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ESL Conference Offers ACT 48 Credits to Teachers

8/16/2007 —

Dr. Danling Fu, a nationally-known author on the subject of literacy education for ELLs across the United States, is the keynote speaker at Penn State Lehigh Valley’s ESL Conference on Saturday, September 22, 2007. The conference, sponsored by Penn State Lehigh Valley and the Lehigh Valley Writing Project, is designed for elementary and secondary education teachers, and will count for five ACT 48 hours. It will be held at the Hotel Bethlehem on Main Street, Bethlehem, from 9 a.m.–3 p.m.

The conference features presentations by Lehigh Valley Writing Project Fellows and area educators from all academic levels (elementary through college). The event highlight is keynote speaker Dr. Danling Fu, a professor of literacy and language at the School of Teaching and Learning, College of Education, University of Florida. A former ESL teacher, she earned her Ph.D. in Reading and Writing from the University of New Hampshire, where she furthered her study on literacy education for English Language Learners (ELLs). In the past decade, she has been working with K-12 teachers and researching in New York City schools and communities. Currently, she works with fourteen schools from lower Manhattan to the Bronx, which have large populations of new immigrant students. Her project, the Literacy Initiative for ELLs, is funded by the New York City Board of Education.

Recently, her research focus is on writing development of ELLs from their native language to English in content areas.  Her publications include An Island of English: Teaching ESL in Chinatown and My Trouble is My English: Asian Students and Their American Dreams (Heinemann).

The cost of the conference is $59 for individuals who register on or before September 7, 2007, and $69 for registration after that date. Registrations will be accepted at the door. Students who wish to attend need only pay a $30 registration fee. The fee includes a continental breakfast and lunch.

For questions or additional information on the conference, call Dr. Mary Hutchinson at 610-285-5114 or via e-mail at mailto:nxc4@psu.edu.

The Lehigh Valley Writing Project at Penn State Lehigh Valley is a National Writing Project program dedicated to developing literacy and communication skills, and offers a variety of professional development programs including teacher in-service workshops, Penn State graduate credit courses, continuing education seminars, and the Summer Institute.

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