2017 MCTLC conference keynote announced!!
Bill Van Patten will be featured as the keynote at the fall conference. Registration opening soon.
Bill VanPatten is the International Superstar and Diva of SLA who hosts the wildly successful radio show/podcast “Tea with BVP.” A standup comic by night (and at heart), he is that rare breed of scholars who delivers both substance and meaning to the profession while maintaining a sense of humor worthy of his own HBO special. Well, maybe. His work is prolific: author or co-author of five books (with one more in progress), eight edited volumes, and over 120 articles and book chapters in top tier journals and presses. He is currently the co-editor of the #1 journal in L2 research, Studies in Second Language Acquisition. He has spoken not only in almost all fifty states in the Union, but also in Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, Australia, and Canada. He hopes to deliver a keynote some day in Antarctica.
Many teachers know him for his work in language teaching including best-selling college-level textbooks in Spanish and French and the nationally used Making Communicative Language Teaching Happen. When not engaged in endeavors related to L2 acquisition and teaching, Bill writes fiction, including one collection of short stories (Chicago Tales) and a new collection just finished called Dust Storm, about hidden lives in Lubbock Texas. He is currently working on a novel that, with any luck, will be finished by the time he visits Minneapolis. Who knows? Maybe his visit to the land of 10,000 lakes will inspire new fiction.