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Fordham GSE Faculty and Doctoral Student Presentations Lauded at International Convention

During the 10th Annual Dominican Republic-Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (DR-TESOL) International Convention held in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Fordham Graduate School of Education (GSE) doctoral students Ana De Jesús and Lovell Quiroz, and professor and associate dean, Diane Rodriguez, Ph.D., shared their research at the “United for Public School Students’ Right to Learn English” professional conference. The DR-TESOL International Convention was held in  July 2023 and was attended by over 1,000 educators from the Dominican Republic; presenters were scholars representing many Latin American countries.

In De Jesús’ presentation, “Socratic Seminars to Enhance English Learners’ Critical Thinking and Speaking Skills”, she discussed strategies for developing essential questions for seminars, how to create rubrics to assess students, and using protocols to ensure that all students participate in learning English.

In Quiroz’s presentation, “Multilingualism and Its Role in Enhancing Linguistic Diversity and Social Justice”, he argued that multilingualism is a global phenomenon influenced by various historical, socioeconomic, and contextual factors. His research examines how these factors have shaped local views on multilingualism, and how organizations and policies have supported or hindered multilingualism. Quiroz also presented an analysis of the effects of globalization on language policies and practices.

L-R: GSE Associate Dean Diane Rodriguez and doctoral students Lovell Quiroz and Ana De Jesús.

Associate Dean Rodriguez used her presentation, “Equitable and Inclusive Teaching for Bilingual Learners with Disabilities”, to advocate for reframing conversations regarding the challenges faced by decision-makers involved in the education of English language learners with disabilities. The presentation further elucidated the jagged instructional, interventional, and evaluative path that many educators find themselves on as they navigate and prioritize the needs of English language learners in inclusive classrooms.

More About DR-TESOL
The acronym TESOL stands for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. Dominican Republic – TESOL is a national association of professionals and aspiring professionals whose main goal is to develop quality teaching and learning of English in the Dominican Republic through professional development, research, and advocacy.


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