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May 8, 2013 at 2:01 pm

Kessler Invited to Give Keynote at Global Conferences on Language Teaching

Dr. Greg Kessler, Director of the Language Resource Center in the College of Arts & Sciences at Ohio University, has been invited to be the keynote speaker at the first International Conference on English Language Teaching and Globalization Nov. 15, 2013, at Tunghai University in Taichung, Taiwan. Kessler an alum of Ohio University who earned a Ph.D, in Instructional Technology.

“This conference aims to bring together researchers, teacher educators, and English teachers from different parts of the world to re-position themselves in relation to globalization. Socio-cultural factors and technological developments have impacted the teaching profession and reshaped research agendas and classroom practices. What globalization entails to a researcher may differ from what it means to a classroom teacher. These ongoing discussions have raised several important questions: How has globalization changed our expectation toward English language teaching and subsequently altered our classroom practices? How will the unstoppable trend of globalization shape English language teaching in the future? How can we strike a balance between continuing to use and celebrate the practices that work for us now and seeking out what will change our teaching in the future?” according to the conference website.

Kessler also will be giving plenary talks this fall at GloCALL (Global computer assisted language learning) Nov. 28-30 at the University of Danang in Da Nang, Vietnam, and FLiT (Foreign Language Instrucitonal Technology) Dec. 5-7 in Nicosia, Cyprus.

Kessler, Associate Professor of Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) in the Department of Linguistics, teaches CALL practice and research courses. His research addresses the convergence of language, digital environments, language learning and associated human behavior. He is currently president of the Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium (CALICO) and editor of the Action Research Column for the journal Language Learning & Technology. H has conducted seminars about the convergence of language and technology around the world.



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