|From left, Ulla Connor, Ph.D., director of the Indiana Center for Intercultural Communication, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis; Jun Liu, Ph.D., associate provost for International Initiatives at Georgia State University; Diana Pascoe-Chávez, Ph.D. and Kara McBride, Ph.D., both of Saint Louis University.|
The English for Academic Purposes program hosted the Mid-America Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages Conference on Oct. 21-22 at Saint Louis University. More than 300 people attended, with participants from eight states and nine countries.
The plenary speakers were Jun Liu, Ph.D., associate provost for International Initiatives at Georgia State University, and Ulla Connor, Ph.D., director of the Indiana Center for Intercultural Communication at Indiana University-Purdue University.
The topics of the 60 sessions included intercultural communication and rhetoric; mixed expectations of students and teachers; new perspectives into teaching vocabulary; research on incorporating content into the skill classes; and the relationship between language teaching and global citizenship.
SLU faculty and staff members who presented included Ronald Kellogg, Ph.D., Kara McBride, Ph.D., Diana Pascoe, Ph.D., Larry Schmidt, Ph.D., Lisa Fischer, Ph.D., Christian Rayner, Ph.D., Ann Meechai, Ph.D., Lauren Preston, Angela Hakim, Jerry Edris, Jessica Perolio, program manager of Writing Services and Catherine Donahue, assistant director of the Office of International Services.
A special thanks to Dan Nickolai, an invaluable part of the team before and during the event, who helped with tech support in the Busch Student Center and Des Peres Hall.