Oct. 22, 2010
Laurie Iudin-Nelson, Luther College professor of modern languages, was a featured guest presenter at a STARTALK seminar for teachers of Russian for grades kindergarten through undergraduate college.
STARTALK invited teachers from throughout the United States to the Russian Village of the Concordia Language Villages in Minnesota to participate in the seminar in June and July.
Iudin-Nelson's presentations included sessions on folk singing, balalaika instruction, and five lectures on various aspects of music as a pedagogical tool for foreign language and culture education.
The seminar was funded by a grant received by Concordia Language Villages from the National Security Language Initiative, an inter-agency effort coordinated by the White House to increase the number of Americans learning and teaching critical need foreign languages.
The Secretaries of State, Education and Defense, and the Director of National Intelligence launched this national initiative to expand U.S. critical foreign language education.
The National Security Language Initiative is designed to increase the number of Americans learning foreign languages such as Arabic, Chinese, Russian, Hindi, Farsi and others through new and expanded programs.
For more information on STARTALK or the National Security Language Initiative see http://www.nflc.org/projects/current_projects/startalk/.