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2017 World Languages Colloquium Table Discussions

World Languages WY Academic Transition Initiative

 Languages SignupWorld Languages, encompassing Spanish, French, and German, are a popular and significant component to American education.  Yet languages face similar challenges of other content areas when it comes to transitioning from high school to higher education - including as it relates to students take dual or concurrent enrollment courses.  These events are coordinated by the Wyoming School-University Partnership, the University of Wyoming Modern and Classical Languages Department, and language departments from Wyoming community colleges and high schools.  Some events were funded by support from the Qwest Foundation.

Past Events

2017 World Languages Colloquium, Ian Caldon, LCCC faculty, editing transition document2017 World Language Colloquium Panel Discussion2017 World Languages Colloquium, BOCES presentation

Spring 2017: WOrld Languages Colloquium, Revising the Partnership's Transition Documents

Friday, February 17, 2017, Casper, WY

Number of Participants: 26

16 K12 educators
  7 Community College educators
  1 University of Wyoming educator
  2 Other

2016 Lost in Transition World Languages ColloquiumWorld Languages educators discussing future topics

April 1,
Casper WY

Number of participants:
Total = 18

6 K12 educators
4 Community college educators
8 University of Wyoming educators

Meeting summary document

2014 World Languages university and community college articulation

May 6
video conference, via Outreach Video Network

Number of participants:
Total = 18

8 University of Wyoming faculty
8 community college faculty
2 other

Meeting summary document


Participants at the 2013 World Languages Lost in Transition Colloquium

2013 World Languages Lost in Transition Colloquium

May 20
Casper, Wyoming

Number of participants: 28
12 K-12 educators
10 University of Wyoming educators
3 community college educators
3 other

Conference focus: Building relationships and internationalization and globalization initiatives.

Conference materials:


Drafts of Student Learning Expectations for French, German, and Spanish:
(Please note, these documents are drafts. They will be updated as they are revisited and revised.)

French 1010
French 1020 and 2030

German 1010
German 1020
German 2030

Spanish 1010
Spanish 1020
Spanish 2030

Small groups discussion outcome charts for Spanish 1010, 1020, and 2030.

2012 World Languages Institute

Held April 12, 2012 in Casper, Wyoming.

Number of participants: 37
15 K-12 educators
7 University of Wyoming educators
10 community college educators
5 other

Conference focus: Deepening the secondary to postsecondary horizontal and vertical articulation

Conference materials:


Advising flow chart


2010 World Languages InstituteWorld Languages Institute 2010

Held April 18-19, 2010 in Casper, Wyoming

Number of participants: 35
18 K-12 educators
5 community college educators
11 University of Wyoming educators
1 state education organization

Conference focus: general transition challenges, examining student work, discussing 1010 language learning expectations

Conference materials:

Conference agenda

Scoring guide for student samples

Conference evaluation responses

World Languages Work Group

Over the summer, a small work group met for a series of conference calls to develop recommendations for common learning expectations for French, German, and Spanish 1010 and a statewide placement process. 

This work is an outgrowth of the April 18-19, 2010 statewide World Languages Institute hosted by the Partnership and supported with funds from the Qwest Foundation.  At that meeting, those in attendance agreed that one way to move forward as a state would be to share common expectations for the three major languages' 1010 courses and agree, in principle, to placement procedures for admittance to college and university level work.  The 1010 course seemed to be an important starting point as faculty at the high school, community college, and university levels teach the course, with dual and concurrent enrollment options available to most Wyoming high school students.

The group participated in the Wyoming Foreign Language Teacher Association's annual conference, October 22, 2010 in Casper, to present the three draft 1010 learning expectation documents and request feedback and buy-in from the group.  The support from the group was overwhelmingly positive.  See below for the draft documents, survey letter explaining the project and process, and survey results.

Spanish 1010 Learning Expectation Draft

French 1010 Learning Expectation Draft

German 1010 Learning Expectation Draft

Survey letter

Survey results

The group is continuing to meet to discuss statewide placement processes as well as Spanish, French, and German 1020 learning expectations.


Members of the continued work group include (October 2010-present):

Juan Antonion Bernabeu, Laramie County Community College;

Leslie Boaz, Wheatland High School (Platte #1);

Diane Chamberlain, Laramie High School (Albany #1);

MaryEllen Ibarra-Robinson, Northwest Community College;

Carol Kirkwood, Laramie High School (Albany #1);

Brandee Mau, Gillette High School (Campbell #1);

Kevin Larsen, University of Wyoming;

Mark Pearson, University of Wyoming;

Scott Underbrink, Natrona County High School (Natrona #1).


Members of the summer work group include (April-September 2010):

Leslie Boaz, Wheatland High School (Platte #1);

Diane Chamberlain and Carol Kirkwood, Laramie High School (Albany #1);

MaryEllen Ibarra-Robinson, Northwest Community College;

Brandee Mau, Gillette High School (Campbell #1);

Kevin Larsen and Duane Rhoades, University of Wyoming;

Scott Underbrink, Natrona County High School (Natrona #1).

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