your sphere of influence for effecting change and engage with others eager to share your learning.

Learn more.


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ODE Standards for Second Language

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Oregon Department of Education Second Language Resources

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Job Announcement: University of Oregon

Logo_CASLSColorThe Center for Applied Second Language Studies (CASLS) at the University of Oregon is hiring of Language Technology Specialist to design, pilot, and revise curricular materials for learners studying a second and/or foreign language at the high school and university levels. CASLS’ language learning programs often utilize emerging technologies and take advantage of online and hybrid contexts. The Language Technology Specialist may work with language experts who will provide input and guidance on language-specific issues. Curriculum should be aligned with national standards. Design work will include the creation of a scope and sequence, timeline of instructional activities, instructional manuals, learning materials, and in-class assessments and rubrics. All curricula should be piloted and revised to ensure the highest quality.

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16 Resources for Teaching Foreign Language

From EDUDEMIC, 16 Resources for Teaching Foreign Language.

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NW Symposium on International Faculty-Led Programs


Dear Colleagues,

Education Abroad at Portland State University is pleased to announce the first annual NW Symposium on Faculty-Led Programs. The event will take place on Friday, April 10, 2015, on the PSU campus following a half-day Forum on Education Abroad Standards of Good Practice workshop which will also be hosted by PSU on Thursday, April 9, 2015. Registration for the event is now open and we are accepting session proposals. Please see below for links to the proposal and registration forms.

Any questions can be directed to Liz Sinclair, Symposium Coordinator, at

Call for Proposals

International faculty-led programming continues to become an increasingly popular form of education abroad for college and university students here in the United States. Many of our colleagues have questions and concerns about ensuring the best outcomes of faculty-led programs. Therefore, we will be coming together to share best practices in the area of faculty-led programming in education abroad for the first annual Northwest Symposium on Faculty-Led Programs on April 10, 2015 at Portland State University. We invite innovative and stimulating proposals for sessions that share best practice and research in this area including, but not limited to, the following topics:

  • risk management;
  • marketing and enrollment management across the Northwest;
  • the benefits of partnering with a service provider;
  • faculty selection and training;
  • curriculum integration and engagement at the department level and;
  • program development across institutions.

Session proposals can be submitted via this form. Any questions can be directed to Liz Sinclair, Symposium Coordinator, at

The deadline for submissions is March 13, 2015.

More information regarding the symposium can be found here.


To register for the Symposium, complete this form. The registration fee for the Symposium is $25 and includes breakfast and lunch on the day of the event. Checks for registration fees can be sent to the following address:

ATTN: Jen Hamlow
Office of International Affairs
Post Office Box 751
Portland, Oregon 97207-0751

The deadline for registration is Friday, April 3, 2015.

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Register for the Spring Conference

Registration is now open.  Register today for the 2015 Spring Conference.

Conference Costs:

$40 2014-15 Regular Membership, $20 Student/Retired
$60  Conference Registration (includes lunch), $30 Student/Retired
$40 Pre-Conference Workshop (includes dinner) Continue reading

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Speaking the Language of the 21st Century: World Language Teachers and their Use of Technology

As a special follow up to the Speak Up National Research Project, Rosetta Stone and Project Tomorrow published a white paper, Speaking the Language of the 21st Century: World Language Teachers and their Use of Technology (pdf), on the insights and desires of World Language K-12 educators and their use of technology as they work to meet the needs of students.

About the Speak Up National Research Project

The Speak Up National Research project annually polls K-12 students, parents and educators about the role of technology for learning in and out of school and represents the largest collection of authentic, unfiltered stakeholder voice on digital learning. Since 2003, over 3.5 million K-12 students, parents, teachers, librarians, principals, technology leaders and district administrators have shared their views and ideas through Speak Up. Education, business and policy leaders report that they use the data regularly to inform federal, state and local education programs.


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