Greta Gorsuch

Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas (USA)


My career in second and foreign language teaching and learning spans over thirty years. I have taught applied linguistics, EFL, and ESL in Japan, the U.S., and Vietnam. I have co-authored and edited several books, including Second Language Course Evaluation (2016), Second Language Testing for Student Evaluation and Classroom Research (2018), Tests that Second Teachers Make and Use (2019), and Using Theories for Second Language Teaching and Learning (forthcoming). I also write original fiction for literacy learners and English language learners including The Cell Phone Lot (2018), Cecilia’s House & The Foraging Class (2019), and The Three Lives of Maul Entringer (forthcoming).


Language Classroom Content & Pedagogy Literature Is a Moveable Feast for Language Teachers and Learners more

Mon, Nov 15, 12:05-12:30 Asia/Tokyo

Reading books remains the most reliable and enduring means for learners to get second language input and experience. Beyond this technical (albeit important) characterization, reading narrative literature brings to learners a feast of culture, enjoyment, ideas, and insight. These gifts extend to second language teachers, as these rich texts offer many approaches to instruction. In this talk, the presenter will detail practical ways teachers can guide learners through the many compelling narrative texts available today.

Greta Gorsuch

Language Classroom Content & Pedagogy Interest Pursuit: Choosing and Using Narrative Texts more

Sun, Nov 14, 10:45-11:45 Asia/Tokyo

Learners reading narrative texts has a long tradition in second language classrooms. We have students read, answer some questions, and then talk to them about prioritized language points. Missing from this equation is agency and choice for teachers and learners, particularly when it becomes clear narrative texts have deep and unpredictable riches to offer for concepts and language. This workshop takes up questions of, and alternatives for, text selection and use by teachers and learners.

Greta Gorsuch