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  • [S]Translanguaging and TESOL
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    By Kate Seltzer | 22 Oct 2014
    Resource Description: This seminar will introduce participants to the theory and practice of translanguaging. The seminar will provide a brief historical background of the concept, setting up the context for its contemporary use in the United States; a discussion of the benefits of translanguaging in general and for TESOL in particular; and specific strategies and ideas for how to implement translanguaging in a TESOL classroom.

    Participants will also discuss how they can use translanguaging in common TESOL scenarios (multiple language groups in one classroom; pressures to teach English; students’ desire to learn English as quickly as possible). Participants will also engage with translanguaging strategies in several activities.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • [S]Mobile Warming: Melting the Barriers to Language Learning With Mobile Devices
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    By Sandy Wagner | 10 Sep 2014
    Resource Description: Mobile devices offer new possibilities and challenges as language learning transitions to “just in time, just enough and just for me” (Peters, 2007). This webinar focuses on understanding mobile learning, pedagogy that capitalizes on affordances of mobile devices and apps, activities that engage students in knowing how to learn from mobile technologies.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • [S]Integrating Language and Content: Issues and Options
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    By Donna Brinton | 20 Aug 2014
    Resource Description: Content-based language teaching (CBLT) has emerged over the past three decades as one of the primary approaches used in teaching second and foreign languages. At its heart is the integration of language and content. This webinar traces the historical and geographical diffusion of CBLT, discusses ways in which the approach is adapted to local needs and contexts, and examines its applicability to a wide variety of second and foreign language teaching contexts.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • [S]Providing Enlightened and Effective Corrective Feedback on Language Issues in Student Writing
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    By Dana R. Ferris | 16 Jul 2014
    Resource Description: This seminar will present the whys and hows of providing corrective feedback on language issues in student writing. Teachers will learn about how to work smarter—not just to correct student errors but to help students develop competence and confidence as self-editors.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • [S]Changes in the Expertise of ESL Professionals in the Era of New Standards
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    By Guadalupe Valdés, Amanda K. Kibler, and Aída Walqui | 18 Jun 2014
    Resource Description: This era of new standards will require educators to make deep changes in expertise – including both knowledge and action – to address the needs of English learners. Using vignettes of existing and envisioned teaching, the presenters will discuss diverse conceptions of language, pedagogy, the learner, and educators to show how you can reconsider theoretical stances and pedagogy in light of the new standards.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • [S]Bringing Peacebuilding into the English Language Classroom
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    By Alison Milofsky | 04 Jun 2014
    Resource Description: Content-based language instruction (CBLI) opens a space in the English language classroom to engage youth in conversation around peace and conflict and help them
    *develop critical thinking skills
    *develop the ability to manage conflict
    *understand how they can participate in peacebuilding

    In this webinar,participants will be introduced to the Peacebuilding Toolkit for Educators, explore their own understandings of peace and conflict, and engage in skills-based exercises that they can use their own classrooms.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • [S]How Can We Know If Pronunciation Techniques and Activities Have Been Successful? Assessing Pronuncia
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    By Luke Harding | 14 May 2014
    Resource Description: In a webinar in January, Char Heitman introduced a range of useful techniques for incorporating pronunciation instruction across the curriculum. This webinar provides a response to this topic by asking, “How can we know if pronunciation techniques and activities have been successful?” This question, necessarily, leads to a consideration of learner assessment.

    In this talk the presenter provides a range of options for assessing pronunciation and demonstrates some practical steps in constructing and scoring pronunciation assessments. Throughout, the presenter draws on key principles of language assessment to guide practical decisions. Some general challenges for pronunciation assessment are also discussed.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • [S]Deferred Action (DACA) and Higher Education Access for Undocumented Immigrant Students
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    By Camila Bortolleto, Laura Bohórquez | 23 Apr 2014
    Resource Description: This webinar will explore the intersection between the DACA program and higher education for immigrant students. Undocumented students face many challenges in pursuing higher education, even those approved for DACA. In addition, many youth have difficulty meeting DACA’s education requirements.

    This webinar will provide participants with the tools and knowledge to help immigrant youth apply or re-apply for DACA and to help students who are undocumented or who are eligible for DACA navigate the college application process. 
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • [S]Advocating for English Learners: Sharing the Responsibility and the Joy
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    By Diane Staehr Fenner | 26 Feb 2014
    Resource Description: Drawing from her new book Advocating for English Learners: A Guide for Educators, Dr. Staehr Fenner will build a case for the urgent need to advocate for English learners’ (ELs') success. She will share practical strategies to help educators build their EL advocacy skills so that they can support ELs’ strong voices in school.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • [S]Preparing for Your Place in the Professional World: Cautions, Concerns, and Considerations
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    By Mary Chang | 19 Feb 2014
    Resource Description: Have you ever wondered what TESL recruiters are looking for in a potential English language teacher? If you are missing some of the training or experience that recruiters are looking for, what are the best ways to address the gaps? This seminar presents answers to these and other questions about seeking teaching employment, including what information recruiters can request and review; uses of online versus paper resumes; and common pitfalls from potential applicants.

    Participants learn what impresses employers, and what does not; the 5 major points of the compass (interview tip); crucial ways to deal with interview questions; and ways to develop and enhance teaching experience and skill sets.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • [S]15 Content-Based Activities for Incorporating Pronunciation Instruction Across the Curriculum
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    By Char Heitman | 29 Jan 2014
    Resource Description: This virtual seminars has been jointly planned by the Speech, Pronunciation, and Listening Interest Section of TESOL International Association (TESOL) and the Pronunciation Special Interest Group of International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL).

    Pronunciation instruction is often assumed to be most appropriate for speaking and listening courses. However, in many programs, students spend considerably more hours in literate skills classes such as reading, writing, and grammar than in speaking and listening courses. Hence, not including pronunciation instruction across the curriculum is a missed opportunity.

    In this session, the presenter will provide a rationale for including pronunciation instruction in literate skills classes and present 15 techniques and activities that can be used to incorporate pronunciation instruction in literate classes and how those activities can be specifically tied to the content of a given unit or theme. She will also give recommendations for programs that wish to integrate pronunciation instruction in a more systematic way and include pronunciation goals in curricular objectives and outcomes.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • [S]Talking in Order to Learn: Insights and Practical Strategies on Learner Anxiety and Motivation
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    By Peter MacIntyre, Tammy Gregersen | 04 Dec 2013
    Resource Description: Language teaching recognizes the value of talking in order to learn. Yet students will often hold back, reluctant to speak even though they might want to do so. This is a challenging situation for teachers and learners alike, one that draws the psychology of the learner into focus.

    In this webinar we examine hesitant students from the perspective of a collision between motivation and anxiety. Key concepts are reviewed to provide insights into both motivation and anxiety, as well as the ways in which they interact to affect learning and communication. Practical strategies and classroom exercises are offered that promote authentic communication, increase motivation, and manage anxiety.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • [S]Insights from Other Worlds: What TESOLers Can Learn from Other Professions
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    By Chris Stillwell | 06 Nov 2013
    Resource Description: The more we explore foreign ideas in relation to language instruction, the more interesting discoveries we might make, and the more creative, informed, and exciting our teaching may become.

    This session will draw from the TESOL book series on Language Teaching Insights from Other Fields, exploring how crossing borders and discovering insights from fields as distant as theater, brain science, bartending, and sales can reinvigorate teaching, foster creativity, and alleviate burnout. 
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • [S]Exploring the (Often) Unexplored: Sociopragmatics for Students, Educators, and Administrators
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    By Virginia LoCastro | 30 Oct 2013
    Resource Description: The often unexplored subject of pragmatics is paradoxically a very important one for students, teachers, and administrators in our contemporary world, where classrooms, workplaces, and local communities are becoming increasingly diverse. Although efforts are made in classrooms to address different cultural practices, the deeper level of everyday interactions are often ignored.

    As one Pakistani friend once warned, “Centuries pass, but moments linger.” The uncomfortable moments of interaction comprise sites for awareness raising, analysis, and engagement in change.

    This seminar aims to increase awareness and understanding of how human beings use language in real-life situations to engage in social action. It brings together knowledge and research from pragmatics and sociolinguistics to show participants what they need to know about pragmatics. It requires participants to think critically about student-instructor-administrator interactions and take an informed, nonjudgmental perspective.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • [S]Implications and Applications of the Latest Brain Research for English language Learners and Teacher
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    By Francis Bailey, Ken Pransky | 30 Sep 2013
    Resource Description: This seminar is designed to explore the classroom implications and applications of current research on human memory. It focuses on understanding how working memory and long-term memory function in instructed second language learning.  

    Participants can expect an interactive experience which deepens their knowledge of core memory systems and directly connects these insights to practical classroom practices.

    A core feature of the seminar is the idea that teachers can benefit from becoming learning specialists, with a working knowledge of fundamental learning processes. This knowledge will enable teachers to design lessons that better serve English learners, particularly learners who are struggling.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • [S]Towards a Praxis of Recognition for Latina/o ELLs in the U.S. Public School System
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    By Louie Rodriquez | 18 Sep 2013
    Resource Description: Latina/o students are the fastest growing and youngest population in U.S. public schools and are disproportionately affected by the overcrowding, zero-tolerance policies, and overemphasis on test preparation that have become pervasive there. The dropout crisis as well as current debates over immigration, bilingual education, and equitable education reform only increase the urgency of finding a way to understand and engage these students.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • [S]Using Technology to Promote Collaborative Classrooms
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    By Greg Kessler | 10 Jul 2013
    Resource Description: Learn how to utilize technology and collaborative practices to enhance classroom teaching and promote student engagement. Explore how these technology-enhanced collaborative practices promote language learning in ways that individualized activities simply can’t, and discover the benefits of incorporating technology-enhanced collaborative projects and activities into the classroom. Also gain insight on how to adapt conventional practices to make them more collaborative and interactive. Develop an understanding of how all students can be better prepared to participate in collaborative practices and how to address concerns associated with collaborative practices such as assessment, ownership, and equity. Finally, learn skills for identifying those technologies that are most useful and appropriate for your students and goals.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • [S]Understanding & Responding Effectively to the Dynanimcs
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    By Barbara Hoekje | 18 Jun 2013
    Resource Description: This presentation examines the dynamics of intensive English language programs whose student population includes a majority of students who share the same language and culture.  How do such monocultural student populations impact the classroom and other aspects of the language program? The opportunities and the hazards of such situations will be discussed in terms of their impact on the creation of effective and equitable learning environments for all students in the program.  The dynamics of EFL and ESL settings are considered.  Participants are encouraged to consider the contexts of their own programs and submit comments, questions, strategies, and other contributions prior to or during the webinar so that expertise can be widely shared.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • [S]Exploring Own-Language Use in ELT Classrooms
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    By Graham Hall | 05 Jun 2013
    Resource Description: For much of the last century, the field of English language teaching (ELT) assumed that English is best taught and learned without the use of the students' own language(s). In recent years, however, this monolingual assumption has been questioned, and a re-evaluation of teaching has begun that relates the language being taught to the students' own language. Despite this recent change, however, there is very little data that actually documents the extent and purpose of own-language use in ELT.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • [S]Latest Trends in Student Language Assessment
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    By Christine Coombe | 28 May 2013
    Resource Description: Today’s language classrooms are vastly different from those of the middle to late 20th century, and the field of language education is changing at an ever-increasing rate. Traditional notions of language education are giving way to new, more innovative ways about how we think, learn, teach, acquire, and assess language.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars