Conversations with Experts in Multilingualism

Aida Walqui, the director of WestEd’s Quality Teaching for English Learners (QTEL) initiative will lead a dozen conversations over six weeks with renowned linguists and experts from around the world that will highlight scholarly perspectives on the education of English Learners across a wide variety of settings. The hour-long discussions, starting Tuesday, July 14, will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays for six weeks at 9 am PT except for 3 pm on Aug. 6 and 8.
Representing a wide variety of interests in the field, guest speakers will share their perspectives from American universities as well as research and development institutions from four different countries. All sessions will have a different, but complementary focus on research advances in the education of English Learners. The sessions are organized thematically (see more information below) and are free to attend.
All registered participants will receive a list of readings and biographies of the guests. Registered participants will also have an opportunity to submit questions for the interviewee up to one week prior to the day of the session.
Who Should Attend? 
Teachers Education leaders Teacher educators Teacher professional developers Researchers in the United States and abroad Dates & Times
Sessions will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9 am PT / 12 pm ET (interviews with Australian scholars will be at 3 pm PT / 8 am AU). Each session will run for 60 minutes.
Registration for all sessions is free.
Theme: Theories and Labels in the Education of English Learners 
1/ What’s in a Name? The Terms We Use to Talk About English Learners, the Theories They Reflect, and Why Labels MatterDate: Tues., July 14, 2020Time: 9:00 am PT / 12:00 pm ETFeatured Speaker: Guadalupe Valdés, Stanford University
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2/ Multilingualism in the United States and Around the World: Current Issues and TensionsDate: Thurs., July 16, 2020Time: 9:00 am PT / 12:00 pm ETFeatured Speaker: Ofelia García, CUNY
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Theme: English Learners in the United States: History and Civic Participation
3/ English Learners in the United States: A Historical, Policy, and Educational TrajectoryDate: Tues., July 21, 2020Time: 9:00 am PT / 12:00 pm ETFeatured Speaker: Kenji Hakuta, Stanford University
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4/ English Learners and Civic Life: The Imperative, the Reality, and the PotentialDate: Thurs., July 23, 2020Time: 9:00 am PT / 12:00 pm ETFeatured Speaker: Joel Westheimer, University of Ottawa
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Theme: The Education English Learners Need and Deserve 
5/ Robust Learning Opportunities for English Learners: Even MORE Important NowDate: Tues., July 28, 2020Time: 9:00 am PT / 12:00 pm ETFeatured Speaker: George Bunch, University of California, Santa Cruz
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Theme: The Education of English Learners in Other Countries 
6/ Oracy in the UK for All Students: Current ResearchDate: Thurs., July 30, 2020Time: 9:00 am PT / 12:00 pm ETFeatured Speaker: Alice Stott, Voice 21, London
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7/ The Role of Talk in Learning: Implications for Recently Arrived EAL and Refugee Background Students in Mainstream ClassesDate: Tues., August 4, 2020Time: 3:00 pm PT / 8:00 am AUFeatured Speakers: Jenny Hammond, University of Technology, Sydney & Beverly Derewianka, University of Wollongong, Australia
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8/ A Meaning-Oriented Model of Language for the ClassroomDate: Thurs., August 6, 2020Time: 3:00 pm PT / 8:00 am AUFeatured Speakers: Beverly Derewianka, University of Wollongong, Australia & Jenny Hammond, University of Technology, Sydney
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Theme: Rethinking and Strengthening the Work on English Learners 
9/ Policy and Equity in the Education of English Learners: The Struggle ContinuesDate: Tues., August 11, 2020Time: 9:00 am PT / 12:00 pm ETFeatured Speaker: Magaly Lavadenz, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles
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10/ Reconceptualizing the Role of Critical Dialogue in the Education of English LearnersDate: Thurs., August 13, 2020Time: 9:00 am PT / 12:00 pm ETFeatured Speaker: Amanda Kibler, Oregon State University
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11/ Teaching Disciplinary Literacies in Hard Times that Just Got HarderDate: Tues., August 18, 2020Time: 9:00 am PT / 12:00 pm ETFeatured Speaker: Meg Gebhard, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
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12/ From Acquisition to Development: Reconceptualizing Educators’ Work with English LearnersDate: Thurs., August 20, 2020Time: 9:00 am PT / 12:00 pm ETFeatured Speaker: Diane Larsen-Freeman, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
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