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May 10, 2009

Preparing Language Teachers for the 21st Century

"Designed for practitioners and researchers involved in the preparation and ongoing professional development of language teachers, LTE 2009 will address the education of teachers of all languages, at all instructional and institutional levels, and in many national and international contexts in which this takes place including: English as a Second or Foreign Language (ESL/EFL) instruction; foreign/modern/world language teaching; bilingual education; immersion education; indigenous and minority language education; and...

...the teaching of less commonly taught languages."

May 28 - 30, 2009 there will be a conference in Washington, DC. sponsored by George Washington University, Georgetown University and The Center for Applied Linguistics.

Here are some excerpts from a few of the theme descriptions:

"A central issue in language teacher education is the question of what constitutes the knowledge base of language teaching and how it relates to the processes and content of teacher education. This theme will include research and perspectives on: teachers’ knowledge and beliefs; teacher learning informal and informal contexts; teachers’ ways of knowing; teacher socialization; professional development; and the nature of disciplinary knowledge."

"Language Teacher Education takes place in multiple contexts and with diverse populations, where language, culture and identity are intricately bound together. These contexts are often impacted by actions taken by formal and informal decision-making bodies, which may or may not involve the participation of teacher educators. This theme will include critical and analytical perspectives on: institutions, communities, and discourses within which teacher education practices are situated; language education policy and planning; power, status, and authority in language teacher education; diversity and equity in language teacher education, including issues of race, class, gender, sexual orientation, and language; the socially situated nature of language and learning; and issues related to policy, such as standards, legislative mandates, recruitment and retention, and advocacy by language teacher organizations."

"A key element in teacher development is effective collaboration between those individuals and institutions preparing teachers and their professional counterparts currently engaged in language teaching and learning. This theme will examine: ways in which teacher education recognizes the shared development of professionals; models or structures of collaboration that stress ongoing teacher development including mentoring and professional development schools; examples of and/or research on collaboration in which teacher development and research inform each other; and research, projects, or practices that recognize teacher expertise and the teacher voice as pivotal in addressing issues of language teaching and learning."

And don't miss the sessions on "program design; curriculum models; pedagogy; teacher assessment; organization of instruction; field experiences; observation/supervision; self-study of practice; and action research".

Plenary speakers will be Jack Richards from The Regional Language Center who will speak on "Second Language Teacher Education in Times of Change", Bill Johnston from Indiana University who will speak on "The Moral Lives of Teacher Educators", Karen E. Johnson from Penn State University whose topic will be "A Sociocultural Perspective on Language Teacher Education" and Simon Borg from the University of Leeds who will speak on "Teacher Cognition and Communicative Language Teaching".

Check out http://nclrc.org/lte2009/ for further details. There are also pre-conference workshops on May 28th.

It sounds like fun - I'd be there if my schedule allowed.

I'll be posting notices of future conferences, let me know of any in your circle of influence.

Later this spring and summer I'll be hosting some contests where I'll be giving away books and CDs. Stay tuned here - and send me some of your suggestions for great books and music that help with language learning!

My best to you,

Morf

Listen, read and speak. Make your new language your own.

In May and June, I want to welcome readers to present thoughts on the ideal job. What do you most want to do? Where would you like to be? Who would you want to work with?

About the author of this entry:

Morf has a B.A.from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington and an MAT (Master's in Teaching English) from the University of Washington (Seattle). Morf currently teaches English and writing for a local technical/vocational college with many international students. Morf prefers international and independent films, foods he can't pronounce, music no one else likes and riding his bicycle in unlikely and ridiculous situations.

Posted by mmorf at May 10, 2009 09:28 PM

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