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The times and locations for the invited speakers will be listed in the TESOL 2017 Convention Program Book and in the online itinerary planner.

High School ELLs at Risk: Neither College nor Career Ready

Statistics show that nearly half of high-school English language learners (ELLs) either drop out or conclude their education at high school graduation without advancing to postsecondary education. This presentation illustrates how such undereducation of ELLs takes place and discusses concrete strategies for preparing non​-college-bound ELLs for jobs upon graduation or for vocational training.

Presenter: Yasuko Kanno

Retirement with TESOL 2.0: Engaging, Enriching, Empowering Ourselves and Others

Are you nearly or newly retired? TESOLers’ experience and knowledge gained over a career can help the next generations. After retirement, you can continue your professional involvement and make a significant difference in teaching and learning for English language learners and others. Panelists and participants will share experiences and suggestions.

Presenters: Leslie Barratt, Zakia Sarwar, Betty Smallwood, Beth Witt

Engaging Multilingualism in ESOL Classrooms: Towards Culturally Linguistically Sustaining Pedagogy

This talk considers the tension between ESOL students’ multilingual practices and monolingual assessment in schools. Drawing on the notion of culturally sustaining pedagogy, which has as its explicit goal perpetuating and sustaining linguistic and cultural pluralism, the presenter discusses how we might constructively engage students’ multilingualism in the ESOL classroom.

Presenter: Shondel Nero

Teaching and Assessing Vocabulary: What the Research Shows

This colloquium applies state-of-the-art research on vocabulary acquisition and use to inform a range of pedagogical issues. Six well-known vocabulary specialists will discuss vocabulary size targets, teaching pedagogy, media/Internet vocabulary resources, teaching specialist vocabulary, and assessing vocabulary. The emphasis throughout will be on practical applications of the research.

Presenters: Norbert Schmitt, Dee Gardner, Sam Barclay, Averil Coxhead, Diane Schmitt, Keith Folse

Teaching Second Language Reading: What the Research Shows

Panelists will highlight current research Implications and instructional applications for second language reading, focusing on best practices for helping students become fluent and strategic readers, for teaching discourse structure, and for strengthening reading/writing relationships. Participants will gain ideas for classroom activities as well as overall approaches for teaching reading.

Presenters: Neil J. Anderson, William Grabe, Xiangying Jiang, Fredricka Stoller, Cui Zhang

Teaching and Responding to Second Language Writing: What the Research Shows

In this colloquium, five well-known specialists in second language writing will highlight current research findings on response, genre, identity, and graduate student writing, focusing on the pedagogical implications of this research. The final panelist will synthesize findings and best practices and discuss how practitioners can inform further research.

Presenters: Michelle Cox, Dana Ferris, Ann Johns, Christina Ortmeier-Hooper, Christine Tardy

Fear Not the Virtual Classroom: Student Engagement in Online Learning

Gain practical ideas for keeping students engaged, verifying the authenticity of their work, and establishing effective learning environments online. Design interactive activities that stress student collaboration, lessen instructor workload, and harness online resources and information as tools for self-assessment rather than for plagiarism. Bring your laptops – and your questions.

Presenters: Maggie Sokolik, Gena Bennett, David Wiese

Perils and Strategies in Retention/Completion within Community College IEPs

Community colleges across the United States are being held accountable for retention and completion rates similarly to four-year colleges and universities. What are the problems faced by intensive English programs (IEPs) and what strategies work well for complying with new regulations? These and many other issues and strategies will be discussed.

Presenter: Jose Carmona

A Memorial Panel on the Life and Legacy of Braj Kachru

To memorialize and honor Braj Kachru, the originator of World Englishes and the circles of English model, this panel brings together scholars whose lives, works, and practices were influenced by Kachru—as an intellectual, a scholar, and a human being. The presenters will also discuss his legacy for the future of English(es).

Presenters: Aya Matsuda, Ahmar Mahboob, Suzanne Hilgendorf, Shikaripur Sridhar

Teacher Development through Teachers’ Associations: Lessons from Africa and Beyond

This presentation reports on a study that investigated the role of Africa TESOL and its affiliates in providing for and improving the continuous professional development of teachers in their constituencies. Implications will be drawn for teacher development as well as for enhancing the practices of language teacher associations.

Presenters: Aymen Elsheikh, Okon Effiong

Shifts in ESL Teacher Professional Expertise for the 21st Century

The 21st century requires that English Learners simultaneously apprentice into key disciplinary ideas, analytical practices, and the language which expresses them. This presentation will discuss the nature of teacher expertise needed to carry out this imperative and develop ELs’ autonomy to participate in work and  civic life responsibly while becoming life-long learners.

Presenter: ​Aida Walqui


Multicultural Capital: Connecting People, Families and Work in the 21st Century

While enormous progress in technology, science and social relations has been made in the past century, human nature remains the same. The ability to move freely between culture and languages, multicultural capital, fosters connections that are only augmented, not replaced, in today's technically sophisticated and globally connected world.  

Presenter: Sylvia Acevedo