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First Annual LVAIC TESOL Conference Building Linguistic Bridges: Translanguaging as Practice

September 19 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Free – $100.00

NOTE: This conference will be postponed until September 19, 2020. Any tickets already purchased will be automatically applied to the new conference date. Please reach out to info@lvaic.org with any questions.

First Annual LVAIC TESOL Conference: Building Linguistic Bridges: Translanguaging as Practice

Saturday, September 19, 2020, 9am – 3pm, Lehigh University, University Center, 3rd floor, 29 Trembley Dr, Bethlehem, PA 18015

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Catherine Box, University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education 

The emerging Community of Practice of Multilingual Students Language and Culture Support is pleased to invite you to the First Annual LVAIC TESOL Conference. This full-day conference will bring together writing instructors, research librarians, and TESOL professionals from Lehigh Valley and beyond. Presenters from Lehigh Valley K-12, higher education, and adult literacy institutions will discuss translanguaging as practice in multilingual classrooms. 

Translanguaging refers to the process in which multilingual students integrate all their linguistic resources in communication. Embracing translanguaging validates and supports the many benefits of multicultural students’ experiences when it is seen as an advantage rather than a compensatory strategy (Vogel & Garcia, 2017). For additional information about the conference schedule and presentations, please visit the LVAIC TESOL Conference Website

The event will be held at Lehigh University’s University Center, 3rd floor, 9am – 3pm on March 21, 2020. Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. Participants may earn four Act 48 Continuing Professional Education credits

Please register by March 6, 2020. Space is limited and registration is required. 

With questions regarding registration please contact Elena Reiss, M.A., Language Specialist, Lehigh University, at elr312@lehigh.edu or (610)758-6117

The full schedule is available here.

Conference Committee

  • Elena Reiss, M.A., Language Specialist, Lehigh University elr312@lehigh.edu; (610)758-6117
  • Teresa Cusumano, M.A., M.S., Language Specialist, Lehigh University  tec214@lehigh.edu (610)758-5887
  • Sara Kangas, Assistant Professor, College of Education, Lehigh University sak516@lehigh.edu; 610-758-3235
  • Tingting Kang, Ph.D., Multi-language Learner Support Specialist, Lafayette College kangt@lafayette.edu; (610)330-3187
  • Maria Ebert, M.Ed., M.A.,  Director of International Student Services, Cedar Crest College mjebert@cedarcrest.edu; (610) 606-4666 ext. 3487
  • Judith Rance-Roney, Education Department, Graduate Programs Director and TESOL Advisor, DeSales University Judith.Rance-Roney@desales.edu; (610) 282-1100 x1323
  • Thomas Janis, Director, Office of International Student Support, Muhlenberg College thomasjanis@muhlenberg.edu; 484-664-3448
  • Mark R. Emerick, Visiting Lecturer of Education, Muhlenberg College memerick@muhlenberg.edu; 484-664-3454

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September 19
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Free – $100.00
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