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Research and materials: Finding empirical answers to every teacher’s questions

Viviana Cortes is Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics and English as a Second Language (ESL) at Georgia State University (GSU) in Atlanta, Georgia, in the United States. She received her PhD in Applied Linguistics from Northern Arizona University (NAU) in 2002 and she worked for the Program of Applied Linguistics and TESL at Iowa State University (ISU) for six years before coming to GSU in the fall of 2008. Before coming to the United States to pursue her graduate studies, Viviana worked at ICANA.

Today’s world is constantly bombarding us with all types of information. In comparison to the world we lived in twenty-five years ago, the advancements of computers in general and the Internet in particular have made very positive contributions to the teaching of English. Our students have now many more opportunities to be exposed to English outside the classroom. A couple of decades ago we could have never thought this possible.  These advantages do not come without some risks, though. How can we be sure that the language our students encounter on a given website or in certain materials, for example, is an appropriate representation of the language used for communication by native speakers of English? In this presentation I would like to share some of my academic experience as an EFL instructor and researcher in applied linguistics, emphasizing the role that research and research findings have in my everyday activities as a university professor. I would like to also share some resources that can help in adapting, adopting, designing, and evaluating materials to ensure we are mostly exposing our students to appropriate language tendencies and not to exceptions. 

Friday, June 7 from 12 to 1:30 PM

ICANA Belgrano, 3 de Febrero 821

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