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National foreign language education association recognizes two College of Education alumni

Two University of Wyoming College of Education alumni recently received recognition from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).

ACTFL members selected Peter Swanson, associate professor of foreign language education at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia, as its 2015 president-elect. Swanson is coordinator of K-12 foreign language education and director of graduate studies. He teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses focused on K-12 methodology, technology integration, assessment, and research in second/foreign language.

“I’m honored to have the opportunity to serve alongside so many dedicated professionals,” Swanson says. “It is vital that we continue to advocate for language study and to provide opportunities for students at all levels to become proficient in a second language.”

Swanson holds three UW degrees: a B.A. (1991) in secondary Spanish education, an M.A. (1998) in Spanish, and a Ph.D. (2006) in education with a concentration in curriculum and instruction. He will serve as ACTFL president in 2016.

The ACTFL recognized another College of Education graduate, Brandee Mau of Gillette, as a finalist for its National Teacher of the Year Award. Mau holds a B.A. (1998) in secondary Spanish Education, a B.A. (1998) in German, and an M.A. (2006) in education with a concentration in curriculum and instruction. She currently is enrolled in the college’s principal certification program. Mau teaches at Campbell County High School in Gillette.

The award for the ACTFL National Language Teacher of the Year is intended to elevate the status of the language teaching profession at the state, regional, and national levels by creating opportunities for recognizing the most accomplished members of the profession. The Teacher of the Year becomes a spokesperson for the language profession in order to increase the visibility of the importance of learning languages and cultures to the general public.

The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is the national association for language education professionals from all levels of instruction and representing all languages. With more than 12,500 active members, ACTFL provides innovative professional development opportunities, acclaimed training and certification programs, and widely cited books, publications, scholarly journals, research studies and language education resources, including Foreign Language Annals and The Language Educator magazine. As part of its mission and vision, the organization provides guidance to the profession and to the general public regarding issues, policies, and best practices related to the teaching and learning of languages and cultures. ACTFL is a leading national voice among language educators and administrators and is guided by a responsibility to set standards and expectations that will result in high quality language programs.


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