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2015 ISE Language Matters Award

The Intercultural Student Experiences (ISE) Language Matters Award is given to a high school teacher who has achieved outstanding success in getting his/her students to speak Spanish through exemplary motivation and creative methods; in addition, the winner shall be a teacher who has provided authentic immersion experiences outside the classroom for students to apply their speaking skills. 


The 2015 recipient of the ISE Language Matters Award is Kimberly Church, who teaches at Wakeland High School in Frisco, TX.

In the classroom Kimberly Church is a "fireball” who sparks interest in all learners by combining technology and creative methods so that all students speak Spanish in the classroom. Her students engage in speed-dating activities, self-reflecting videos, and numerous speaking games.  Kimberly’s students are immersed in authentic language and cultural experiences both virtually and actually. On a daily basis, students in her classroom use Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, and Skye to learn culture in context, interact with students in Central and South America, and conduct research on current events. Kimberly also provides authentic immersion experiences by organizing student trips abroad so that students can apply their language skills. As Kimberly herself explains, students in her classroom "… engage in Spanish in a variety of ways that are outside the box, outside the textbook, outside the classroom, and OUTSIDE!” 

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