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Presentation at TEAL Conference

I’ll be presenting at the upcoming BCTEAL [British Columbia Teachers of English as an Additional Language] Conference. Be sure to catch the side-show in Room 1325. The action starts promptly at 9 AM on Saturday, May 7th.

There will be a number of Truth or Dare for English Language Learners games given away as door prizes.

Here’s the blurb:

Experience as a Catalyst
for Student-Centered,
Conversation-Enabled Learning

Linguistic associations are frequently shaped by underlying events, experiences, attitudes and values and can be useful in instantaneously accessing a rich source of topics in conversation-enabled classrooms. Such experiential elements are the ideal fodder for communication. As memories are recoded into the linguistic symbols of L2 this new experience of sharing and retelling lends a certain “stickiness” to lexical, grammatical and structural components of language, resulting in stronger bonds of retention. In this session we’ll learn to harness word associations to create a truly student-centred classroom.

Starting from a few quick exercises designed to acclimatize students to making associations, we’ll move step-by-step towards expanding those associations to produce communicative output directly in L2. Associations are then leveraged to practice and acquire communication strategies and self- and peer-assessment techniques. Initially, students simply listen and write. Next, listen and speak. Then they’ll be developing chains of associations and working onwards towards extending those single word chains to full sentences, exposition and, finally, full-on oral communication. Within a few lessons, extensive, student-generated conversation becomes the rule, not the exception. Students come up with their own topics freeing the instructor to focus on enhancing the Krashen Monitor instead.

The TEAL conference takes place at Simon Fraser University’s Harbour Centre campus [515 West Hastings Street in Vancouver] Friday, May 6th and Saturday, May 7th, 2011.

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