Friday, February 7, 2014

My second conference proposal

My second conference proposal has been accepted! I will be presenting at the LA Regional CATESOL Conference on March 8, 2014. My proposal was inspired by an ongoing project we have been working on at our center, in which we have reconstructed our self-study program in order to empower students in self-directed learning. I am pretty fired up about it, and looking forward to writing about and sharing our experience. You can find my proposal below, and I will continue to update here leading up to the conference. I hope to see you at the LA Regional CATESOL Conference!


Title 
In Support of Self-Directed Student Learning


Program Abstract 
Our greatest goal as educators should be to inspire, empower, and support students in self-directed learning.  This session  will present a model for the development of a self-study environment in Intensive English Programs, and provide participants with the tools they need to implement a similar approach with their students.


Presentation Outline/Summary
Our greatest goal as educators should be to inspire, empower, and support students in self-directed learning. The effectiveness of the traditional teacher-led classroom has been disputed at length, however most institutions continue to recreate learning environments centered around this outdated model. As long as students  and teachers are placed in these traditional classroom environments, they will continue to perpetuate the traditional dynamic; as long as  teachers lead the classroom and control learning outcomes, students will be unable to direct and take responsibility for their own language learning. Educators must create new and dynamic educational spaces which support and empower students in self-directed language learning in order to enhance the experience of their students and maximize language learning potential. This session will present a model for the development of a self-study environment in Intensive English Programs, and provide participants with the tools they need to implement a similar approach with their students. 

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