The OFLA Vision
Every Ohio student will be proficient in a second language, which is essential to a world-class education.
The OFLA Mission
The Ohio Foreign Language Association is committed to world language study beginning in the primary grades, so that every learner, from early childhood through adult, acquires a high level of communicative and intercultural competence.
The OFLA Strategic Plan
- Establish clear expectations for foreign language learners.
- Build the capacity of foreign language teachers to prepare learners to demonstrate their proficiency.
- Build support for foreign language instruction among parents, policy leaders, the business community and opinion leaders in the media.
Ohio Foreign Language Association
Welcome to the 2014-2015 Academic Year!
As we head back to the classroom and anticipate all of the excitement planning, implementation, and evaluation of classroom curriculum, I would like to share that The Ohio Foreign Language Association Board has had the privilege and additional excitement of planning and implementing projects for the upcoming year and the 2015 Ohio Foreign Language Conference at Kalahari Resorts & Conventions.
A new school year often brings new challenges to the evolving landscape of Foreign Language Teaching and Learning. As we are navigating some uncertain waters, I have found that a professional association, such as OFLA, can be a beacon on the horizon. Members helping and encouraging members to focus on the students through teaching for proficiency will strengthen Ohio's position as one of the national leaders in language acquisition. Be an advocate for yourself and for your language program and start by joining your professional associations. In addition, I encourage you to make the most of your professional association by joining and keeping your membership active in order to take advantage of the many professional development and networking opportunities. Moreover, the standing committees could always use another enthusiastic and energetic member. My own experience on an OFLA standing committee has proved to be an excellent opportunity for me to develop a network of supportive colleagues and provided many opportunities for professional development while allowing me the occasion to contribute to the field. If you are interested in joining a committee, please email the respective committee chair for further information.
Another way to remain active and engaged in your professional association is through professional development. Our Professional Development Committee has been working with the Ohio Department of Education to create and roll out user-friendly rubrics to assist you in your proficiency and performance assessments. Martha Pero Halemba is also working with the committee to continue to develop the high quality regional workshops that OFLA is proud to provide. OFLA Members can check for professional development opportunities under "Events" at ofla.memberlodge.org.
Some other highlights of the OFLA Board's work that took place over the summer are that the editor of The Cardinal, Beth Hanlon, has formed an editing team to help maintain the high standards for which our flagship publication has become known. OFLA members are always encouraged to submit articles for publication. Moreover, Cheryl Johnson, the Editor for Electronic Publications, has been working to make our website more aesthetically pleasing and more intuitive to navigate. These are just a few of the many features the Ohio Foreign Language Association is pleased to provide its members.
As we begin this academic year, on behalf of the Ohio Foreign Language Association Board, I wish you the best in all of your endeavors.
Plan Now for the 2015 OFLA Conference
The dates for the 2015 OFLA conference at Kalahari Resort in Sandusky will be April 16-18. The room rates are $129.00.
Quick links for SLO and IPA Resources
And thanks for the shout-out for our OFLA resources at the IPA session at ACTFL.
Teaching World Languages
Encourage your best students to teach! Share the Ohio Department of Education's "Teaching World Languages" brochure with them.