Feb 27 2014
Vanderbilt was well represented at the TFLTA (Tennessee Foreign Language Teaching Association Conference) held in Nashville in November 2013. CLAS K–12 educators who attended the summer 2013 Portuguese Institute at University of Georgia-Athens led a session entitled “Exploring Portuguese with Your Spanish Class,” where they shared hands-on ideas with their colleagues about how to incorporate Portuguese language learning and the study of Brazil into their classes.
Connie Sharp, librarian at Jones Paideia Magnet School, and Claire González, assistant director for outreach at CLAS, led a session entitled “Teaching the Américas Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature,” highlighting recent award-winning books and strategies for incorporating them into the K–12 classroom. The Américas Award was founded in 1993 to commend authors, illustrators, and publishers who produce quality children’s and young adult books that authentically portray Latin America, the Caribbean, or Latinos in the U.S. and to provide teachers with recommendations for classroom use. Virginia Scott, director for the Center for Second Language Studies, delivered the conference’s keynote speech, “Say it Forward.”