ConnecTalks is a live event at the annual ACTFL Convention and World Languages Expo featuring speakers with unique viewpoints illuminating how language connects to cutting-edge work in psychology, information technology, and a host of other fields. The ConnecTalks are TED-style presentations in that each event showcases brief, 25-minute talks, which will spark your imagination and invigorate your teaching.
Originally conceived by the National Foreign Language Resource Center (NFLRC) at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, ConnecTalks is an annual event organized and sponsored by ACTFL, The Language Flagship Technology Innovation Center, and several Title VI Language Resource Centers. In 2019, LRC sponsors include the Assessment and Evaluation Language Resource Center (AELRC) at Georgetown University, the Center for Advanced Language Proficiency Education and Research (CALPER) at The Pennsylvania State University, the Center for Urban Language Teaching and Research (CULTR) at Georgia State University, and the National Foreign Language Resource Center (NFLRC) at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.
To learn more information about this event and the upcoming talks, visit the official ConnecTalks website.
PASSION. LANGUAGE. INSPIRATION.
ConnecTalks speakers highlight unique perspectives that may not otherwise be represented at the annual ACTFL Convention and World Languages Expo. Join ConnecTalks to take a breather from the main conference and broaden your perspective on other fields’ connections to language education.
Rada Mihalcea l Director of the Michigan Artificial Intelligence Lab
Words and People: What Language Tells Us About Ourselves
Lourdes Ortega l Professor of Applied Linguistics at Georgetown University
Why Language Teachers Should Think Multilingually
Andrew Brown l Founder and Executive Director of The Global Language Network
How to Use Language as a Tool to Help Fix Our world
Marty Abbott l World Language Advocate
San Diego, CA