The student-run Foreign Language Education Symposium (FLEDS) will be held at the Middlebury Institute on Saturday, November 3. Cupertino High School teacher Ying Jin, named National Teacher of the Year by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, will be the featured plenary speaker at the conference, whose theme is “Meeting Challenges, Inspiring Success.”
The conference will also feature fifteen workshops running in three concurrent sessions, as well as a closing plenary panel featuring four teachers who work in different contexts and teach different foreign languages: Desma Johnson MATESOL ’01 (high school Spanish), Rana Issa MATFL ’11 (university Arabic), SiSi Wu MATFL ’12 (elementary school Mandarin), and Sgt. Benjamin Steel (non-academic adults Urdu, Hindi, and Arabic). The event will conclude with a networking reception in the McCone Atrium.
FLEDS represents a significant professional development opportunity for language teachers throughout Central California and is expected to draw teachers, teacher educators, and program administrators from as far south as Santa Barbara and as far north as Sacramento. A reduced price for early-bird registration is available until October 14. Those interested in attending are encouraged to register online via Eventbrite.
Additional information about the conference is available here.