Academic journal article Foreign Language Annals

Foreign Language in the Elementary Schools (FLES) SIG

Academic journal article Foreign Language Annals

Foreign Language in the Elementary Schools (FLES) SIG

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In its second year of existence, the FLES SIG has well over 100 active members to date! We want to encourage all early language teachers to attend the ACTFL Fall conference to be held at the Chicago Hilton, November 19-21, 2004. If last year's conference was any indication-this promises to be an exciting and rewarding ACTFL conference again for early language learning teachers. There were over fifty sessions related to K-8 foreign language education at least year's ACTFL conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This was a record! The theme of last year's FLES SIG conference was advocacy. This year the focus will be on Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTL) and the enduring challenge of articulation K-16.

Again this year, in the spirit of collaboration with diverse professional organizations to continue to build on our strength in numbers-we will host a joint business meeting with NNELL (The National Network of Early Language Learning). Come and voice your needs and concerns. Let your professional affiliations help you in your professional growth. The year 2005 has been proclaimed the Year of Languages. Won't you please join us in making this advocacy effort for language and cultures education a grand success?

It has been very rewarding and enlightening to work as the first officers of the FLES SIG. We want to put forth a call for nominations for new officers for the next two years: 2004 to 2006-to continue the important work of early language education in the years that lie ahead. Please send nominations to Marcia Rosenbusch (mrosenbu@iastate.edu) by September 1, 2004. Be sure to check with the person before submitting the nomination. Include the name, address, telephone number and email of the person you are nominating and the office you are nominating the person for: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer. …

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