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Tuesday, 24 March

Half Day, 5 pm–9 pm

1. Listen Again: Strategies for an Integrated Approach to Listening Skills

Target Audience

ESL/EFL teachers in IEPs, community colleges, community centers, colleges, or K–12 international programs teaching integrated skills or core curriculum classes; also ESOL educators and teacher trainers

Skill Level
All levels of expertise

Description

For core curriculum teachers, this interactive workshop offers a step-by-step approach to teaching listening skills, rather than merely testing listening ability. Topics include listening diagnostics; end-of-course assessment; metacognitive listening strategies/checklists; lesson planning with authentic materials; and activities and exercises focusing on the aural skills that differentiate listening from reading, allowing learners to comprehend speaker intent and utterance content.

In this workshop participants
  • identify the keys to teaching listening skills that will facilitate learners’ ability to understand listening materials content
  • practice developing and using diagnostic and assessment tools to measure learners’ initial skills and semester-end progress
  • practice using metacognitive checklists to address and adjust learner beliefs that underpin learner approaches to listening
Presenters
Marnie Reed
, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Christina Michaud, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA


2. Systematic Approaches to Training Raters of ESL Speaking and Writing

Target Audience
TESOL assessment coordinators and administrators

Skill Level
All levels of expertise

Description
In order to reliably assess language performance, program administrators must understand issues involved in performance assessments and have the tools to train their teachers how to reliably rate performance. This workshop provides these tools. At the conclusion of the training, program administrators should have increased confidence in their ability to train their teachers and conduct program-wide language performance assessments.

Presenters
Judson Hart
, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, USA
Troy Cox, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, USA


3. Crossing Borders, Building Bridges: Making Your TESOL Team Dynamic

Target Audience
Organizing committees of TESOL affiliates, Team or project leader in any TESOL/ELT context,  leaders of TESOL chapters, heads of TESOL/ELT, and those interested in team building and group dynamics

Skill Level
All levels of expertise

Description
This institute is for delegates who lead teams of teachers in an educational setting or as a professional community. Participants experience a sequence of personal and team-development techniques which will support them in leading and developing their own teams with increased confidence. The techniques are simple, can be applied immediately, and are already proven with the dynamic TESOL France team.

In this workshop participants 
  • experience an effective process to deal with team issues and move forward
  • use a number of creativity techniques
  • learn how to get buy-in from all team members, regardless of personality - theirs and yours
  • reflect on how teams can take small steps to improve continuously
  • learn that they can implement the above immediately at work, without any delay
Presenters
Debbie West
, TESOL France, Paris, France
Timothy Phillips, Skylight GmbH, Cologne, Germany


4. Teachers Rule! Evaluating Teacher Talk Effectiveness in Grammar Explanations

Target Audience
Community college, university, IEP instructors, ESOL educators/teacher trainers

Skill Level
All levels of expertise

Description
An important feature of teacher talk in language classrooms is giving explanations. This workshop guides teachers to improve the quality of grammar explanations through examining authentic grammar-teaching transcripts, practicing recording their own grammar explanations, and performing self-assessments. Teachers will be able to frame their explanations more clearly and succinctly according to their respective teaching contexts.

In this workshop participants 
  • discuss pertinent characteristics of an effective grammar explanation
  • learn and apply guidelines on how to evaluate effectiveness of grammar explanations in different teaching contexts
  • examine authentic grammar-teaching transcripts by engaging in small group discussions
  • practice explaining (and the opportunity to record) target structures of their choice
  • perform self-assessments using the guidelines as well as receive detailed feedback from facilitators and peers
Presenters
Miralynn Malupa-Kim
, Alliant International University, San Diego, California, USA
Kenneth Kelch, Alliant International University, San Diego, California, USA


5. Plagiarism: A Bridge to Learning? Creating Meaningful Academic Integrity Activities

Target Audience
Postsecondary ESOL instructors

Skill Level
All levels of expertise

Description
Many textbooks decontextualize source integration and reduce it to the technical language exercises of paraphrasing, summarizing, quoting, and citing. These exercises are insufficient for students' development as competent academic writers. This PCI engages participants with the importance of common knowledge, context, and student text ownership and shares with them interactive and contextualized activities for teaching competence in academic writing.

In this workshop participants 
  • learn to cope with the varied conceptualization of plagiarism among educators from different disciplines
  • problematize the use of avoiding-plagiarism material that is decontextualized
  • design hands-on, contextualized, and adaptable source integration/documentation activities based on a variety of materials that have been demonstrated to work in different contexts
Presenters
Alice Shu-Ju Lee
, University of Macau, Taipa, Macao SAR
Teresa Lacuna, Tamwood International College, Vancouver, Canada
Miranda Sin I Ma, University of Macau, Taipa, Macao SAR
Eve Elizabeth Smith, U.S. Department of State English Language Fellow Program, Tbilisi, Georgia
Kathleen Vacek, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA