Deadline for Registration: October 6, 2016
“WHAT IS A “GLOBAL PROFESSIONAL?” PREPARING CULTURALLY AND LINGUISTICALLY COMPETENT U.S. GRADUATES FOR THE GLOBAL ECONOMY.”
Free registration for active ACTR members (who paid their 2016 dues)
Led by Dr. Dan E. Davidson, President, American Councils for International Education; Professor of Russian and SLA, Bryn Mawr College.
This webinar will provide foreign language teachers and administrators with powerful rationales for studying abroad in the target language, by focusing on the skill sets that global businesses, government, and our own increasingly diverse society are requiring from those they are hiring in 2016 and in the future.
Drawing on relevant research of current expectations of the workforce from the US and foreign governments, OECD, Microsoft, the Michigan State survey of 1000 US corporations, and the Harvard Business School, Dr. Davidson will discuss the importance of knowing a foreign language in connection with the intercultural skills associated with serious study abroad experience (linguistic and cultural acuity, contextual “intelligence,” ability to work in international teams, to build and maintain cross-cultural relationships, to mediate conflict, etc.). Dr. Davidson will also address the state of affairs concerning study abroad in Russia and will provide an overview of programs available to students and scholars of Russian.
About the Presenter
Dan E. Davidson has focused much of his professional life on the development, oversight, and support of international initiatives in educational development, training, and research, primarily through the work of American Councils and its partner organizations in the U. S., and the world. Now in its fifth decade, AC has developed into one of the premier American education and international training organizations, designing and implementing large-scale U.S. and foreign government-funded exchange and fellowship programs, as well as major initiatives in research, assessment, development and innovation.
Dr. Davidson holds the Ph.D. in Slavic Languages from Harvard University and is author or editor of 44 books, and over 60 articles in the fields of language, culture, and educational development, including a major twenty-year longitudinal study of adult SLA. His research study, “Study Abroad: When, How Long, and with What Results?” Foreign Language Annals, Spring 2010, is one of the most frequently cited studies on overseas language immersion of the past five years. Davidson’s latest research article “Assessing Language Proficiency and Intercultural Development in the Overseas Immersion Context” appears in Exploring the US Language Flagship Program: Professional Competence in a Second Language by Graduation, Eds., Murphy, D. & Evans-Romaine, K. Multilingual Matters (UK), 2016. He is member of the Commission on Languages of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a foreign member of the Russian Academy of Education (RAO), Vice President of the International Association of Teachers of Russian Language and Literature and immediate past Chair of the College Board World Languages Academic Advisory Committee. Dan has supervised 36 Ph.D. Dissertations over the course over the past 4 decades of teaching in the Russian Department at Bryn Mawr.
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