Lecture by Dr. Diane Larsen-Freeman on the professional practice in language teacher education.

15 February 2014, 12:00 am

Dr. Diane Larsen-Freeman is Professor Emerita at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a Visiting Professor of Educational Linguistics at the University of Pennsylvania. She is also a Distinguished Senior Faculty Fellow at the Graduate SIT Institute in Brattleboro, Vermont and a Visiting Professor at the Hellenic American University.  Her interests include second language development, English grammar, language teaching, and language teacher education.

The presentation emphasized the importance of questioning in education, and more specifically, language learning and teaching. Dr. Larsen-Freeman wrote: “for much of my professional life, I have been asking some of the same questions about the nature of language and its learning and teaching.  In this talk, I want to explore some new questions, ones inspired by Complexity Theory. I will be addressing questions such as what is the difference between iteration and repetition, development and acquisition, affordance and input, grammar and grammaring, teaching learners and teaching language, and method as prescription and method as lived practice. It is in asking and attempting to answer such questions that our teaching practice remains alive".

The presentation, organized by the Linguistics Department of Hellenic American College, in cooperation with Hellenic American University (Manchester, NH, USA), took place on February 15th, 2014, in the 8th floor Reception Hall, at 22 Massalias street in Athens and was attended by both those studying linguistics, students, and educators and was followed by a reception with cheese and wine.