EDST Assistant Professor, Dr. Bryan Meadows, was an invited international guest speaker at the First National Conference on Research in Foreign Language Education, held virtually November 5-6, 2020. The conference was organized and hosted by the Fray Bernardo de Lugo Language Institute at the University of Santo Tomás, Colombia. The title of the academic conference was "Hacia la Interdisciplinariedad en La Enseñanza de las Lenguas Extranjeras en un Contexto Glocal // Towards Interdisciplinarity in Foreign Language Teaching in a Glocal Context". The 200 participants at the conference included language education scholars, instructors, and under/graduate students from all over Colombia.
Bryan Meadows was one of two invited international guest speakers. Dr. Meadows's talk was titled, "Foreign Language Teaching During Pandemic Times: Enduring Principles and Innovative Technologies". Drawing on his 25 years of experience in the field of education, Dr. Meadows identified seven enduring principles to guide language educators through the COVID pandemic. He next specified categories of digital tools that classroom teachers are relying on to meet the enduring principles, given the current disruption to in-person classroom teaching due to COVID. The session closed with an active question-and-answer session between Dr. Meadows and the audience.
EDST faculty participation in international venues contributes to the department's engagement in global discourses of teaching and scholarship. To learn more about the Fray Bernardo de Lugo Language Institute at the University of Santo Tomás, please visit their homepage here.
Dr. Meadows, EDST assistant professor, serves as director of the TESOL teacher education program and the ESL@Seton Hall Intensive English Program. He also leads a short-term study abroad class to Tokyo which affords Seton Hall undergraduates opportunities to visit Tokyo schools firsthand.