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SAS HS Teacher’s Book Nominated for UK Award

June, 2011
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“Riding a bicycle in Shanghai is an education. Weaving among cyclists, fruit vendors and pedestrians, I am learning the nuances of turn taking, overtaking, and advantage taking. Intersections provide the most interesting challenges. Often, as I ride up to a crossroads, vehicles pour into my path from two opposite streets; however, after momentary and subtle negotiations, flow resumes and I find myself on the other side of the intersection, continuing my ride homeward. In the same way, when language teaching intersects with content learning, it can feel difficult to navigate or it can appear as if the two processes are moving in opposite directions. In diverse and integrated classrooms of the 21st century, teachers need tools for supporting all students’ learning. Through collaboration and reflective practice, English language teachers can understand linguistic traffic patterns and work with colleagues to help students thrive within integrated learning environments.”

Thus begins a new book co-edited and co-authored by Jon Nordmeyer, HS ESOL Teacher on SAS Pudong campus, entitled “Integrating Language and Content.” As Nordmeyer suggests in his introduction, the book focuses on the intersections of English language teaching and content area learning. His book has been published by the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), which is a global professional association of educators with a mission to develop and maintain professional expertise in English language teaching and learning for speakers of other languages worldwide.

The book has been shortlisted by the British Council for the 2011 ELTon Award entitled “The Cambridge ESOL International Award for Innovation.” The ELTon awards celebrate the “wealth of innovative new English language teaching (ELT) resources that help English language learners and teachers achieve their goals.” You can read the first chapter of Jon’s book, entitled “At the Intersection of Language and Content,” at http://www.tesolmedia.com/docs/bookmail/660/Chap1.pdf .

Nordmeyer is a highly dedicated educator and accomplished professional as a member of the SAS faculty. In addition to publishing this recent book, Nordmeyer has written a number of articles for various professional journals as well as acting as a consulting presenter at international educational conferences and schools in twenty different countries around the world.  

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