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Release: Sept. 1, 1999
UI professor wins national award for foreign language
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.