About La Mother Tongue

La Mother Tongue is my medium to share the joys and challenges of being a new parent as well as to share how we make a conscious effort in our daily life to bring baby up bilingual.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

NECTFL Conferencia

At the end of Abril, I was lucky enough to be able to attend NECTFL, The Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. 
It was so nice to attend sessions and learn new ideas or reaffirm old ones.  One of the things that I liked the most was that it gave me a chance to hook up en vivo with other professionals in my field.  I met some amazing people. 

The first person I wanted to share with you isn’t just one person at all…there were many people (women actually) and I unfortunately didn’t get their names or a foto, but I can certainly talk about them.  I was inspired by the many Language Educators who have children who have followed in their footsteps in one way or another.  One woman in particular, who I believe is a high school Spanish teacher, has a son who went to live in España after graduating from la Universidad.  He didn’t major in Education, but he is currently teaching English in a small pueblo in northern España.  He shares all his adventures on Facebook and his mother is able to use the actual fotos in her classes with real, from the heart, anecdotes.  I was so moved to hear these stories of how these women have obviously raised their children to be bicultural because I of course brought Sofía to the conference with me.  Ever since I started training teachers, I have dreamed of one day bringing my children with me to conferences.  It may not make sense to everyone why, but for us mamás who strive to raise our hijos bicultural and bilingual, I’m sure you understand!


  1. Ah, good--I'm not the only one who still goes to conferences even though I'm not working as a language teacher any more! (This week I'm presenting at the American Association of Teachers of French--can't wait to speak French with other grown-ups and learn lots of new stuff and check out the exhibits.)

  2. Hola Sarah! So nice to see you! I'm not ignoring you reall! I so appreciate you stopping by!! They should have a special spot for our types who aren't in the classroom anymore or who teach preschool! We should try to meet up at ACTFL if you are going to trek across the country again--or if you come to visit your brother in Falls Church, let me know! PS..your bebes are guapisimos!