Dr. Mary Risner, University of Florida, USA

Making Real-World Connections in the ESP/LSP Curriculum through Technology and Experiential Learning

Workshop Topics:   

Improving Proficiency and Career Preparation through Virtual Exchange

Advancing the Field and our Practice through a Global LSP Network

Building Ties between the Academic Community and Industry 

Swap Shop:  Bring an LSP Classroom Activity to Share and Discuss with Colleagues


Risner has worked in a variety of educational and business contexts throughout her career spanning 25 years. She is currently Associate Director of Outreach and Business  programs at the University of Florida (UF) Center for Latin American Studies. At UF she develops and manages initiatives that infuse the study of world languages and area studies across the K-12 and higher education curriculum. Her interests are in the role of culture in international business and the integration of emerging technologies to develop intercultural competence and language skills for the workplace. Her most recent projects and research promote the value and implementation of virtual exchange as a tool to internationalize campuses and improve student learning outcomes through authentic learning experiences. She has presented and published on LSP and other topics over time and volunteers for several associations and boards promoting the study of language and culture.