2021 Keynote: Eileen Glisan

About Eileen Glisan


 We are pleased to introduce Eileen Glisan, the speaker for the 2021 conference!

Is Less More?: On Leveraging Our Teaching Practices


Eileen Glisan received the title of Distinguished University Professor of IUP in 2000–01. She holds a PhD in Spanish Applied Linguistics/Teaching Methodology from the University of Pittsburgh. In 2004–05, she was the Distinguished Visiting Professor at the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. Glisan was elected to serve as president of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages for 2010 and co-directed the ACTFL Research Priorities Project designed to develop and promote a national research agenda in foreign language education.

She is certified by ACTFL as an oral proficiency tester of Spanish. She also co-directed the project that created the ACTFL/NCATE Program Standards for the Preparation of Foreign Language Teachers, which was approved by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education in 2002. Glisan was chair of the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages in 1997 and president of the Pennsylvania State Modern Language Association from 1992 to 1994.

Glisan’s areas of research include standards-based instruction, proficiency assessment, listening comprehension, and teacher preparation. She’s published numerous articles in edited books and scholarly journals such as The Modern Language Journal, Foreign Language Annals, and The Canadian Modern Language Review. She is co-author of Teacher’s Handbook: Contextualized Language Instruction, a leading methodology text now in its fifth edition (2015); co-author of the 2013 text Implementing Integrated Performance Assessment, and lead author of the 2017 text Enacting the Work of Language Instruction: High-leverage Teaching Practices.

Glisan was the 1996 recipient of the Anthony Papalia Award for Excellence in Teacher Education, given by ACTFL and the New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers. She was the recipient of the 2008 Stephen A. Freeman Award given by NECTFL for the best published article on language teaching techniques that appeared in 2006: "The Integrated Performance Assessment (IPA): Connecting Assessment to Instruction and Learning," Foreign Language Annals (coauthored). She also received the 2008 Nelson H. Brooks Award for Distinguished Service and Leadership to the Profession, given by NECTFL. In 2012, she received the Frank Mulhern Leadership Award for Outstanding Professional Leadership in World Languages and Cultures by the Pennsylvania State Modern Language Association.

Past Keynote Speakers:

2019: Ted Zarrow
2018: Linda Egnatz
2017: Bonnie Adair-Hauck
2016: Yo Azama
2015: Toni Theisen
2014: Bill VanPatten
2013: John De Mado
2012: Richard Donato
2011: Duarte Silva
2010: Emily Spinelli
2009: Miles Turnbull
2008: Renate Schultz
2007: June K. Phillips
2003: Carmen Chaves Tesser
2002: Nancy Gadbois
2001: G. Richard Tucker

2000: Frank Medley
1999: Marty Abbott
1998: Mimi Met
1997: Helene Zimmer-Loew
1996: Christine Brown
1995: Greg Duncan
1994: Claire Jackson
1993: Beverly Harris-Schenz
1992: Helena Curtain
1991: Heidi Byrnes
1990: Jeannette Bragger
1989: Bob Terry
1988: Dorothy James
1987: Toby Tamarkin
1986: Bill VanPatten

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