James E. Alatis Plenary – Guadalupe Valdes, Thursday, 23 March 2017

Ruminations of an Old Language Teacher

In this presentation I will talk about second language acquisition theory and research from the perspective of a dedicated language teacher. I will share some of what I have learned, tell you where I looked for answers, and invite you to engage with topics that will directly or indirectly inform your practice.

Guadalupe Valdés is the Bonnie Katz Tenenbaum Professor of Education at Stanford University. Working in the area of applied linguistics, much of her work has focused on the English–Spanish bilingualism of Latinos in the United States and on discovering and describing how two languages are developed, used, and maintained by individuals who become bilingual in immigrant communities. In addition to her numerous publications and service on editorial boards of Modern Language Journal, Critical Inquiry in Language Studies, and Research on the Teaching of English, Valdes has carried out extensive work on teaching, maintaining and preserving heritage languages among minority populations.

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