Reading is an enabling skill that allows access to a whole array of contexts, contents and information. The teaching of reading in foreign language settings has been tied to a more or less stable paradigm for the past thirty years. However, with the move to online instruction caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, certain taken-for-granted axioms about the teaching of this skill have come into question. In this plenary we will explore some of the current assumptions behind enabling learners to access the world through texts.
Dr. Gabriel Díaz Maggioli is a teacher who applies the lessons learned in the classroom to his roles as teacher educator, researcher, and writer. He works as Academic Advisor to the Institute of Education at Universidad ORT Uruguay. The author of 25 books, as well as numerous articles in professional and peer-refereed journals, Gabriel has been fortunate to share his work with colleagues in the Americas, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. He is the first Latinx President of the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL).