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Foreign Language Summary

Friday, 9:30 – 10:45 a.m.
“Integrating Culture in Introductory and Intermediate Language Courses”
Annie Rutter Wendel, Spanish Instructor, University of Georgia, Athens, GA

Saturday, 10:30 – 11:45 a.m.
Personalized Education: Customize Students’ Learning Experience with Adaptive Technology”
Wendy Mendez-Hasselman, Professor of Spanish, Palm Beach State College, Lake Worth, FL


Friday, February 24th, 9:30 – 10:45 a.m.

“Integrating Culture in Introductory and Intermediate Language Courses”

At times is can be challenging to find time to cover culture and increase student lntercultural Competence in introductory and intermediate language course. Instructors have to get creative and find ways to integrate culture with grammar and vocabulary, cover culture outside of class using digital tools, and have students work on culture independently. Several techniques will be discussed that will provide ideas for introducing culture, even when time for working with culture in class is limited. Ideas include threaded online discussions, cultural readings and videos for use before and during class, student investigation and presentations, and approaching culture with a flipped philosophy. Attendees will be encouraged to share their own ideas and experiences with culture in the classroom.

Annie Rutter Wendel, Spanish Instructor, University of Georgia, Athens, GA

Annie Rutter WendelAnnie Rutter Wendel received her M.A. in Spanish Linguistics from the University of Georgia in 2007, where she is currently an instructor teaching Introductory and Intermediate Spanish, Conversation and Composition, and Business Spanish. She has formerly served as preceptor of the high-beginner program there, but now oversees intermediate courses. With years of experience teaching English as a second language abroad, and having learned Spanish entirely through immersion herself, she is fascinated by second language acquisition and pedagogy. Co-author of Experience Spanish, 2″d ed., she specializes in innovations in instructional technology, as well as hybrid and online learning, and has presented on these topics at ACTFL and through numerous webinars. She has successfully developed hybrid and online programs that emphasize communication and foster community, including one through the University of Georgia’s Online Learning Fellows program. Additionally, she has consulted with faculty nationwide on their implementation of the Connect Spanish platform as well as other digital tools.


Saturday, February 25th, 10:30 – 11:45 a.m.

“Personalized Education: Customize Students’ Learning Experience with Adaptive Technology”

Personalize a learning plan for each of your language students without investing excess time is a key for students and teachers success. Learn how adaptive technology can improve classroom efficiency and student performance. Attend this session and learn how to tailor your instruction to maximize student success and improve retention rate. Presenter will show you how to use adaptive technology in face-to-face and online courses. Learn how student performance data can help you in your everyday classroom and tailor your lesson plans toward successful classroom experience and students results

Wendy Mendez-Hasselman, Professor of Spanish, Palm Beach State College, Lake Worth, FL

Wendy Mendez-HasselmanWendy Mendez-Hasselman is a tenured full-time Professor at Palm Beach State College in South Florida. She currently teaches Spanish language courses face to face, online, and hybrid setting. Wendy received a B.A. in Spanish from Queens College (CUNY) and a M.A. in Spanish Literature from the University of Colorado at Boulder. In her M.A.  she specialized in Latin American Literature while working as a graduate teaching assistant in different levels of language courses. Since then, Ms. Mendez-Hasselman also completed a second M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Denver. Wendy has been teaching Spanish courses for the past 16 years. During her career she has taught multi-level Spanish language courses as well as specific skill and content courses on writing, conversation, and Latin American culture.

 

Foreign Language Section Chair:
Janett Hillar, Houston Community College–Southwest