About Ms. Beltman

Phone: 970-925-3760 x3124


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Jenny Beltman

            My name is Ms. Beltman a.k.a Madame Beltman a.k.a. Maestra Beltman. I teach K-4th graders both French and Spanish at Aspen Elementary School.  I was born in the U.S.A. and I first heard French spoken in my home from ages 3-5 when my family hosted Amity Aides and exchange students from Tunisia and France. I, then, went on to receive a B.A. in French from the U of Minnesota and did two study abroad programs in France for a total of two years. While teaching K-8 French in Grand County, Colorado, I received my alternative teaching license in 2003. I took a sabbatical in 2004-05 to Veracruz, Mexico to teach English to 1st graders at El Colegio American de Veracruz and to Todos Santos Guatemala where I volunteered at a Spanish and Mam Language School. My photo is taken in Todos Santos, Guatemala. I am dressed in the hand-woven traditional “traje” of the village. I am holding Monkey the Dog who I saved from her street dog life. She is now a happy and healthy Colorado dog. I recieved my Masters of Education in World Language Instruction from Concordia College, May 2012.


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    Middle School my seem like a long way away right now but your student will be there before you know it.  One of the most exciting thing about Aspen Middle School is the opportunity to travel with Aspen Sister Cities.  Check out the websites for more information and travel inspiration!  Please don't hesitate to contact me with questions!


    Link to AMS Sister Cities Page

    Aspen Sister Cities in the local news


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  •  Concordia Language Villages
    The Concordia Language Villages are language and culture immersion camps located in the North Woods of Minnesota.  This will be the most meaningful immersion experience your child will have short of living in another country.  The villages engage participants in learnful play to develop language proficiency. Since 1961 over 150,000 villagers have joined the Concordia Language Villages in the mission to create responsible global citizens. 
    The Concordia Language Villages is a program of the Concordia College located in Moorhead, MN.  Concordia College is a private liberal arts college and a recognized leader in global education.
    For full details about the summer program visit the website.
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  • Click here for information about how to apply for Concordia Language Villages Scholarships!  Scholarships are due soon don't delay!

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    Lead with Languages Video Lead with Languages video of the importance of languages. 
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  • Stephen Krashen in the Washington Post

    Stephen Krashen is one of my favorite educational philosophers.  Here is one of his recent articles from the Washington Post.  This may answer several questions you may have about your child learning a World Language.  Such as:  

    • Why doesn't my child have those long vocabulary list to memorize like I did?  
    • Where are the grammar drill worksheets?  
    • Why doesn't my child speak French or Spanish at home to me?

    Enjoy the read and feel free to contact me with questions.

    "The Wrong and Right Way to Learn a Foreign Language"

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  • Why learn French?

    According to statistics, more than 1 million Americans speak French, making it the fourth most common language in the U.S. "Spanish and French are the most popular languages to teach children. In both cases, there is an element of 'teach what you know,' and since so many parents have been exposed (as native speakers or through school programs) to French and Spanish, these are the languages they can more easily pass along to their children," Bova says. College degrees in the language are becoming more common. "If one wants a language for international business, politics, or travel, French is best," says Pablo Solomon (pablosolomon.com), a former teacher, counselor, and consultant to the U.S. Department of Education. "French is also the language of choice in the arts." According to the 2012 Tourism Highlights publication from the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), France is ranked No. 1 on the international tourist list. (China is No. 3, Spain is No. 4, Italy is No. 5.) And with more people traveling abroad, "they may have a goal of traveling to a French-speaking country where the language can be reinforced for the child," Lancry points out.

    For more information visit the site.



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  • Language Hits the Hill

    by admin34 | May 7th, 2015

    IMG_0906Today, over 70 delegates from across the U.S. are in Washington to meet with their representatives in Congress to ask for more federal support for language education.

    With the guidance of the Joint National Committee for Languages/National Council for Languages and International Studies (JNCL-NCLIS), these education and business leaders are asking members of the House and Senate to support the recognition and funding of language education as a national priority through a range of actions including pledging their support for the American Council of the Teaching of Foreign Languages’ (ACTFL’s) upcoming Lead with Languages campaign which is set to galvanize public opinion; for language-specific additions to the proposed re-authorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA, or No Child Left Behind); and for sponsorship of the proposed World Language Advancement Act 2015 which would reinstate the Foreign Language Assistance Program funding for K-12 schools.

    Speaking with LM editor, Daniel Ward, Richard Brecht, American Councils for International Education, declared that “we have never been in a better position to change policy.”

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French Recipes - Bon appétit!

  • With 3rd and 4th grade we are learning about French foods.  I encouraged students to try some French foods and the local restaurants and bakerie or make some at home.  Here is a recipe to get you started!Crêpe recipe

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