2017 TX Foreign Language Teaching Excellence Awards Announced!

Thu, March 30, 2017
2017 TX Foreign Language Teaching Excellence Awards Announced!
Maxence Leconte receives his FLTE award.

The Texas Language Center is delighted to announce Maxence Leconte and Dr. Rikke Cortsen as the winners of the 2017 FLTE Award.

Each year the TLC awards two foreign language educators—one UT faculty member and one graduate student Assistant Instructor—with a plaque and monetary prize, recognizing them for their superior knowledge of and enthusiasm for teaching language and culture.

The process of selecting a winner begins with student nominations of their professors, which are then reviewed by members of the TLC Advisory Committee. Mr. Leconte and Dr. Corsten were selected from over 50 nominations in 13 different languages.

 

Maxence Leconte receives his award with Thomas Garza, director of the Texas Language Center.

Maxence Leconte receives his award with Thomas Garza, director of the Texas Language Center.

 

Maxence Leconte is a Ph.D. candidate in French Studies and is an assistant instructor for at the University of Texas at Austin. He has studied at several universities in the United States and Europe including Bucknell University and the University of San Francisco. He received his B.A. in European studies from Université Catholique de Lille and his M.A. in French Studies at UT Austin.

The students in his introductory French class mentioned his positive attitude, enthusiastic personality, and immense knowledge of the French language as reasons for nominating him.

Dr. Rikke Cortsen is a lecturer in the Department of Germanic Studies where she teaches Danish language classes. Hailing form Jutland, Denmary, Corsten received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and Modern Culture from the University of Copenhagen.

 

Dr. Rikke Cortsen receives her award with Thomas Garza, director of the Texas Language Center.

 

Students who nominated Cortsen discussed how she encouraged them to further their understanding of the language by reading Danish news and watching Danish films. They also cited her patience in the classroom and her commitment to working with students who need help, in class and out of class. 

Both of recipients exhibit exceptional achievement in language education with innovative teaching methods and, in doing so, have translated a passion for language and culture to their students. 

The TLC is pleased to continue its tradition of recognizing extraordinary foreign language instruction by honoring these two amazing educators. These awards would not be possible without the support of the College of Liberal Arts, with special thanks to Dean Flores and Dean Raizen for acknowledging the importance of languages at UT-Austin. 

 

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