Earlier this month Dr. Wiggers and Dr. Howards presented in the annual ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) conference in Nashville, TN. The WFU crew found it to be a very rewarding experience, and share their thoughts below.
Dr. Wiggers says:
Business German and German for STEM
On Saturday, Nov. 18, I presented a joint paper at the Annual ACTFL Convention (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) in Nashville, TN. My three colleagues are from Georgetown University, George Washington University and the University of Rhode Island, and we are all members of the ACTFL’s GPP committee (German for Professional Purposes).
We had a 60 minutes session and presented the results of a survey that we started last year. In this survey we had contacted over 500 academic institutions (Middle Schools, High Schools, Universities) in the United States to see whether they offered Business German or German for STEM to their students. We received a total of 417 responses, and we had spent most of this year to evaluate the data. It was a really interesting presentation, and it also consisted the first survey on Business German and German for STEM of this magnitude since the early 2000s.
We left ca. 25 minutes for questions, and all in all our talk was very well received. We might continue with our evaluation and eventually write a joint article.
The size of the annual ACTFL conference always amazes me. This year, there were ca.7.000 attendees, which makes it the largest one of its kind in the United States. It was held at Nashville’s Music City Center (see picture), and wherever I went at this conference I heard all kinds of foreign languages, such as Spanish, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian, Korean, Arabic, Italian, etc. In addition, there is always an exhibition hall which houses stands from publishers, embassies, potential employers interested in foreign languages, and many more.
Unfortunately, it was raining all day on Saturday, and I didn’t get to see much of this really interesting city. But nonetheless, it was a very interesting and productive trip!
Music City Center, Nashville, TN
Dr. Howards reports:
One Piece at a Time
Johnny Cash Museum
And a reminder that Dr. Wiggers will be giving a joint presentation on smaller, regional, and non-Western languages on Wikipedia and Twitter Friday, December 1st, at 3:30 pm in Greene 341!