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Title: Multimodal Grammar: Cookies, Sioux Chef Lessons, Gullah Baskets

Time: 11:15 am

Room: Library Assembly Hall

Name: LaVona Reeves

Institution: Eastern Washington University

Co-presenters (if any): Alyssa Cummings, EWU

Type: Teaching Demonstration (45 min)

Summary: Multimodal literacies include art, film, drama, and music, which “should not be considered curricular luxuries." I teach grammar as an "interplay of meaning-making systems--alphabetic, oral, & visual" (NCTE) embedded in culture. Original multimodal grammar materials can be adapted for different levels, ages, & settings.

Biography: Former WAESOL President and board member, LaVona Reeves is Professor of English and TESL Graduate Program Director at Eastern Washington University, where she teaches linguistics, literature, TESL, and gender studies. She has also taught at the University of Wyoming, Boise State, Osaka University, and Harvard and in the NYC and Boise public schools-- primarily ESL, English, French, journalism, and reading. Her work has appeared in the WAESOL Quarterly and WAESOL Newsletter, and in national and international journals. She is currently working on an oral history of her mother.

Alyssa Cummings, an EWU alumna and graduate student in TESL, has worked with refugees and immigrants in the Spokane area and has completed a single case study of an Ethiopian refugee.

Topics addressed: Instructional Strategies

Intended audience: Higher Ed. Intensive English,Adult Refugee/Immigrant Programs,K-12 Settings

Thematic track: Instructional Strategies


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