Appalachian Professional Language Educators’ Society Hosts Fall Workshop

Posted on 11/12/2018 9:29:21 AM

On Saturday, October 27, 2018, the Appalachian Professional Language Educators’ Society (APPLES) hosted its annual fall event in conjunction with its fall membership meeting. This year’s event was titled “Beyond Culture Capsules: Teaching Culture from a New Perspective,” presented by guest presenter Rich Madel of the Colonial School District and current Pennsylvania Modern Language Association Teacher of the Year.

Attendees included secondary and post-secondary foreign language teachers as well as current IUP Spanish education students, and IUP alumni. Current teachers also had the option of earning ACT 48 credit through collaboration with the PSMLA.

APPLES Fall Workshop Group picture

Pictured: Left, back to front: Liz Cook, Kevin Buynack (Spring Cove), Maddison Hendricks (IUP student), Juan Carlos Rivas (St. Vincent), Gillian Perez (IUP student), Faith Deegan (IUP student); Center: Invited speaker: Rich Madel, Colonial School District; Right: back to front, Nahomy Hidalgo (IUP student), Malia Lazor (Fort LeBoeuf School District), Ryan Caldwell (IUP student), Sam Jobe (IUP student), Jason Killam (IUP), Doreen Blandino (St. Vincent), Edward Clark (IUP student), Rachel Collette (Monessen High School), Christina Huhn (IUP)

The event included a discussion of the role that teaching culture plays in the classroom, and how to bring our cultural experiences to our students through images and discussions. The workshop also included a target language discussion section over lunch and a discussion (both in English and Spanish) of applications of the materials in the foreign language classroom.

The day’s agenda included the workshop, followed by a target language discussion in Spanish, lunch, and the annual fall membership meeting.

Christina Huhn, Department of Foreign Languages, currently serves as the organization’s president (through 2020). Jason Killam, Department of Foreign Languages, serves as festival coordinator for the spring language festival, which brings local foreign language education students to campus to compete in language-specific events. Kevin Buynack ’15, IUP Spanish Education, serves as treasurer, and Peter Broad, faculty emeritus, serves as recording secretary.

APPLES membership includes foreign language professionals from Western Pennsylvania and encompasses both K-12 and post-secondary educators.