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Jokes, Applied Linguistics, and ELT– “these are all made out of the same stuff”

Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 6:00 pm

Wollman Hall, Eugene Lang College 65 West 11th Street Room B500, New York, NY 10003

In the spirit of Harvard educated philosophers Cathcart and Klein’s brilliant book Plato and a Platypus Walk Into a Bar – Understanding Philosophy Through Jokes, the presenter Elka Todeva will explore important concepts from Language Pedagogy and Applied Linguistics, drawing on her work with graduate students and in-service teachers from around the world. She has been brewing and stewing an organic mixture of fun and serious learning for over ten years; much to her delight, her sous-chefs, with skills far surpassing her own, are happily tossing out old teaching orthodoxies while fixing ravishingly delicious courses for their students.

Elka Todeva holds a doctorate in English applied linguistics. A native of Bulgaria, Todeva began working in the United States as a visiting Fulbright scholar. The co-author of three EFL textbooks and two English dictionaries, Todeva’s other publications focus on fossilization, language acquisition and learning,discourse, authentic teaching and assessment, brain-friendly learning, and reflective practices. Her most recent book is The Multiple Realities of Multilingualism: Personal Narratives and Researchers' Perspectives" published by Mouton de Gruyter.


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