Gladys C. Lipton, Ed.D.La Médaille d’Or du Mérite Francophone


Gladys C. Lipton has been recognized, nationally and internationally, as an expert in foreign language education, and particularly for her pioneering focus on foreign languages at the elementary school level (FLES*). She founded and is the Director of the National FLES* Institute. She was the former Modern Languages Department’s Outreach Coordinator at UMBC, and she was the former Head of Foreign Languages for the NYC schools. For many years she served as a consultant on foreign language programs throughout the country and abroad.

Her accomplishments were recognized by the French government in awarding her the ranks of Chevalier (1974), Officier (1981) and Commandeur (2010) in the Order of Academic Palms. Dr. Lipton has also received numerous awards from foreign language professional organizations, such as ACTFL’s Steiner National Leadership Award (1996), and NECTFL’s Brooks Distinguished Leadership Award (2014).

While serving as President of the A.A.T.F. (1998-2000), Dr. Lipton spearheaded a national promotion of the French project, “National French Week.” Countrywide, French teachers continue to celebrate this event each year, bringing French and the achievements of their students to the attention of their school communities.

Author of books, professional articles, chapters in books, bilingual dictionaries, A.A.T.F. Presidential letters, book reviews, etc. (160 publications), Gladys’ book on FLES* methodology (5th edition) continues to be used by FLES* teachers throughout the United States.

Several years ago Dr. Lipton enrolled in her first painting class. Her first solo art exhibition took place at a prominent Gallery in Chevy Chase, Maryland in January, 2015. She is scheduled for additional art shows later this year and next.

After a lifetime of successful teaching, supervision and consultations on foreign language programs and methodology, Dr. Lipton continues her strong advocacy for French and her well-received art work.

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