Joseph Rumenapp presented at the “Fourth International Conference on Language and Education” in Bangkok, Thailand. In an attempt to foster dialogue around policies and practices in Multilingual Education in Asia, the conference drew together practitioners, NGO stakeholders, researchers, and government officials. These multiple perspectives developed a community of learners addressing some of the greatest educational opportunities of this day.
Dr. Rumenapp’s presentation, entitled “Teacher Development through Learning Communities: Monolingual Teacher Research and Curriculum Development in a Multilingual Urban School” presented innovative methods for teacher development by drawing on data from the LSciMAct project. Specifically, he proposed that monolingual teachers could use types of discourse analysis to study the way language is used in their classrooms. Teachers who reflect on the language of their classrooms make sense of the multiple and complex identities of students.