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CFP: Fifth Saarbrücken Conference on Foreign Language Teaching

Ada Ortuzar-Young

Candidate for President-Elect 

 

Ada Ortuzar-Young

Emerita, Drew University

Madison,NJ

 

 

Summary of CV

Education:
Ada grew up in Latin America where she started High School, which she completed in the US. She attended the University of Wisconsin (BA) and New York University (MA & PhD). She has been awarded N.E.H. fellowships at Yale and Princeton University.

During her career of more than forty years she has kept up with latest advances in foreign language teaching and learning by participating in numerous professional development workshops and seminars in areas such as globalization, assessment, technology, and the creation of an inclusive curriculum.

Teaching:
Ada started her career teaching grades seven to twelve, and in 1973 started working at Drew University, until her retirement in 2017. During her career she has taught all language levels. In addition, she has taught culture, film and literature from the Hispanic world, including Latinas/os in the United States. Over the years she has taken her students in study/travel programs to many Spanish-speaking countries (Spain, Costa Rica, Mexico, Argentina, Cuba, Puerto Rico), for cultural and language immersion.

Research and Publications:
Her research interests derive from her teaching. She has studied extensively issues of globalization, migrations and the role of cultural and historical memory, and the space migrants occupy in Spain and the United States culture, economy and politics. She has disseminated her research in numerous publications and presentations at conferences, nationally and internationally. (Please refer to her curriculum vitae for specific details).

Service to the Profession & Leadership:
Ada has shown her commitment to the teaching profession throughout her career. Early on she obtained grants to provide workshops and professional training for teachers in New Jersey for the implementation proficiency guidelines and technologies in the classroom. She has worked in outcome assessment for the AP/College Board, and assessing AAPPL tests for ACTFL. She has been program reviewer for CAEP (Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation) assessing Undergraduate and Master programs in foreign language teaching preparation applying ACTFL’s National Standards and leading towards program accreditation.

Ada has served on boards and professional associations in numerous capacities, such the FLENJ (Foreign Language Educators of New Jersey) board, and was elected president. She has been an active and contributing member to the AATSP throughout her career.

Read Ada Ortuzar-Young's full CV (PDF)

 

Statement of Candidacy

Buenos días. Bom dia.

I have been in the teaching profession for more than forty years, and have taught both at the High School and College levels.

During my career I have been active in the AATSP as a regular presenter at conferences, editor of ENLACE, chair of a Northeast AATSP Biennial Conference, Faculty Board Member of the SPR (Spanish and Portuguese Review) and College representative in the Board of Directors from 2013-2015. I am a member of both the New Jersey and the Metropolitan New York AATSP Chapters.

I am an immigrant from Latin America and I have dedicated a great part of my research to study the cultural contributions and literary and filmic representations of Latin American migrants in the United States and Spain.

As you can see in my curriculum vitae, I have an extensive record of publications and presentations in the US and internationally, and have been the recipient of many grants and professional honors. I have had numerous leadership positions at the local and national levels that have given me an understanding of foreign language issues and practices in the present, and a vision for the future:
- For many years I was member of the Board, and was elected president of FLENJ (Foreign Language Educators of New Jersey), representing levels K-16;
- For overs twenty years I have been AP Reader and Table Leader for the College Board;
- I have been OPI certified and have worked assessing AAPPL tests for ACTFL;
- I am familiar with outcome assessment and the latest teaching technologies;
My commitment to the AATSP, many years of experience in the classroom, my knowledge and professional involvement with teachers from K-16 have prepared me to be President of the AATSP. If elected, I promise to you (and I always keep my promises!) that I will be an advocate for Spanish and Portuguese, will work to increase membership in the AATSP at all levels, and will listen to your needs so we can provide the resources and services that matter to you the most.

Muchas gracias. Muito obrigada.

View video of Ada Ortuzar-Young reading her statement of candidacy.

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