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May 15, 2001

Coastal Carolina University will host Best Practices, a series of seminars introducing new teaching methods for K-12 language teachers. The pilot program, consisting of seven workshops scheduled between June 2001 and February 2002, is being funded through the Eisenhower Grant Program, a national project created by Congress to provide professional development to elementary and secondary school teachers and educators. The program was developed by Coastal professors JoAnne Flanders and Jos Sanjins with Sharon McCullough of Horry County Schools.

The Best Practices program will offer sessions covering several innovative new approaches to teaching, particularly the teaching of languages.

The following sessions will be offered:

June 9, 2001: Block Scheduling, led by Deborah Espitia of Howard County (Md.) Public Schools

Sept. 29, 2001: Curricular Designs K-6, led by Harriett Barnett of Manhattanville College

Oct. 6, 2001: Languages Across the Curriculum, led by Gail Riley of American University

Nov. 3, 2001: Authentic Materials, led by Isabelle Kaplan of Bennington College

Jan. 19, 2002: Teaching Speaking: Interpersonal and Presentational Modes, led by Alvin Prince of Furman University

Jan. 26, 2002: Follow-up Session I

Feb. 9, 2002: Follow-up Session II

For more information about this program, contact Flanders at 349- 2928 or Sanjins at 349-2467.