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SOWLE 2020 (previously known as MIIS’s Foreign Language Education Symposium - FLEDS) is an annual conference that provides language teachers with opportunities to discuss current trends and issues in world languages education. The Symposium is hosted by the Graduate School of Translation, Interpretation, and Language Education (GSTILE) at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS). 

The 2020 Symposium will be held virtually on November 7 & 14, 2020.

The logo of the event.

This year’s theme: “Language Teaching in 2020: Tackling Racial Inequity”

The SOWLE committee considers this to be the recognition that inclusive world language teachers must actively adapt their classrooms and communities to better serve the interests and needs of their students by addressing the racism still present in our disciplines and institutions. 

Special Thanks!

Thank you to our wonderful speakers and presenters for providing a diverse and timely program. Thank you to the SOWLE 2020 Committee for their hard work and dedication to making the first-ever virtual SOWLE a success. Thank you to our advisor, Dr. Netta Avineri, for her guidance, support, and encouragement in planning this event. Thank you to our student volunteers and our interpreters for their time and effort in supporting their community at MIIS. Thank you to Angie Quesenberry for her hard work setting up registration and donations. Thank you to Queers and Allies at MIIS (Q.A.A.A.M) and B.U.I.LD. for their support in promoting SOWLE 2020. Thank you to the publishers, Routledge Press & Oxford University Press, for providing the books for our book raffle. Thank you to Student Council for funding or Keynote Speakers and as a result allowing for a totally free event. Thank you to Justin Hitt and Mark Basse at Media Services for their technological support. And most of all, thank you to those who are attending from around the world!