2017 Spring Awards and Contest Winners

2017 Spring Awards and Contest Winners

Congratulations to our 2017 spring awards and contest winners! They will be recognized at the Spring Conference Awards Luncheon on Friday, February 24, 2017, in Loveland, Colorado, at the Embassy Suites Loveland. We encourage you to not only attend this luncheon, but consider nominating a colleague or yourself for one of these prestigious awards next year!

 

SPRING AWARDS WINNERS

Excellence in Teaching Award: Recognizing a world language teacher who has demonstrated exceptional ability and outstanding performance in classroom instruction.

Recipient: Patricia Andreu, York International K-12 School, Thornton, Colorado

Nominator: Patrisia Navarro

Lynn Sandstedt Program Leadership Award (formerly known as Program Leadership Award):

Conferred on a world language educator who has provided exceptional leadership and innovation in programs beyond the classroom level. This award is in honor of Lynn Sandstedt, first CCFLT President and long-time member, founder of SWCOLT, and previous Executive Director of AATSP.

Recipient: Kelsey Binggeli, North High School, Denver, Colorado

Nominator: Natalia Metwally Trotman

New Educator Award:

Presented to a world language teacher in the first five years of service who shows uncommon potential for the development and implementation of ideas in the classroom. (Sponsored by Fluency Matters)

Recipient: Arnaud Garcia, Loveland High School, Loveland, Colorado

Nominator: Toni Theisen

Friend of World Language Award:

Presented to an individual or group outside formal instruction having contributed in a significant way to the promotion of the teaching and learning of world languages.

Recipient: Jamie Laurie, musician and lead singer of a platinum-selling band Flobots; co-founder of Flobots.org (now Youth On Record), a non-profit organization dedicated to harnassing the power of music to impact social change; and creator of Polyglot, an experimental interactive guessing game.

Nominator: Paul Laurie

New Teacher Scholarship (to attend Spring Conference):

Two scholarships are awarded to new World Language teachers to attend the CCFLT Spring Conference in February (Sponsored by Fluency Matters)

Recipient: Anna Hantack, Bear Creek High School, Lakewood, Colorado

Nominator: Rachel Fisher

Recipient: Arnaud Garcia, Loveland High School, Loveland, Colorado

Nominator: Toni Theisen

21st ANNUAL CCFLT STUDENT ESSAY CONTEST 2017

The topics of the CCFLT 2017 Spring Conference essay contest were based on the WORLD READINESS STANDARDS FOR LEARNING LANGUAGES, Presentational Communication: Learners present information, concepts, and ideas to inform, explain, persuade, and narrate on a variety of topics using appropriate media and adapting to various audiences of listeners, readers, or viewers.

We encourage you to submit entries next year. Check the website for more information in October 2017; deadline will be December 1st, 2017.

Target Language Essay Winners:

Elementary Essay Recipient: Cianna S., 4th Grade, Crown Pointe Academy, Westminster, Colorado, Target Language: Spanish, Teacher: William Gonzalez

Middle School Essay Recipient: Andrea L., 8th Grade, St. Mary’s Academy, Englewood, Colorado, Target Language: Spanish, Teacher: Celsa Rutan

High School Essay Recipient: Erin B., 12th Grade, Cheyenne Mountain High School, Colorado Springs, Colorado, Target Language: Spanish, Teacher: Pamela Centeno

College/University Essay Recipient: Jenson C., United States Air Force Academy, US Air Force Academy, Colorado, Target Language: Mandarin Chinese, Teacher: Dr. Haning Hughes

English Language Essay Winners:

Middle School Essay Recipient: Feriel F., Eldorado K-8, Superior, Colorado, Teacher: Kathleen Dickinson

College/University Essay Recipient: Emily K., United States Air Force Academy, US Air Force Academy, Colorado, Teacher: Dr. Haning Hughes

ACTUAL ESSAYS OF ALL TARGET LANGUAGE AND ENGLISH WINNERS

TARGET LANGUAGE for Novice Mid – Novice High Level Learners (elementary, middle school, high school Level 1 & 2)

PROMPT: How does communicating in more than one language help me connect to the world around me?

Elementary Essay Recipient: Cianna S., 4th Grade, Crown Pointe Academy, Target Language: Spanish, Teacher: William Gonzalez

Hablando Diferentes Idiomas

Mi nombre es Cianna y yo soy una estudiante de cuarto grado en Crown Pointe Academy. Disfruto aprendiendo español en el salón de clases de Señor González. Aprender otro idioma puede ayudarme a mí y a otras personas a conectarme con el mundo que nos rodea. Una razón por la cual es importante saber hablar diferentes idiomas es que puedo entender a las personas cuando viajo a lugares diferentes. Así que puedo visitar lugares como Costa Rica, España, o Puerto Rico. Por ejemplo, en el grado ocho mi escuela tiene un viaje organizado para mi clase a un país de habla hispana, y puedo hablar con la gente allí.

Si entiendo otros idiomas, puedo enseñar a la gente cómo comunicarse en diferentes idiomas como el inglés. Tal vez en el futuro puedo enseñar a otras personas como comunicarse en mi idioma ingles! Una cosa buena es que si sé hablar un idioma diferente, puedo traducirlo para otras personas. Tal vez si alguien habla inglés, puedo ayudarles a hablar con alguien que habla español.

Además, sería capaz de entender películas, música y libros que tienen palabras que están en diferentes idiomas. Por ejemplo, yo sería capaz de entender la canción, “Feliz Navidad”. Por eso es importante aprender a hablar lenguas diferentes en el futuro y conectarse con el mundo que nos rodea.

 

[Translation: Speaking Different Languages

My name is Cianna and I am a fourth grade student at Crown Pointe Academy. I enjoy learning Spanish in Mr. Gonzalez’s classroom. Learning another language can help me and other people connect to the world that surrounds us. One reason that it’s important to know how to speak different languages is that I can visit places like Costa Rica, Spain, or Puerto Rico. For example, in eighth grade, my school has an organized trip for my class to a Spanish-speaking country, and I can talk with the people there.

If I understand other languages, I can teach people how to communicate in different languages like English. Maybe in the future I can teach other people how to communicate in my language English! A good thing is that if I know how to speak a different language, I can translate it for other people. Maybe if someone speaks English, I can help them to talk with someone who speaks Spanish.

In addition, I would be able to understand movies, music and books that have words that are in different languages. For example, I would be able to understand the song “Feliz Navidad”. Therefore it is important to learn to speak different languages in the future and connect the world that surrounds us.]

Middle School Essay Recipient: Andrea L., 8th Grade, St. Mary’s Academy, Target Language: Spanish, Teacher: Celsa Rutan

 

Comunicando en Más de un Idioma

¨Los límites de mi lenguaje son los límites de mi mundo.¨ -Ludwig Wittgenstein

De acuerdo con la encuesta sobre la comunidad estadounidense, más de uno de cada 5 personas mayores de 5 años (21%) hablan un idioma distinto del Inglés en casa. Se prevé que el número de bilingües se incremente en los próximos años. Hay muchos beneficios de poder hablar más de un idioma como, ser más inteligentes, puedes tener más oportunidades de trabajo y también puedes disfrutar muchas culturas.

Científicos han encontrado que hablar en más de un idioma, aumenta el tamaño de la parte del cerebro responsable de la capacidad de atención y la memoria a corto plazo. En el pasado se había pensado que los niños que hablaban dos idiomas podrían haber estado en desventaja porque tienen más vocabulario que aprender y a veces no se desarrollan bien. Pero estudios más recientes han dicho que se desempeñan mejor en tareas que requieren atención.

Poder hablar más de un idioma te abre muchas puertas en tu carrera. Un beneficio es poder comunicar con muchas personas. Muchas personas hoy en dia no nomas hablan Inglés, entonces es bueno tener un empleado que hable más de un idioma. Si hablas más de un idioma tu sueldo puede ser más que otros que nomas hablan un idioma.

La mayoría de las obras de arte y la cultura popular se representan más en . Escuchando una canción, leyendo una novela clásica, mirando una película . Estas son expresiones que los bilingües tienen típicamente la ventaja de apreciar en su forma original. Podemos apreciar cosas así más que una persona que solo habla un idioma.

Poder hablar Espanol y Ingles es un regalo de Dios. Estoy muy agradecida que yo tengo ese don. Nunca voy a olvidar mi idioma de origen.

 

[Translation: Communicating in More Than One Language

“The limits of my language are the limits of my world.” -Ludwig Wittgenstein

In agreement with the survey about the American community, more than one in every five people older than 5 years old (21%) speak a distinct language other than English at home. It is expected that the number of bilingual people increases in the coming years.There are many benefits in being able to speak more than one language, like being more intelligent, you can have more job opportunities and also you can enjoy more cultures.

Scientists have found that speaking more than one language increases the size of the part of the brain responsible for attention ability and short-term memory. In the past it was thought that children who spoke two languages would have been at a disadvantage because they have more vocabulary to learn and sometimes they do not flourish well. But more recent studies have said that they have performed better on work that requires attention.

To be able to speak more than one language opens up many doors for you in your career. One benefit is being able to communicate with many people. Many people today only speak English, so it is good to have an employee who speaks more than one language. If you speak more than one language your salary can be more than others who speak only one language.

The majority of works of art and popular culture are represented more. Listening to a song, reading a classic novel, watching a movie. These are expressions that bilingual people typically have the advantage to appreciate in their original form. We can appreciate things more than a person who only speaks one language. To be able to speak Spanish and English is a gift from God. I am very grateful that I have this gift. I will never forget my native language.]

 

TARGET LANGUAGE for Novice High – Intermediate Mid (high school Level 3 and above; university) and ENGLISH LANGUAGE ESSAYS (all levels):

PROMPT: How does communication in more than one language contribute to world peace locally, nationally and globally?

 

High School Essay Recipient: Erin B., 12th Grade, Cheyenne Mountain High School, Target Language: Spanish, Teacher: Pamela Centeno

 

En el mundo moderno, la necesidad de saber y usar otras lenguas continúa creciendo cada vez más mientras el mundo va conectándose y habitantes de varios lugares tienen que comunicarse aunque hablen lenguas distintas. Aprender otra lengua no solo ayuda a conectarse con el mundo sino también brinda la posibilidad de contribuir a la paz mundial en todos tipos de comunidades. Aprender y saber la lengua de otro país significa un respeto profundo entre los dos países porque demuestra un deseo de entender la cultura y a los habitantes del otro país. Este respeto mutuo es el primer paso hacia lograr la paz mundial. Es imposible aprender una lengua diferente sin aprender más de la cultura y este conocimiento de la otra cultura puede aumentar la paz mundial porque puede borrar el prejuicio que solo se basa en un malentendido de la cultura. Un mayor respeto de otra cultura crea una mejor capacidad para tener paz entre las dos culturas y los países que lo hablan.

Cuando uno se comunica en más que una sola lengua, enfatiza un entendimiento mutuo entre los que están comunicándose. En la comunidad local, comunicarse en otras lenguas puede forjar una conexión entre dos o más sectores y crear una comunidad más diversa y unida. Entonces todos los habitantes están involucrados en la comunidad y su voz es de igual importancia. Por lo tanto es esencial crear paz no solo en la comunidad sino también en el mundo entero. Hacer comunicaciones en más que una lengua puede ayudar a incorporar todas las comunidades distintas del país y asegurar que todos participen y disfruten de la prosperidad del país. Todos estos avances posibles pueden contribuir a la paz mundial porque crean un mundo más conectado y tolerante de habitantes para que puedan colaborar en conjunto para alcanzar metas globales y aceptar otras culturas y lo que puedan ofrecer. No se puede lograr la paz mundial si existen grupos que no entienden ni respetan la cultura de otros. Queda claro que aprender otra lengua ofrece una solución tangible al alcance de todos los que quieran aceptar el desafío de realizarlo.

 

[Translation:

      In the modern world, the necessity to learn and to use other languages continues to grow as the world connects residents of many places, as they have to communicate with one another even though they may speak different languages.  Learning another language not only helps one to connect with the world but also offers the possibilities to contribute to world peace in all types of communities.  Learning and knowing a language other than the one spoken by the citizens signifies a profound respect between two countries because it demonstrates a desire to understand the culture and the inhabitants of the other country.  This mutual respect is the first step to achieving world peace.  It is impossible to learn a different language without learning more of the culture.  This knowledge of the other culture can augment world peace because it can erase prejudice founded on a misunderstanding of the culture.  A greater respect of the other culture creates a better ability to achieve peace between the two cultures and the countries that speak them.

When one communicates in more than just one language, it emphasizes a mutual understanding between those who are communicating with one another.  In the local community, to be able to communicate in other languages can forge a connection between two or more sectors and create a more diverse and united community.  Then all inhabitants are involved in the community their voice has equal importance. Therefore, it is essential to create peace not only in the community but also in the entire world.  To create communication in more than one language can have the ability to incorporate distinct communities of a country and assure that all participate and enjoy the prosperity of the country.  All these possible advances can contribute to world peace because they create a more connected and accepting world so that they can collaborate side by side in order to reach global goals and to accept other cultures and what they can offer.  World peace cannot be achieved if groups exist who do not understand nor respect the cultures of others.  It is clear that to learn another language offers a tangible solution within the reach of all those who wish to accept the challenge of achieving it.]

 

College/University Essay Recipient: Jenson C., United States Air Force Academy, Target Language: Mandarin Chinese, Teacher: Dr. Haning Hughes

 

学习外语是一件很重要的事情。掌握一门语言有许多好处。就我而言,我是在十九岁的时候才开始学中文的。在台湾住了两年是我提高中文水平的一个关键。因为我能每天跟中国人交谈,练习中文。 这对我来说是最好的学语言的方法。可是除了能够交流以外,学外语还有什么好处呢?

我认为当我们学习外语并努力去了解别国文化的时候,我们就能够更多地了解我们共同生活的这个世界。每当两个或多个国家发生冲突的时候,冲突的来源通常是因为某种误解而造成的。因为我们每个人都是不同的,而不同的国家对一些事情的看法也会有所不同。一个国家做出的决定也许有利于这个国家的人民,但是对于别的国家来说,那个决定可能会于别国有害。当人与人,国与国彼此了解了,人们才能好好一起生活。

当你在学习外语时,除了听说读写的能力以外,你还能更多地了解那种语言的背景与文化。我们时常会看到身边有人因为别人跟自己不同而产生某种偏见。这个有偏见的人可能会觉得别人很奇怪,因为那个人的想法与看法完全与己不同。其实,当你了解了别的国家和文化之后,你就会很快地发现,也许大部分人的想法跟你的不一样,但这并不见得是一件坏事。而且有的时候还是必要的。如果全世界的人都跟你一样,那你又怎么能学习新生事物呢?不仅如此,我们的生活也会变得单调无趣。在当今的社会上,几乎每一个国家都有来自不同文化背景的移民。就像美国一样,很多国家都在变成一个大熔炉。如果我们能够彼此和平相处,我们赖以生存的地球就会变成一个地球村, 而我们的世界就会变成一个更美好的地方。

 

[Translation:

Learning foreign languages is a very important thing. There are a lot of benefits of mastering a language. I started learning Chinese at the age of nineteen. Living in Taiwan for two years was the key to improving my skills in the Chinese language because I was able to talk to the natives on a daily basis and that was practice for speaking Chinese. To me, this is the best way to learn the language. However, in addition to be able to communicate, what are the other benefits of learning foreign languages?

I think that when we learn foreign languages and try really hard to understand other cultures, we will be able to learn more about the world where we live together. Whenever two or more countries are in conflict, the source of the conflict usually originates from misunderstanding because each of us is different, and different countries may view things differently. A decision made by a country may benefit the people of that country, but for other countries, that decision may be harmful. When there is a mutual understanding among people and countries, everyone would be able to live in harmony.

When learning a foreign language, in addition to developing the ability to listen, speak, read, and write in that language, you can also learn more about the background and culture of that language. We often see people around us with prejudice on those who are different from them. The person who is biased may think that the other person is bizarre because their thoughts and opinions are completely different. In fact, soon after you learn about a country and its culture, you will realize that most people may not think similarly, but this is not necessarily a bad thing, and sometimes, it is essential. If people all over the world are just like you, how can you learn new things? Not only that, but our lives will become boring and monotonous. In today’s society, almost every country has immigrants from different cultural backgrounds. Just like the United States, many countries are turning into a melting pot. If we can live in peace with one another, the earth we live on will become a global village, and our world will become a much better place.]

 

Middle School Essay Recipient: Feriel F., Eldorado K-8, Teacher; Kathleen Dickinson

 

Learning a language can not only strengthen the mental capabilities of a person, but  greatly revolutionize how individuals connect with the world as well. It allows people to reach out and interact with others who they were unable to previously. It is in this way that world peace can be achieved locally, internationally, and globally.  At its most basic level, being able to speak an additional tongue allows for a person to interact with others who speak that language; a person that one may not have formerly chosen to interact with.  This communication, in itself, allows for the people involved to learn concepts about the other that would have previously remained unknown. Through this interaction,  the community can learn to understand different cultures.  

As a nation, stigma towards foreigners can also be reduced by creating such connects between one another.  The amount of acceptance that could develop in the country would decrease hostility resulting from the nationality, race, ethnic group, etc. of a group and encourage equality. Of course, this chain reaction could in fact lead to world peace.  Like any skirmish or argument, wars and disagreements between countries and their people can result from a lack of communication between the parties. For centuries, the variation of language between peoples have formed a hurdle in the most basic form of communication. However, by demolishing this barrier, the citizens of the world in its entirety can learn to understand and accept one another’s different ethnicity, culture, beliefs, and views. Then, complete peace may be accomplished on our planet.  

 

College/University Essay Recipient:Emily K., United States Air Force Academy, Teacher: Dr. Haning Hughes

 

Bilingualism: A Doorway to Diplomacy

In today’s increasingly diverse world, it is becoming more and more critical to be aware and open-minded to new developments, whether in the economy, politics, or more importantly, cultures and world peace. World peace is like a cloud that cannot be pinned down. So many seek to attain it; yet, none have succeeded in establishing lasting global peace. The key to advocating world peace is having a comprehensive global understanding of people, cultures, and languages, of which, most significant, is the language aspect. Languages are more than just a form of communication. Rather, languages encompass the rich culture, history, and future of people. One can discover and accomplish so much by learning new languages. Learning another language gives the learner the ability to step inside the mind and context of that other culture. Without the ability to communicate and understand a culture on its own terms, true access to that culture is barred. In today’s world where nations and people are increasingly dependent upon one another to thrive, understanding other cultures is paramount. A lack of intercultural sensitivity can lead to mistrust and misunderstandings, making it challenging to cooperate, compromise, and ultimately, create peace. Intercultural understanding through competencies in other languages allows individuals, communities, and nations to bridge the gap between cultures and promote international diplomacy. The open-mindedness and cosmopolitan culture achieved by being bilingual/multilingual allows individuals to effectively communicate in a way that fosters genuine understanding and acceptance as opposed to surface-level negotiations. A different language is a different vision of life and the sooner the world embraces these differences, the sooner peace can be realized.

 

17th ANNUAL CCFLT STUDENT VIDEO CONTEST 2017

 

This year, students created, presented, recorded and edited an original video IN THE TARGET LANGUAGE with subtitles in English. They determined the specific topic of their video and demonstrated ACTFL’s WORLD-READINESS STANDARDS FOR LEARNING LANGUAGES, Presentational Communication: Learners present information, concepts, and ideas to inform, explain, persuade, and narrate on a variety of topics using appropriate media and adapting to various audiences of listeners, readers, or viewers.

We encourage you to submit video entries next year. Check the website for more information in October 2017; deadline will be December 1st, 2017.

 

Student Video Contest Winners

 

Elementary Recipients: Lucas B. & Logan K., North Star Academy, Parker, Colorado, “My family”, Teacher: María del Carmen Mendo-Crowe

https://youtu.be/RCtu8boDHjs

 

Middle School Recipients: Kaylee W., Maddie F., & Rachael X., “Los perezosos”, Eldorado K-8, Superior, Colorado, Target Language: Spanish; Teacher: Kathleen Dickinson

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4cttirAvRaY

High School Recipients: Caleb M. & Thomas C., “De mal humor”, Cheyenne Mountain High School, Colorado Springs, Colorado, Target Language: Spanish, Teacher: Pamela Centeno

https://youtu.be/iYyJtgS16Xk

College/University Recipients: Connor C., Sean C., & Nate M., “At the Tailor Shop”, United States Air Force Academy, US Air Force Academy, Colorado, Target Language: Mandarin Chinese, Teacher: Dr. Haning Hughes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fdMh5lAa-q4

 

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