Christina Huhn, Department of Foreign Languages, co-presented two sessions at the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages annual convention held November 21–24, 2019, in Washington, DC. Both sessions were co-presented with Krista Chambless (University of Arkansas–Birmingham) and Teresa Bell (Brigham Young University).
The first session was titled “Current Issues in ACTFL National Recognition.” This session presented an ongoing professional discussion on the ACTFL/CAEP Content Standard #1 which requires World Language teachers to develop high levels of oral proficiency before entering the classroom.
The second session, titled “Oral Proficiency and Model Programs: Professional Research Priorities,” focused on the ACTFL/CAEP national program recognition process. The presentation highlighted the current process, and emphasized the work that must be undertaken to address areas of national teacher shortages, low enrollments, and other factors that affect teacher preparation programs across the nation, while simultaneously maintaining the rigor and quality of teacher preparation.