Opportunities for Teachers & Students

The Opportunities for Teachers & Students section of the World Language Education Newsletter contains information about:
  • awards,
  • contests,
  • grants, and
  • scholarships
that are offered by various groups and organizations for World Language educators and students.

Note: The inclusion of any offering on this list does not constitute endorsement or verification by the NCDPI.

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For K-20 Teachers


Rolling Deadlines

EU2U! Trainings for K - 20 Schools

EU2U! trainings are professional development sessions on European Union (EU) topics that the UNC Center for European Studies (CES) offers for educators at North Carolina schools or departments, K - 12 or higher education. CES staff will come to your classroom or workplace and give a tailored session on various issues pertaining to the EU and contemporary European Studies. These sessions are entirely free of cost. For more information and how to request a session, go to http://europe.unc.edu/eu2u/ .

SCOLT Professional Development Outreach Grant Funding - Apply 2 Months in Advance

The Southern Conference on Language Teaching (SCOLT), which includes North Carolina and other states and territories in the Southeast, has an initiative to make Teachers of the Year (TOY) available to provide professional development for other language teachers in their states who cannot get to conferences. The TOY award recognizes unique skills, and this fund provides a practical way to share such skills and to showcase our TOYs and provide leadership development for them. In addition it is designed to provide an opportunity for publicity and world language advocacy.

Grant funds are to be used to enable a state's Teacher of the Year to provide professional development in schools or school districts in his/her state for one year from notification of funding. The SCOLT nominee for the ACTFL award can receive an extra year of eligibility.

For North Carolina's most recent TOY, please see the FLANC Scholarship and Awards webpage: http://www.flanc.org/membership-benefits/scholarships-and-awards
For information about the SCOLT TOY and nominee to the national ACTFL award, go to the SCOLT Teacher of the Year webpage: http://www.scolt.org/index.php/awards/teacher-of-the-year

Funds will be made available on a competitive basis from the SCOLT Professional Development Fund through an online application. Amounts may vary, but it is suggested that up to $150.00 be provided for each PD day to cover mileage (at 14¢ per mile), a substitute (if necessary) and possibly a small stipend. Up to two days per state could be funded at this rate.

Applications are to be submitted by school districts or a state language organization, including single language organizations or private school organizations. That body will then be responsible for managing the project.

Applications are rolling, but must be submitted at least two months prior to the professional development date. Also, there is a limited amount of funds each year so the amount of awards given is based on available funds.

Please see the online application here: https://scoltconf.wufoo.com/forms/scolt-professional-development-outreach-fund/


June 15 Deadline

Chinese Language Teacher Association (CLTA) - NC Call for Proposals

The Chinese Language Teacher Association of North Carolina (CLTA-NC) has issued a call for proposals for its annual conference, which will be held on Sunday, August 26, 2018. If you have any topics related to Chinese language teaching and would like to share with all our members, you're welcome to submit your proposal using the Google form .

Proposals are due by June 15 and the CLTA-NC website is at https://confucius.ncsu.edu/training/clta-nc/.



September 15 Deadline

Japanese Teaching Material Purchase Grant

The Japan Foundation offers this program to assist educational institutions in the U.S. to purchase teaching materials (textbooks, audio-visual materials, dictionaries, digital learning software, teachers’ reference books, etc.) for their Japanese-language courses by providing financial support not exceeding $1,000.

Please go to https://www.jflalc.org/grants-jle-materials for additional information, including conditions of the grant and application procedures. The application deadlines for 2018 are March 15 and September 15.



Always Available for FREE


Carolina Navigators YouTube Channel

The Carolina Navigators program at UNC Chapel Hill has a YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/CarolinaNavigators/) full of global videos made by UNC students. There is an introduction video posted, along with playlists by world region (Africa, Asia, North and Central America, etc.), theme (Holidays & Festivals Around the World), and program or topic (Culture Kits and Virtual Cultural Festivals).


NCVPS Culture Café Sessions

The Culture Café hosts hour long lectures on various cultural topics in Arabic, Chinese, French, Japanese, Latin, Russian and Spanish to broaden students’ cultural and world views. The presentations are delivered by the faculty of the North Carolina Virtual Public School (NCVPS) as ancillary instruction for interested students on a variety of cultural, gastronomic, historical, geographic and architectural themes related to the target languages of our World Language Department. Past sessions are quite diverse and have included the importance of studying abroad, Incan Agricultural Practices, a local’s view of Sochi during the Winter Olympics, Mother’s Day Traditions from the Arab World, the beauty of Paris, Tokyo, Rome and the list goes on and on. Previous guest speakers include professors from the University of North Carolina, faculty from the Florida Virtual School, students from NCVPS, citizens of Russia and Egypt, and even the son of the President of Costa Rica. Our aim is to bring the majesty of the foreign cultures we teach to our students, and inspire our students to travel abroad and immerse themselves in the places and cultures we are studying.

The calendar of upcoming Culture Café sessions, with a video and additional details, is online at https://ncvps.org/culture-cafe. If you have questions about the Culture Café sessions or are interested in presenting, please contact Herman Hall, NCVPS Instructional Leader for Spanish 4 and Culture Café, at herman.hall@ncpublicschools.gov.


Resources for Teaching the Russian Revolution

The UNC Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies (CSEEES) have a number of free resources available online for teachers and students to use in learning about the Russian Revolution, including films, lectures, newspapers, photographs, posters, projects, social media, etc. Please see the Teaching the Russian Revolution site at http://guides.lib.unc.edu/1917 for details.






For K-20 Students


Various Deadlines - Summer Programs

Arabic Summer Institute (Must be 18 or older)

The Arabic Flagship Program and the Department of Middle Eastern Studies at The University of Texas at Austin offer the Arabic Summer Institute (ASI), providing an intensive language and culture program for beginning, intermediate, and advanced students of Arabic.

Program Dates:
  • Orientation and mandatory listening and reading tests will be administered June 5 - 6, 2018
  • All ASI courses consist of two sessions: June 7 – July 12 (session 1), and July 16 – August 17 (session 2), with an intersession break July 13-15, 2018.

This program is open to all qualified students (competitive admission by application), who must be at least 18 years old by the start of the program. For full details go to https://liberalarts.utexas.edu/mes/languages/arabic/arabic-summer-institute/index.php

STARTALK Korean Language and Culture Academy

The University of Wisconsin-Madison STARTALK Korean Language and Culture Academy (KLCA) is a four-week, non-credit, non-residential program for high school students interested in exploring Korean language and culture. Through engaging, interactive learning activities, students will learn to communicate in Korean while exploring Korean cultural practices and traditions. The 2018 KLCA will take place June 18-June 29 and July 9-20, 2018 (no instruction the week of July 2-6), 9am-2pm, Monday-Friday
For more details and to apply, go to https://startalkkorean.wisc.edu/


Summer Intensive Language Program at Monterey

The Summer Intensive Language Program (SILP) at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (California) offers students the chance to complete one year of language study in eight weeks. Languages offered include: Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, and Spanish. Classes are offered at beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels, and the 2018 summer session will take place June 14 through August 8.

For full details go to http://www.miis.edu/academics/language/programs/summer