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  • 22 May 2015 1:14 PM | COFLT (Administrator)

    The Annual Fall Conference will be held on October 9 and 10 at Portland Community College, Sylvania campus.  Watch the website and newsletters for more information.

    Keynote address and pre-conference workshop will be offered by Paul Sandrock, ACTFL Director of Education.

    Requests for presentation or workshop proposals will open June 1, 2015.

    Conference registration will open June 15, 2015.

  • 21 May 2015 4:39 PM | COFLT (Administrator)

    Spanish Phonetics

    Robert L Davis, U Oregon
    15-19 June, 2015

    Robert Davis, Professor of Spanish at the University of Oregon, is offering Spanish Phonetics,  a full 4-credit class, in an intensive one-week format. It’s listed as SPAN 324 (undergrad), but it could be taken SPAN 605 for graduate credit, if in-service teachers need the credits. Book an airbnb in Eugene, and complete a whole grad class in one week!


    Description and objectives. In this class, the students will learn basic linguistic tools to analyze the phonetic and phonological systems of Spanish. Topics include the phonetic alphabet, syllabification, and thorough review of Spanish spelling system and accent marks. Students will use these linguistic tools to diagnose and correct possible deficiencies in the pronunciation of Spanish that give the student a non-normative accent. We will also study the range of regional and social accents and dialects of Spanish. This contextualization of phonetics within the geographical and social realities of the Spanish-speaking world make this class a perfect complement to the study of the cultures and literatures that are the core of the humanities-oriented curriculum.

    Activities. The objectives above will be reached by

    • reading and study of linguistic descriptions of Spanish phonetics (textbook)
    • transcribing spoken and written texts using the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA)
    • recording and evaluating the student’s oral production in Spanish
    • in-class practice of the sounds of Spanish.

    For more information, contact Robert L. Davis

    Robert L. Davis
    Professor of Spanish
    Director of Language Instruction | Dept. of Romance Languages
    University of Oregon | Eugene OR 97403-1233 USA

  • 21 May 2015 3:38 PM | COFLT (Administrator)

    The results of the May elections are in! Join us in welcoming the following members to the COFLT Board effective November 1st:

    Treasurer: Sandra Garcia (Pacific University; Japanese & Spanish)

    K-8 Representative: Tina Hargaden (Gordon Russell Middle School; French & Spanish)

    9-12 Representative: Scott Goodman (Valley Catholic High School; Spanish)

    Post-Secondary Representative: Michael Robert Woods (Willamette University; Spanish)

    These new board members will join the current COFLT Board members:

    President: Erica Andree (Pacific University; German)
    Vice-President: Natalie Stamper (Lewis & Clark College; French)
    Past-President: Yuliana Rodarte (Westview High School; Spanish)
    Secretary: Laura Mulas (Lewis & Clark College; Spanish)
    Webmaster: Ben Finch (West Salem High School; Spanish)
    9-12 Representative: Marj Hogan (Union High School; Spanish)
    9-12 Representative: Molly MacGregor (Evergreen High School; German)
    9-12 Representative: Ben Wolcott (North Salem High School; French)
    Post-Secondary Representative: Marie-Eve Thifault (Lewis & Clark College; French)

    A warm welcome to our new board members!

  • 25 Mar 2015 1:58 PM | COFLT (Administrator)

    Oregon lawmakers are proposing that computer coding be counted towards foreign language requirements for high school students. If HB 2766 passes, high school students will be allowed to take computer coding in lieu of traditional language classes, such as Spanish or French. Proponents of the bill argue (pdf) that coding is an important job skill that students can use anywhere in the world. Opponents say (pdf) that computer coding classes do not have the same cultural value as traditional language classes, which also include material on history and customs. Oregon is not alone in this debate; Texas passed similar legislation last year.
  • 16 Mar 2015 2:16 PM | COFLT (Administrator)
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  • 11 Mar 2015 5:33 AM | Anonymous

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