Hostos Holds its Fifth Annual ESL Forum:

May 17, 2010 | Hostos Community College

“THE CHALLENGE OF TEACHING ACADEMIC LITERACY TO A NEW ESL GENERATION”

Over 150 faculty members, administrators, and guests attended Eugenio María de Hostos Community College’s Fifth Annual ESL Forum, “The Challenge of Teaching Academic Literacy to a New ESL Generation,” which was held on April 16, 2010. The objective of the forum was to bring together educators and scholars from within and outside of the City University of New York (CUNY) to build networks of expertise and experience in areas of academic ESL. Participants had the opportunity to network with one another as well as to participate in group discussions on three key areas: Diverse Literacies in English Language Instruction; Technology and Multimodality Literacy; and Curriculum and Assessment.

 The keynote speakers were Drs. Yvonne and David Freeman of the University of Texas at Brownville, and the panelists included the following researchers and experts in the field of English language acquisition: Professors Gail August, Susan Dicker, and Patricia Frenz-Belkin of Hostos Community College; David Hellman of CUNY Central; Kim Helmer of John Jay College; Elaine Klein of CUNY’s Research Institute for the Study of Language in Urban Society (RISLUS) and Queens College; Elizabeth Meddeb of York College; and Pedro Pérez and Cynthia Wiseman of Borough of Manhattan Community College.

The forum was co-chaired by Dr. Karin Lundberg, Assistant Professor of Language and Cognition, and Fatiha Makloufi, Director of the CLIP Program, in collaboration with a cross-divisional committee that included Dr. Lucinda R. Zoe, Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Dr. Kim Sanabria, Interim Assistant Dean for Academic Programming and Development, all of Hostos.

The forum discussion can be viewed online at www.hostos.cuny.edu/eslforum.

About Hostos                                                                                                                                                             Under the leadership of a new President, Eugenio María de Hostos Community College of CUNY offers access to higher education leading to intellectual growth and socioeconomic mobility through the development of linguistic, mathematical, technological, and critical thinking proficiencies needed for lifelong learning and for success in a variety of programs, including careers, liberal arts, transfer, and those professional programs leading to licensure. In addition to offering degree programs, the College serves as a resource for the South Bronx and other communities by providing continuing education, cultural events, and expertise for further development. For more information about Hostos Community College, visit: www.hostos.cuny.edu