Spring Day 2019

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TESOL France Spring Day 2019

There’s lot of talk about Gen X, Y, Z and Alpha, but what exactly does that mean for English language teaching? Spring Day 2019 will look at themes related to learning for the new generations, with a focus on practical activities.

This year's Spring Day plenary speaker will be Awad Ibrahim.

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About the Plenary

What’s Beyoncé got to do with it? : A Bottom-Up Applied Linguistics and the Challenge of Teaching Generation Z ESL in a Post-Media Era 

Be it Hip-Hop or R & B, be it rock or pop music, be it Harry Potter or The Titanic. My aim in this presentation is to argue that these are not only media of entertainment but also extremely significant pedagogical tools that can enhance our English as a second language (ESL) teaching and learning. In fact, I am contending, our ESL students are no longer learning their English in our ESL classrooms. If this is the case, what are the pedagogical implications of this situation on what we teach and how we teach it? Basically, what are we currently doing in our ESL classrooms and what should we be doing? Interactively framed and empirically based, the presentation is an answer to these questions. Bring your own questions and let us have a conversation. WORD!

Awad Ibrahim is an award-winning author and a Professor at the Faculty of Education, University of Ottawa. He is a Curriculum Theorist with special interest in applied linguistics, cultural studies, Hip-Hop, youth and Black popular culture, philosophy and sociology of education, social justice, diasporic and continental African identities, and ethnography. He has researched and published widely in these areas. He obtained his PhD from OISE, the University of Toronto, and has been with the Faculty of Education of the University of Ottawa since 2007. Before that, he was in the United States where he taught in Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Internationally, he has ongoing projects in Morocco, Sudan, Saudi Arabia and the United States. His current projects include an ethnography of an inner-city high school in Ottawa and another project on the daily struggle of ‘becoming citizen’ in Canada. He has more than a 100 publications and among his books, Provoking Curriculum Studies: Strong Poetry and the Arts of the Possible in Education; The Education of African Canadian Children: Critical Perspectives; The rhizome of Blackness: A critical ethnography of Hip-Hop culture, language, identity and the politics of becoming; Critical Youth studies: A reader; Global linguistic flows: Hip-Hop cultures, youth identities and the politics of language. For his high school students, he is known as Dr. Dre.

Free for TESOL France members.
Non members registration fee is €30
€5 contribution for lunch will be asked at the door.
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