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Release: Sept. 1, 1999

UI professor wins national award for foreign language teachers

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Judith Liskin-Gasparro, an associate professor of Spanish at the University of Iowa, has won the 1999 Florence Steiner Award for Leadership in Foreign Language Education. The award has been given annually since 1977 by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).

The award is made to an individual who "has made an outstanding contribution to foreign language education by showing evidence of excellence in teaching, service to the foreign language teaching profession at local, state, regional, and national levels, and instructional leadership in the professional development of current and future language instructors."

Liskin-Gasparro was nominated for the award by the Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, in recognition for her more than 20 years of work as a Spanish teacher, author, and curriculum developer. She has given many presentations and workshops on foreign language testing and assessment, as well as curriculum development and instructional approaches. She was instrumental in the development of the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines, and has taught hundreds of language teachers at all levels to administer and score speaking proficiency tests and to incorporate in their teaching the results and insights gained from the assessments.

The ACTFL gives two Steiner awards each year, one to a post-secondary educator and the other to a foreign language teacher at the elementary or secondary level. Only organizational members of ACTFL, including national, regional, and state foreign language associations, may submit nominations for these awards.