2018 Spring Study Abroad Fair

posted Feb 1, 2018, 6:04 AM by Joanne O'Toole   [ updated Feb 1, 2018, 6:05 AM ]

~  Mark your calendar!  ~

Spring 2018 Study Abroad Fair
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Wednesday, February 14th
Marano Campus Center

Learn about the study abroad opportunities available to you through SUNY Oswego and the entire SUNY System!

2018 MLL Assessment Day

posted Jan 31, 2018, 1:14 PM by Joanne O'Toole   [ updated Feb 1, 2018, 5:57 AM ]

The annual Modern Language Assessment Day will take place on Friday, March 23, 2018.

Participation in the MLL Assessment Day is a requirement for all sophomore and junior Modern Language Education majorsIf this is you, be sure to schedule a time for your participation with one of your MLL professors.   First-year students and sophomores are welcome to participate, but not required.

Results from the your MLL assessments will provide you insight about your readiness for the Oral Proficiency Interview and feedback regarding areas of focus for your OPI preparation.

Fall 2015 OPI Workshop

posted Sep 25, 2015, 9:28 AM by Joanne O'Toole   [ updated Sep 28, 2015, 9:46 AM ]

~  Mark your calendar!  ~
Fall 2015 Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) Workshop
4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, November 4th
Marano Campus Center, Room 223

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.:  Oral Proficiency Interview Overview
5:00 - 5:30 p.m.:  Oral Proficiency Development Action Planning (ADO Modern Language Education majors only)

This is a required workshop for all Modern Language Education Majors.
> If you are a first-year student, transfer student, or new to the major, plan to stay from 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
> If you already have an up-to-date Oral Proficiency Development Action Plan, you may leave at 5:00 p.m.
> If you have previously attended an OPI workshop, your attendance is optional, but highly encouraged.
> If you are not currently a Modern Language Education major, but are interested in becoming one or are interested in learning more about oral proficiency development, you are welcome to attend.

Contact Dr. O'Toole with any questions:

Rachel Reid is 2014 NYSAFLT Post-Secondary Scholarship Winner

posted Apr 5, 2014, 1:52 PM by Joanne O'Toole   [ updated Apr 5, 2014, 1:53 PM ]

On April 3, 2014, the New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers (NYSAFLT)  announced that Rachel Reid, a senior Adolescence Spanish Education major at SUNY Oswego, was awarded their Post-Secondary Scholarship.  Here is the press release from NYSAFLT:

Buffalo, NY – The New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers (NYSAFLT) announces that Rachel Reid of Rome, New York, has been awarded a Post-secondary Scholarship. Rachel is an undergraduate student at the State University of New York at Oswego majoring in Adolescent Spanish Education.

The NYSAFLT Post-secondary Scholarship is awarded annually to an outstanding student pursuing a degree in foreign language education.

Rachel was awarded the Post-secondary Scholarship based on her impressive academic credentials, extracurricular activities and honors. Dr. O’Toole, Assistant Professor, Curriculum & Instruction Modern Language and Childhood Education at SUNY Oswego, lauded Rachel for her genuineness, her strong interpersonal skills, and her passion for becoming an excellent Spanish teacher. Rachel served as the peer advisor to the incoming first-year advisees in Modern Language Education and Dr. O’Toole commended Rachel on her initiative, creativity, and leadership with these students.

NYSAFLT is a professional organization dedicated to providing the foreign language teachers of New York State with professional development opportunities and promoting the study of foreign languages and cultures. For more information about NYSAFLT, please visit our website at

Congratulations to Rachel for this wonderful acknowledgment!

Congratulations to Breanna Woolson on Conference Presentation

posted Feb 3, 2014, 3:00 PM by Joanne O'Toole   [ updated Apr 5, 2014, 2:06 PM ]

At the February 1, 2014, SUPER-LECNY Conference held at Syracuse University, Adolescence Spanish Education
undergraduate student Breanna Woolson co-presented with Dr. Joanne O'Toole to over 75 conference attendees.  The presentation, entitled Don't Forget the Audience: Another Look at Presentational Communication, drew on the World-Readiness Standards for Language Learning (ACTFL, 2013) and the Global Can-Do Benchmarks (NCSSFL-ACTFL, 2013) to show participants how to design proficiency-based tasks for presentational speaking and interpretive listening that are also Common Core aligned.  In particular, it emphasized planning for the role of the "audience" of the presentational communication to assure that all students are actively engaged and accountable.  Congratulations to Breanna on her first professional conference presentation!  The presentation is available at:

Photo at left:(l) Breanna Woolson; (r) Dr. Joanne O'Toole

Photo at right:  SUNY Oswego conference attendees, from left to right:
Kris Trinka, Sophia Berhumoglu, Breanna Woolson, Dr. O'Toole, Rachel Reid

Brianna Carnevale Awarded NYSAFLT 2013 Scholarship

posted Mar 17, 2013, 6:56 AM by Joanne O'Toole   [ updated Apr 5, 2014, 1:56 PM ]

NYSAFLT--the New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers--awards a single scholarship each year to a highly qualified undergraduate foreign language education major.  This competitive scholarship acknowledges academic excellence and a significant commitment to foreign language study beyond the classroom. 

The 2013 winner of the NYSAFLT Undergraduate Scholarship is
SUNY Oswego Adolescence Spanish Education major, Brianna CarnevaleBrianna is currently engaged in study abroad at El Instituto Internacional in Madrid, Spain.  She will receive her award at the October 2013 NYSAFLT Annual Conference to be held in Buffalo, New York.  Congratulations to Brianna!

Modern Language Ed. Student Teachers Attend Conference

posted Feb 7, 2013, 9:12 AM by Joanne O'Toole   [ updated Feb 7, 2013, 9:13 AM ]

Three Modern Language Education student teachers--Maggie Brown (Adolescence French Ed.-MST), Lindsey Knecht (Adolescence Spanish Ed.), and Riann Warren (Adolescence German Ed.) attended the SUPER- LECNY Conference held at Syracuse University on February 2, 2013, along with over 75 other attendees.  They actively participated in 10 presentations on a range of relevant topics, one of which was presented by Dr. Joanne O'Toole.   To see content from her presentation and others, go to:

SUNY Oswego conference attendees pictured from left to right:  Maggie Brown, Dr. Joanne O'Toole, Lindsey Knecht, and Riann Warren

International Coffee Hour

posted Aug 8, 2012, 8:50 AM by Joanne O'Toole   [ updated Feb 1, 2018, 6:06 AM ]

The Modern Languages and Literatures Department sponsors the International Coffee Hour each Monday to promote authentic and enjoyable use of the target languages spoken by students and faculty.   Be sure to mark your calendar and attend every Monday, from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. in 242 Campus Center.   Free refreshments are provided.  If you have questions, please contact Brenda Farnham at x2196. 

Take a look at this recent article and video about International Coffee Hour:

Fulbright Award Winner! - Ben Gerardi

posted Apr 9, 2012, 5:19 PM by Joanne O'Toole   [ updated Aug 11, 2012, 8:27 AM ]

Benjamin Gerardi, a recent graduate from SUNY Oswego's MSED program in Adolescence German Education 7-12, has been awarded a Fulbright Grant by the Austrian-American Educational Commission.  His grant allows him to be part of the Fulbright Commission’s Teaching Assistantship Program in Austrian Secondary Schools.  His assignment will be in Salzburg, Austria and begins in October 2012.  Ben was encouraged and coached in his grant preparation process by Professors John Lalande II (Modern Languages) and Joanne O'Toole (Curriculum and Instruction).  Congratulations and best wishes to Ben!

Kudos to Nick Spanswick on Conference Presentation

posted Feb 6, 2012, 8:01 AM by Joanne O'Toole   [ updated Aug 8, 2012, 8:44 AM ]

At the February 4, 2012, SUPER-LECNY Conference held at Syracuse University, Modern Language Education graduate student Nick Spanswick co-presented a three-part workshop with Dr. Joanne O'Toole to over 75 conference attendees, primarily K-12 language educators.  The workshop, based on the Puerto Rican folklore character, Juan Bobo, showed participants how to transform a story into a puppet show and how to create simple puppets.   To see content from this presentation and others, go to:
SUNY Oswego attendees pictured above:  (front) Kelly Bayne (l) and Amanda King (r); (back) Nick Spanswick (l) and Dr. Joanne O'Toole (r)

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