Kathryn Murphy-Judy, associate professor in the School of World Studies, shared some news with us from a recent conference hosted by the Foreign Language Association of Virginia.
It’s with great pleasure that I’m letting you know about VCU @ the FLAVA 2014 Conference. The Foreign Language Association of Virginia (FLAVA) hosts an annual conference in the fall. This year over 800 world language professionals met in Williamsburg from Thursday, 9/26 to Saturday 9/27. As the past president, I was thrilled to see the breadth and depth of VCU participation.
I gave a Thursday workshop on basic online language education with Marlene Johnshoy of the national language center, CARLA, and two colleagues from Virtual Virginia. Betsy Louis studied at VCU and Brianne Moore-Adams is a PhD student currently in our SOE. We had well over twenty workshop attendees.
Randa Annous gave a well-received presentation on teaching Arabic to the recently formed Virginia Teachers of Arabic (VATA), to which she belongs.
Dr. Anton Brinckwirth (Director SWS Media Center), Greg Hellman (Associate Director WSMC) and Maria Panbechi (Coordinator of Spanish) presented on their internationally recognized work in teletandem language exchanges.
Dr. Patricia Cummins (PI of the French West Africa Grant), Brahima Koné (Instructor of French and organizer of the Ivory Coast trip), along with the six students Minsun Kim, Amanda Radke, Taron Ware, Luke Nelson, Samantha McCartney, and Lindsey Fitzgerald, who participated in this summer’s Africa trip, presented the sights, sounds and deep linguistic and cultural acumen gained during their study abroad. Attendees were impressed by the students’ command of the language and the depth of their cultural knowledge.
Natalia Boykova attended a meeting to help launch a Russian language association formation in Virginia, where none currently exists. She follows in the recent footsteps of our Arabic faculty who helped institute their Virginia association.
Recent alumni, Michael Moore and Catherine (Shehane) Mazzola are serving on the Virginia Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of French. Mr. Moore also serves on the FLAVA Board.
Other VCU colleagues were present gaining professional development in the Commonwealth’s number one venue for world language faculty.
For more information about the conference, visit the website –> flavaweb.org.