Linguistic statesman to speak at TWU: public invited

On June 29th, Trinity Western University’s MA TESOL program—Masters of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages—is hosting an evening with the renowned English language scholar and inviting the public to join.

“The evening will appeal to anyone with an interest in language teaching,” says Bill Acton, Director of MA TESOL. “Stevick has been the foremost Christian humanist theorist and writer in our field for two generations of language teachers. He was one of the first scholars to write insightfully about the human side of language teaching in a scholarly fashion. Many in the field, myself included, would say that it was Stevick who “invited” them into language teaching.” Drawing on over 50 years of teaching experience, Stevick will speak on, “The Last Half-Century, More or Less.”

Stevick’s visit benchmarks the first anniversary of TWU’S MA TESOL, a graduate-level program training teachers globally, currently enrolling students from South Africa, Gabon, Japan, China, Korea, Taiwan and North America. “The need for English language teachers has grown exponentially, as has the need for accreditation,” explains Acton. “This global demand is creating important new opportunities for teachers and missionaries.

MA TESOL begins its second cohort in July. “There has been an enormous interest in the program,” he says. “We received about 400 inquiries in the first two years alone, and that was all pretty much through the website and word of mouth.”

Despite the pressing need for English language teachers worldwide, Acton believes that now, more than ever, new English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teachers need “world class” training. “Teaching in another culture is an awesome responsibility,” he says, “so providing a quality education within a Christian worldview is essential. There is now in the field of Teaching English as a Second or Other Language extensive discussion of the role of EFL teachers, and especially Christian EFL teachers, as “agents” of Western Culture and belief systems. What Christian English language teachers do in the classroom, sometimes as an integral part of evangelistic outreach or mission has come under intense scrutiny recently. We owe much to Earl Stevick for his contribution to our field and his long-time, faithful modeling of what Christian language teaching and scholarship should be about.”

Speaker: Earl W. Stevick, PhD
Topic: The Last Half-Century, More or Less
Date: June 29, 2004
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Reimer Student Centre, Trinity Western University, 7600 Glover Road.
Cost: $20 (CAD)
Contact: Kirby Thompson: kirby.thompson@twu.ca, 604-513-2121 [3394]
Presented by: MA TESOL and TWU’s Faculty of Graduate studies
Details: Dessert and refreshments served at 6:30, presentation to follow

Since beginning his career as a teacher trainer in 1938, Stevick has mastered a dozen languages, published numerous textbooks for government workers and missionaries, and spent most of his career with the US Foreign Service Institute. He has also authored many books, providing insight and provoking dialogue on teaching methodology, humanism, and theology within language teaching.

Trinity Western University, located in Langley, B.C., is a not-for-profit Christian liberal arts university enrolling over 3,500 students this year. With a broad based, liberal arts and sciences curriculum, the University offers undergraduate degrees in 38 major areas of study ranging from business, education and computer science to biology and nursing, and 13 other graduate degrees including counseling psychology, theology and administrative leadership.

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