Although it was snowing when I arrived, a short time later, I was able enjoy walking through beautiful and historic Santa Fe in brilliant sunshine, and I received a warm welcome from the foreign language educators of Southwest COLT and the host, NMOLE.
I attended interesting, informative, and insightful sessions on becoming a more knowledgeable global citizen through language and culture, combining proficiency and achievement when students are at different levels, and French for humanitarian help and global health, as well as the inspirational keynote address and announcement of the SWCOLT Teacher of the Year.
I also enjoyed the opportunity to visit with friends at the AATF table and to discuss advocacy and other important issues in foreign language learning with many dedicated foreign language educators.
Special thanks to the SWCOLT organizers for having invited me to participate and congratulations on a wonderful conference.
Languages do matter!