Associate Professor Misty Adoniou

Thinking Beyond the EAL Classroom

 

Keynote Abstract

Many of us enter the TESOL profession for the genuine joy of teaching English to EALD learners. The job, however, is much bigger than teaching English and the role of the EALD teacher is expanding to fit changing social and economic circumstances. In this presentation I outline the changing role of the EALD teacher, from being a teacher for our students to being an instructional leader for our mainstream colleagues and an advocate for our students and their families.

I talk about the ways we can take on these new roles by connecting to the larger TESOL community and migrant services and communicating our messages clearly to the public. Embracing our expanding role is key to ensuring our profession not only survives but thrives into the future.