Date(s) - 05/20/2017
North Carolina State ESL Symposium
As language teachers we are frequently constrained by events beyond our control, such as regulations and requirements imposed from above. Our classrooms have become overtaken by assessment, data, and metrics. In these times of endless evaluation it can be challenging to teach humanely and respectfully in a way that helps us connect and engage with our students. In this talk we examine ourselves and our profession in two ways: first we look inward, to see what we can learn from within ourselves and ourselves in relation to others; and secondly we look outward to see what we as English language teaching professionals can learn from those outside our field. Our ultimate goal is to connect and engage with our students in such a way that their success comes from our commitment to them with our hearts, as well as our heads.