Somali Studies for Educators at SSIA 2012

The Somali Studies for Educators project (teacher workshop, DVDs, website) was presented on October 11th at the Somali Studies International Association Congress 2012 in Lillehammer, Norway. The presentation ‘The Somali Studies for Educators Project at the Ohio State University’ was made by Sirad Shirdon on behalf of Laura Joseph and me. Sirad also presented her own paper, ‘The Educational Experiences of Urban Somali Refugee Children in Kenya’, as part of the same panel, Education: Who? How? Where?’

Dr. Patsy Lightbown at OSU

Dr. Patsy Lightbown, Distinguished Professor Emeritus (Applied Linguistics) at Concordia University, will give the 2012 GIS in Second Language Studies Lecture. In her talk, ‘Great Expectations’ in 2012: Revisiting the Link Between L2 Research and L2 Teaching’, Dr. Lightbown discusses whether SLA research published in recent years contains findings and implications that may have more to say about both what to teach and how to teach in the language classroom than the research she reviewed in 1985 and 2000. The lecture is Monday October 15, 2012, 4:00-5:00 pm, in the Ohio Union Cartoon Room, reception to follow. Dr. Lightbown will  meet with graduate students that morning and with faculty in the midday. For more information, contact Dr. Wynne Wong