In keeping with this mission, the AAUSC offers a limited number of travel/professional development grants to members who wish to attend the annual convention of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), which is held each November. The grant covers up to $500 and can be used to pay the conference fee to attend ACTFL, and travel or lodging expenses.
Lauren Goodspeed is a dissertator in the Second Language Acquisition Ph.D. program and a teaching assistant in French at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She completed her M.A. in French Literature at the same institution in 2013. Her current research project lies at the intersection of second language writing and literacy-based pedagogies for foreign language instruction.
Kristin Lange is a Ph.D. candidate in the interdisciplinary doctoral program in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching (SLAT) at the University of Arizona. For her dissertation, she is investigating the role of everyday texts in textbooks and beginning German classes, focusing on learners’ literacies development, and also on the professional development of graduate teaching assistants. Some of Kristin's other research interests include literary texts and film in foreign language education, technology-enhanced language learning, particularly the use of digital games, and intercultural competence in the classroom and in study abroad.
AAUSC members engaged their audience at ACTFL 2015 with over 20 presentations, including "Meaningful Engagement: Pick your own adventure!" Sophie Degât-Willis, María Paredes Fernández, Lillyrose Veneziano Broccia (U Pennsylvania).
ACTFL 2015: Jeanne Schueller (U Wisconsin-Madison), Charlie Webster (U Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Kelsey White (U California-Santa Barbara), after the AAUSC German Section Meeting on Friday, 20 November 2015. Kelsey was one of three new members chosen to receive the AAUSC Professional Development Grant to attend ACTFL.
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