About this presentation:
Evolving from Editor to Applied Linguist: Our Professional Odyssey
Despite all the good intentions, much of what is standardly considered common methodological practice for language teachers may actually prove to be 'anti-linguistic'; i.e., it works against language acquisition.
Applied Linguistics respects the 'nature of language. Acquaintance with this discipline of language acquisition aids language teachers in their evolution from simply the classroom 'editor' to the 'Applied Linguist'; from teaching for Mastery to encouraging Proficiency.
Come find out how and why. Be prepared to laugh uproariously and to reflect profoundly.
About the presenter:
John De Mado has been a vocal advocate for language acquisition in the United States for many years. Beginning his world language studies in high school, Mr. De Mado attended Montclair University in Upper Montclair, NJ. There, he received his BA and teaching certification. During that time, John was selected to participate in an immersion experience in Grenoble, France sponsored by Princeton University. He began his French and Spanish teaching career in the state of New Jersey, simultaneously completing his MA degree in French language and literature at Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT. His degree was funded in part by the French government. Mr. De Mado then undertook his second French and Spanish teaching assignment in Connecticut. He also served on his local Board of Education, spearheading a successful campaign to implement a K-5, content-related Spanish program.
After several years of classroom experience in both public and independent schools, John began his career in educational publishing, serving as Senior National Consultant for World Languages and ESL, World Language Marketing Manager and Editorial Director for World Languages.
Mr. De Mado has co-authored several text book programs, including ¡Avancemos!, Bien dit! and Allez, viens!, proficiency-based resources published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. He is also co-author of ¡Viva el español!, a primary/elementary school Spanish program published by McGraw-Hill and co-author of Keystone, a middle/ high school ELL program published by Pearson. John has also produced and recorded instructional Spanish and French rap CD/DVDs entitled ¡Festejemos!, ¡Somos Campeones!, La Boutique Magique and Une Boum Cool!, respectively. Each features several original raps and animations designed to reinforce specific language functions and related vocabulary.
Mr. De Mado directs John De Mado Language Seminars, LLC, a full-service consulting firm dealing exclusively with language acquisition issues. John has consulted to the US Department of Defense Schools in Europe and conducted workshops throughout the United States as well as abroad. A member of several national, regional and state language organizations, John is best known for his motivational keynotes, provocative conference sessions and insightful professional and staff development workshops. You may visit John’s website at www.demado-seminars.com for further information regarding services and product purchase.
In March 2018, John's latest professional development book for language educators, entitled In Search of Language: Enhancing Language Acquisition in the Classroom will make its debut.