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Meeting Challenges, Exploring Solutions in the Adult ESOL Classroom - 2018

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Join us for this one-day conference that provides English Language Teaching professionals with a space to learn from one another, share ideas, and network.

The 4th MCES Conference will take place on Saturday, October 13th at the University Center of The New School Campus.The New School maintains a long tradition of excellence in the training of teachers of English to speakers of other languages. We welcome participation by professionals who seek to address critical issues in the field and hone their own craft.

Plenary speaker: Lourdes Ortega - Multilingual Understandings of English Competence and Success

People learn English all over the world, and second-language English students are by definition people on their way to becoming bilinguals or multilinguals. Yet all too often their English is construed as deficient and their multilingual prowess is erased. In this talk, I reflect on what it means to be a successful speaker who is communicatively competent in English, in light of the multilingualism of second-language English speakers and the special status of English, with its contested global, international, and lingua franca affordances. I will argue that we cannot understand English competence or learning success, in academic or other contexts, unless we understand English-in-multilingualism and open up our language pedagogies to the psycholinguistic and social realities of multilinguals. We will need to help our students cultivate an awareness of both world Englishes and unequal Englishes (Tupas, 2015). We will also want to include strategies that help them recognize, disrupt, and productively exploit to their advantage the experiences of being positioned by others as a novice, a foreigner, an outside member, or a nonnative speaker. In sum, our pedagogies must show that being competent in English is about being able to negotiated desirable identities with the aid of rich multilingual repertoires, where language always offers identity choices and communication always harbors power struggles.

View workshop & presentation schedule here: bit.ly/MCES2018

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Sponsored by the Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages at The New School.

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