Sally Thomas, A.C.E. Assistant Vice President, participated via Skype in the international research and practice-oriented conference, “Language in Research, Professional and Intercultural Communication: Methods of Teaching”. The conference was hosted by Kursk State Medical University in Kursk, Russia from April 23-26, 2014.
Ms. Thomas presented a lecture titled, “Education and Culture: An American Perspective”. This lecture illustrated what multicultural education looks like from the American perspective in regards to schools, teachers, and students. For students to demonstrate global competence, schools must adopt a global perspective, and educators must deliver culturally responsive lessons. Most importantly, multicultural education must include multiple cultural perspectives in the topics it covers. Roughly 20 participants from various countries were in attendance in the lecture. The conference attendees included medical researchers, teachers and students.
Prior to starting at A.C.E in 2007, Ms. Thomas served as a US State Department Senior English Language Fellow in St. Petersburg, Russia, in which she conducting teacher training throughout northwest Russia. Ms. Thomas presented a lecture to English teachers in Kursk in 2006; therefore, her participation in this conference was not only professionally rewarding, but also personally meaningful.