Our annual conference provides professional development hours as well as an opportunity for social and intellectual interaction among people involved in teaching English to speakers of other languages. This is a terrific one-day conference that is affordable which offers workshops and publisher’s exhibits.
NNETESOL CONFERENCE 2014 at SIT, BRATTLEBORO, VERMONT Saturday, November 8, 2014 8-3:30
In this talk, Dr. Larsen-Freeman will suggest that learning is not a two-step process. It is not that one develops a mental grammar or competence through exposure to comprehensible input, and then converts it to output through practice. For one thing, speaking of “input” and “output” is dehumanizing. For another, it denies the unity that underlies learning. Instead, from a complex systems perspective, one that she currently favors, “the act of playing the game has a way of changing the rules.” She will interpret this quote and suggest that it heralds a new(er) view of learning—one that strives to build capacity in students, rather than competence. Diane Larsen-Freeman is Professor Emerita of Education, Professor Emerita of Linguistics, Research Scientist Emerita at the English Language Institute at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is also a Distinguished Senior Faculty Fellow at the Graduate SIT Institute in Brattleboro, Vermont. Currently she is a Visiting Senior Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. Some of the books she has written are Techniques and Principles in Language Teaching (Oxford University Press, 3rd ed. with Marti Anderson, 2011), Grammar Dimensions: Form, Meaning, and Use (Series Director, Heinle/Cengage, 4th ed., 2007), Teaching Language: From Grammar to Grammaring (Heinle/Cengage, 2003), and Complex Systems and Applied Linguistics (co-authored with Lynne Cameron, Oxford University Press, 2008). Complex Systems and Applied Linguistics received the 2009 Kenneth W. Mildenberger prize from the Modern Language Association. Dr. Larsen-Freeman is currently working on the third edition of The Grammar Book: An ESL/EFL Teacher’s Course, co-authored with Marianne Celce-Murcia and published by Heinle/Cengage. Click HERE for the conference schedule.
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