The Department of Foreign Languages held the annual IUP Spring Methodology Conference on Foreign Language Teaching on Friday, April 19, 2024. The organizing committee included Christina Huhn (co-chair), Marjorie Zambrano-Paff (co-chair), Heide Witthoeft (German and department chair), Charles McCreary (French), and Laurel Liu (Chinese).

IUP graduates and conference committee

IUP graduates, conference committee, and keynote speakers

The 2024 keynote speakers were Eileen Glisan, IUP professor emerita, and Bonnie Adair-Hauck, second language researcher and world language consultant. Glisan and Adair-Hauck, along with Francis Troyan, are co-authors of the recently published book The Integrated Performance Assessment: Twenty Years and Counting. 

The keynote and workshop presentations were titled:

  • "Can Assessment Really Drive the Curriculum, and Should It? Lessons Learned from the Integrated Performance Assessment," Eileen Glisan, professor emerita, IUP
  • "IPA: Keys to Motivating Language Learners K-16," Bonnie Adair-Hauck, second language researcher and world language consultant
Additional presentations by current IUP faculty and alumni and local world language educators:
  • "Implementing Seals of Biliteracy: One District's Experience," Raquel Lemelle and Alicia Schmouder, Hollidaysburg SD
  • "Making the Learning Visible: From Tips to Actual Application of Strategies that Work!" Pascale Spinelli and Marina Buratti, Sewickley Academy
  • "How to Increase Enrollment through a Collectivist Approach," Gale DeArmin, Mount Aloysius College
  • "The Story of Language Instruction," Melissa Henderson and Ashley Hertzog, World of Learning, IU8
  • "Reconsidering Target Language Choices in the Classroom," Christina Huhn, IUP
  • "Engaging Online Learners," Melissa Toncini, PA Leadership Charter School
  • "Bafa, Bafa, A Way to Connect FL Students Cross-Culturally," Marjorie Zambrano-Paff,  IUP 
  • "Exceeding Expectations: Guiding Students to Increase Quality Language Use," Michael Bogdan, assistant director of education services, PSEA

Full conference information is available on the IUP Spring Methodology Conference website.

The 2025 conference is planned for April 2025.