On September 26, 2015, 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 “Building Classroom Target Language Use” and included demonstrations and discussions of how to improve and increase the use of the Target Language in the foreign language classroom. Jonathan Haddad and Yontaek Kim (Department of Foreign Languages) gave invited presentations in Turkish and Korean. Many of the activities were conducted in Spanish and French.
Attendees included secondary and post-secondary foreign language teachers as well as current IUP Spanish Education students. Current teachers also had the option of earning ACT48 Credit through collaboration with the Pennsylvania Modern Language Association (PSMLA).
The event concluded with the APPLES fall membership meeting, which included election of executive board members. Christina Huhn has served as APPLES president since 2014, and her second term will continue until 2018. Jason Killam will also continue to serve as treasurer.
APPLES membership includes foreign language professionals from Western Pennsylvania and encompasses both K-12 and post-secondary educators.
Another of APPLES’ primary events is a competitive language festival for high school students. This year’s festival will be held in April on the IUP campus. Killam will serve as this year's festival coordinator.
More information about APPLES is available on the organization’s website.