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German teacher at South Forsyth High addresses national language conference
Strecker - photo by For the FCN

SOUTH FORSYTH -- A man who teaches a foreign language to 164 high school students five days a week made his schedule busier recently when he traveled across the country to be a presenter at a national conference.

Jonas Strecker, a German teacher at South Forsyth High, gave two lectures last month during the 2015 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages annual convention in San Diego.

An Advanced Placement teacher who is a certified College Board consultant for AP German, Strecker is also a member of the National AP German Language and Culture Development Committee.

He conducted presentations titled “Building the Pyramid: A Ground-Up Approach to AP German” and “Successful Teaching Strategies for the AP Exam Cultural Comparison Talk.”

“Presenting at [the convention] and representing the College Board and South Forsyth High School provided an invaluable opportunity to collaborate with colleagues from around the world,” Strecker said.

“German teachers are often their own mini-department at their respective schools, so exchanging ideas face to face with leaders in language instruction in this forum allows me to bring back new perspectives and methods to share with Forsyth County teachers.”

The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages is a 12,300-member national association for language education professionals from all instructional levels and languages.

It provides professional development, training and certification programs and widely cited books, publications, scholarly journals, research studies and language educations resources.