Dr. Iris Xu selected for Alabama World Languages Association’s Outstanding Administrator Award

Posted: Thursday, 28 January 2016

TROY – Dr. Iris Xu, Director of the Confucius Institute at Troy University, will be honored with the Alabama World Languages Association's Outstanding Administrator Award during the organization's conference awards luncheon on the Troy Campus on Jan. 30.

More than 200 language educators are expected to attend the organization's annual conference hosted by Troy University on Jan. 29-30. The conference will get under way on Jan. 29, with registration, pre-conference workshops and the official opening ceremony for the event.

The conference will continue on Saturday with language association chapter meetings, additional workshops and the awards luncheon beginning at 12:30 p.m. in the Trojan Center Ballrooms. Dr. Tommy Bice, State Superintendent of Education, will deliver in the keynote address, beginning at 1:30 p.m. in the Trojan Center Ballrooms.

Dr. Xu holds a B.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) from Harbin Teachers University in China, an M.A. in Bilingual Education, and a Ph.D. in Second Language Acquisition (SLA) from University at Alberta, Canada.

Dr. Xu joined the staff at Troy University in 2008 after 10 years with Edmonton Public Schools, Alberta, Canada, and over three decades of experience as a second language teacher, supervisor, consultant, curriculum developer and conceptual designer. She has been active in numerous local organizations of second language teachers and offered second language education and teacher education seminars and courses in China, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, Britain and the United States, and mentored and guided many graduate students from around the world.

Dr. Xu has been actively involved in coordination and organizing various programs in the fields of training and teaching English and Chinese as a second language for students and teachers. She has been directing and coordinating in the writing of the International Curriculum for Chinese Language Education, which has been translated into 47 languages as of 2014.

The Confucius Institute at Troy University is part of a global network of more than 400 Confucius Institutes in 123 countries. Currently in the United States, there are more than 100 Confucius Institutes dedicated to the promotion and development of Chinese language education and cultural and business exchange with the People's Republic of China.

The Alabama World Languages Association is an organization designed to motivate educators to contribute to and to advocate for improved world language education for all students at all levels.