PAUL MATSUDA (ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY)

TEACHING WRITING IN A MULTICULTURAL SOCIETY : ELT INNOVATIVE PEDAGOGY

Today, we live in a global multicultural society where people from different linguistic and cultural backgrounds occupy the same space—personal, academic, professional, and civic—together. To function in such a society students need to develop the ability to negotiate cultural assumptions and practices as they communicate. In this presentation, the speaker will share examples of writing activities that are designed to foster cross-cultural awareness and understanding through collaborative learning experience. He will then lead a discussion on how to conceptualize and implement similar activities in various educational contexts in Asia and beyond.

Paul Kei Matsuda is Professor of English and the Director of Second Language Writing. His research centers around second language writing, a transdisciplinary field of inquiry that integrate theoretical and methodological insights from both language studies and writing studies. He is a former president of the American Association for Applied Linguistics and founding chair of the Symposium on Second Language Writing. He has also chaired the CCCC Committee on Second Language Writing and the Nonnative English Speakers in TESOL Caucus. He has edited numerous books and special journal issues on second language writing. He is also the series editor of Parlor Press Series on Second Language Writing.