Vermont Foreign Language Association

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Encourage. Learn. Grow.

The VFLA is an organization designed to promote more effective instruction and study of foreign language, encourage research and experimentation in the learning and teaching of these languages, and to provide for professional growth among its members.

Arigatou! Merci! Danke! Xiè xie nin! ¡Gracias! Spasibo! Shukran Lak!

Thanks to everyone who attended this year's conference in March. Despite some less-than-desirable weather, there was a lot of networking and learning that happened! We hope that it was a worthwhile day for those who attended.
2017 Distinguished Teacher Award
The VFLA would like to congratulate Patricia Alonso of Rutland High School for being awarded the 2017 VFLA Distinguished Teacher Award. Patricia's principal Bill Olsen gave a moving speech at this year's conference praising Patricia for her work in and out of the classroom. Here is a wonderful video highlighting Patricia and the VFLA. Patricia is 100% deserving of this award, and we thank her for her dedication to serving Rutland's students. 

We would also like to congratulate the other DT nominees

Patrick LaClair, Latin, Lamoille Union Middle & High School

Allison Litten, French, Marion Cross School

Colleen O'Connell, French and Spanish, Woodstock Union Middle and High School

Governor's Proclamation

Click here to see Governor Scott's proclamation honoring Vermont's foreign language professionals.

VFLA wants YOU on the Board of Directors!

If you are interested on serving on the board, please contact one of our board members for information.

The VFLA Board of Directors is comprised of ten volunteer elementary, middle and high school language educators committed to promoting more effective instruction and study of foreign language, encouraging research and experimentation in the learning and teaching of these languages, and providing for professional growth among its members.  We meet approximately 5 times per year on Saturdays to discuss issues related to the teaching of languages and how we can best serve our teachers, students and programs around the state. Complete the nomination form to get on the ballot next at our Annual Convention.

Congratulations to our 2017 contest winners!

The 2017 essay theme was “Listen with curiosity, speak with honesty, act with integrity.” Roy Bennett

Winners

Novice Level

Spanish: Jane Lackley from Woodstock Union Middle School, teacher Keri Bristow

Spanish:  Maria Sell from Woodstock Union Middle School, teacher Keri Bristow

Intermediate Level

Spanish: Gabriel Bango from Woodstock Union High School, teacher Keri Bristow

Spanish: Sam Powers from Woodstock Union High School, teacher Keri Bristow

Pre-Advanced Level

Spanish:  Grace Clement from Thetford Academy, teacher Dana Brettell

Spanish: Sadie Kuhn from Woodstock Union High School, teacher Keri Bristow

 

The 2017 poster contest theme was Global Citizens “Listen to Understand” (Stephen R. Covey)

Winners

Elementary

1st place: Addy Eldred from St. Francis Xavier, teacher Elizabeth Caron

2nd place: Roma Vallabhaneni from St. Francis Xavier, teacher Hélène Guariglia

3rd place: Clara Scanlan from Marion Cross, teacher Allison Litten

Middle

1st place: Melanie Dostie from St. Francis Xavier, teacher Hélène Guariglia

2nd place: Madeline Trimpi from Woodstock Union MS, teacher Marie Anderson

3rd place: Quinn Connolly from Williston Central School, teacher Deb Laskarzewski

Honorable Mention: Kaila Menard and Joey Spiller from Westford MS, teacher Maddy Posig

High School

1st place:  Sierra Winand from Woodstock Union HS, teacher Marie Anderson

2nd place: Owen Spann from Woodstock Union HS, teacher Keri Bristow

Poster and essay contest details

 

 

 


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