Foreign Language Teachers Elect McAlpine

Dr. David McAlpine, professor and graduate program coordinator of UALR’s Department of International and Second Language, has been elected to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages  for 2011-2012 term.

Nominated by Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, McAlpine was elected to the 12,000-member association following a nationwide vote of the members. He will serve as president-elect in 2011 and will be inaugurated at the group’s Annual Convention and World Languages Expo to be held in Philadelphia in 2012. He will continue to serve on the Board of Directors of the association as past president during 2013.

Founded in 1968, ACTFL is the largest and most comprehensive organization for foreign language educators in the country and has as its goal the improvement and expansion of the teaching and learning of all languages at all levels of instruction.

“Dave is the author of 34 refereed publications including co-authoring a beginning Spanish textbook series “Para Empezar” for McGraw-Hill. He is a regular presenter at state, regional, national, and international conferences,” said Dr. Mary Anne Garnett, professor of international and second language studies.“We know that his many friends and colleagues join in congratulating Dave on this outstanding achievement and well-deserved honor.

McAlpine earned a B.A.degree in Spanish from Wayne State College in Nebraska, an M.A. degree in Spanish from the Universidad Internacional, Mexico, and an Ed.D degree in second language education from the University of South Dakota.

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