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VFLA Professional Support Program

The VFLA Professional Support Program offers peer support to VFLA members at any point in their career. It is not intended to replace local forms of support but instead to enhance it. Members who are starting a new teaching assignment or embarking on a new professional endeavor are some of the people who would benefit from participation.

Professional support is offered by VFLA members who volunteer to share their experience and insights with their colleagues. Communication between participants takes place primarily through e-mail and telephone communication at times and in ways agreed upon by participants. The program is intended to provide support for a full academic year. A complete program description and set of guidelines can be found here.

If you have any questions about this program, please contact program facilitator, Sally Rivard at sallyrivard@gmail.com.

If you believe you would benefit from the professional support, please continue by visiting this link.

If you would like to provide professional support to a VFLA colleague, please continue by visiting this link.

School Year and On-going Opportunities

Penobscot School

Penobscot School, Rockland, ME, offers summer and school year language programs, continuing education for teachers. The African Film experience is great! Visit their website: www.languagelearning.org

Bennington College

Master of Arts in Teaching a Second Language (MATSL), Master of Arts in Spanish or French (MA) degrees, and professional development modules offered at the Graduate Language School of Bennington College. Low-residency programs are designed for working professionals with new sessions beginning in July of each year. For information about degree-granting programs and upcoming professional development modules, contact the Graduate Language School office at www.bennington.edu

U.S. Department of Education

Many international programs available, including Title VI and Fulbright-Hays (see below) programs:

International Education and Graduate Programs Service (IEGPS); Department of Education; 1990 K St NW, 6th Floor; Washington, DC 20006-8521; 202-502-7700, fax: 202-502-7859; www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/iegps/index.html

ACTFL

ACTFL offers many programs, oral proficiency training and immersion weekends.  For complete information contact: ACTFL; 6 Executive Plaza; Yonkers, NY 10701-6801; 914-963-8830 ext. 218; fax:914-963-1275 www.actfl.org

Studies in Asia

Through UVM and the Freeman Foundation, travel to China, Japan, and Thailand.  Call 802-656-7985 or www.uvm.edu/~outreach or www.uvm.edu/~asian

School for International Training

Consider these options: MAT in ESOL, French and Spanish at The School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont. This program is available in two formats: the summer MAT Program and the Academic Year Program. For further information and an application, call 800-336-1616 or e-mail: admissions@sit.edu On the Web: www.sit.edu or www.worldlearning.org

Louisiana State University

MEd and K-12 Foreign Language Teaching Certification at Louisiana State University, the Holmes Program in Foreign Language Education.The program is a combination of university-based courses, extensive classroom experience at professional development schools, and action-research conducted in the classroom. Contact Denise Egea-Kuehne, Graduate Mentor at 504-388-2429 or fax: 504-388-3670.

Middlebury Summer Language Schools

http://www.middlebury.edu/ls/

Middlebury-Monterey Language Academy (MMLA)

Middlebury-Monterey Language Academy, a new initiative building on the expertise of both Middlebury College and the Monterey Institute of International Studies, offers one-month language immersions for middle and high school students in a summer-camp setting. MMLA combines the fun of summer camp with the opportunity to live in a foreign language, guided by skilled faculty and staff. Next summer MMLA will offer four languages -- Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, French, and Spanish. Each summer camp adapts the renowned Middlebury Language Schools immersion with a curriculum and activities developed specifically for students entering grades 7-12, to create all the fun of summer camp in the target language.Whether you're interested in becoming part of a cutting-edge teaching team or have students who would love to join a vibrant language community, you can find out more at www.mmla.middlebury.edu or 802-296-2459.

CALPER Summer Workshops for Language Educators at Penn State

Summer language workshops
http://calper.la.psu.edu/profdev.php?page=workshops
http://outreach.psu.edu/programs/applied-linguistics/?cid=16

Middlebury College Language Schools

7 to 10-week immersion programs for German, French, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese and Italian. www.middlebury.edu/academics/ls/

Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages

Visit their Conference page: http://nectfl.org/Conference/Conference.html

Worldwide Classroom

Courses available all over the world in local language and culture. More info on the web: www.worldwide.edu/ci/index.html

For Teachers of French

UC Santa Barbara SUMMER SESSIONS

Summer Institute of French and Francophone Studies www.summer.ucsb.edu

Université de Montréal

Summer Professional Development Workshops, exclusively for Language Teachers, Paris, France. You earn 85 Professional Development Points for your efforts, and you may also apply for three graduate credits from the University of Massachusetts/Boston for each workshop. www.frenchtraveler.com

Université du Québec à Montréal

Université du Québec à Montréal : Offering 3 week intensive classes during the summer. http://www.unites.uqam.ca/ecole_ete

Learn/Perfect your French in France!

The many SOUFFLE centers throughout France (Aix-en-Provence, Antibes, Besancon, Grenoble, Montpellier, Tours...to name a few) offer courses in language, culture and methodology. For further information and a catalogue contact Jean Petrissans, BP 133, 83957 La Garde Cedex, France. Fax: 33-4-94-21-22-17. Phone 33-4-94-21-20-92.

Centre Universitaire des Etudes Françaises (CUEF)

Centre Universitaire des Etudes Françaises (CUEF) offers studies in French language, culture and methodology at Université Stendhal, Grenoble, France. http://www.u-grenoble3.fr/cuef

Oxbridge Academics

Paris Teacher Seminar1-800-82www.oxbridgeprol: info@oxbridgeprograms.com

UC Santa Barbara SUMMER SESSIONS

Summer Institute in Hispanic Languages and Cultures www.summer.ucsb.edu

Spanish Courses through AmeriSpan Unlimited

Amerispan : MAESTRO Programs for Spanish Teachers in Mexico and Spain. www.amerispan.com/maestro

University of Washington Immersion Institutes for Pre-or In-service Teachers

The Guatemala Experience: Immersion in Spanish Language, Culture and History. Offers teachers 6 credits of UW Spanish 493.  For more information, check out our web site: http://www.outreach.washington.edu/k12/spanish/

Spanish Studies Abroad (and Italian now)

MLSA - Spain, Costa Rica, Italy. On the web: www.mlsa.com.

For German Teachers

Summer Seminars

www.aatg.org; headquarters@aatg.org

For Classics Teachers

Classics Institute at U. of Georgia

Each summer the Summer Classics Institute at the University of Georgia offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate Latin and Classics courses and, in alternate summers, Intensive Beginning Greek.  Runs mid-June to early August, some courses in intense 4-week short sessions. email: gradinq@uga.edu --- telephone (706) 542-9264 http://www.clasms/summer_institute.htm


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