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Intercultural communication topic of WKU’s Hatcher Lecture

Effective intercultural communication is increasingly important in today’s society. On March 1 at WKU, Dr. Orlando Kelm, Associate Director for Business Language Education at the Center for International Business Education and Research at the University of Texas at Austin, will present Global Competency: How to Get Along Interculturally in Today’s World.

Hatcher poster proof2Dr. Kelm is the 2015-2016 Paul G. and Ernestine G. Hatcher Lecturer in the Department of Modern Languages.

In his presentation at 4:30 p.m. at WKU’s Faculty House, he will discuss strategies for becoming more aware of cultural differences, and share models for communicating across cultures and in global contexts. A reception will begin at 4 p.m.

The annual Paul G. and Ernestine G. Hatcher Modern Language Lecture Series is made possible through a gift by Dr. Graham Hatcher in honor of his parents, Dr. Paul G. and Ernestine G. Hatcher. Dr. Paul G. Hatcher, Professor of Spanish, taught at WKU for 27 years, and served as Head of the Department of Modern Languages from 1959 to 1965. He was the first Dean of Potter College and also the first Director of International Programs at WKU.

For information on the lecture or on programs in World Languages, contact the Department of Modern Languages at (270) 745-2401 or visit http://www.wku.edu/modernlanguages/.

Professional Development for Teachers of World Languages

In addition to the March 1 Hatcher Lecture, Dr. Kelm will offer a professional development workshop for teachers of World Languages at 4 p.m. Feb. 29 in the Ivan Wilson Fine Arts Center, room 252.

The one-hour workshop is titled Foreign Language Teaching in Today’s World: Is There Really An App for That?

About the workshop: There are hundreds of innovative technologies that make up part of today’s world of social media, interactions and learning. Some are designed specifically for language learning, and others can be implemented for the language learner. The object of this workshop is to provide specific example of ways that these programs, apps, websites, and products can be used in language learning, language teaching, and for foreign language classes. The workshop is applicable to all languages, as well as K-12, adult, and independent learners.

Contact: Modern Languages, (270) 745-2401

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