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

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Apple Lecture 2001

2001 Marianne Celce-Murcia

Communicative Competence and the Role of Grammar

TESOL/AL Times Newsletter Article
The second lecture in the annual APPLE Lecture Series was held on April 6, 2001, with Dr Marianne Celce-Murcia as the featured speaker. She gave a speech entitled “Communicative Competence and the Role of Grammar.”

Co-author (with Diane Larsen Freeman) of The Grammar Book, Dr. Celce-Murcia is considered one of the foremost experts in the structure of English and its relation to the teaching of English as a second language. Dr. Celce-Murcia is interested in researching the application of empirical findings in functional language analysis and applied linguistic theory to the preparation and testing of materials developed to teach a particular problem.

Over one hundred people attended the lecture, and her address was enthusiastically received by the audience. Dr Celce-Murcia also held an afternoon session specifically for students in the programs. This provided a valuable opportunity for students to discuss issues of interest with Dr. Celce-Murcia and draw upon her extensive knowledge.

The purpose of the APPLE Lecture Series (APPlied Linguistics and Language Education) is to engender lively professional dialog in the ELT community. Invited speakers address issues of cutting-edge research, innovative practice, or critical policy. The series is funded by an endowment from Language Innovations, Inc. (LINC).

LINC was a non-profit group that published materials and fostered innovation among ESL practitioners in the region. The Lecture Series celebrates the spirit and legacy of LINC.