Ann Macfarlane – Interviewer and Content Consultant
Ann Macfarlane has served as the Executive Director of the National Association of Judiciary Interpreters and Translators and as President of the American Translators Association. She has also been a U.S. Foreign Service Officer, serving in Pakistan and at the U.S. State Department. She speaks Russian, French, and Urdu.
Ann provided consulting services in the development of the Speak YOUR Languages videos. She was also instrumental in the selection of the individuals featured in the videos and she conducted the interviews on which the videos were based.
"The Speak YOUR Languages video project offers bilingual students inspiration and information to help guide their future. Finding ways to integrate heritage language speakers into our society, while preserving their own culture and language, is vital to our health as a nation. Encouraging native English speakers to acquire a second language is essential to ensure our nation's competiveness in a global economy. I am honored to participate in creating these videos, which can be a unique resource for schools, colleges, instructors and counselors."
--- Ann Macfarlane