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Texas A&M-Kingsville associate professor receives Best Article Award with co-writer

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            KINGSVILLE (September 6, 2019) — Dr. Ari Sherris, associate professor of bilingual education at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, was the co-recipient of the 2019 Best Article Award from the International Association of Task-Based Language Teaching. He and co-writer Kate Riestenberg, a Postdoctoral Fellow at Bryn Mawr College, won the award for their article Task-Based Teaching of Indigenous Languages: Investment and Methodology Principles in Macuiltianguis Zapotec and Salish Qlispe.


            The article, published in the Canadian Modern Language Review, reflects on the enabling conditions that allowed them to put task-based language teaching (TBLT) to the service of language revitalization in two very different contexts, according to the citation written for the award.


            The citation continues “The study is original and contributes to an area of TBLT that is new but also very timely, taking TBLT way beyond the typical contexts we have seen in the last three decades. The comparative nature of the two settings makes it interesting and also useful for practitioners who are thinking about implementing TBLT, particularly in less common contexts.”


            “The article counters criticisms often leveled against TBLT that it is inappropriate in non-western contexts, showing that instead TBLT was valued by the teachers, parents and elderly in the two communities,” the citation reads. “The paper thus makes strong theoretical and methodological contributions to TBLT research in general and more specifically in less explored contexts like those of endangered languages.”


            “In sum, Riestenberg and Sherris have added a study to the burgeoning TBLT literature that leads the path for others to explore the implementation of TBLT in untrodden contexts, always in close collaboration with the relevant communities,” the citation reads.



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