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VicTESOL Symposium: Theory Strand

Dr Howard Nicholas

Engaging with Theories of Language


Keynote Abstract

In this presentation I will explore ways in which a rich view of the communicative repertoire can help to identify the resources that learners have and need for learning and life. I will use the Multiplicity framework (Nicholas & Starks 2014) to explore ways of answering questions about what “language” is and how it is learned in order to frame ways of thinking about and teaching English as an additional language for learners from the diverse backgrounds and with the diverse life purposes that we find in current learning settings.


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