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Richer Yet Easier Learning: Plurilinguistic Pedagogy & Grammaring Explored

English is among the essential skills necessary for people to function successfully in today’s globalized world. Ideally, its widespread use should not affect adversely the languages (and cultures) of the learners. However, our current teaching practices fail to honor and draw fully on the prior languages of the learners. Students are also rarely given opportunities to explore language in a way that allows them to perceive numerous powerful patterns in English and notice some significant parallels with the languages they already know. This deprives them of much needed cognitive shortcuts that can both expedite and facilitate their learning.

Participants in this seminar will gain first hand experience with plurilinguistic pedagogy and grammaring, two practical approaches to language teaching that address the issues of language endangerment and optimal learning. They will go grammaring with some of the most challenging categories of English: articles, prepositions, the passive voice, and the core tenses. Each experience will be processed so that the key elements of grammaring are made explicit and participants get a feel for how good grammaring offers students the most communicative mileage with the least effort in a truly expedited brain-friendly fashion. Their guided plurilinguistic explorations will cover such diverse areas as body language and gestures as well as vocabulary, grammar, and intonation.



Dr. Elka Todeva is an award winning language educator with a doctorate in English applied linguistics. Her teaching and research are in the areas of second language acquisition, applied linguistics, teacher cognition, and brain-friendly & ecological approaches to teaching. She has presented and worked with teachers in over 20 countries on 5 continents. Her most recent keynotes were in Vietnam, Uruguay, Mexico, Nepal, India, Bulgaria, and the US. Among her publications are two ESL textbooks and the co-edited book “The Multiple Realities of Multilingualism: Personal Narratives and Researchers’ Perspectives” (Mouton de Gruyter, 2009)

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Registration fees are refunded only if cancelled by 5 pm on Friday, October 20th. Cancellations received after October 20th are non-refundable.

Do I have to bring my ticket to the event?

Yes. You can either bring the printed copy of your ticket or download its eletronic version through Eventbrite app and show it on your smartphone.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

The workshop will be held in the Butler Board Room on AU main campus. The board room is on the 6th floor of Butler Pavilion. The entrance to Butler Pavilion is located between the Mary Graydon Center and Battelle Tompkins Building. The Sports Center Parking Garage is attached to the Butler Board Room. The main AU campus and directions website is: http://www.american.edu/media/directions.cfm

Please see the CAMPUS MAP HERE

By car: Please see the map linked above for the conference location and additional information about parking and public transportation options. Parking is free in the Sports Center Parking Garage on the weekends. If possible, park on the sixth floor of the parking garage; when you exit into the building, the Butler Board Room will be in front of you. If you park on a lower level in the garage, when you exit the garage, take the elevator on your right to the sixth floor. This elevator will open directly in front of the Butler Board Room and the Fall Workshop registration table.

The next closest parking area to the Butler Board Room is the School of Internarional Service Garage. Parking is free on weekends. If you park in the School of International Service Garage, when you exit the SIS building, cross the Quad going to the entrance to Butler Pavilion. The entrance to Butler Pavilion is located between the Mary Graydon Center and Battelle Tompkins Building. Take the elevator to the sixth floor. This elevator will open directly in front of the Butler Board Room and the Fall Workshop registration table.

There will be TESOL Program signs marking the path from the Sports Center Parking Garage and the School of International Service Garage to Butler Board Room.

Direction to Butler Board Room: https://www.american.edu/spa/wpi/upload/Directions-to-Butler-Board-Room-revised.pdf

By metro: Take the metro to the Tenleytown-AU Station on the red line. When you exit the metro, take the escalator on the left. There is a free shuttle that leaves Tenleytown-AU Station to AU main campus every 15 minutes.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Phone: 202-885-2582
E-mail: tesol@american.edu
Address: Mary Graydon Center, Suite 300.


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