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Welcome Letter from 2019 Convention Chair
We are excited about our 44th Annual Convention this coming February 22-23, 2019 at the Sheraton Lisle Naperville Hotel.
We chose the theme "Bridging the Gap" to encourage all English language professionals to join in the conversation on how to bridge the various information gaps within our discipline. We want to hear new ideas that contribute to best practices in ESL pedagogy and about cutting edge research. We want to explore new ways to connect what students learn in the classroom to their various cultural contexts outside the classroom. We want to know how we can provide much needed support to the professionals in our various teaching contexts. In short, we want to discover new ideas that are the missing pieces within English language teaching, and how we as English language professionals can foster deeper conversations that bridge the gap between theory and practice. You are in for a treat from our plenary speaker line up!
Back by popular demand is Peter Sokolowski, the Editor at Large at Merriam-Webster. He has written definitions for many of Merriam-Webster’s dictionaries, is active as a blogger, podcaster, and speaker on language, and has served as pronouncer for spelling bees worldwide. He was named among TIME's 140 Best Twitter Feeds of 2013. Peter Sokolowski will open the 2019 Convention at our Friday morning plenary, and will speak on Mind Your Manners: English Usage for Teachers. He says, " In this age of social media explosion, hot-takes, trolling, micro-aggressions, and calls for a return to civility, all speakers of English are judged by how they negotiate areas of disputed usage. This lecture explores grammar, word choice, and cultural assumptions essential to clear and correct English. What do we mean by usage - the way English words and phrases are actually used. Join us on a tour of a dictionary that goes way beyond definitions into the teaching of critical thinking, communication, and culture.
Comprehensible input. Problem solving. Find your path. TESOL professionals recognize these trademark expressions by our Friday afternoon plenary speaker, Stephen Krashen, who is the most frequently cited scholar in the field of language education. In 2005, Dr. Krashen was elected to the International Reading Association Reading Hall of Fame. Stephen Krashen will speak on "The Secrets of Hyper-polyglots" about which he would know, being a polyglot and passionate language learner himself. He will discuss the work of hyper-polyglots Lomb Kato and Steven Kaufman, who have each acquired at least 15 languages as adults, many without living in the country where the language is spoken. Their observations about language acquisition are in close agreement with the claims of current second language acquisition theory.
The Saturday morning plenary will feature Lydia Stack, an internationally well-known teacher educator who has co-authored several textbooks and programs for English Learners, including American Themes, 2014 – a contemporary American literature anthology for ACCESS students in the State Department's Office of English Language Programs. She also served as TESOL International president in 1991-92. Lydia's topic, "Academic Conversations: A Bridge to Learning Content,” will encourage conversations that allow students to share their understandings, argue from evidence, and build on one another’s ideas. She will also share conversational strategies to bridge the gap between content offered and content learned.
To wrap up the convention for Saturday afternoon's plenary session is Peter De Costa, who is an Associate Professor in the Department of Linguistics and Languages and Department of Teacher Education at Michigan State University. His primary areas of research are identity and ideology in SLA. He is the author of The Power of Identity and Ideology in Language Learning (Springer, 2016). Following the sociocultural turn in teacher emotion research within adjacent fields of psychology second language acquisition, sociolinguistics, and linguistic anthropology, Peter DeCosta will explore second language (L2) teacher emotions from a positive psychology and critical perspective. He will also provide an overview of the special issue of the Chinese Journal of Applied Linguistics (Mouton De Gruyter) on second language teacher emotions and argue how the second language teacher education research landscape can be enriched by a systematic investigation of teacher emotion labor. The presentation closes with a discussion of implications for pedagogy, policy and research.
So, come join us and help bridge the research-to-practice gap in education as you join in the conversation in both the plenary and breakout sessions. We look forward to seeing you in February!