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2004 Immersion Conference: Pathways to Bilingualism

Featured Speaker


Myriam Met
Deputy Director, National Foreign Language Center
University of Maryland

Presentation: Creating a Positive Policy Climate for Immersion Education

Dr. Myriam Met is Acting Director of the National Foreign Language Center at the University of Maryland. Her previous positions include supervisor of foreign language programs, English for speakers of other languages, and bilingual education for major urban and suburban school districts, including responsibility for designing, implementing, and supervising a variety of immersion program models.

Myriam Met has chaired the New Visions in Foreign Language Education initiative since its inception, an undertaking that has brought focus on a national foreign language agenda, and has fostered collaboration at the national, regional, and state levels within the K-20 foreign language education community. She was also the founder and first president of the National Association of District Supervisors of Foreign Languages; a founder, and later president, of the National Network for Early Language Learning; and currently serves on the Executive Council of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. She has provided consultant services to school districts, state departments and ministries of education, universities, professional associations and private agencies throughout the United States, as well as in Europe, Asia, South America, and Canada. She has published extensively in books and refereed journals on topics related to foreign language and bilingual education.

The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages awarded Dr. Met the Florence Steiner Award for Leadership in Foreign Language Education, K-12, in 1983 and the Papalia Award for Excellence in Teacher Education in 1999. She has also received a Pioneer in Bilingual Education Award from the National Association for Bilingual Education and the Palmes Academiques from the Government of France.


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