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Symposium addresses growing need to teach Spanish

The annual meeting of experts and students from all over the world took place at Indiana University this past weekend. The Symposium held presentations on published papers and workshops on different Linguistic topics.

IU professor of Spanish sociolinguistics and one of Symposium’s co-chairs Doctor Manual Diaz-Campos mentioned the growing need for educators of Spanish linguistics as the interest in the Spanish language grows.

University of Illinois Ph.D. student Justin Davidson came to the conference to present two projects to be reviewed by other researchers. He says he was happy with his experience at the Symposium.

“Yeah, it’s been great. With respect to both projects that I presented, I got some good feedback," said Davidson, "It’s always a good experience just to have an oral presentation mode. So yeah, good experience both in preparing for it and also in getting feedback once you deliver your ideas."

IU hosted the event in 2000. Organizing committee member, IU professor of Linguistics, Doctor Cesar Felix-Brasdefer explains the ways this Symposium stood apart from others.

“I would say there is more quality in the terms of the presentations," said Felix-Brasdefer, "What I like about this conference is it focuses on Hispanic Linguistics among the Hispanics in different areas.”

The conference ran from Thursday through Sunday at the Indiana Memorial Union. After years of preparation co-chairs Diaz-Campos and Doctor Kimberly Geeslin were both very pleased with the turnout and quality of presentations. Next year’s Symposium will be held at the University of Georgia.

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