Language Classroom Content & Pedagogy General Featured Speaker Workshop
Interest Pursuit: Choosing and Using Narrative Texts
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.
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).