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Meeting Challenges, Exploring Solutions in the Adult ESOL Classroom - 2018

Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

John L. Tishman Auditorium, University Center 63 Fifth Avenue, Room U100, New York, NY 10003

Join us for this one-day conference that provides English Language Teaching professionals with a space to learn from one another, share ideas, and network.

The day features a plenary by a leading educator in the field, workshops exploring techniques and ideas to support classroom practice, and presentations focusing on current challenges facing ESOL teachers.

Explore the day's presentations and workshops here.

Plenary speaker: Lourdes Ortega - Multilingual Understandings of English Competence and Success

People learn English all over the world, and second-language English students are by definition people on their way to becoming bilinguals or multilinguals. Yet all too often their English is construed as deficient and their multilingual prowess is erased. In this talk, I reflect on what it means to be a successful, communicatively competent speaker of  English, in light of the multilingualism of second-language English speakers and the special status of English, with its contested global, international, and lingua franca affordances. I will argue that we cannot understand English competence or learning success, in academic or other contexts, unless we understand English-in-multilingualism and open up our language pedagogies to the psycholinguistic and social realities of multilinguals. We will need to help our students cultivate an awareness of both world Englishes and unequal Englishes (Tupas, 2015). We will also want to include strategies that help them recognize, disrupt, and productively exploit to their advantage the experiences of being positioned by others as a novice, a foreigner, an outside member, or a nonnative speaker. In sum, our pedagogies must show that being competent in English is about being able to negotiate desirable identities with the aid of rich multilingual repertoires, where language always offers identity choices and communication always harbors power struggles.

The New School has a long tradition of excellence in the training of teachers of English to speakers of other languages. We welcome participation by professionals who seek to address critical issues in the field and hone their own craft.

Sponsored by the Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages at The New School.

Event Type

Lectures and Panel Discussions, Workshops and Training


General Public


Education and Learning


Schools of Public Engagement, School of Languages


English Language Studies, TESOL, Education, Schools and Universities



$30 per participant; $20 for New School students, faculty, alumni, staff until 10/12; $35 10/13.

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