On Wednesday, May 28th, Dr. Kathryn Lindholm-Leary, Prof. Emerita San Diego State, was able to sit in on a discussion involving representatives from several departments at ECU concerning Dual Language Immersion programs. Included were possible steps for implementation and how DLI programs in schools would change the way we prepare educators to teach children through dual language education. She then gave a presentation to community members and school superintendents of Eastern North Carolina interested entitled “Benefits and Challenges of Dual Language Programs. Research and Implications.” She shared her findings about DLI effectiveness in student learning for both English-speakers and Spanish-speakers. She answered questions concerning this research, and participated in a discussion with several groups interested in learning more about this topic.
Thursday, May 29th, and Friday, May 30th, were spent visiting 2 different school settings in the area. First, we visited Greene County schools, a district which was a pioneer in our region, having implemented a DLI, the Los Puentes program, over ten years ago. With Dr. Lindholm-Leary, we observed classes at the elementary and intermediate level to assess the strengths of the program, as well as areas for growth and further development. On her last day here, Dr. Lindholm-Leary visited Pink Hill Elementary School in Lenoir County, to speak to teachers and administrators about dual language research, and gave a presentation to show concrete findings in the positive effects of this type of education.
Having Dr. Lindholm-Leary present with us for a few days gave us an additional perspective on our current and previous work on the Engagement and Outreach Scholars’ Academy project, along with an opportunity to reach out to the community and start a meaningful conversation on Dual-Language Immersion programs in our schools.
– Stephen Fafulas
Now in its eleventh year in Greenville, the popular Foreign Policy Association’s Great Decisions Program will be hosted by East Carolina University beginning January 18 and will run through March 8. Sponsored by the World Affairs Council of Eastern North Carolina and ECU, the community forum on international affairs will run for eight consecutive Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. in the auditorium of the Rivers West Building.
This year’s program consists of a series of lectures by academic and professional experts. Topics of discussion will include defense technology, Turkey’s challenges, US trade policy, Israel and the US, Islamic awakening, energy independence, China’s foreign policy, and food and climate change.
ECU students, staff and faculty may attend for free and purchase the program book for $19. The public is invited to attend for a fee of $37 for all eight sessions, which includes membership in the World Affairs Council of Eastern North Carolina. The textbook is an additional $19. The cost for attending an individual session is $6.