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Lucas Hoffman, President 
4046 Garden Park Drive 
Toledo, Ohio 43613 

January 2017,

Dear administrator,

I would like to tell you about about the Ohio Foreign Language Association's upcoming 2017 conference.  OFLA is well-known for having one of the

largest and most active state conferences in the country.  It's no surprise why - we will have over one hundred presenters attending from Ohio and the

midwest as well a nationally recognized speakers, including our ODE World Language Consultants and second language acquisition expert Bill

VanPatten and 2009 ACTFL TOY and 2013 ACTFL President Toni Theisen.  

The conference planning committee has selected "Strengthen your Core" as this year's theme.    Instructors can listen to Bill VanPatten help us get back

to the fundamentals through his "principles of language teaching."   This year, we will also highlight six nationally-recognized "core practices" in

language teaching.  For those also interested in other areas, OFLA will also offer over eighty sessions and a dozen workshops on topics including

curriculum development, standards-familiarization, general teaching strategies, content-specific material in your target language, among others.

The  2017 OFLA annual conference will take place at the Hilton Polaris in columbus, Ohio from March 30 - April 1, 2017.

I ask you to encourage your teachers to attend this conference and support them financially, if possible.  You will see from our registration costs below

that we do try to keep the conference affordable for school districts.


$50 early-bird registration for members through February 27, 2016

$70 regular registration for members  through March 24 and on-site

$125 early-bird registration for non-members through February 27, 2016

$150 regular registration for non-members through March 24 and on-site

Workshops are available for an additional charge of $25 (half-day) or $35 (full-day).  Hotel rooms are available for $135/night conference rate through

February 27, 2016.

If you would like more information, you are welcome to message me at

Thank you for your consideration.  I do hope you encourage and support all of your world language teachers to attend this conference and benefit from

the learning and networking with each other as we "strengthen our core".


Lucas Hoffman

President, Ohio Foreign Language Association

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