Thursday, May 14 • 2:00pm - 4:00pm
[2-hr Workshop] Bringing Grammar to Life! LIMITED

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Limited Capacity seats available

In a move toward English language teaching that focuses more and more on rich content, collaboration, and critical thinking, where does grammar instruction fit into the picture? Becoming a proficienct user of language does, after all, include linguistic competence. This workshop explores how grammar can be addressed with content-rich, rigorous instructional tasks (e.g. analysis and discussion of real-world data; problem-solving, jigsaw) that bring grammar to life in real-world contexts. The approach begins by identifying the grammar that would naturally emerge as learners engage in a task. Learner output while completing the task becomes the basis for the grammar instruction; the content and tasks drive the choice of grammar to teach. Several tasks are demonstrated for beginning through advanced levels of instruction. The presenter shares how to help learners notice patterns and demonstrate understanding of the grammar. Audience members take part in the demonstrations, analyze the steps that lead English learners to a better understanding of how particular grammatical forms are used in these real-world contexts, and they reflect on how to apply this approach in their own curricula.

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Betsy Parrish, M.A.

Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA
Betsy Parrish is Professor in the MATESOL and TEFL Certificate programs at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota. She has worked as a language teacher, teacher educator, writer, and consultant for over 30 years, with experience in the US, Bangladesh, France, India, Russia, and... Read More →

Thursday May 14, 2020 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Salón Góndola 2nd Floor