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Reimagining Second Language Acquisition for Diverse Learners

Thursday, February 13, 2020 at 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Bob and Sheila Hoerle Lecture Hall, Room UL105, University Center 63 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10003

"As teachers, we strive to develop the best, evidence-based pedagogical practices we can, but what do we do when there’s a disconnect between the claims of quantitative research and the calls of more critical approaches? I aim to answer this question by analyzing the tension between mainstream Second Language Acquisition (SLA) research and critical perspectives which have begun to question traditional notions of language and language learning. By focusing on work on grammatical instruction, I will show how mainstream research is often rooted in hegemonic conceptions of language, which limit its applicability to real-life immigrant students and potentially perpetuate inequality. I will also draw on my own work in adult ESOL classrooms to offer strategies for critically interpreting existing research and to explore how we can make future research more relevant to the real needs of diverse learners."

Kelsey Swift is a teacher and applied linguist working to support immigrant communities through language education and advocacy. She has experience with a range of community-based organizations in New York City, Boston, and abroad, and is currently working with Mother to Mother Brooklyn, where she is an ESOL teacher and program coordinator. Kelsey holds an MA in linguistics from the Graduate Center, City University of New York and is working on her PhD, focusing on the sociolinguistics of adult language learning. She also teaches classes in linguistics and education at Hunter College and City College.

Presented by The New School's MA TESOL Program. 

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