The mission of the Pennsylvania State Modern Language Association is to enhance
foreign language education throughout the state

      by promoting the study of foreign languages,
      by providing educators opportunities for professional growth and networking, 
     by recognizing excellence in the field, and 
      by collaborating with local, state and national organizations.

Professional Development: Upcoming Events



PSMLA Annual Fall  Conference 2014
State College
October 17-18, 2014
Call for Proposals


Keynote Speaker at the PSMLA 2014 Fall conference:

Christina Frei, Ph.D.

Executive Director of Language Instruction, School of Arts and Sciences, University of Pennsylvania

  Teaching represents the most immediate and rewarding venue of combining Christina Frei’s research projects, application of technology and language education. She received the 2010 SAS Dean's Award for Distinguished Teaching by Affiliated Faculty describing her dynamic classroom presence as mesmerizing. Frei currently is co-authoring an innovative textbook for introductory German language and culture: Augenblicke that incorporates a theme-based approach and features the three modes of communication. In addition, she regularly offers courses in Second Language Acquisition, Teaching and Learning with Technology, and directs all language education for the School of Arts and Sciences. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California at Davis with a Special Emphasis in Second Language Acquisition. She focuses on new approaches to the teaching of language and culture and diverse applications of technology in the foreign-language classroom and has co-written “Co-Constructing Learning: The Dynamic Nature of Foreign Language Pedagogy in a CMC Environment”. In this article, she and her colleagues develop the concept of spiraled interaction in a computer mediated communication (CMC) environment.

PSMLA is pleased to offer once again a scholarship for two weeks of intensive study at the Cemanahuac Educational Community in Cuernavaca, Mexico.  See  for details.  The awardee may attend for any two weeks that the program is offered in the summer of 2014. The scholarship, worth approximately $1100.00, includes registration, tuition for two weeks, housing (double occupancy), with all meals, and one field trip, in addition to the regular Spanish language study program. The following are expenses not covered in the scholarship: air transportation to Mexico City, transfer to Cuernavaca, textbooks, and personal expenses.  PSMLA will reimburse up to $400.00 for transportation costs once the session is completed.  If you are interested in applying click on this link: Cemanahuac

In addition, PSMLA is announcing the first ever Cemanahuac Student-Teacher Scholarship Award to >a college senior who is majoring in Spanish and is planning a career in education.  The student must be sponsored by and the application must be submitted by a current PSMLA member.  The scholarship includes two weeks of intensive study at the Cemanahuac Educational Community in Cuernavaca, Mexico.  See  for more details.

Cemanahuac applications must be submitted by March 15, 2014


It's never too early to start thinking about the outstanding students in your classroom.  PSMLA offers Student Recognition Awards and the Outstanding Senior Award each year.  Please check out the links for the requirements, applications and prizes.

Professional Development: Recent Events
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Thomasina White (immediate past president PSMLA), Clay Pell (candidate for governor of Rhode Island), Michelle Kwan (Olympic figure skater), Jan Stewart (PSMLA president) and Daliang Wang (PSMLA Executive Council member) in Boston at NECTFL

Teacher Immersion Day – Saturday, March 1, 2014
Chestnut Hill College