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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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Professor Annie Remillard at 423.652.4804 or email@example.com.
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