From April 14 to 16, Houghton College will be hosting the 26th annual conference of the Christian Association of World Languages (CAWL). This year’s conference is titled, “The Arts: The Intersection of Aesthetic Expression, Christianity, and World Languages.”
Julia Villaseñor, vice president of CAWL, said, “The conference is intended to provide attendees with professional development and inspiration, but it's also a time for fellowship and support, both professional and personal, among like-minded Christian world language educators.”
The conference will include speakers and presenters from several different colleges including Biola University, Grove City College, Whitworth University, Wheaton College, Trinity Western University, Baylor University and others. Sessions will include presentations on Spanish literature and culture, French literature and culture, the integration of faith and learning, and the teaching of languages in the classroom setting.
Houghton College Spanish professor David Kinman will be presenting on the topic of faith and learning, and Houghton Intercultural Studies professor Marcus Dean will be giving a presentation about language and culture in worship. Dr. David Hooker from Wheaton College and Dr. Kelsey Haskett from Trinity Western University will be the conference’s keynote speakers.
Formerly known as the North American Christian Foreign Language Association, CAWL is an organization of Christian world language educators. The organization seeks to provide a forum for the promotion of Christian reflection and practice in the field of world language education, to strengthen the contribution of Christian scholarship in this field to the larger academic world and to provide Christian world language educators with a community and network for support and encouragement.