By Andries W. Coetzee
Nov 17, 2012
Diane Larsen-Freeman has had a busy speaking schedule this fall. Earlier, in September, she spoke at the Alaskans for Language Acquisition Conference in Fairbanks. Her keynote address was entitled “Diversity within Unity: Language and its Learning.” In October, Diane was an invited speaker at a symposium held at Teacher’s College, Columbia University, in order to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the publication of “Interlanguage”. Diane’s title was “Another Step to be Taken,” in which she argued that the construct of interlanguage needed to be updated with a non-teleological view of second language learning. Also in October, Diane spoke at the national SPELT (the Society for Pakistani English Language Teachers) Conference. The Conference takes place at multiple sites in succession: Karachi, Lahore, and Islamabad. Diane gave keynote addresses and conducted workshops at all three sites. In the first week of November, she presented at the TESL Ontario Conference in Toronto. Her plenary address is entitled “On Progress and Regress in Second Language Learning.” Her research talk at the same conference is on the Canadian Language Benchmarks project, which observes its 40th anniversary this year. Then, over the Thanksgiving break, she will deliver an invited lecture at King’s College London, and later at the International House in London, in celebration of its 50th anniversary.