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LINGUIST List 18.2134

Sat Jul 14 2007

Confs: Applied Linguistics/New Zealand

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        1.    Martin McMorrow, Community Languages and ESOL

Message 1: Community Languages and ESOL
Date: 12-Jul-2007
From: Martin McMorrow <m.s.mcmorrowmassey.ac.nz>
Subject: Community Languages and ESOL
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Community Languages and ESOL
Short Title: CLESOL

Date: 02-Oct-2008 - 05-Oct-2008
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Contact: Martin McMorrow
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL: http://www.clesol.org.nz

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics

Meeting Description:

CLESOL is a biennial conference of language teachers in Aotearoa/New Zealand and features participants from this country and overseas. Plenary speakers invited to our 2008 conference include Bonnie Norton, Mike McCarthy, Jeremy Harmer, Rosemary Senior, Paul Nation and Melanie Anae.

Since its inception in 1990 the CLESOL conference has brought together the needs and interests of two groups of language teachers. Community languages are the first part of the CLESOL equation. Community languages teachers are committed to maintaining the first languages of migrant and refugee groups settled in Aotearoa New Zealand, and introducing those languages to others interested in learning them. Community languages teachers are bilingual (or multilingual) and their work is usually community based. The other half of the CLESOL equation is ESOL teachers. By comparison, ESOL teachers are a much bigger group who work in State education institutions (primary, secondary and tertiary), for private language schools, or as volunteer community tutors. The language of, and focus for, instruction is English, and ESOL teachers are predominantly monolingual native English speakers (but not exclusively so).

The interests of these two groups of teachers coincide in many ways and the CLESOL conference provides an important opportunity for dialogue between the two groups to occur. Each has much to learn from the other and the synergy of the CLESOL conference draws on the energy and interests of both.

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