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March 9, 2009

ULM representatives participate in LA Foreign Language Teachers Association meeting

The University of Louisiana at Monroe was well represented at the Louisiana Foreign Language Teachers Association meeting in Alexandria Feb. 27-28.

ULM participants included Department of Foreign Languages faculty María Blanca Wortham, president of LFLTA, and Dr. Charles Holloway and Dr. Ruth E. Smith, presenters. Smith co-presented with Kyriaki Kyrkou, a sophomore Spanish major from Cypress. ULM Department of Foreign Languages faculty Themis Jacobus and Dr. Carlos Fandal, along with Loukia Konstantinido, a junior Spanish major from Cyprus, also attended the conference.

Two ULM language graduates were elected to serve on the Executive Committee: Etheldra Christel Sharpe (’82, ’06), who was also awarded a mini-grant to assist with her Rayville High School Spanish classes, and Scott Harris (’97), who graduated with a degree in French and who teaches at the LSU Lab School.

The organization’s mission is to promote excellence in foreign language education for all learners; to provide professional development in foreign language teaching; to facilitate member networking and communication; to promote knowledge of current initiatives, trends, and research; and to encourage advocacy for foreign language learning at all levels. Approximately 125 individuals attended from throughout the state.

The conference chair was LFLTA Vice President Anita Greenwood, a Ruston High School French teacher. The keynote speaker and workshop presenter was Dr. Audrey Heining-Boynton, professor of Spanish and curriculum and instruction at the University of North Carolina and 2005 president of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.

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