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King University News :: King Professors Present Zooming into the Language Classroom at ACA Summit

BRISTOL, Tenn., Nov. 15, 2014 – Two of King University’s professors, Annie Remillard, assistant professor of French, along with Beatriz Macione, associate dean of King’s College of Arts and Sciences and chair of the Languages and Literatures Department, presented “Zooming into the Language Classroom” at the Appalachian College Association (ACA) Annual Summit, which took place recently in Knoxville, Tenn.

During the Oct. summit, Rémillard and Macione discussed the implementation of Zoom technology into the Spanish and French classes at King University. They shared how technology has revolutionized the way language is taught. “At King University we are implementing technology programs that enable students to interact with people from different cultures and expose them to real life situations,” said Macione.

Zoom allows instructors, students, and guests to interact via video conferencing. The technology enables instructors to record conversations, interviews, and other real-life situations for students to view as many times as needed. Instructors can also record his/her lessons and students can view and learn at their own pace. During their presentation, Professors Rémillard and Macione demonstrated with examples from the classroom the possibilities that such programs provide in facilitating interaction among students, faculty, and native speakers.

“As part of our presentation, we included two special guests via Zoom – King University’s Joel Robertson, Chief Information Officer, and Jennifer Mongold, associate dean of Social Sciences. Joel Robertson discussed the integration of the Zoom technology at King, while Professor Mongold spoke on how she had incorporated Zoom into her classroom,” said Macione.

“Zoom is a very intuitive program, user-friendly with robust features that enable it to fit seamless into any classroom setting,” added Macione. “For King’s Languages and Literatures Department, Zoom provides a way to bring native speakers into the classroom. We can bring guests into the classroom, through Zoom, from Canada, Spain, Africa, or from almost anywhere in the world. This is a true asset to any learning environment.”

The ACA Annual Summit uses communities of practice, concurrent sessions, and plenary speakers to address various aspects of the faculty and staff role, creating an active learning environment, clinical teaching and evaluation, and other topics of interest.

Visit www.acaweb.org to learn more about the Appalachian College Association. Contact Beatriz Macione at 423.652.4896 or bhmacion@king.edu for more information about King University’s Languages and Literatures Department.

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