In the San Gabriel Valley part of Los Angeles County, Corey Hanson-Hegger and Jennifer Van Hyning, the Part-Time Educators’ Interest Group coordinators, are planning to conduct a book group during the winter intersession. We will be reading and discussing Second Language Acquisition Myths: Applying Second Language Research to Classroom Teaching by Steven Brown and Jenifer Larson-Hall (University of Michigan Press, 2012). We hope that the compressed length of the book group will attract as many participants as possible. Although it is still in the planning stage, the group may also meet virtually, on Canvas. This would make participation possible for those outside of our immediate geographical area. As in book groups of all kinds, conversation varied from the contents of the book to our lives as adjuncts when we met in the past to discuss other volumes in the “Myths” series: Vocabulary Myths by Linda Grant and Assessment Myths by Lia Plakans. We have met both at a Panera branch in Glendale and at Glendale Community College’s Garfield campus. Out of these meetings we have gained connections with one another as well as better understandings of the accuracy of the myths about second language learning. Through our networking, several participants even successfully landed jobs!
—Jennifer Van Hyning and Corey Hanson-Hegger are coordinators of the Part-Time Educators’ Interest Group.
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