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The MSU English Language Center is excited to partner with National Geographic Learning to host our 5th Annual Learning Symposium for Great Lakes area English language teaching professionals. With an emphasis on higher ed and adult ed instruction and highlighting a different theme annually, our Learning Symposium offers attendees a unique opportunity for focused professional development and collegial interaction.


Symposium Theme: Real-World Writing in ESL Classrooms

How can we help our students enter the real discourse communities of academic and professional writers?  Progressive ESL writing instruction is challenging conventions and formulas like the five-paragraph essay. Teachers are exploring ways to help each student find his or her unique voice as a competent, communicative writer.  Innovations like genre-based approaches highlight new literacies, extending the writ of the writer into diverse communities of expression, while new technologies are transforming instruction and writing processes. The symposium this year will take a hard look at new principles and practices. Speakers present solutions, approaches, and best practices based on research and experience.