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King University News :: King’s Languages and Literatures Department along with QEP to host Regional Languages Workshop March 1

On Friday, March 1, King University’s Languages and Literatures Department along with Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) project are hosting an Oral Proficiency Interview Workshop for language teachers in the region.  The event, a collaborative with the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), will feature guest speaker Dr. Eric Kartchner.

Dr. Kartchner is an associate professor of Spanish and serves as the chair of the Department of Foreign Languages at Georgia Southern University.  He received his Bachelor of Arts from Weber State University, where he studied French, Spanish, and Philosophy, and his Master of Arts in Spanish Literature and Hispanic Linguistics from the University of Nevada, Reno.  He obtained his doctorate from Indiana University, Bloomington in Hispanic Literature with minors in Hispanic Linguistics and Comparative Literature.  His research interests are also diverse but tend to focus primarily on Spanish literature of the Renaissance and Baroque periods.  

Dr. Kartchner is a certified oral proficiency interview tester and tester trainer for the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.  In this role, he provides proficiency training to language instructors (K-12 and university levels) around the country.

The workshop will take place from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Board Room of King University’s Student Center Complex.  Participants will be attending from Southwest Virginia and East Tennessee; languages represented will be French, German, and Spanish. 

“Participants registered thus far have welcomed the opportunity King University is providing,” said Dr. Beatriz Macione, associate professor of Spanish and chair of the Languages and Literatures Department at King University.  “One offered this note of appreciation: ‘Thanks for coordinating this--we so seldom have any professional development opportunities geared strictly toward foreign languages.  Looking forward to meeting you.’  We are pleased to be able to provide this workshop to language teachers across the region.” 

For additional information on the Oral Proficiency Interview Workshop, contact Dr. Beatriz Macione at 423.652.4896 or or contact Professor Annie Remillard at 423.652.4804 or


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