Dear Colleagues,

Please consider submitting a proposal for the upcoming Symposium on Language Pedagogy in Higher Education (SOLPHE), which will take place on October 2 & 3, 2020, at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. This symposium was created to serve as a professional development forum tailored to the needs of post-secondary language educators, with the broader goals of enhancing the quality of language programs and providing opportunities for inter-institutional collaboration.

Invited speakers:

*       Dr. Bill VanPatten will give a plenary address on “Barriers to Innovation in Language Program Direction”
*       Dr. Claudia Fernández will facilitate a workshop on “Re-designing the Basic Language Curriculum for the 21st Century”
*       Dr. Cori Crane will do a workshop on “Working Towards Perspective Transformation: Fostering Critical Reflection in the Language Classroom”

The symposium will also feature a special workshop for language program directors and coordinators on “Conflict Resolution: A Guide to Crucial Conversations,” as well as round-table discussion sessions on topics such as TA training, experiential learning, online courses, etc.

For information, please visit: 

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Best wishes,




Chiara Fabbian

Chiara Fabbian, PhD

Clinical Associate Professor and Director of the Italian Program


Department of Hispanic and Italian Studies

University of Illinois at Chicago

601 S. Morgan Street, 1830UH MC 315

Phone 312-355-8485  Fax 312-413-1044