I am so happy to have been able to present at the SWCOLT (Southwest Conference on Language Teaching) annual conference in Fort Worth, Texas.
Traveling from the airport to Fort Worth, I couldn’t help admiring the lush green of the grass and foliage, a marked contrast to the still-wintry North Jersey landscape.
My session, on “The Importance of Foreign Language Advocacy in Building Student Skills and Empowerment,” included many questions and general discussion with the participants, which is always the best way to get to the heart of an issue.
The plenary session, on “the courage to connect,” was inspirational. The interesting session schedule and impressive exhibit area, including a wonderful mariachi performance on Friday evening, were matched only by the friendliness and hospitality of the organizers and participants.
It was a wonderful opportunity to see old friends and to make new ones, to listen to both successes and concerns, and to talk about the importance of foreign language learning and of foreign language advocacy with dedicated educators from across the region.
The historic setting, in the very hotel where President Kennedy stayed during his final night, had photos of the fateful presidential visit on display and was adjacent to the inspirational John F. Kennedy Tribute Memorial in General Worth Square, a destination for many throughout the day and well into the evening.
Many thanks to SWCOLT for including my session in the conference program, and special thanks to everyone who attended my session, especially AATF President Anne Jensen.
Arriving in Newark airport on Saturday evening, I noticed a large group of excited, happy travelers preparing to board their flight. Where to? Paris, of course! 🙂
Languages do matter!