Anaheim University, California State University of Fullerton and Alliant International University, have come together to co-host an English language teaching seminar and four-day workshop featuring Anaheim University's world-renowned faculty. The sessions will be conducted by professors from Anaheim University's Graduate School of Education, including Anaheim's Dean Dr. David Nunan, former President of the world's largest language teaching organization TESOL and the world's leading author of over 100 English language teaching textbooks and journals with worldwide textbook sales exceeding 1,000,000,000; Anaheim University Chair of the School of Education Dr. Rod Ellis who is known throughout the world as the Father of Second Language Acquisition; and former TESOL President and renowned American linguist Dr. Kathleen Bailey. The event will be held in Orange County, California at Alliant International University's Irvine Learning Center and on the campus of California State University of Fullerton. Teachers of English as a Foreign Language from all over the world will be flying in to attend this event from October 30th through November 2nd 2008 with a seminar open to the public at no charge being held on the campus of Cal State Fullerton on Saturday, November 1st.
Anaheim University's Chair of the Board of Advisors, Dr. Clive L. Grafton, who was a Professor and Associate Dean of the School of Education at the University of Southern California for 23 years, stated, "I'm truly pleased with the worldwide impact of our English teacher training programs. We have been working with Alliant International University for the past 8 years and we are pleased to cooperate with Cal State Fullerton. To date our focus has been on promoting English language education in Asia where we have worked with local governments to run these types of workshops. We have launched a major initiative in Japan and South Korea where we have run seminar alliances with some of Asia's most prestigious institutions including Sophia University in Japan and Seoul National University in Korea. We are currently a market leader in English teacher training in Japan where we host a learning center and our programs are growing rapidly. We have recently entered into an agreement with our Korean partner E-Future, a publishing company focusing on children's English language education, and are launching teacher certification programs to both teachers of adults and children in Korea with plans to launch programs in China, Malaysia and Taiwan in 2009. However we are happy to see our work coming back home where we have a lot of work to do here in Southern California. Cut backs in public funding have resulted in less resources and learning opportunities for our local school teachers and we are here to address this problem. We welcome public and private school teachers and university faculty from all California schools to take part in this exciting opportunity."
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