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Massachusetts Foreign Language Association Conference to Return to Springfield for 2017-2018

Friday, October 7, 2016

Mayor Domenic J. Sarno announces that after a 15 year hiatus, the Massachusetts Foreign Language Association (MaFLA) has chosen the City of Springfield once again for the location of their Annual Fall Conferences for 2017-2018. The conferences will offer a range of professional workshops, sessions and panels for specific languages and techniques and technology for foreign language educators. Both conferences are set to be hosted at the Sheraton Monarch Place Hotel. The 2017 conference will be held October 26-28, 2017.

Mayor Sarno stated, “Being first generation, this conference holds a special meaning to me. I recently met with their executive board members to express my appreciation and thanks for coming back to Springfield – they’re a great and fun group too! With well over 900 participants expected, their ripple spin-off effect of economic development will be felt positively by our businesses.”

"Returning to Springfield for our Jubilee Conference in 2017 is exciting!  We appreciate the mayor’s kind hospitality and warm welcome.  Many opportunities await us, not only inside the conference halls but outside in the beautiful Berkshires and local museums, restaurants, and entertainment venues. We look forward to being in Springfield in both 2017 and 2018,” said Madelyn Gonnerman Torchin, Ph.D., MaFLA Membership Coordinator.

MaFLA is a non-profit service organization committed to the professional growth of its members and to the promotion of quality teaching and learning and cultures from kindergarten through the college level and beyond. MaFLA anticipates as many as 900 participants to attend the Fall Conferences, as well as 50-60 vendors to be on display in the exhibit hall. Presenters will include Massachusetts educators, as well as foreign language experts from around the nation and the world.

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