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Saturday, 28 March

Half Day, 2 pm–6 pm

26. Fluency-Building Across the Skills: Maximizing Implicit Learning Opportunities

Target Audience
IEP, higher education, and adult education teachers

Skill Level
All levels of expertise

Description
Many ESL students have knowledge of English but cannot use the language “fluently.” For this reason, instructors should pay more attention to fluency development. In this workshop, participants engage in and/or evaluate fluency-building activities for each skill, and leave with a packet of materials and procedures for implementing fluency-promoting activities in their classrooms.

In this workshop participants 
  • articulate the purpose and value of fluency building activities
  • articulate some principles for designing/evaluating fluency activities
  • describe several fluency-promoting activities in each of the skills
  • design a fluency component for your current teaching context
Presenter
Doreen Ewert
, San Francisco, California, USA


27. Mentoring Boot Camp: Developing the Next Generation

Target Audience
All ESOL professionals

Skill Level
All levels of expertise

Description
Mentoring can maintain standards and help new hires and current teachers adjust to new teaching demands. It also leads to quality teaching, teacher retention, collaboration, and positive outcomes. However, what are best practices and what tools are necessary to mentor effectively? Presenters lead attendees through the process of effective mentoring.

Presenters
Julie Doty
, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas, USA
Kelly Healey, Tolman High School, Pawtucket, Rhode Island, USA
Lisa Hollinger, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas, USA
Karen Lioy, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas, USA


28. Creating Paired Reading Lessons for Fluency and Critical Literacy

Target Audience
Secondary, adult, community college, university, and IEP instructors

Skill Level

All levels of expertise

Description
High-interest, paired readings help learners develop their reading strategies, cross-cultural awareness, and critical literacy skills—essential elements for academic success. Experience the components of a paired reading lesson: pre-, while-, and postreading tasks; focusing and processing questions that increase learners’ depth of knowledge; cross-cultural discussion prompts; and summarizing activities. Explore ways to adapt and differentiate materials. Collaborate with colleagues on lessons for a variety of teaching contexts.

In this workshop participants 
  • explore the research base that supports explicit instruction in reading strategies and critical literacy
  • experience and analyze paired reading lessons, including the steps in creating, preparing and teaching these lessons
  • select from topics, texts and tasks that match participants’ teaching contexts
  • collaborate on developing paired reading lesson plans
  • consider a variety of assessment tools that evaluate students’ attainment of lesson objectives
Presenters
Jayme Adelson-Goldstein
, Lighthearted Learning, Northridge, California, USA
Lori Howard, CASAS, Mill Valley, California, USA


29. Listening Instruction: More Than Comprehension Questions
 

Target Audience
TESOL educators in high school, adult education, intensive English, college, and university programs

Skill Level
Low to medium levels of expertise in teaching listening

Description
In this hands-on workshop, participants become familiar with key aspects of the second language listening process, and with approaches and considerations for teaching listening such as process- and product-oriented approaches, types of listening practice, listening strategy instruction. Finally, participants apply these concepts by developing listening activities from an authentic source.

In this workshop participants 
  • gain knowledge about language perception
  • attempt listening exercises in an unknown language
  • analyze potential listening texts
  • try out a variety of listening activities
  • work with other participants to create a listening lesson
Presenter
Beth Sheppard
, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon, USA


30. Songs and Music Can Help With CCSS for ELLs, and More!

Target Audience
All ESOL professionals

Skill Level

All levels of expertise

Description
Lesson plans with songs and music can support CCSS by building background knowledge, interest, and motivation in a low-stress setting. Music and song stimulate language growth by training the ear to sounds and patterns; practicing new sounds, words, and idioms through singing; and creating classroom community. Come share some new ways to work music into the curriculum using standards-based planning.

In this workshop participants
  • learn diverse ways to include music in their ELL content teaching
  • share fantastic free online resources for music and songs
  • receive lesson plans (which include Common Core State Standards) for a variety of songs and pieces of music that have been successful at diverse grade and proficiency levels.
  • experience for a few hours the joy of sharing music together
Presenter
Kristin Lems
, Evanston, Illinois, USA