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The Modern Languages Department invites you to a conference:


Language and the Intercultural Mind

An Exploration of the Role of Languages in Global Competencies

Surrey Campus, Fir 128

Kwantlen Polytechnic University

12666 – 72nd Avenue



Friday, November 16

 (9:15 – 16:30)

9:15           Registration, Coffee and Light Refreshments

9:45           Opening (Welcome from the Dean, Dr. Diane Purvey)

10:00         Morning Keynote

Dr. Grisel Garcia-Perez (UBC Okanagan)

Impact of Study Abroad Programs on Language Acquisition and Intercultural Sensitivity

11:00         Presentation 1

Sergeant Baltej Dhillon (NCOI/C Operations Provincial Intelligence Centre of BC)

Serving a Multilingual Community, Thoughts from a Police Practitioner


11:40         Presentation 2

Jason Lieblang (UBC)

Foreign Language Learning in a Classroom Reimagined through Social Media

12:05         Presentation 3

Dr. Olivier Clarinval (Kwantlen, Modern Languages)

The Future of the Language Classroom: Bridging the Gap to the Present

12:30         Lunch (Fir 146)

13:30         Afternoon Keynote

Shari Ann Herrmann (Kwantlen, Melville School of Business)

Challenges of Communicating in a Global Business Environment

14:30         Presentation 4

Dr. Constanza Rojas-Primus (Kwantlen, Modern Languages)

Charlotte Jones (Okanagan College)

Exploring the Intercultural Dimension of CEFR (Common European Framework

15:00         Coffee break

15:15         Students’ presentations

Gregory Fowler (Kwantlen, Asian Studies)

Understanding People and Culture through Language 

Joseph Watson-Mackay (Kwantlen, Marketing Management)

15:45         Presentation 5

Dr. Yanfeng Qu (Kwantlen, Modern Languages)

Interface between Language and Culture: Etymology for Enhanced Character Pedagogy


16:15         Closing (Remarks from the Associate Dean, Dr. Dianne Crisp)