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Glisan Elected President of Language Educators Association

CONTACT: Steve Ackley
703-894-2900, x105

January 15, 2008, Alexandria, Virginia - Eileen Glisan, a professor of Spanish and foreign language education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she is also coordinator of the K-12 Spanish Education Program, was elected as president-elect of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). The election results were announced at the association's November Annual Convention and World Languages Expo in Orlando, FL. Glisan begins a three-year term on the ACTFL Board of Directors Executive Committee and will serve as ACTFL President in 2010.

Outlining her vision for leading the association, Glisan says that "during my tenure as President of ACTFL, I would like to bring closer together research, instruction, and assessment, as well as enhance the professional development of language educators in order to benefit classroom learning across levels of instruction." 

In addition to teaching Spanish, Spanish applied linguistics, and teaching methodology courses at the university level, she has also taught Spanish at the middle and high school levels. Glisan received the IUP University Professorship Award for 2000-2001, and she was the Distinguished University Professor at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs in 2004-2005.

Glisan is certified by ACTFL as an oral proficiency tester of Spanish. She is co-author of Teacher's Handbook: Contextualized Language Instruction, a leading teaching methodology text, and she has authored many articles in journals such as The Modern Language Journal, Foreign Language Annals, Language Learning, and The Canadian Modern Language Review. She is a frequent presenter at local, state, regional, and national conferences and conducts in-service workshops for school districts and universities throughout the country.

Glisan has served the profession in a variety of leadership activities. She was chair of the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (NECTFL) in 1997 and president of the Pennsylvania State Modern Language Association (PSMLA) in 1992-1994. She co-directed the development of the ACTFL/NCATE Program Standards for the Preparation of Foreign Language Teachers, approved by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) in 2002, and she served as a member of the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Consortium (INTASC) Foreign Language Committee, which drafted initial licensing standards for foreign language teachers in 2002. Glisan serves on the ACTFL/NCATE Audit Team and conducts training workshops for new program reviewers at the annual ACTFL Convention. She was a member of the Foreign Language Annals Editorial Board from 2001-2008.

ACTFL membership includes more than 12,000 language professionals from all levels of education and representing all languages. The association provides these members with a wide variety of professional development opportunities, including training and certification programs. All members receive the association's two publications, the Foreign Language Annals scholarly journal and The Language Educator magazine.


Tuesday, January 15, 2008