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September 17, 2009

ULM foreign language faculty reach out to area educators

Foreign language faculty from the University of Louisiana at Monroe recently offered several professional development opportunities to area school educators and welcomed a regional meeting of the Louisiana Foreign Language Teachers Association to campus.

Foreign language teachers from area private schools, Lincoln Parish schools and the Monroe City School District received instruction from ULM faculty on such topics as articulation between high school and university classes, the teaching of culture in foreign language classes, and integrating sound with Power Point presentations to promote language retention and learning.

Drs. Charles Holloway, Chris Michaelides and Department Head Ruth E. Smith led the in services, and María Blanca Wortham, president of the LFLTA, shared information with teachers about the organization’s activities.

In addition, ULM foreign language faculty welcomed over 30 language educators from Ouachita, Lincoln, Richland, and Caldwell parishes to the campus for a regional meeting of the Louisiana Foreign Language Teachers Association.

Smith discussed advocacy and asked teachers to share concerns that the organization should address. LFLTA member Christel Sharp reported on the mini-grants that LFLTA offers and the opportunity to study in Spain with the assistance of a scholarship from the Spanish Embassy.

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