AWC presentation at Arizona State University, USA
The MTESOL program at Arizona State University (ASU) celebrated its 50th anniversary on October 11th, 2019 and held a conference for its alumni and current students. The speakers of the conference who are involved in teaching and linguistic studies presented the highlights of their work and research. They spoke about teaching students with special educational needs, organizing work of international libraries and psychological research of the English learner. AWC manager Ksenia Maryasova gave a presentation “Organizing activities for an academic writing center: challenges and successes ”. Ksenia talked about the Center’s achievements and sore points, described the audience, types of services and future plans.
The presentation sparked a lot of interest and generated a lively discussion - should Writing Centers hire native speakers only to improve an article written in English? The participants were also inquisitive about conferences on academic writing held in Russia, sociocultural aspects of academic communication and the ways to improve the content of research on top of its language.
The conference concluded with a presentation by a renowned linguish Dr. Roy Major who talked about the aspects of second-language learner pronunciation.
During her trip, Ksenia also met with the staff of University Academic Success Programs at ASU. The participants of the meeting shared their experience, discussed burning issues and exchanged emails.
We hope we can start a fruitful collaboration with ASU and strengthen international academic relations.
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