Professional Development

38th Annual Bilingual/ESL Conference

Friday, December 7, 2018
8:30 AM - 3:00 PM


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38th Annual Bilingual/ESL Conference

Diana Larsen-Freeman is currently a research scientist emerita as well as a professor of education emerita, a professor of linguistics emerita, and a faculty associate of the Center for the Study of Complex Systems at the University of Michigan. She has further been a Visiting Senior Fellow in the Educational Linguistics Division of the Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania. Larsen-Freeman has made presentations in sixty-five countries around the world and is the author of eight books, Techniques and Principles in Language Learning, Teaching Language: From Grammar to Grammaring, and An Introduction to Second Language Research. She was the editor of the journal Language Learning for five years.

Larsen-Freeman focuses her research and interests on attempting to understand the process of second language acquisition, and she regards English grammar as an important resource for making meaning and for adapting language appropriately to the communicative context. In addition, she has found that chaos/complexity theory provides new insights into language, its acquisition, and its use. She sees all three as complex, non-linear, dynamic processes

“Old Enough (to Learn Grammar)”

In this presentation, Larson-Freeman proposes an alternate view to grammar as an abstract system, and views it as an exquisite meaning-making resource. For this reason, it makes sense for learners of all ages to be taught grammar. For the teaching to be effective, however, it needs to go beyond teaching grammar rules. Practicing grammar dynamically helps learners be able to use grammar communicatively—and this is appropriate at any age.

Over the course of 38 years, this Conference has been highly recognized as one of the most stimulating language education forums in the U.S. This success stems from its commitment to exploring the best ways of meeting the educational needs of language-minority students. The Conference continues to offer access to in-depth, applied research, and up-to-date pedagogical techniques. Topics and thought-provoking plenary sessions sharpen the language professional’s mind for pedagogical insight.

Among our nine scheduled break-out sessions are Content-based Lessons: An Effective Approach for Securing Comprehension of Language Forms and Functions, Language Learning: Perspective; Freedom through Constraint: Oulipo and Flarf as Poetic Prompts for English Language Learners and Cognitive Approaches to Language Learning.

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