AWLA Conference 2018

Sweet Home Alabama:
Language and Community

Hosted by the University of Mobile February 2-3, 2018.

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TENTATIVE SCHEDULE*

Friday, February 2

12:00-7:00                               Registration Open 

1:45-4:15                                Optional Trolley Tour Excursions**



Downtown Mobile Antebellum Architecture Tour

Alabama's Gateway with the World: Behind the Scenes at the State of Alabama Port Authority

4:00-7:00                                 Exhibit Hall Open 

4:30-5:00                                 Welcome Reception 

5:00 -6:00                                Opening Plenary 

6:10-6:30                                 Round 1 (Mini Sessions) 

6:40- 7:00                                Round 2 (Mini Sessions) 

7:00                                          Dinner On Your Own

9:00-10:00                               AWLA Social Hour at Holiday Inn (Saraland)

Saturday, February 3

7:30- 12:30                              Registration Open 

7:30-12:30                               Exhibit Hall Open 

7:30-9:30                                 Breakfast With Exhibitors

8:00- 9:15                                Chapter Meetings

9:15-9:25                                 Break With Exhibitors 

9:25-10:15                               Round 3

10:25-11:15                             Round 4 

11:25-12:15                             Round 5 

12:30-2:00                               Lunch & Featured Guest Speaker:

                                    L. Craig Roberts Mardi Gras in Mobile

2:15-3:05                                 Round 6 

3:15-4: 05                                Round 7  

4:15-5:00                                 Keynote: Dr. Mary Risner (University of Florida)

6:30                                         Mardi Gras Parades (Stay tuned for transportation info)

Sunday, February 4

8:00 -9:30                                AWLA Executive Board Meeting



*AWLA reserves the right to make changes to the schedule, program and highlighted sessions.  
**Additional fee, optional

Session Spotlight

Pedagogy
  • Keep Them Talking! Moving Beyond Memorized Vocabulary 
Technology 
  • Our Chatbot Overlords: Artificial Intelligence and Language Learning 
Culture
  • "Toucher" la France: liens entre la France et le Maghreb 
Community & Language
  • Me, My World, The World 

We Are Excited To Welcome Keynote Speaker Dr. Mary Risner

Classroom and Community:  Building Linkages

Dr. Risner (University of Florida) will explore the teaching and learning of language and culture in the context of the community. She will discuss her personal journey with LSP (Languages for Specific Purposes), discuss strategies, and give examples of community connections for incorporation into your classroom.

About Dr. Risner: Mary Risner develops and manages initiatives that integrate the study of world languages and area studies across the curriculum. Throughout her 25 year career in education, she has taught language at a variety of K–16 levels, as well as in corporate environments. Her research interests are in the role of culture and language skills in the workplace and the integration of emerging technologies in the classroom to develop intercultural competence.

 


AWLA Guest Speaker L. Craig Roberts

Mardi Gras in Mobile

Mardi Gras in Mobile began its carnival celebration years before the city of New Orleans was founded. In the 1700s, mystic societies formed in Mobile, such as the Societe de Saint Louis, believed to be the first in the New World. These curious organizations brought old-world traditions as they held celebrations like parades and balls with themes like Scandinavian mythology and the dream of Pythagoras. 


Today, more than 800,000 people annually take in the sights, sounds and attractions of the celebration. Historian and preservationist L. Craig Roberts, through extensive research and interviews, explores the captivating and charismatic history of Mardi Gras in the Port City.



AWLA is pleased to offer these additional opportunities for
AWLA 2018 attendees and families. 

Optional excursions are $15.

Optional Excursion: Friday

Trolley Tour Downtown Mobile Antebellum Architecture Tour

Lonnie Burnett, PhD
Vice Provost of the University of Mobile
Dean of College of A&S, and Professor of History 


Since the city of Mobile did not experience major damage during the American Civil War, many pre-1860 structures survive today.  This architectural tour will feature everything from stately Greek Revival and Italianate residences, to classic Federal government buildings and places of worship, to stark reminders of an urban slave community. 
There is a minimum number of registrations for this tour to make as well as a limited number of seats on the trolley. We expect a great turnout so secure your spot today! Tours leave from conference registration area. Be sure to be there by 1:45-1:50.

*AWLA reserves the right to cancel if necessary. 

Optional Excursion: Friday

Trolley Tour: Alabama's Gateway With the World: Behind the scenes at the State of Alabama Port Authority

Sevints Nuriyeva, PhD
Professor of Global Business
University of Mobile 

 Professor Nuriyeva will accompany our host from the Department of Commerce for a behind the scenes tour of the Port of Mobile, Alabama’s Port.  Please note, once inside the Port this will be a driving tour for Homeland Security reasons. Tours leave from conference registration area. There is a minimum number of registrations for this tour to make as well as a limited number of seats on the trolley. We expect a great turnout so secure your spot today! Tours leave from conference registration area. Be sure to be there by 1:45-1:50.

*AWLA reserves the right to cancel if necessary. 


Questions About The Program

 Kristy Britt, AWLA Vice President

 University of South Alabama

 E-mail: kbritt@southalabama.edu



Register for AWLA 2018

You must be a member to register for AWLA 2018. If you are already logged in just click the above to register for AWLA 2018.
If you need to renew or join, we invite you to do so here. Forgot your username? Contact us at theawla@gmail.com 

Plan Your Visit 

Conference Hotel

AWLA has secured a special conference rate at the Holiday Inn Express Inn & Suites Mobile/Saraland. Use this link and the Group Code AWL for special conference rate of $89 per night plus tax and includes breakfast.  

We hope that AWLA members will choose to bring their families and take advantage of Mobile, especially since we’ll be meeting when there are Mardi Gras parades.


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