Past the Language Barrier: Improving Communication Skills with Patrons Learning English as a Second Language
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
2pm Eastern (11am Pacific | 12pm Mountain | 1pm Central)
Whether you are an academic librarian, school librarian, or public librarian, it is likely that you encounter individuals who are in the process of learning English. Despite the desire to help, many librarians are uncertain how to effectively communicate with these individuals. In this session you will learn how to adapt your speech to be comprehensible, check for comprehension, and make adjustments if you are not being understood. In addition, this session will cover how to effectively use translation tools, work with a translator, and adapt reading resources for accessibility to English learners.
About the Presenter:
Mary Lou McCloskey is a consultant, educator, and author who specializes in improving services and learning opportunities in English for speakers of other languages. She is a former TESOL president who has won multiple professional achievement awards. She has taught or consulted in 27 countries and has written numerous textbooks, book chapters, and scholarly articles. One of her seminal works, Integrating English: Developing English Language and Literacy in the Multilingual Classroom, is in its 7th edition. Most recently she served as Director of Teacher Development & Curriculum Design at Educo and taught in the Department of Education at Agnes Scott College. Currently she is an ESOL Specialist at Global Village Project in Decatur, GA and coordinates a book club for English language learners at the Clarkston branch of the DeKalb County Public Library System.
Can’t make it to the live show? That’s okay. The session will be recorded and available on the Carterette Series Webinars site for later viewing.
To register for the online event
1. Go to registration page: https://goo.gl/ZFaj5L
2. Complete and submit the form.
3. A URL for the event will be emailed to you immediately after registration.
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