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Welcome to the online home of Celebrating Foreign Language Education: A Monterey Bay Symposium!  The symposium took place last year on March 10, 2012, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on campus at the Monterey Institute of International Studies.

Thanks to everyone who helped make this event such a huge success!!
If you attended, please fill out our feedback form here: goo.gl/vesfJ

For a copy of the symposium program, click here. Go to File > Download to save it to your computer.

The Celebrating Foreign Language Education: A Monterey Bay Symposium is a celebratory symposium about foreign language education, focusing on teachers and TFL/EFL students in the Monterey Bay area. We will feature events with a strong applied/practical and theoretical base. Our presentations, workshops, and poster sessions will center on classroom implementation, methods and principles, pedagogical innovations, and they will also allow for participants to use the knowledge gained in their programs and classrooms. The following topics will be covered:
                    • Content-Based Instruction
                    • Emerging Technologies
                    • Content, Tasks, and Projects
                    • Alternative Assessment
                    • Awareness Raising (Cultural, Language, etc.)
                    • Learner Autonomy
                    • Developing Core Cultural Competence

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Leo van Lier will open the Celebrating Foreign Language Education Symposium with one of his most significant contributions to our field, namely green grammar. He will expose the important outcomes of an ecological view of language by challenging the monolingual bias that is common in applied linguistics and second language acquisition. In addition, van Lier will examine and illustrate recently proposed notions such as languaging and translanguaging. Finally, he will illustrate the ecological principles with practical classroom examples drawn from observations in different countries, and will propose some implications for designing, implementing, and researching ecology-inspired instructional settings and practices.

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