Master of Arts in Language Teaching, University of Missouri, 2003
In collaboration with Elementary Spanish and French coordinators, Professor Heston has been awarded two Academic Transformation Grants (2006 & 2008) to develop online materials for student and instructor use to greater emphasize Culture and Communication in the language classroom in innovative ways.
In 2007 & 2008, she delivered several presentations on a variety of topics, including; the Use of YouTube in the Language Classroom and Leveraging Blackboard - Using Your Course Management System for greater Authenticity in the Classroom.
At the 2009 Missouri Modern Languages Modern Technologies Conference, she and Linda Keown presented a workshop entitled, "Treasure Trove for Teachers: Eureka! I've Found Authentic Materials Online."
Most recently, she has also been a panel presenter at the TeAchnology Conference in April 2010 on the topic of "Digital Media Assignments" and the Celebration of Teaching Excellence in May 2010 facilitating discussion on the theme of "Working with Teaching Assistants." Her current endeavor involves the synthesis of elementary-level readers with innovative student projects.
Due to her interests in the areas of authentic materials and communicative language teaching, she has been called upon frequently to review Elementary Spanish textbooks. She conducts regular teacher training sessions for graduate instructors and greatly enjoys collaborating with colleagues and mentoring novice instructors.
Dawn Heston teaches a variety of courses at the University of Missouri including; Elementary Spanish Language, Intermediate Spanish Conversation and Composition and the graduate course, Methods in Teaching Foreign Languages.