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TESOL | Fall Workshop

Fall Workshop 2013


October 12, 2013
9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Mary Graydon Center (MGC) Rooms 3-5
American University

Co-sponsored by the Center for Applied Linguistics


Suresh Canagarajah

Dr. Suresh Canagarajah (Penn State University)

Suresh Canagarajah is a professor of Applied Linguistics, English, and Asian Studies at Penn State University. He received his PhD from the University of Texas at Austin in 1990, and he specializes in World Englishes, Rhetoric and Composition, and Critical Pedagogy. An avid researcher, Dr. Canagarajah has published extensively, including numerous journal articles and five books.


As scholars conceptualize multilingual competence in new ways, a term coming into prominence is translingual practice. The term helps us consider languages as always coming into contact, generating, new forms and meanings through their synergy. This orientation helps us understand the ways in which people shuttle between languages and communities in their everyday interactions in the context of globalization, migration, and transnational relations. However, language teachers have raised important concerns about the relevance of this orientation to classroom activities and teaching. In this workshop, we will analyze transcripts of classroom interactions and literacy practices to consider the ways in which a translingual competence can be developed among students. We will also discuss questions relating to the social and educational appropriateness of these pedagogical approaches.

This event is open to the public and requires registration, which begins on September 16, 2013.

Breakfast and participant check-in begin at 8:30 am. Lunch will be provided during the workshop.

For more information, please contact us at 202-885-2582 or tesol@american.edu.


Registration is now CLOSED.

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Registration Rates

If you registered (required) and have not paid in advance, the regular rate applies. Please bring a check or exact change to the door.

Regular Rate (cash/check at the door)
$25 (or $15 special student rate)

Cancellations received after October 7 are non-refundable.

Please make all checks payable to American University:

American University TESOL Program
Department of World Languages and Cultures
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20016