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WELCOME ! 7 th  Annual  LESLLA Symposium University of Minnesota Minneapolis, USA
What does LESLLA stand for? <ul><li>LESLLA </li></ul><ul><li>L ow  E ducated,  S econd  L anguage and  L iteracy  A cquisi...
LESLLA 2011 <ul><li>Q : Do you really need your OWN conference? </li></ul><ul><li>(Who’s going to come to THAT??  I mean, ...
<ul><li>Why  do we need our own conference? </li></ul>
We need our own conference because… <ul><li>our learners are unique </li></ul><ul><li>our teachers work to serve their stu...
Why do we need our own conference? <ul><li>A:  Because too often in the field of second language teaching to adults and ad...
And so it began-- <ul><li>2005, Tilburg, Netherlands </li></ul><ul><li>2006, Richmond, Virginia, USA </li></ul><ul><li>200...
Congratulations, Jeanne! <ul><li>Dr. Jeanne Kurvers, one of LESLLA’s founders and leaders and a professor at Tilburg Unive...
 
Trivia question for tomorrow <ul><li>Among our participants here at LESLLA 2011, how many countries are represented? </li>...
It takes a village… <ul><li>Conference committee </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteers </li></ul><ul><li>Hamline University-ATLAS: ...
It takes a village… <ul><li>We thank our generous sponsors.  We are proud to work within both a university community and a...
Martha Bigelow & Elaine Tarone <ul><li>Most of the field of language teaching and learning is based on research done on li...
<ul><li>A Research Agenda  </li></ul><ul><li>for LESLLA </li></ul>
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Patsy Vinogradov's slides from her brief welcome on Thursday, September 29, 2011.

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  1. 1. WELCOME ! 7 th Annual LESLLA Symposium University of Minnesota Minneapolis, USA
  2. 2. What does LESLLA stand for? <ul><li>LESLLA </li></ul><ul><li>L ow E ducated, S econd L anguage and L iteracy A cquisition </li></ul>
  3. 3. LESLLA 2011 <ul><li>Q : Do you really need your OWN conference? </li></ul><ul><li>(Who’s going to come to THAT?? I mean, aren’t there plenty of language teaching conferences, literacy conferences, and adult education conferences?) </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Why do we need our own conference? </li></ul>
  5. 5. We need our own conference because… <ul><li>our learners are unique </li></ul><ul><li>our teachers work to serve their students well often with very limited guidance. </li></ul><ul><li>the research base is growing, but small, and must be shared often and widely to help close the gap of what we know and what we need to know about how LESLLA learners acquire literacy and language. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Why do we need our own conference? <ul><li>A: Because too often in the field of second language teaching to adults and adolescents, first language literacy is assumed. </li></ul><ul><li>And when we mistakenly assume something that huge about a learner, we risk not serving our learners in the ways that they deserve to be served by our profession. </li></ul>
  7. 7. And so it began-- <ul><li>2005, Tilburg, Netherlands </li></ul><ul><li>2006, Richmond, Virginia, USA </li></ul><ul><li>2007, Newcastle upon Tyne, England </li></ul><ul><li>2008, Antwerp, Belgium </li></ul><ul><li>2009, Banff, Alberta, Canada </li></ul><ul><li>2010, Cologne, Germany </li></ul><ul><li>2011, Minneapolis, USA </li></ul>
  8. 8. Congratulations, Jeanne! <ul><li>Dr. Jeanne Kurvers, one of LESLLA’s founders and leaders and a professor at Tilburg University, is the Literacy Woman of the Year 2011 in the Netherlands. </li></ul><ul><li>This honor is a Dutch prize for work on literacy, a prize for people whose work is extraordinarily important for literacy research, policy, and education practice. </li></ul>
  9. 10. Trivia question for tomorrow <ul><li>Among our participants here at LESLLA 2011, how many countries are represented? </li></ul>
  10. 11. It takes a village… <ul><li>Conference committee </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteers </li></ul><ul><li>Hamline University-ATLAS: bags & more! </li></ul><ul><li>U of M CEHD: pens, pads, website support </li></ul><ul><li>University Hotel staff for arrangements </li></ul>
  11. 12. It takes a village… <ul><li>We thank our generous sponsors. We are proud to work within both a university community and a statewide community of educators that support conferences like this one with generous contributions. Please see page 3 in the program for a full list of sponsors. </li></ul>
  12. 13. Martha Bigelow & Elaine Tarone <ul><li>Most of the field of language teaching and learning is based on research done on literate learners. As this morning’s keynote speakers wrote in 2004, “Doesn’t who we study determine what we know?” </li></ul>
  13. 14. <ul><li>A Research Agenda </li></ul><ul><li>for LESLLA </li></ul>

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