Following the AAAL conference, I will present twice at the 2015 TESOL Convention in Toronto (March 26-28, 2015). The first one is a research-oriented paper and is part of my doctoral research. It has been awarded the TESOL Award for an Outstanding Paper on NNEST Issues, and focuses on the impact of a postgraduate course on non-native student teacher cognition about pronunciation pedagogy. Here is the abstract of the session:
Exploring the Development of NNEST Cognition about Pronunciation Pedagogy
This session presents a study exploring how the cognition (thoughts, beliefs, and knowledge) of ten non-native student teachers developed during a graduate course on pronunciation pedagogy. Based on findings, implications for training NNEST in pronunciation teaching will be discussed and general recommendations for effective language teacher education will be made.
The second presentation is a workshop I'm doing with several colleagues from Vancouver. As in previous years, we'll be training session attendees in the use of haptic pronunciation teaching techniques. It would be great to see you there:
Haptic (English) Pronunciation Teaching Workshop
This workshop introduces a set of six haptic (movement + touch)-based techniques for presenting and correcting English L2 pronunciation, applicable for intermediate English language learners and above. Guided by research on kinaesthetic approaches to L2 pronunciation instruction, the presenters train participants to use the instructional techniques in their classrooms.
I will be presenting some of the findings of my doctoral research at the upcoming AAAL conference in Toronto (March 21-24, 2015). If you are attending AAAL and are interested in pronunciation teaching and language teacher cognition/education, I suggest you join my session. Here is the abstract:
Exploring Cognition Development of Pre-service and In-service Pronunciation Teachers: A Qualitative Case Study
This presentation discusses a qualitative case study exploring the cognition knowledge, attitudes and beliefs) development of ten inexperienced (pre-service) and five experienced (in-service) pronunciation teachers during a graduate course on pronunciation pedagogy offered at an Australian institution. Based on research findings, recommendations for training pronunciation teachers are made.
I am a Senior Lecturer in TESOL at the University of Wollongong in Australia. This blog is a reflection of my journey as a researcher, L2 teacher educator, and language teacher.