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/

September 28 Deadline

LFO for NC Extended Pilot Application for 2018 - 2019

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) is looking for teachers and students to take part in an extended pilot of LinguaFolio Online (LFO) for NC, an updated version of e-LinguaFolio. LFO for NC was built by the Title VI Language Resource Center at the University of Oregon, the Center for Applied Second Language Studies (CASLS), and is the online version for LinguaFolio for our state's language programs.

If you and your students are interested in using LFO for NC, please complete and submit the application at http://bit.ly/LFOforNCapplication by Friday, September 28, 2018. Note: This deadline has been extended due to Hurricane Florence.

Teachers from districts and charter schools in the extended LFO for NC Pilot will receive FREE accounts for themselves and their students to use in the 2018-2019 school year and beyond.

Teachers selected for the pilot will need to:
  • Have completed LinguaFolio training, either previously or through a self-paced Canvas course that is part of this initiative;
  • Participate in 1 - 3 webinars, which will be conducted after school; and
  • Provide feedback throughout the pilot via emails, online surveys, virtual networking, and so on.

Pilot activities like training, webinars and feedback will be documented as contact hours towards a CEU for license renewal.

ALL language teachers who are teaching courses in North Carolina's Standard Course of Study from:
  • the English Language Development Standards (WIDA) or
  • the World Language Essential Standards are invited to apply.

This application closes on Friday, September 28, 2018. Teachers who apply will be notified in early October about their status, and those selected for the LFO for NC Pilot will be provided details at that time.

As part of the launch of LinguaFolio and the LFO for NC pilot, NCDPI will be hosting an Overview of LinguaFolio webinar on Monday, September 24, from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Please submit this registration form to attend the webinar.

Questions about LFO for NC can be directed to your content area's consultant:
Ann Marie Gunter, World Languages Consultant, at 919-807-3865 or ann.gunter@dpi.nc.gov, or
Xatli Stox, ESL/Title III Consultant, at 919-807-3782 or xatli.stox@dpi.nc.gov.

October 15 Deadline

Call for Proposals for TESOL & Applied Linguistics Graduate Student Conference

The Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and Linguistics students and faculty of the English Department at East Carolina University, in cooperation with the TESOL students and faculty of the English Department at Greensboro College, are proud to present the TALGS (TESOL/Applied Linguistics Graduate Students) Conference, to be held on Saturday, February 9, 2019, on the Greensboro College campus. The conference aims to provide a serious yet relaxed forum for professional discourse on a variety of topics relevant to the study of language, granting a comfortable environment for discussion between students, researchers, and teachers.

The Call for Proposals is now open through Monday, October 15 and we welcome cross-disciplinary proposals with relevance to language use, language learning and/or teaching from a variety of fields, including, for example, English studies, education, discourse studies, foreign languages, anthropology, communications, sociolinguistics, psychology, and sociology. Proposals reporting on action research (inside and outside the classroom), works in progress, submissions based on successful term projects, pilot research, as well as proposals for discussion sessions, workshops, and posters are welcomed. Presentations requiring computer facilities can be accommodated. Multiple proposals will be considered. For more information and to submit your proposal, visit http://www.ecu.edu/cs-cas/engl/talgs/papers.cfm.

October 26 Deadline

Call for Session Proposals for National Chinese Language Conference

The success of the National Chinese Language Conference (NCLC) is built upon the innovation, best practices, and shared experiences of educators and administrators in the field. Share your ideas and successes by leading a session at the 2019 NCLC in San Diego, CA, from May 9-11, 2019.

As a session presenter, you will have an opportunity to:
  • Share your knowledge and experiences, and gather valuable feedback from peers;
  • Showcase your educational programs and partnerships to a national audience;
  • Help shape the agenda of the Chinese language education community; and
  • Receive a discount on your NCLC registration fee.

Please see the details about submitting your proposal online at the NCLC Request for Proposals page.

November 15 Deadline

FLANC Mini-Grant

The Foreign Language Association of North Carolina (FLANC) is offering mini-grants up to $500. Any FLANC member, K-20, can apply for a mini-grant of up to $500 toward their project to promote World Language education. The grants are available on a competitive basis, and applicants are urged to use these grants to leverage additional funding from their schools or other sources for the development of their grant project. Details are posted on FLANC's Mini-Grants page, including the downloadable application form.

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

October 2 Deadline (may vary by campus)

Gilman International Scholarship for Undergraduates

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program is through the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and enables students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad in order to gain proficiency in diverse languages and cultures relevant to their academic and career development. Details about the program, including eligibility requirements, selection criteria, submission tips, etc. are posted on the website at https://www.gilmanscholarship.org/ and questions can be directed to gilman@iie.org or 800-852-2141.

October 7 Deadline

US Senate Youth Scholarship for High School Juniors and Seniors

The United States Senate Youth Program is a scholarship program that provides an educational opportunity for juniors and seniors interested in pursuing college coursework in history or political science. Student delegates winning the $10,000 scholarship and attending the week-long event in Washington, D.C. in March 2019 will hear major policy addresses by senators, cabinet members and directors from other federal agencies. Eligibility requirements and application materials for students in North Carolina can be found at http://senateyouthnc.webs.com/.

For additional information about the USSYP schiolarship, please feel free to contact Michelle McLaughlin, NCDPI Social Studies Consultant, at michelle.mclaughlin@dpi.nc.gov.

October 30 @ 4 p.m. Eastern Deadline

NSLI - Youth Scholarships to Study Abroad for Students (ages 15 - 18)

Applications are now being accepted for the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) program. Approximately 660 merit-based scholarships are available for U.S. citizen high school students between the ages of 15 and 18 to study a language in the summer of 2019 or in the 2019-20 academic year. Scholarship recipients will receive intensive language learning through a study abroad experience, language classes, cultural activities, and time living overseas with a host family. Applicants may select between the Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Persian (Tajiki), Russian, or Turkish programs. For more information about the NSLI-Y program, how to apply, and eligibility criteria, visit www.nsliforyouth.org. The application deadline is October 30, 2018, 4:00 PM U.S. Eastern Time.

November 9 Deadline

SCOLT Program Cover Contest, Grades 3 - 12

The Southern Conference on Language Teaching (SCOLT), North Carolina's regional professional organization,is once again sponsoring a program cover contest so that students can become involved in the SCOLT Conference, which will be held in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on March 21 - 23, 2019. Please see the 2019 SCOLT Program Cover Contest Guidelines which are linked from the conference website (http://www.scolt.org/index.php/conferences/current-conference) for details, including mailing instructions for the entry deadline of Friday, November 9, 2018.

December 12 Event for High School Students

Learning Through Languages Symposium

The UNC Global Area Studies group is again offering the Learning Through Languages Symposium on Wednesday, December 12, which is a unique way for high school students to conduct and present research in their language of study. Eligible students include those in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian or Spanish classes, including heritage speakers. Participating students are encouraged to be at Level III or higher. There is no cost to participate.

In teams of 2-3, students conduct research on contemporary issues in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, or the Middle East and North Africa. Students write a 2-3 page research paper in their language of study and create a visual representation of their research, which is presented at the Learning Through Languages Symposium. Team applications will be available in the fall. Support for sponsoring teachers includes professional development on research methodology and classroom resources. Funding support for schools may be available.

For more information, please visit https://areastudies.unc.edu/ltl/ or send an email to Emma Harver, Coordinator for LTL, at harver@email.unc.edu.

January 31 Deadline

SCOLT Ken Stewart Future Language Educator Scholarship for a High School Senior

The Southern Conference on Language Teaching (SCOLT) is excited to announce the Ken Stewart Future Language Educator Scholarship! SCOLT is dedicated to building professional capacity and wants to encourage students to pursue language teaching careers. Due to a generous gift by North Carolina's own Ken Stewart, SCOLT is now able to award $1000 annually to a high school senior who wants to be a World Language teacher. The first award will be made at the 2019 Conference in Myrtle Beach, SC.

The recipient will receive $1000 to be used for college expenses. S/he will also receive free registration to the SCOLT Conference in their senior year of college as well as his/her first year of teaching. The scholarship recipient will be asked to give SCOLT progress updates throughout his/her college career.

The recipient will be invited to attend the 2019 SCOLT Conference on March 21 - 23, 2019, to accept the award, but travel funds will not be provided. If the recipient is unable to attend the conference, we will arrange to video conference with the student during the awards ceremony.

Requirements to apply for the scholarship:
  • High school senior with intent to pursue a World Language teaching career
  • 3.5 GPA in World Language courses
  • 3 letters of recommendation (language teacher, peer, another teacher/administrator)
  • Produce a 2-3 minute video in the target language addressing a professional topic. Note: Classical language students may record their response in English
  • Complete application submitted by Jan 31, 2019 (See application for details at SCOLT.org)

March 15 Deadline

Bernice L. Fox Classics Writing Contest for High School Students

The Monmouth College Classics Department would like to announce the 2019 Fox Writing Contest for precollegiate students. The theme for this year’s contest will be “A Classical ‘Black Panther.'” The contest website is at https://department.monm.edu/classics/Department/FoxContest/ and you can view the full contest guidelines at http://caas-cw.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Fox-Writing-Contest-2019-final.pdf