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Tri-TESOL 2015 Keynote Speakers

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Dr. Scott Roy Douglas (Friday 5 p.m.)

Keynote: Transcending Lexical Boundaries: Vocabulary Thresholds and English Language Proficiency

Abstract: By examining how vocabulary unfolds across varying levels of English Language Proficiency, lexical thresholds can be identified to support the teaching and learning of English as an Additional Language. This talk traces how vocabulary manifests at different levels and explores implications for educators and learners in a variety of contexts.

Bio: Before joining the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus as an assistant professor, Douglas worked with English language learners throughout the world from the Middle East to Asia. Currently, Douglas teaches undergraduate and graduate students in the Faculty of Education and carries out research in the field of Additional Language Teaching and Learning. His current research interests include large scale language assessment, vocabulary acquisition, additional language acquisition, and English for Academic Purposes. He also has an avid interest in curriculum and materials design, and is the author of Academic Inquiry: Writing for Post-secondary Success and the co-author of Q: Skills for Success Reading and Writing 5, both published by Oxford University Press. Scott can be found tweeting @scottroydouglas.

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Dr. Elaine Tarone (Saturday 9 a.m.)

Keynote: Learning and Teaching Outside the ‘Silo'

The ‘social turn’ of SLA research encourages us to seek social contexts for English language learning and teaching outside of the confines of ESL books and classrooms. Such learning and teaching prioritizes a focus on meaning-form connections, inter-disciplinarity, and language across the curriculum.

Elaine Tarone is Distinguished Teaching Professor and Director of CARLA, the Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition, a USDE Title VI Language Resource Center at the University of Minnesota providing high-quality resources and language teacher professional development on language immersion, content based instruction, technology based teaching, and language across the curriculum. With a Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of Washington, she was the first director of the UW’s intensive English program for international students (1976-79).

Tarone has published extensively on topics such as second language acquisition, English for specific purposes, literacy, and language use in diverse social contexts beyond language classrooms. She is past president of AAAL (American Association for Applied Linguistics), and a Distinguished Scholar and Service Awardee. Her recent publications include: Exploring Learner Language (with Bonnie Swierzbin, 2009, OUP), Literacy and Second Language Oracy (with Martha Bigelow & Kit Hansen, 2009, OUP), and Interlanguage: 40 years later (with ZhaoHong Han, 2014, John Benjamins).

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Dr. Carol Numrich (Saturday 2:45 p.m.)

Keynote: A few solutions to today’s biggest pedagogical challenges

Abstract: In today’s high-tech, test-driven world, ESL teachers are faced with many pedagogical challenges. We will examine five of the most common: ensuring student production of new language, providing ample oral feedback, making curricular connections, truly teaching critical thinking, and fostering creativity. Some easy-to-apply solutions to these challenges will be suggested.

Bio: Carol Numrich is Senior Lecturer at Columbia University's American Language Program, where she teaches intermediate and advanced levels of ESL. As Associate Director for Faculty Search, Development and Review, she also coaches teachers and designs seminars for faculty development. Numrich’s research interests include: authentic listening, teacher education, and critical thinking. She has trained teachers from elementary to college levels in the U.S., Europe and Asia, and has given numerous presentations on the importance of teaching critical thinking in ESL instruction. She has chaired and helped organize several committees for TESOL as well as co-edited a column from the TESOL Journal. Numrich is the author of Face the Issues, Consider the Issues, Raise the Issues, and Tuning In. She is the co-editor for the Pearson series, NorthStar, now in its fourth edition. Numrich holds a B.A. from SUNY Buffalo, and an M.A. and Ed.D. from Teachers College, Columbia University.