Register Today for our 2015 Users Meeting!

Register online today to join us for our 2015 SCOLA Users Meeting! The meeting will be held Thursday, May 21st and Friday, May 22nd in Omaha, Nebraska and McClelland, Iowa. The two day conference will be packed with trends and resources for foreign language and cultural education, presented by leaders in the field.

At this year’s meeting you can expect to:

  • Learn how industry experts are approaching foreign language and cultural training!
  • Interact with people just as enthusiastic as you are about looking at the world from a global perspective!
  • Get hands-on experience with everything SCOLA has to offer, including our exciting new service, Savoir-Vivre!
  • Have the rare opportunity to tour the inside of a US Air Force reconnaissance plane!
  • Eat great food and have fun!

THURSDAY

10:00 a.m.: Check-in, DoubleTree Hotel lobby, Downtown Omaha, Nebraska
11:00 a.m.: Lunch
Afternoon: Presentations
Evening: Dinner and RC-135 Tour at Offutt AFB

FRIDAY

Morning: SCOLA campus tour and breakfast in McClelland, Iowa
Afternoon: Lunch and Congressional Speaker at the DoubleTree Hotel

Transportation to all events and meals are included with the $100 registration fee.

Register in advance at www.scola.org.

Discounted hotel accommodations are available at DoubleTree Hotel.

For additional conference information, please check our website at www.scola.org.
Also, please feel free to e-mail us at conf@scola.org or call 712-566-2202.

An Inquiry in Language Learning

Brian Kim, a Liaison Officer at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center at Offutt Air Force Base, joined SCOLA for our 2013 Users Meeting. This week, Brian kindly answered some questions for us about language learning:

– What do you think is the biggest challenge for language learners today?

Trying to sort through myriad of available technologies to select the “best” one for one’s own target language training

– What is the best tip you can give to language learners?

Be persistent and proactive in increasing your exposure to the (high quality) target language!

– Why is being multilingual important?

Too many to list!

– What is the greatest benefit of using technology to learn a language?

It enables easy integration of authentic materials into the lesson.

What inspired you to pursue a career in the language field?

– My own bilingual/immigrant upbringing. Having had such a difficult time picking up English has encouraged me to help others who are having difficulty acquiring a new language.

SCOLA is happy to have contacts such as Brian to share with us his opinions on why language learning is important. Stay tuned for more posts from language experts.