Bryan Meadows at the 54th annual ASOCOPI conference held in Bogota, Colombia
Dr. Bryan Meadows, assistant professor, in the Department of Educational Studies, and TESOL program director, presented his research at the 54th Annual Conference of ASOCOPI (National Association of Colombian English Teachers) held from October 10-12, 2019 on the campus of Universidad Santo Tomás in Bogotá, Colombia.
Founded in 1966, ASOCOPI is one of the oldest national associations for English language teachers globally. The annual conference draws English language educators and scholars from across Colombia as well as neighboring South American nations. According to the program, the conference is an annual space to "share different academic positions about English Language Teaching (ELT) in Colombia, the positive and negative implications of national language policies, and the role of English teaching in the promotion of peace and recognition of diversity." The line up of plenary speakers includes ELT scholars of national and international prominence. This year there were over 350 attendees.
The Universidad de Santo Tomas, venue hosting the 54th annual ASOCOPI conference
Dr. Meadows's presentation was titled, "What do we do with Nationalized Cultures in the 21st century?" His research presentation was one of eighty concurrent sessions held during the three-day event. The research presentation addressed the disconnect language teachers experience between commonsense understandings of national cultures and academic postmodernist ones. Dr. Meadows drew on interview data to highlight the ways English language teachers in various contexts address national cultures in the language classroom. He closed with specific implications for teacher education programs that prepare English language teachers, such as the TESOL Graduate Certificate program from the Department of Educational Studies. While at the conference, Dr. Meadows established connections with fellow teacher educators and attended conference sessions, including plenary talks by Dr. Carmen Helena Guerrero Nieto (Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas, Colombia), Dr. Adriana González Moncada (Universidad de Antioquia, Colombia), Dr. Mario López-Gopar (Universidad Autónoma Benito Juárez de Oaxaca, Mexico), and Dr. Gabriel Díaz Maggioli (Universidad Católica del Uruguay).
Window view from the Universidad de Santo Tomas
To learn more about the ASOCOPI organization, please visit their website at www.asocopi.org. The organization is home to HOW Journal, a peer-reviewed journal "offering opportunities for the dissemination of knowledge resulting from educational and research practices that concern English language teaching issues."
Please visit the TESOL Graduate Certificate webpage to learn more about the program. The TESOL program prepares practicing teachers with the skills and knowledge they need to lead K-12 ESL instruction in New Jersey and beyond.