Fall 2018 Speaker Series - September 13
Presenter: Antonia F. Schleicher, Ph.D., Director of National African Language Resource Center at Indiana University - Bloomington
Title: Designing Curricular Pathways that Lead to Proficiency Targets
Greg Duncan (2013), says that “Visionary foreign language programs do FOUR pivotally important things which are a) Set Proficiency targets -- for every semester or year of language instruction; b) Design curricular pathways -- to lead to those targets; c) Assess -- both internally and externally to see if the targets are being met; d) Analyze data -- to make appropriate modifications”. Many language programs at the K-12 levels are already setting proficiency targets for their language courses. In this presentation, I will argue for the need for university language programs to begin to set proficiency targets for their language courses rather than basing language performance on grades only.
About the speaker:
Antonia Folarin Schleicher is the 2015 recipient of the ACTFL Wilga Rivers' Award for Leadership in Foreign Language Education (Postsecondary). She is the founding Executive Director of the Indiana University Center for Language Excellence. She is also the founding Director of the United States National African Language Resource Center, which she has led for the past 19 years. In 2010, she received the UW-Madison Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award and the National Council Of Less Commonly Taught Languages Walton Award for a Lifetime Distinguished Career in support of less commonly taught languages. Schleicher has authored ten books and three multimedia CDROMs for the learning of Yoruba and has co-authored numerous textbooks for other African languages such as Swahili, Shona and Pulaar. She co-authored African Language Pedagogy: An Emerging Field. She has edited more than 30 other books and six journals and has authored over two dozen articles in peer reviewed journals. Schleicher has both BA and MA from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, and Ph.D from the University of Kansas in General Linguistics but much of her current work deals with pedagogical issues in Foreign and Second Language Acquisition. She currently teaches courses on Teaching Methods of LCTLs and different courses on Yoruba Language and Culture at Indiana University-Bloomington.
She serves as the Executive Director of both the National Council of Less-Commonly Taught Languages (NCOLCTL) and the African Language Teachers Association (ALTA). She is the delegate for NCOLCTL at the annual Delegate Assembly of both ACTFL and JNCL (Joint National Committee for Languages) . Schleicher was awarded the United States President's Gold Level Volunteer Service Award for over 500-hours-a-year of devoted and unpaid service to the cause of promoting less-commonly taught languages and cultures in the U.S. She served on the ACTFL Board of Directors for three years. She is on the Board of Trustees of Center for Applied Linguistics and is also the current Immediate Past President of the National Federation of Modern Language Teachers Association (NFMLTA).