The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages’ annual conference last week attracted more than 7,000 attendees this year. This must be roughly about 50% of its current membership – WOW! What an amazing turnout for an educational organization, and especially a foreign language organization!
It comes to show the commitment of world language educators even in these uncertain times for anything education, and also the attractiveness and quality of the workshops, events, exhibitions, and networking opportunities at this great conference.
My colleague from the preschool English/Dual Language Learning world, Karen Nemeth (author of Many Languages: One Classroom) and I presented a workshop for those interested in the early years (ages zero to five). Here is a slideshow of our presentation, “How to Teach Languages to Toddlers and Preschoolers:”
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Ana Lomba is changing the way people think about and interact with young children learning languages. Her Parents’ Choice award-winning books, lively songs, games, stories, and mobile applications are quickly becoming favorites with teachers and parents who want to nurture young children’ inborn language abilities. Key to the success of Ana’s break-through method is a focus on the family as the ideal environment for early language learning – even her signature curriculum for language programs is built with parents in mind. Ana has taught toddler, preschool, elementary school, and college-level Spanish courses, and held leadership positions with some of the most influential language organizations in the US, including ACTFL, NNELL and FLENJ. After graduating with a law degree from Spain, her native country, Ana pursued graduate studies at Binghamton University, Princeton University, and NYU.