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Master of Arts in Second Languages

David C. McAlpine

Dr. Dave McAlpine is professor of Spanish and Second Language Education and Coordinator of Graduate Studies in the International and Second Language Studies Department. In addition to advising students in the Master of Arts in Second Languages (MASL) program and directing Master’s theses, he teaches the methods of teaching second languages course and the research methods course, and supervises students during their student teaching semester. He was recently appointed as one of three inaugural directors of the UALR Teaching Academy.

Dr. McAlpine received a BAE from Wayne State College (NE), an MA from the Universidad Internacional (Mexico), and a doctorate in Foreign Language Curriculum and Instruction from the University of South Dakota. He served for 15 years as chair of DISLS after 12 years at Morningside College in Iowa and 10 years teaching Spanish in junior and senior high in Nebraska. He holds numerous leadership positions in the foreign language education profession. In January 2008, he was elected to the Board of Directors of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). He also serves on the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) Board of Directors, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards(NBPTS) World Languages Other Than English Standards Committee, the Editorial Board of Foreign Language Annals, and the Editorial Board of Dimension, the journal of the Southern Conference on Language Teaching (SCOLT).

Dr. McAlpine is the recipient of numerous awards, including the ACTFL Anthony Papalia Award for Excellence in Teacher Education, the AFLTA Foreign Language Educator of the Year, the Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Founders Award, and the UALR Faculty Excellence Award for Teaching. He has published in Foreign Language Annals, the ADFL Bulletin, the Central States Conference Report, and is coauthor of a beginning Spanish textbook.

Updated 1.26.2009