Dalton Students and Teachers Attend Foreign Language Conferences
On Friday, February 12, 2016, two Dalton students, Antonia Hellman (2017) and Sussan Garcia (2016) served on a student panel at the 62nd Annual Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages at the New York Hilton Midtown. Antonia and Sussan served on a panel to add student voices on topics surrounding the importance of intercultural competence.
The students spoke eloquently about the importance of being multilingual for the development of intercultural competence for today's globally connected world. Antonia, who studies Mandarin and Spanish, and Sussan, who studies Arabic, French, Latin and Spanish, both spoke about their own personal experiences when being multilingual helped to facilitate intercultural exchanges and deeper understanding of multiple perspectives. Their comments were met with a round of applause, much praise from the teachers in attendance, and a standing ovation!
Kudos to all of our incredible Dalton teacher presence at this important regional conference! Carmen Herrera lead a session entitled "Key to Success: Motivation and Collaboration in the Spanish Classroom." Carmen Campos' session was entitled "Puppetry in the Classroom: Fun with Folktales!" A panel of MS/HS teachers comprised of Felix Cortes, Carmen Herrea, Lori Langer de Ramirez, and Fatima Mhinat presented a session on "iBooks and Digital Literacy in the Global Language Classroom." Several department teachers also served on the 2016 NECTFL local committee, including Carmen Campos, Lori Langer de Ramirez, Maria Nebres and Carlos San Juan. Kudos to all for an incredible Dalton presence at this important regional conference!
Stories submitted by: Lori Langer de Ramirez, Ed.D. Director, World and Classical Languages & Global Language Initiatives