MONTGOMERY - Troy University's Confucius Institute will host the Southeast Chinese Language Association's sixth annual conference on Friday and Saturday at the University's Montgomery Campus.
The annual event brings together teachers, professors and policy makers to hear from experts in the field and share teaching, research, partnership and administrative experiences. The conference is expected to draw educators from 13 states.
"We are pleased to host the annual conference of the Southeast Chinese Language Association," said Dr. Iris Xu, director of TROY's Confucius Institute. "Participants will have the opportunity to mingle with colleagues, share ideas and experiences, hear the expertise of international speakers and build relationships that can help fuel future partnerships. We hope that all who attend will be inspired to help grow Chinese language teaching and learning."
Conference workshops will get under way at 1 p.m. Friday with topics such as classroom management, Advanced Placement Chinese language and culture classes and online Chinese language programs.
Participants will travel to the Troy Campus later on Friday afternoon for a reception at the Confucius Institute, beginning at 5:30 p.m., followed by a banquet in the Trojan Center Ballrooms before returning to Montgomery Friday evening.
Saturday's events will begin at 9 a.m. in the Gold Room of Whitley Hall on the Montgomery Campus. A keynote address, featuring Dr. Olenka Bilash, professor of second language education at the University of Alberta, Canada, will begin at 10 a.m.
Dr. Bilash is the North American representative to LINGUAPAX, which is affiliated with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization and designed to advocate for all languages in the world. She is the recipient of numerous teaching and research awards, including the 2010 3M Teaching Fellowship for National Excellence and Leadership in Post-Secondary Education.
Dr. Bilash is multilingual and has served on teacher education projects on five continents. Her research interests focus on teacher professional development, identity formation and transformation, global citizenship awareness education, marginalized communities, critical literacy and intercultural competency.
Panel and round table discussions will take place during the Saturday afternoon with the conference concluding at 5 p.m.