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Applied Linguistics & Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
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Applied Linguistics & Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

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Welcome to Applied Linguistics and TESOL

  • Welcome to the TESOL

    Welcome to the Applied Linguistics (AL) and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Program at Teachers College, Columbia University. The AL and TESOL program is interested in questions related to the nature of language as a biological, physical, or psychological phenomenon, as well as to questions concerning how language is used by native speakers and language learners as an interactional, social, or cultural phenomenon. The AL and TESOL program is also deeply concerned with how first and second languages are learned, taught, and assessed in a wide range of real-world or laboratory contexts.

Announcements

  • Program Announcements

    October 13, 2014

    Call for Presentations: TESOL/AL Roundtable Research Forum
    TESOL/AL Roundtable is calling for presentations for our first research forum of the year, which will take place on Friday, November 14 from 4 to 6pm. The presentations should be approximately 20 minutes including a Q&A session. This is a great opportunity for those of you who wish to share your recent research in the field and get feedback from fellow students.

    If you're interested in presenting, please submit the topic and abstract of your presentation as well as an estimate of your presentation length to tesol.alroundtable@gmail.com by Tuesday, October 21.

    For additional information about our student organization as well as this event, please see the attachment and visit our Facebook group and website at the links below:
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/590182037712936/
    http://tesolalroundtable.weebly.com

    We look forward to hearing from you,
    Mariana & Stacy
    TESOL/AL Roundtable operations co-chairs


    October 6, 2014

    Save the Date: TESOL/AL Roundtable Social Happy Hour Oct. 17th!
    Take a break from all the school work!
    Join us for happy hour on Friday, October 17th at Amsterdam Cafe (right around the corner from the campus!)
    Hors d'oeuvres will be provided.
    Come out and mingle with other students in the TESOL/AL program!

    Location: Amsterdam Cafe, Tapas Lounge
    Time: 5:00 - 7:00 pm
    Date: Friday, October 17

    See you all there!
    - The Roundtable

    October 3, 2014

    Roundtable on Learning-Oriented Assessment
    Dear Friends, Colleagues, and Students,

    I hope this message finds you well. I am writing to remind you that the three-day roundtable on learning-oriented assessment (LOA) at TC is one week away. It goes from Friday evening, October 10 through Sunday, October 12, 2014. The full program book will be online today.  If you wish to register, here is the website: http://www.tc.columbia.edu/tccrisls/

    The main goal of the RT is to convene scholars and practitioners from around the world, interested in classroom-based assessment, to discuss the interfaces between teaching, learning and assessment in classroom and large-scale assessment contexts. More specifically, the discussion will revolve around (1) how planned and spontaneous assessments embedded in instruction might contribute to or inhibit learning processes and ultimate outcomes in learning spaces, (2) how learning assistance embedded in assessments (e.g., language aids, spell checks, etc.) might promote learning during assessment and ultimately better performance, and (3) how assessments with assistance might provide information teachers and students on both performance and learning for formative purposes.

    In this RT we have invited scholars from mainstream education to discuss theoretical perspectives to learning-oriented assessment and to consider how they might account for English language learner examinee populations. We've also invited language assessment scholars to discuss theoretical perspectives to LOA in language education, considering how content learning (e.g., science) might change the construct of communicative language ability for ELLs. A third strand of talks will be LOA application talks, where test developers will “show” how learning and assessment have been operationalized—mostly through technology. And finally, there will be empirical talks on learning and assessment interfaces. Tim McNamara and John Norris will be the RT discussants, and ample opportunity will be built into the sessions for audience participation.

    I hope you will be able to join us next week.

    Best wishes,
    Jim