Elon University English Language Teaching Symposium

Bridging Divides | Creating Community

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Elon University

We invite you to join us for an English Language Teaching Symposium focused on the needs of Alamance/Burlington’s linguistically and culturally diverse students. This one-day symposium brings together teachers from the Alamance-Burlington School System, Alamance Community College, and teachers and students at Elon University to share pedagogical innovations, ask difficult questions, and aim to support students of all backgrounds.

Our morning keynote will be led by Dr. Mandy Stewart, Associate Professor of Reading Education at Texas Woman’s University and the author of Understanding Adolescent Immigrants: Moving Toward and Extraordinary Discourse for Extraordinary Youth and Keep it R.E.A.L! Relevant, Engaging, and Affirming Literacy for Adolescent English Learners.

The symposium will feature a keynote lunch presentation by Dr. Suhanthie Motha, the award-winning author of Race, Empire, and English Language Teaching and associate professor of English at the University of Washington.

About the Symposium:

In this inaugural English Language Teaching Symposium, we aim to bring together Alamance county educators to share strategies for creating inclusive classroom spaces, developing culturally-diverse pedagogies, and for strengthening our communities of practice. This Symposium was developed by Courtney Kobos, an English with Teacher Licensure student at Elon University as a part of her Leadership Prize project, along with her mentor, Jennifer Eidum, assistant professor of English.

The English Language Teaching symposium is made possible by the generous support of the Leadership Prize, Elon Teaching Fellows, Department of English, and Global Neighborhood, with grants from Elon’s Fund for Excellence, and the Intellectual Climate committee.