USC Upstate Celebrates National Foreign Language Week

February 27, 2015 at 11:55 am

Insignia,  Peggy on balconyThe University of South Carolina Upstate is pleased to welcome Peggy Boyles as the featured speaker during the celebration of National Foreign Language Week.

Boyles will present “Close Encounters of a Cultural Kind” from 12 -1 p.m. Wednesday, March 4 in the Sansbury Campus Life Center Ballroom. The program is designed to engage faculty, staff and students to become both culturally competent and linguistically proficient in a world language.

“Students want to use the language they are learning to engage in situations in which they can understand why people behave and think the way they do in another culture,” Boyles said.

Boyles, a frequent presenter at national and regional language conferences, taught for more than 35 years at all levels of education — elementary, secondary, and university. She served as senior editor of the ACTFL Performance Guidelines for K-12 Learners and is the 2004 recipient of the ACTFL Florence Steiner Award for Leadership in Foreign Language Education.

This event is sponsored by the Nu Iota Chapter of Alpha Mu Gamma National Collegiate Foreign Language Honor Society and the USC Upstate Office of Student Affairs.

The program is free and is open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

For more information, please contact Dr. June Carter, Professor of Spanish at or by calling (864) 503-5881.