* Keynote Speaker *

Transforming Teaching and Learning: The Dynamic Quality of Language

One of the ways that teaching and learning can be transformed is if we learn to think differently about what it is that we teach.  At one point in the history of the field, the goal was for learners to master the grammatical structures of the language.  At a subsequent point in time, it was the functional language used in communication that was taught.  In this presentation, I will offer a new way of conceiving of our subject matter—language as a dynamic system.  I will maintain that the dynamism of language has been unappreciated and that recognizing its dynamic quality has the potential to transform teaching and learning.

Diane Larsen-Freeman (Ph.D. in Linguistics, University of Michigan, 1975) is Professor of Education, Professor of Linguistics, Research Scientist at the English Language Institute, and Faculty Associate at the Center for the Study of Complex Systems at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is also a Distinguished Senior Faculty Fellow at the Graduate SIT Institute in Brattleboro, Vermont.  Dr. Larsen-Freeman has been a conference speaker in over 65 countries of the world and has published over 100 articles in her areas of interest: second language acquisition, language teacher education, applied linguistics, language teaching methodology, and complexity theory.

McCone Building, Irvine Auditorium (60 minutes)

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