NC AATF/AATSP 2016 Joint Spring Conference

(Pictured above left to right: Laura Parker, Laura Hortal, Amanda Romjue, Beverly Aguirre, Kaitlin Sizemore, Morgan Prince, and Catherine Fountain. Not pictured: Beth Cramer)

Faculty, graduate students, and alumni gathered at the NC AATF/AATSP 2016 Joint Spring Conference, Bringing Together K-20 Language Learning on Saturday, April 9, 2016.

In addition to learning and networking, we were all gathered to celebrate our own Laura Parker. 

Laura Parker, a recent alumni of Appalachian's MA program in Romance Languages, French K-12 Teaching, was named the North Carolina French Teacher of the Year by our NC chapter of the American Association of Teachers of French on Saturday, April 9, 2016 in Winston-Salem.  The AATF is is the state and national-level professional organization for French K-12 and College teachers.   Ms. Parker's  award recognizes her outstanding teaching, her concern for the progress of all students, and her ongoing contributions to the teaching profession. 

Ms. Parker teaches French at Burns High School in Cleveland County in Lawndale, NC.  She is a frequent presenter at the Foreign Language Association of North Carolina, the professional organization for teachers of all world languages in North Carolina. 

In Summer 2015,  Ms. Parker shared her expertise on Francophone West Africa by presenting in the workshop Global Content for Your Classroom.  This workshop sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education helped K-12 teachers of all subjects add international dimensions to their teaching.  Ms. Parker joined the group from her summer workplace in France via Skype, after generously sharing resources in Francophone literature  and culture (fables, fairy tales, poetry, and art).   This material was created through her participation int he department's Fulbright-Hays Group Project Abroad in Senegal a few years earlier.  Ms. Parker joined ten other French and Area studies teachers on a month-long study trip.  The participants and two faculty leaders from the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, developed classroom materials on Francophone West Africa and created a month long exhibition on Senegalese culture at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts in Boone.   

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Every fall the department co-hosts the Latin American Film Series. An event open to students, faculty and the public in general. Admission is free. Schedule information of the films is posted on the first week of August.


DLLC Department Chair 
Dr. James Fogelquist 
520 Sanford Hall
(828) 262-3096 

DLLC Assistant Chair
Dr. Catherine Fountain
529 Sanford Hall
(828) 262-2308 

DLLC Administrative Assistant
Ms. Cindy Trivette
521 Sanford Hall
(828) 262-3095 

LARC Director
Dr. Paul Sebastian
524 Sanford Hall
(828) 262-2932

UNC World Language Exchange

The World Language exchange was created in 2013 to manage the sharing of less commonly taught languages across the UNC system. This exchange offers access to a variety of languages such as Persian, Cherokee and Ancient Greek as well as courses that explore culture.

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