JAMES PERREN (ALLIANT INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY)

SERVICE-LEARNING MATERIALS THAT THAI TESOL TEACHERS WANT : CURRICULUM AND MATERIALS DEVELOPMENT

There is a demand for TESOL service-learning (TSL) materials. Service-learning integrates student English language learning, reflection, service in communities, and partnerships with community organizations. Unfortunately, many TESOL educators are unfamiliar with the practical steps to implement service-learning for EFL learning and for teacher training. Many existing TESOL service-learning publications do not provide short, easy to use, and ready-made materials for the implementation of service-learning in TESOL. The focus of this session is to present useful resources for key areas in TESOL service-learning such as: community partnerships, spoken language and pragmatics, literacy, technology, assessment, and standardization. The presenter discusses how to begin with TSL by incorporating service-learning into various courses, matching curricular goals with community partnerships, strategies for finding and maintaining healthy community partnerships, and discovering what to teach and how to assess. This presentation offers practical answers regarding what the Applied Linguistics/TESOL community needs to know about service-learning.

Dr. James Perren is a teacher educator, editor, and author who taught in Japan, Jamaica, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and California. He teaches at Alliant International University in California with a doctorate from Temple University. James researches CALL in TESOL, service-learning, materials development, teacher training, intercultural communication, and critical theory.