Northwest to host foreign language regional workshop

Northwest Mississippi Community College will host a Mississippi Foreign Language Association (MFLA) Regional Workshop on June 13 on its Senatobia campus.

The workshop is open to world language teachers from K-12 and community college levels, according to June Turner, Northwest Spanish instructor and workshop facilitator.

Presenters at the workshop will include Edgar Serrano, Spanish instructor, University of Mississippi; Laura Hall, French and Spanish instructor, Tishomingo County High School and MFLA president; Michelle Turonek, 7th/8th grade Spanish I/II and ESL teacher, Pontotoc City Junior High School; Lori LeVar Pierce, French, German and Latin instructor, Mississippi School for Math and Science; David Higginbotham, Spanish instructor, University of Mississippi and Gabriel Garrido, Spanish instructor, University of Mississippi.

The workshop will cover several topics including comprehensible input strategies, online portfolio and testing tools, and Mississippi’s current efforts to offer the Seal of Biliteracy to qualifying high school students.

Participants are invited to bring lunch, or a catered lunch can be available for $10, according to Turner. The workshop will provide six hours of continuing education credits.

“I am excited to welcome presenters and participants from such a wide variety of levels, backgrounds, and languages to this campus,” Turner said.

For more information on the foreign language program at Northwest, visit the college’s website at or contact Turner at For more information on the MFLA, visit their website at or their Facebook page.


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