University of Colorado Boulder Instructors Anne Becher and Edwige Simon have each been honored this year by the Colorado Congress of Foreign Language Teachers (CCFLT).
Becher, senior instructor of Spanish and Portuguese, received the annual Excellence in Teaching Award, while Simon, director of the Division of Continuing Education’s Certificate Program in Language Teaching with Technology, received a post-secondary research grant.
CCFLT is a 550-plus member organization, founded in 1947, that supports and advances world language teaching and learning in Colorado’s schools, colleges and universities, through its conferences, newsletters and advocacy for world language education.
Becher and Simon were recognized at the CCFLT conference held this month in Loveland, Colo.
“I am humbled by this recognition, and I wish to express my deep appreciation to my fantastic colleagues and students, and especially to David Burrous, who nominated me,” said Becher.
“I love teaching because it allows me to lose myself in class almost every day. I believe in my students and feel like I may be helping to improve our future by investing my time and energy in helping them grow.”
Simon will use her grant to conduct research and learning assessment for a course she teaches called Telecollaboration Exchanges, which is offered exclusively online to language educators who wish to improve their proficiency. She will co-direct her project with Jennifer Gray, a former certificate student and visiting instructor of French at Beloit College.
“This is a project that I care very much about, and receiving this grant means the CCFLT board sees this work as worthy of funding,” said Simon. “It means a lot to me.”