Spanish Professor Appointed National Convention Chair

Dr. Dave McAlpine, professor of Spanish and second language education in the Department of International and Second Language Study, has been appointed convention chair for the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).

In November 2010, more than 6,000 ACTFL members and other language professionals will convene at the Hynes Convention Center and Sheraton Boston Hotel for ACTFL’s 44th Annual Convention and World Languages Expo. This year’s theme is “Languages: Gateway to global Communities.”

As Convention chair, McAlpine coordinates the efforts of the convention committee charged with evaluating some 1,200 session, workshop, roundtable, and poster proposals for the more than 500 professional development sessions that form the annual convention. Once that process occurs, McAlpine and his committee will design the four-day convention together with the ACTFL staff.

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