2020 Keynote: Francis Troyan

About Francis Troyan


 We are pleased to introduce Francis Troyan, the speaker for the 2020 conference!

Genre Matters in World Language Teaching, Assessment, and Learning Situated in the recent scholarship on contextualized, task-based performance assessment and instruction of world languages that addresses the Can-Do Statements, this workshop introduces participants to a genre theory and pedagogy that views spoken and written texts—all instances of communication—as genres that can be made visible and systematically taught to students. Participants will learn how to integrate genre into a backward design (Wiggins & McTighe, 2005) approach for the assessment and instruction of a world language that is centered on the development of the learner’s ability to communicate in written and spoken genres.


Francis John Troyan is Associate Professor of World Language Education at The Ohio State University (OSU) in Columbus. A former classroom teacher of French, Spanish, and ESL, his teaching and research focus on world language teacher development, genre and functional linguistics in K-12 world language education, and teacher practices in dual language immersion education. His research has appeared in Teaching and Teacher Education, International Multilingual Research Journal, The Canadian Modern Language Review, Foreign Language Annals, and Language and Sociocultural Theory. He is a co-author of Implementing Integrated Performance Assessment.

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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