Keynote Speakers

tove dahl and linda egnatz will be the keynote speakers at afla 2016


Dr. Tove I. DahlTove I. Dahl is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at UiT The Arctic University of Norway in Tromsø, Norway. She is also the dean of Skogfjorden, The Concordia Language Villages’ (CLV)Norwegian language program. Her honors, accomplishments, and projects are truly too numerous to list!

Tove is driven by a deep desire to use language and culture as media for helping people discover the world they live in and to help them discover and give voice to the best of the world they carry within themselves. In that spirit, Tove’s CLV-related research has examined language learning through the psychological and motivational processes behind the comprehension of native and foreign languages as well as the use and benefit of foreign language learning strategies. From a cultural perspective, her research has examined the experience of peace and multicultural education within the Concordia Language Villages context. Tove is the very proud mother of Espen Sindre Rice, a Concordia College student with a language background that includes Norwegian, English and German and whose current major is Global Studies. She knows that young people like her son are leading us into the future we have laid the foundation for, and she is confident that with strong educational backgrounds that include language and cultural studies he and the next generation of young people will take us to better places than we have yet to imagine.

Dr. Dahl’s keynote will be on the nature of interest: how to arouse it, maintain it and sustain it over time.


Linda Egnatz, 2013-2014 ACTFL Language Teacher of the Year

Linda Egnatz is a Nationally Board Certified Spanish teacher at Lincoln-Way High School in Frankfort, IL and serves as an adjunct professor at DePaul University where she teaches a course titled World Language Education History, Policy and Curriculum Design. She is a Past President of the Illinois Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages and continues to be the ICTFL Webmaster. A frequent keynote speaker and presenter at language conferences, she welcomes the opportunity to coach teachers on moving their students toward language proficiency. Egnatz is a Golden Apple Teacher Fellow and was named the 2014 ACTFL National Language Teacher of the Year. Recently, the Springbreak student travel tour she leads was recognized with an ACTFL Global Engagement Award. She views her most important role as advocate for language learners and in that role has successfully brought the Seal of Biliteracy to Illinois, represented ACTFL in Washington D.C., and served ACTFL as a representative on the ACTFL/NCSSFL/TESOL/NABE collaborative committee that designed the National Guidelines for the Seal of Biliteracy. Egnatz received a B.A. in Romance Language Education from Olivet Nazarene University and an M.A. in Spanish Literature from Purdue University.

Mrs. Egnatz’ keynote will be on the topic of proficiency and student outcomes.



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