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ELT Webinar: Creating and Sustaining English Language and American Readers Clubs to Enhance English Learning

Presenters: Bryce Smedley and Kathleen Malu

 Webinar Description:

Are you looking for ways to practice English? Are you interested in exploring topics such as democracy, gender equality, social justice, inter-faith dialogue,  or human rights?  This webinar will begin with a description of the wide variety of English Language Clubs around the world, club members, and the activities typically used at club meetings. Next, this webinar will offer specific strategies for creating and sustaining clubs, problems and solutions that club leaders may encounter, and strategies for encouraging members to participate in the wide variety of activities that are presented in the English Language Club Handbooks available through the Office of English Language Programs website.  These strategies will promote language practice, conversations, and social change actions that members will find interesting and provocative.

Kathleen Malu Bio: 

Kathleen F. Malu, Ph.D. is Professor of Literacy and Language at William Paterson University of New Jersey and an English Language Specialist for the U.S. Department of State.  She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in literacy pedagogy and research in online and face-to-face settings.  

Bryce Smedley Bio: 

For the past three years, Bryce Smedley has served as a Senior English Language Fellow with the U.S. State Department in Africa. Smedley has a BA in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Montana, MA in International Development from Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand and received a MA, Phd in Literacy, Culture and Language Education from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. He is a former Peace Corps Volunteer serving in Watamu, Kenya. Additionally, he has taught in the field of language education in Afghanistan, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mongolia and Thailand. Starting in the fall 2016, Bryce will work as an Assistant Professor in Education at Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho. 

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