PRE- AND POSTCONVENTION INSTITUTES (PCIS)

Monday, 4 April

Half Day, 5 pm–9 pm

1. Taking and Holding the Floor: Strategies for Increasing Student Participation
Target Audience: All ESOL professionals
Skill Level: All levels of expertise

This workshop offers strategies for increasing student participation in the ESL classroom. PCI participants reflect on and practice a range of strategies not only for raising student awareness of verbal and nonverbal cues for engaging in discussion in the U.S. classroom, but also for offering students a venue for practicing these cues in scripted and nonscripted scenarios.
Presenters: Cathy Raymond, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, USA 
Pam Dzunu, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Charlotte Wallace, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, USA

2. Promoting Fluency in All Skills: Maximizing Implicit Learning Opportunities
Target Audience: IEP, higher education, and adult education teachers
Skill Level: All levels of expertise

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

Presenter: Doreen Ewert, University of San Francisco, San Francisco, California, USA

3. Responding to Ineffective Writing From Sources
Target Audience: University, community-college, IEP, and high school teachers
Skill Level: Short- or long-term experience teaching second language academic writing

Teachers may find it hard to take a pedagogically-oriented approach to plagiarism because of the ethical discourse that pervades many of our programs. In this workshop, we work with insights from the literature to develop effective, nonpunitive strategies for giving feedback about problematic source use in margin comments and student conferences.

Presenters: Zuzana Tomaš, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan, USA
Jennifer Mott-Smith, Towson University, Towson, Maryland, USA

4. Five Best Practices for Academic Success for New Arrivals
Target Audience: ESL/ELD teachers, curriculum supervisors, building and school leadership teams
Skill Level: All levels of expertise

Who are the new arrivals? What are their unique needs? This session explores five ways schools can help newcomers. Discover program options for building basic literacy, critical content-area strategies, and techniques to build resilience, as well as how to work with the families to support students within and outside the school environment. Participants are involved in five hands-on activities.

Presenters: Judith O'Loughlin, Language Matters Education Consultants, LLC, San Ramon, California, USA 
Brenda Custodio, Newcomer and ELL Services, Columbus, Ohio, USA

5. Tracking Professional Development Through Audio Journaling and Blogging
*This PCI is a computer-based workshop and will take place in the Electronic Village.
Target Audience: ESOL educators/teacher-trainers, lead/senior teachers
Skill Level: All levels of expertise

Because TESOL professionals come from various backgrounds and disciplines, teachers’ beliefs and actual teaching practices sometimes misalign. The goal of this workshop is to guide teacher educators, teacher-trainers, and mentors how to use audio journaling and blogs to monitor their trainees’ professional growth and development. Participants design their own audio journaling and blogging prompts for their particular teaching contexts.

Presenter: Miralynn F. Malupa-Kim, Alliant International University, San Diego, California, USA