Conference to Explore Christian Aspects of Teaching Foreign Language, Literature and Culture

March 22, 2006

The North American Christian Foreign Language Association, an organization of Christian foreign and/or second language educators, will hold its annual conference at Baylor University March 30 through April 1. The conference, which will feature speakers and scholars from throughout the U.S., will focus on "Faithful Teaching and Scholarship in Language, Literature, and Culture."

"Like other academic organizations, the conference allows us to publicly present the academic work we are doing to our peers, critique and expand on that work, and build networks and fellowship among language instructors from around the country and the world," said Dr. Jennifer Good, assistant professor of German and local NACFL president. "Most similar organizations for language teachers tend to be indifferent to the Christian aspect of scholarship, so NACFLA was founded more than 16 years ago to fill that void."

After an opening reception on Thursday, the conference will begin Friday, March 31, with a plenary session at 9 a.m. in Barfield Drawing Room in the Bill Daniel Student Center. Terry A. Osborn, associate professor of curriculum and instruction at the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut, will speak on "World Language Education and Social Justice."

Concurrent academic sessions, which will be held in various rooms in the Hankamer School of Business, will explore such topics as "Language and Religion," "German Film, Literature and History," "Reading World Literature Within a Christian Context," "Why Study Abroad" and "The Language Major and Minor."

"We also put a lot of emphasis on helping students learn from the study abroad experience to other pedagogy issues," Good said.

For more information, contact Good at (254) 710-6542.

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