Global Conversations in Literacy Research (GCLR) is a series of interactive web seminars that feature cutting-edge literacy research conducted by international literacy researchers. GCLR is grounded in critical literacy, and sees as its mission to use new and emerging technologies to connect with global audiences and exchange ideas on literacy theory, research, and practice through free and open access to web seminars. Detailed descriptions of the presenters and their work can be accessed by clicking on their names. A way to engage in discussion is to create a learning group around these web seminars, and/or join friends, colleagues and students to participate together in these web seminars. Please subscribe to our website, ”like” us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter to receive updates on our web seminar series. We have also archived our 2011-2013 web seminars. To convert the web seminar time to your local time, please click here. Web seminars are in New York City/USA time zone. ***Technical support: Please call 877-382-2293 for direct support from Blackboard Collaborate if you have difficulty logging on.
GCLR: 2013-2014 Web Seminar Series
We have confirmed nearly all of our 2013-2014 series of speakers. This next series will again engage global audiences in significant conversations about literacy in global contexts. Please schedule GCLR’s 2013-2014 series seminars into your calendar, add them to your syllabi, share them with organizations interested in literacy, and others interested in global literacy issues. We will post the links, the seminar titles, and the dates as soon as they are confirmed.
SEPTEMBER 2013: DR. HILARY JANKS, UNIVERSITY OF WITWATERSRAND, Johannesburg, South Africa: CRITICAL LITERACY: Dr. Janks is an internationally recognized scholar who has written and presented widely in the area of critical literacy. Her research is in critical literacy which is concerned with the relationship between language/literacy and power, diversity, access and design and redesign. She argues that without recognizing the interdependence of these four axes, possibilities for transformation are limited. Dr. Janks’ website: http://hilaryjanksprofessional.blogspot.com
OCTOBER 13, 2013: DR. JACK RICHARDS, CITY UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG: “CREATIVITY IN LANGUAGE TEACHING”: Professor Jack C. Richards is an internationally recognized authority on English-language acquisition, teacher training, and materials design. A well-known lecturer and consultant, he has taught at universities in the United States, China, Singapore, New Zealand, Canada, Indonesia, and Brazil. Professor Richards has published widely, and among his many successful publications are Approaches and Methods in Language Teaching and Curriculum Development in Language Teaching. He is also an active art collector and a sponsor of numerous activities in music and the arts. Dr. Richards will talk on creativity in language teaching. Access Dr. Richards’ website at http://www.professorjackrichards.com
NOVEMBER 3, 2013: DR. JOYCE KING, GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY, Atlanta, GA, USA: Dr. Joyce King is the Benjamin E. Mays Endowed Chair in Social Foundations, and is the President-Elect of the American Educational Research Association. Dr. King has published widely including three books: Preparing Teachers for Cultural Diversity; Teaching Diverse Populations; and Black Mothers to Sons: Juxtaposing African-American Literature with Social Practice. Her researsch areas include the role of cultural knowledge, Diaspora literacy and heritage knowledge in global teaching and teacher preparation, Black teachers’ emancipatory pedagogy, and Black studies theorizing in education/Black education. Access Dr. King’s website at http://education.gsu.edu/main/533.html
JANUARY 2014: DR. KENNETH GOODMAN AND DR. YETTA GOODMAN, UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA, USA: Dr. Ken and Yetta Goodman hold the title of Professor Emeritus at the University of Arizona, USA. They are international scholars in the field of literacy theory, education, and policy. Their work has been instrumental in the design and development of reading curricula, and especially in the area of assessment with miscue analysis. They have published widely in the areas of whole language, miscue analysis, and the politics of literacy authoring over 25 books and 300 articles. Their work is grounded in psycho- and sociolinguistic models of reading. Dr. Ken and Yetta Goodman’s website: http://www.u.arizona.edu/~kgoodman/
FEBRUARY 2014: DR. RYOKO KUBOTA, UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA: Dr. Ryuko Kubota is a Professor in the Department of Language and Literacy Education in the Faculty of Education. Her primary research area is critical applied linguistics with a focus on culture, multiculturalism, written discourse, race, and critical pedagogy. Her articles have appeared in such journals as Canadian Modern Language Review, Critical Inquiry in Language Studies, Foreign Language Annals, Journal of Second Language Writing, Modern Language Journal, TESOL Quarterly, Written Communication, andWorld Englishes. She is an editor of Race, culture, and identities in second language: Exploring critically engaged practice (2009, Routledge). Dr. Kubota’s website: http://lled.educ.ubc.ca/lled-faculty/current-faculty/ryuko-kubota
MARCH 2014: DR. CATHERINE BEAVIS, GRIFFITH UNIVERSITY, QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA: Dr. Catherine Beavis is a Professor of Education in the School of Education and Professional Studies. Her research interests focus on the changing nature of text and the implications for literacy, education and schooling of young people’s engagement with digital culture and the online world. Dr. Beavis conducts research in the areas of English curriculum, pedagogy and assessment; digital culture and computer games; digital literacy and new literacies and games-based learning. She has numerous publications including Literacy Learning from Computer Games (in press) and Literacy in 3D: A Multi-dimensional Framework for Rethinking Literacy Education (in press). She has undertaken numerous research projects focused on english education, and on literacy, digital culture, young people and computer games. Dr. Beavis’s website: http://www.griffith.edu.au/professional-page/catherine-beavis
APRIL 2014: DR. BRIAN STREET, KING’S COLLEGE, LONDON, UK: Dr. Street is Professor Emeritus of language in education at King’s, and visiting professor of education in the Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania. He undertook anthropological fieldwork on literacy in Iran during the 1970s, and taught social and cultural anthropology for over twenty years at the University of Sussex before taking up the chair of language in education at King’s. He has written and lectured extensively on literacy practices from both a theoretical and an applied perspective. He has published over 20 books and over 100 articles. He has a longstanding commitment to linking ethnographic-style research on the cultural dimension of language and literacy, with contemporary practice in education and in development. Dr. Street’s website: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/sspp/departments/education/people/academic/streetb.aspx