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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,”
“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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about King University’s Languages and Literatures Department.
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