On Saturday, October 21, 2017, 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 “Make It-Take It: Create Activities to Use Monday Morning: Unleash Your Creativity by Designing Engaging, Manipulative, Fun Games and Activities!” Presented by guest presenter Natalie Puhala of Gateway High School.
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 ACT 48 credit through collaboration with the Pennsylvania Modern Language Association (PSMLA). Left: Natalie Puhala helps Rachel Collette and Samantha Jobe complete their projects.
The event included the creation of a class set of game boards and spinners, and a discussion (both in English and Spanish) of applications of the materials in the foreign language classroom. Below: From left to right: John Rezzetano, Ryan Caldwell, Dylan Rinehart,
Antonio Frontino, Nahomy Hidalgo, Christina Huhn. Second Row:
Rachel Collette, Maggie Sukala, Samantha Jobe. Front: Jason
Killam, Allison Startari.
The day's agenda included the workshop, followed by lunch and the annual fall membership meeting. Huhn
was re-elected to a third presidential term (through 2020), and Kevin
Buynack ’15, IUP Spanish Education, was re-elected to serve as
treasurer. Peter Broad, Faculty Emeritus, was re-elected recording
APPLES membership includes foreign language
professionals from Western Pennsylvania and encompasses both K-12 and
Another of APPLES’ primary events is a
competitive language festival for high school students. This year’s
festival will be held on March 24, 2018, on the IUP campus. Dr. Jason
Killam, Department of Foreign Languages will serve as this year’s
More information about APPLES is available on the APPLES website.
Department of Foreign Languages