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Fall 2015 Newsletter
We are very proud of our Chicago chapter member, Linda Egnatz, who gave the
keynote address at the AATSP National Conference in Denver this past July.
Linda’s topic was “Meeting the Needs of a Changing Profession.” Her passion for
language teaching and learning was central to her speech.
Linda is not only an exceptional teacher, but her leadership skills make her a
standout. Besides her teaching duties at Lincoln Way North High School which
include AP Spanish Language & Culture as well as AP Spanish Literature & Culture, Linda makes time to share her expertise within the profession. She has
served as the 2013-2014 President of the Illinois Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. While on the ICTFL Board, she redesigned their website and continues to guide the organization as Webmaster. Her connections to ICTFL are
numerous: expanding ACTFL Oral Proficiency Training to Illinois; providing
TALL-IL (Training for Assessment of Language Learning in Illinois) extension
training; leading tours to Peru, China and Cuba for state language teachers.
Linda also includes her own students in her travels, having led annual springbreak student tours to Europe and Latin America—often adding a service learning component.
2014 ACTFL National
Language Teacher of the
2013 Golden Apple Fellow
and CSCFL Teacher of
the Year
2012 IL Foreign Language Teacher of the Year
2011 College Board Scholarship for AP Summer Institute, President’s Award
for Building ICTFL and
Teacher of the Year,
Lincoln-Way North H. S.
Linda is a well known and well respected presenter throughout the country. Her
numerous presentations are listed on her website (www.lindaegnatz.com) and here
you can access her power points as well as a wealth of other resources. Recently,
Linda has focused on the Seal of Biliteracy in Illinois, a recognition of high school
seniors who are biliterate in English and a second language. Her efforts and testimony made a significant impact on Springfield legislators, who adopted this seal
of distinction—making Illinois the third state to do so. She has extended her efforts nationwide and serves on a joint task force working to establish national
guidelines. Linda’s website offers information and updates regarding the Seal of
Biliteracy throughout the nation.
Teaching is a challenge in itself, and adding the responsibility of leadership seems
daunting to many professionals. Linda’s outstanding achievements and contributions have been recognized in both aspects, having been awarded most recently
with the prestigious ACTFL National Language Teacher of the Year Award and a
Golden Apple Fellow. Her mentorship is valued on a local, state and national
level. Equally important is Linda’s spirit and attitude toward learning. She offers, “learning a language is not about learning a set of grammar rules, it is about
communicating one’s thoughts, one’s ideas and one’s passions. It is about expanding our cultural horizons while opening our arms to embrace the diversity of our
own community.” Gracias, Linda. ¡Felicidades!
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Executive Council Members Enjoy the AP Sevilla Program
By Marta Constenla, AP teacher at Barrington H. S. and AATSP Executive Council Member
This summer, two of our Executive Council Members, José Acosta and Marta Constenla,
spent two weeks in Sevilla, Spain, at the Centro Mundo Lengua AP Program. They attended a College Board endorsed Summer Institute for AP teachers under the guidance of
Laura Zinke, a very well known presenter in the AP Spanish world. Ms. Zinke was the recipient of the AATSP Teacher of the Year at the secondary level this year and has been
teaching Spanish for more than 30 years.
Thanks to Centro Mundo Lengua, José and Marta were able to delve into the Spanish culture by living with a host family and experiencing first-hand the essence of Spain, its food,
and its customs.
The two weeks consisted of a relaxed balance of classes with complementary cultural and
social visits, including a visit to “el Alcázar Royal Palace” (where parts of the 5 th season of
Game of Thrones were filmed). They also visited “la Catedral de Sevilla,” “la Giralda,” “la
Plaza de España,” “los Archivos de Indias” and “la Plaza de Toros.” They took a cooking
class to learn how to make an authentic paella. They also took a Flamenco class followed
by a Flamenco show.
José and Marta not only came back with great ideas, resources, and strategies to use in
their classes, but also with wonderful memories and unique experiences they will always
cherish and remember!
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by José Acosta, Vice President of the Chicago
Area Chapter AATSP
I was at the AATSP conference in Denver
from the 17th—20th of July, attending a
variety of workshops and meetings. I had
the opportunity to meet with the national
representatives at an informal level. I also
attended formal meetings that dealt with José Acosta, Vice President; Laura Jacobson, National High School
the functioning of AATSP at the national Representative; and Scott Shearon, Past President AATSP National
level. I had an opportunity to learn how
to get our chapter more involved in the national events… such as the poster contest. I also
learned that there will be a central website for the national AATSP to link the local area
chapters and showcase their activities. I also had an opportunity to hear about the scholarships offered for students and members alike. At the closing ceremony that was part of
the banquet, teacher recipients of this year’s scholarships were honored and the many
speeches were inspiring.
National has shared the names of the 2015 NSE Senior Scholarship recipients from our Chapter. It is a pleasure to be able to
sponsor five scholarships this year, each at $1,000. Here are the
names of the students, their schools, and teachers:
Juliana Tamayo, De La Salle Institute, Maria Maldonado
Samantha Glickman, Highland Park High School, José Acosta
Joshua Sussman, New Trier High School, Mercedes López
Daniel Kang, Niles North High School, Pamela Benítez
Emma O'Leary, Lemont High School, Christine Klingsporn
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July 8-11, 2016 AATSP CONFERENCE
Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay Hotel, Miami, Florida
Proposal Deadline: November 15, 2015
Marta Constenla, pictured with Darío Villanueva before his presentation
and Darío Villanueva during his presentation.
REPORT ON PRESENTATION OF Diccionario de la lengua española by Marta Constenla
Desde el 8 de enero de 2015, el Señor Darío Villanueva es Director de la Real Academia Española (RAE) y
presidente de la Asociación de Academias de la Lengua Española (ASALE). Este estimado señor vino a Chicago el 28 de mayo para presentar la última edición del Diccionario de la lengua española. Lo hizo en colaboración con la Academia Norteamericana de la Lengua Española y con el Instituto Cervantes. Marta Constenla, miembro del Concilio Ejecutivo, asistió a su presentación y escribió este resumen.
El Sr. Villanueva es una persona extremadamente culta, sabia, respetuosa y amable. Hacía tiempo que no
presenciaba una charla tan interesante, amena, informativa y gratificante. Cuando se le preguntó por el
avance del español en los USA, y especialmente ese léxico que es mera copia y traducción del inglés, su
respuesta fue la siguiente: "Los creadores y dueños del idioma son los hablantes; la función de la Academia y
del Diccionario es limpiar, fijar y darle esplendor.” También comentó su deseo de cambiar el nombre del
diccionario y en vez de llamarlo Diccionario de la RAE, le gustaría más "DILE" (diccionario de la lengua
La nota de humor a la presentación la puso con los siguientes dos términos: -Nativos digitales (todos
aquellos nacidos a partir de 1995 y que desde pequeños han sido expuestos a las tecnologías); -Inmigrantes
digitales (todos aquellos que hemos tenido que aprender y adaptarnos a las tecnologías que llamamos
nuevas a diferencia de los "nativos" que ya se han acostumbrado desde la infancia).
Tuve la gran fortuna de conocerlo y hablar con él brevemente antes de la presentación. Me hizo muchísima
ilusión ya que además de su cargo de Director de la RAE, es Catedrático de Literatura de la Universidad de
Santiago de Compostela en la que yo estudié mi Máster en lengua extranjera y literatura.
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CSCTFL Scholarship Opportunities available on web:
Applications for all scholarships due November 30, 2015
Cemanahuac Educational Community in Mexico Scholarship
This scholarship is intended to provide an immersion experience for a teacher in a public or private K-12
Spanish program who has shown professional commitment to, and sustained involvement in, the teaching of Spanish language and culture. The award, valued at $1105.00, includes registration, tuition for
two weeks, housing (double occupancy) with all meals. The recipient can attend at any convenient time
in 2016.
Study Spanish in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala
This scholarship is for two weeks of study, one-on-one instruction, five hours a day, five days a week,
homestay with a local family, three meals a day, six days a week, daily social and cultural activities.
There are more than 30 Spanish programs in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. The regular Spanish immersion program takes place all year. Dates are flexible because classes can start on any Monday yearround. Air fare and ground transportation are not included.
Centro MundoLengua Scholarship for AP Teacher in Seville, Spain
June 26-July 9, 2016
As part of its continuing commitment to professional development for teachers, MundoLengua collaborates with several organizations to provide full scholarships for participation in its College Board AP
summer workshop in Seville. These scholarships are exclusively for high school teachers who are currently teaching AP Spanish Language & Culture, or who plan to teach it in the near future.
All scholarships cover the following:
+College Board workshop with all materials.
+Housing with a Spanish family (individual room) and all meals included.
+Cultural and social activities program with all entrances.
Maximizing Language and Cultural Competency through Educational Travel to Peru
Academia Latinoamericana de Español
Program description:
A single scholarship for a two-week Spanish language immersion experience and Indigenous Andean Culture or Regional Literature course including a home stay and four (4) hours of instruction per day.
Teachers may apply for Graduate credits through New Mexico State University. The program can consist of two weeks in the Imperial city of Cusco.
Dates: Scholarship limited to July, 2016
Package includes:
Registration, tuition for two weeks, housing with host family (double occupancy), breakfast and lunch
each day, laundry service once a week.
Selection Criteria:
The scholarship recipient must teach in grades 11-12 or at the University level.
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Mesa Redonda para Profes de AP Lengua y Cultura (2015-2016)
Mesa Redonda para profes de AP Lengua y
¿Cuándo? 11/12 (11 de diciembre) y 29/4 (29 de abril);
(viernes con la idea de que el próximo día es sábado)
Highland Park High School - A217 (entrando por
la Avenida Vine)
433 Vine Ave., Highland Park, IL 60035
¿A qué hora? De las 4:30- 5:30 p.m. (Con tiempo suficiente
(ojalá) para llegar a HPHS)
¿Preguntas? Contacte a José Acosta 224-765-2183 o [email protected]
Una actividad para compartir y 20 copias y una
pregunta para hacerle al grupo
Se ofrecen CPDUs, bebidas y meriendas.
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The Chicago Area Chapter of the AATSP Announces
The 36th Annual Oral and Artistic Competitions for Spanish students!
The competitions are open to any student whose teacher is a member of the Chicago Area Chapter of the
AATSP. The competitions have different deadline dates, eligibility, and contact information, so please
check the information carefully.
Oral Competition- Students of grades 1 – 5 will memorize tongue twisters. Students of grades 6, 7,
and 8 along with high school levels 1 - 5 and 1st and 2nd year college will memorize a poem or give a
speech according to their level of Spanish class. Students will present their poem or speech in front of a
panel of judges and be awarded an appropriate ribbon accordingly: either Sobresaliente, Excelente, or Notable. Students will be awarded a ribbon at the conclusion of the competition. An unlimited number of students per school may participate. Please print out this year’s poems online at www.chicagoaatsp.org. Another option for students in the highest level is also possible: presentation of an original student poem.
See requirements for all aspects of the contest.
Poster Competition - Students of grades 6, 7, and 8 along with high school levels 1 – 5 have the opportunity to create a poster that promotes the learning of Spanish, Portuguese, and/or foreign languages in
general. Posters will be displayed and the ribbons will be awarded at the Oral Competition on
Saturday, November 14th. A grand prize poster (or posters) will be selected for printing and receive a $50
cash award. Please review specific contest information attached to this email or visit our website
www.chicagoaatsp.org to download entry forms and contest rules.
Sarah Stauber, Niles North H.S.; Anna Korol, DePaul Prep
Mimi Ernst, Joliet Catholic H. S.; Mali Gorovoy, Niles North H. S.
Watch for a new poster contest for grades K—5
Coming this January.
This contest aligns with the national guidelines.
Please see www.aatsp.org
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Tiempo de canallas por Carlos Alberto Montaner. 2014, Santillana USA Publishing Company, Inc.
Reseña por Teresa T. Blair.
Tiempo de canallas es una novela histórica dedicada a la memoria de Joaquín Maurín, fundador del Partido Obrero de Unificación Marxista (POUM), asesinado por los estalisnistas durante la Guerra Civil en
España. Es una narración política de un autor cubano, Montaner, radicado en España por 40 años. Los
epígrafes que la introducen: “Es fácil esquivar la lanza, mas no el puñal oculto” avanza el tema de la intriga
de los agentes secretos y de los agentes dobles. El otro: “Reconozco en ladrones, traidores y asesinos, en su
despiadada astucia, una belleza profunda, una belleza hundida.” describe al protagonista ficticio Rafael
Mallo y a otros actuantes históricos de la Guerra Fría.
En lo concerniente a la estructura de la obra, la trama narrativa se desarrolla en el espacio de 6 años; se
inicia en 1947 en Montjuic, Barcelona, donde el protagonista ha estado esperando su ejecución por 7 años y
concluye en 1953 en Andorra a su regreso a Montjuic. En este periplo el autor abarca tiempos anteriores
de la vida del protagonista a través de cuadernillos autobiográficos que Rafael Mallo redacta, repetidamente durante los 7 años de su detención, para el comisario de Montjuic, Alberto Casteleiro, quien insiste en
que el prisionero ejecute esta actividad para constatar si hay inconsistencias en la narración del encerrado.
En adición, bajo el seudónimo de Alfil, Rafael Mallo también escribe los informes de los Congresos para la
Paz a los cuales él asiste (liberado) como agente secreto de la CIA (1948-53) después de haber 'escapado de
la prisión por arreglos de personajes influyentes.' Estos reportajes van incluidos al final de la novela bajo:
“ADENDA. Los informes de Alfil.” Aunque “los informes” son discutidos y analizados en el curso del
relato, pueden ser leídos cronológicamente al final, a manera de resumen. Así en esta narración, el autor
Montaner mezcla tres estilos el epistolar (en las cartas/cuadernillos autobiográficos, el del reportaje periodístico de los informes, y el del narrador omnisciente que concatena la novela). Se mueve por numerosos
espacios geográficos de Europa, Latinoamérica y URSS., Cuba, etc. y espacios temporales, desde 1900,
nacimiento de Rafael Mallo hasta 1953, con un final trunco, aludido pero no ejecutado.
Los capítulos se alternan entre la vida personal de Rafael Mallo (amoríos, incursiones políticas) y sucesos políticos/históricos de la Guerra Fría ideológica entre URSS y los EEUU bajo el presidente Truman
(fundador de la CIA como contra punto a la GPU – policía secreta soviética) y el general Marshall (cuyo
plan era reconstruir Europa para que no se la trague la URSS), Edgar Hoover director del FBI, el Senador
Joseph McCarthy y otros. El núcleo de la Guerra Fría es un enfrentamiento de ideas. El plan de los comunistas era, seguir el propuesto por el gran publicitario del comunismo, el alemán Willi Munzenberg quien
aseguraba que la campaña anti-imperialista debe plantearse en términos binarios (blanco y negro) aunque
tergiversando los bandos: los imperialistas/capitalistas (postulantes de las diferencias sociales antisindicalismo obrero, desigualdad, la explotación de los pobres, etc.) vis a vis los socialistas (protectores de
la paz y la cultura, la justicia, los intelectuales y la igualdad). Así, la Unión Soviética empezó a inscribir en
sus filas a todo intelectual que pudiera, no sólo contando con el idealismo de ellos como punto flaco sino
también por el hecho que “los creadores” son propensos al halago y reconocimiento mas que a los bienes
materiales. De esta manera la Unión Soviética empezó a organizar Congresos Mundiales de Intelectuales,
Conferencias Científicas y Culturales para la Paz Mundial, etc., para diseminar las ideas comunistas y adquirir validez a través de la fama de los intelectuales que las respaldaban. Entendemos así por qué
McCarthy compiló la lista negra de los actores, escritores, músicos, científicos, etc., en suma, una lista de
intelectuales en todos los campos acusándolos de comunistas y bloqueando sus empleos por temor a ser infiltrados. Truman decidió imitar el juego, tal por cual, organizando sus propios congresos para diseminar
los ideales democráticos y contrarrestar la falsedad de la ideología soviética. El resultado fue enorme: una
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guerra sucia para ambos lados y una manipulación de palabras en ambos bandos: cambio de partidos en
muchos intelectuales al percibir el engaño del uno o del otro; tiempos turbulentos (como ahora).
A esta situación histórica se yuxtapone y entrelaza la segunda trama de la novela: la vida sentimental
del protagonista Rafael Mallo con su amante Sarah Vandor, y sus contactos con la CIA, Larry Wagner y
Carmel Offie. Larry hace un psicoanálisis de la caligrafía y el contenido al leer el Cuadernillo autobiográfico de Mallo (que se alterna con los otros capítulos de la narración), de esta forma avanzándole al lector una
imagen del tipo de persona que él cree que Mallo es (erróneo o no). Larry es asesinado y lo reemplaza Anna
Berlitz. Después de muchas patrañas, incongruencias en los datos, insidias, asesinatos, etc., aparece otro
personaje, antigua amante de Mallo y ahora desertora de la URSS, Ariadna Makarenko, en el último capítulo del libro (24), y ella presenta su informe personal que deja todas las incertidumbres explicadas….como
en las novelas de detectives aparece al final alguien (detective o culpable) que cruza las “t” y pone los
acentos, exponiéndolo todo a la luz. No voy a comentar el capítulo 24 porque arruinaría el suspenso que el
autor quiere mantener.
Al final del libro, encontramos un índice onomástico que ayuda a diferenciar los personajes ficticios de
los históricos. En la trama sentimental, los personajes son ficticios, en la trama política/histórica no lo son.
Aunque Tiempos de canallas es una novela densa, muchos nombres, mucha información, no es larga. Sin
embargo es interesante para las personas a quienes les gusta una buena intriga política. Explica ciertos
datos que yo no sabía a fondo acerca de la Guerra Fría o la batalla de las ideas que, en los tiempos en los
cuales vivimos hoy, nos ayudan a comprender la situación política actual (Siria, Irán, China y EEUU, la
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