Diane Larsen-Freeman, Professor Emerita, delivered a keynote address to 3,000 participants at the Annual International TESOL Convention, March 29th at the Convention Center in Portland, Oregon.

Her address was entitled: Complexity Theory: Renewing our Understanding of Language, Learning, and Teaching. Professor Larsen-Freeman received a standing ovation for her address.

The famous physicist, Stephen Hawking, has called the present century “the century of complexity.” But what could this possibly mean for TESOLers? Dr. Larsen-Freeman thinks it means a lot. In this keynote, she proposes that complexity theory has the potential to renew our understanding of language, its learning, and its teaching.