Meet Mackenzie Gentz, 2022 Scholar

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Meet Mackenzie Gentz, 2022 Scholar

“Linguistic Baggage": A Global Examination of Adult Accent Training in English as a Second Language (ESL) Classrooms

By Circumnavigators Club Chicago Chapter

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Starts on Wednesday, March 22 · 6pm CDT


Lake Point Tower 505 N. Lake Shore Drive Community Room Chicago, IL 60604

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About this event

6:00 : Gather and light supper

7:00: Presentation by Mackenzie Gentz

The Question is: How do language classrooms around the world treat accent differentiation and does their treatment oppose how linguistic research concludes language classrooms should treat it?

The study examines data from 6 ESL language schools in 6 different countries to determine whether classroom practices around accent differentiation correlate with how linguistic research recommends its treatment. Accent differentiation is the frequency and amount of different accents students hear in the classroom. Mackenzie traveled to: Cusco, Peru; Málaga, Spain; Prague, Czech Republic; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; and Melbourne, Australia plus interviewing with a school in Hiroshima, Japan.

About the organizer

Circumnavigators Club, Chicago Chapter

Through Friendship, To Leave This World A Little Better than We Found It. The Circumnavigators Club is the only organization devoted to bringing together people who have circumnavigated the globe. The Club's purpose is to encourage global fellowship and understanding. It strives to inspire people to see and absorb as much as they can about the world in which we live. It is devoted to providing those who have circumnavigated the globe with a forum for intellectual exchange. The Chicago chapter sponsors educational events related to travel and social good each year and supports a local Circumnavigators Foundation Scholar in partnership with Northwestern University, who pursues an around the world research trip each summer. 

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