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FLAM Conference: 'Embracing Our Diversity Through Languages'

Saturday, October 8, 2022 | 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Simon Hall, 017, 018, 020, 021, 022, 023
Simon Hall, St. Louis, MO 63105

The Foreign Languages Association of Missouri (FLAM)  is the statewide professional association and advocacy group that represents all world language instructors, K-12, and higher education. This year's conference is back in person and will take place October 7-8. The campus will welcome 200 instructors from area schools, public and private, in addition to faculty from SLU, Webster, and UMSL. The Teaching Center, the Center for the Humanities, Global Studies, the Departments of EALC, JIMES, Classics, and German have generously sponsored some of our conference.

We are excited to host the incoming president of ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages), Akash Patel, as our keynote. Other highlights include an encore presentation by last year's Best in Missouri awardees, our own Korean-language faculty. Faculty from nearly all of our language programs (German, Romance, and East Asian) will be represented in the schedule.

This conference offers our university a wonderful opportunity to engage directly with our local communities while sharing best practices and innovation in language pedagogy. In this way, the conference effectively "forges connections between academy and society" and focuses on ways to improve our abilities to deliver "different literacies" in our classrooms.  In other words, this conference demonstrates the new Arts and Sciences Strategic Plan in action!