REFLECTIONS World Language Teachers’ Workshop To Attract Hundreds To USC Upstate

January 11, 2015 at 9:29 am

Hundreds of foreign language teachers, from elementary to university level, will travel from all areas of the state to attend the annual REFLECTIONS World (formerly Foreign) Language Teachers’ Workshop – “Building LIFE LANGUAGE SKILLS into your Curriculum” on Monday, February 16, 2015 at the University of South Carolina Upstate. The workshop will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Sansbury Campus Life Center Ballroom.

“In planning for the 2015 conference, we looked to the recent research, published studies, the 2012 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Proficiency Guidelines, and the South Carolina Standard for World Language Proficiency (June 2013), which have all addressed the topic of demonstrating proficiency in a world language,” said Dr. June Carter, professor of Spanish and founder and coordinator of the REFLECTIONS workshop. “Hence, the focus of the workshop is twofold: Designing a curriculum to build life language skills and to kindle communication for all language learners.”

The facilitator of this year’s workshop is Linda Egnatz, the 2014 ACTFL National Language Teacher of the Year. Egnatz teaches Spanish at Lincoln-Way North High School in Frankfort, Illinois and serves as the 2013 – 2014 president of the Illinois Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ICTFL). Among Egnatz’s many honors are the 2013 Golden Apple Fellow (Chicago, WTTW-111), 2013 Central States Conference Foreign Language Teacher of the Year, and the 2012 Illinois Foreign Language Teacher of the Year.

“Linda is a popular keynote speaker and trainer at language conferences and focuses her presentations on connecting language study to 21st century learning, preparing for the global workforce, making intentional cross-curricular connections and the importance of teaching for language proficiency,” said Carter.

A continental breakfast and lunch are included with the registration fee, which is $45 and $20 for students. No refunds are given after January 16. Limited on-site registration is available for $55.  For further information, contact Dr. June Carter, professor of Spanish at jcarter@uscupstate.edu or (864) 503-5881.