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  • [S]Implications and Applications of the CCSs for Effectively Teaching K-6 ELLs: Focus on English and Mathematics
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    By Anita Bright & Ayanna Cooper | 09 May 2013
    Resource Description: With the broad adoption of the Common Core State Standards across the United States, educators of English learners face unique challenges in providing appropriate instruction and accommodations for their students that is aligned to the standards.

    This webinar provides an introductory overview of the key elements of the Common Core State Standards in English and mathematics, and focuses on immediately applicable ways to learn more about the nuances of the CCSS and the impact the new standards could have on English learners.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • [S]The Keys to Success in Teaching English to Young Learners
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    By Joan Kang Shin | 24 Apr 2013
    Resource Description: English education is increasingly beginning at the primary level, but starting earlier does not necessarily produce better English speakers. This virtual seminar shows how EFL teachers can take advantage of the flexibility of young minds and the malleability of young tongues to grow better speakers of English. The presenter will explain the keys to success for teaching young learners English as an international language that includes taking a developmentally appropriate approach and building 21st century skills to prepare children for the world they live in.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • [S]TESOL's ELP Standards and the CCSS: Applications and Implications for Effective Instruction of ELLs
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    By Judith O'Loughlin & Lynore Carnuccio | 20 Feb 2013
    Resource Description: The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are recognized as an over-arching guide for language arts and mathematics curriculum, with applications and connections for science, social studies and technical subjects, for instructional planning in public schools throughout the United States. They connect a content focus to a language skill and are designed as broad statements rather than discrete point curriculum. These standards indicate that academic success must be exhibited in various language domains; however, they do not address the specific instructional needs of diverse groups such as English Language Learners in the schools. The instructional challenge for teachers of ELL is determining how this can be accomplished across the domains at various proficiency levels while maintaining rigorous standards-based expectations for their students across all content areas. The TESOL Prek-12 English Language Proficiency Standards (2006) provide the necessary framework that, when blended with CCSS, will delineate instruction targeting academic content while guiding the academic language to appropriately address students’ level of language proficiency.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • [S]Project-Based Learning: Freedom & Excitement in Classroom
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    By Stephen Hoyt | 11 Jan 2013
    Resource Description: This webinar presents the theoretical and practical considerations of PBL and the teaching of English to speakers of other languages. It also shows how teachers can integrate PBL into their instruction to motivate students. Several examples of successful student work in PBL are presented and resources are provided to assist teachers in developing their own projects.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • [S]Transferable Skills for Academic and Workplace
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    By Ronna Magy & Donna Price | 26 Oct 2012
    Resource Description: Engage your adult ESL students in acquiring the communication, critical thinking, and other essential skills necessary to transition successfully into academic and workforce programs. Learn techniques and tools that help build a foundation for student success in today’s global marketplace.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • [S]Top 10 Ideas for Teaching L2 Reading
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    By William Grabe | 11 Oct 2012
    Resource Description: This seminar identifies skills, strategies, and supportive contexts needed for students’ reading development. Of course, identifying skills, strategies, and contexts does not guarantee effective instruction. Based on relevant implications from research and a set of core curricular principles, a number of specific teaching ideas will be suggested as a starting point for further discussion. These ideas center around effective vocabulary instruction, main-idea comprehension, comprehension-strategy development, fluency training, extensive reading guidelines, and more.  As part of the seminar, participants will decide on which skills, strategies, and instructional supports can best develop L2 reading in their specific settings. They will also respond to questions about reading instruction with suggestions for activities and guidelines for instruction in their own context.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • [S]Doing “Principled ESP” — Best Practices and Case Studies
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    By David Kertzner, Ethel Swartley & Kevin Knight | 03 Oct 2012
    Resource Description: The term ESP—English for specific purposes—is used with increasing frequency to characterize classes that are not general English. These might include workplace ESL classes, college-level ESL classes for jobs training, and classes addressing language for specific industries or professions in academic settings for ESL-EFL.  Some ESL practitioners use ESP to describe subject-matter experts providing content-based instruction in university-level courses, taught in English for nonnative speakers. This latter characterization, however, is not widely accepted as “principled” ESP.  
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • [S]Developing Smart Listeners
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    By Larry Vandergrift | 27 Sep 2012
    Resource Description: This seminar informs teachers on how they can help students become more successful listeners by putting more emphasis on the process of listening rather than just the product (i.e., the correct answer) alone. 
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • [S]7 Ways to Get Your Students Talking in an EFL Classroom
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    By Noël Houck & Donna Tatsuki | 18 Jul 2012
    Resource Description: Do you have trouble getting your students to speak in your EFL classroom? Do you feel burned out trying to think up ways to ensure complete student involvement? Have you ever wondered if there are more creative ways to use your assigned textbook? Do you want more variety in the range of speaking activities you offer? This virtual seminar will provide the resources, structures, and insights that you need to renovate and energize your speaking class. Based on their wealth of experience on three continents, your hosts, Noel and Donna will open your mind to new possibilities to stimulate and enrich your classroom experience. Join us for a lively session and fruitful discussions.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • [S]TESOL Professional Standards for Teacher Preparation
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    By Diane Staehr Fenner & Natalie Kuhlman | 13 Jun 2012
    Resource Description: In 1999, TESOL became a member organization of the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and began developing standards for the national recognition of P–12 English as a second language (ESL) teacher education programs. These standards, initially approved in 2001 and revised in 2009, were developed in close consultation with TESOL’s members as well as other experts and practitioners in the field. They represent what preservice teaching candidates earning their initial licensure in ESL should know and be able to do in order to effectively teach ELLs.

    This virtual seminar provides an overview of the TESOL P-12 Professional Standards and explains the need for professional standards for teachers of ELLs. It then illustrates practical applications of the standards to (1) ESL teacher education program development, (2) NCATE recognition of ESL teacher education programs, and (3) professional development of in-service teachers.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • [S]The Rights of Immigrant Students in US Public Schools
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    By Roger C. Rosenthal | 23 May 2012
    Resource Description: Immigrant children and English language learners often face barriers in gaining entry to public schools and participating in school activities. This session will discuss what public schools can and cannot require of immigrant children and ELLs. Topics to be discussed include Social Security numbers, immigration documents, birth certificates, and immunization records; and access to school lunch and breakfast programs. The session will also cover the rights of English language learners and their parents in the public schools.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • [S]Teaching Academic Reading and Writing in English
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    By Danielle Zawodny Wetzel & Ryan Miller | 02 May 2012
    Resource Description: This session on academic reading and writing in English blends a rhetorical and a linguistic approach for teaching second language writing. It is a linguistic one because of its focus upon discourse analysis and particular language strings, and it is a rhetorical one because of its emphasis on audience. The session will focus on how we can teach academic language and literacy practices within strategic reading and writing tasks. We will discuss common discourse patterns that academic writers use to connect their texts with their readers, and we will situate those patterns within the common rhetorical moves of composing definitions and explaining problems. The ultimate goal for the program is to sharpen our strategies for teaching language within the integrated work of academic reading and writing.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • [S]Responding to 21st Century Demands for ELT
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    By Brock Brady | 25 Apr 2012
    Resource Description: As the desire to participate in the global economy causes the demand for greater proficiency in English to soar, new expectations for English language teaching have emerged—some reasonable and some not. This seminar explores some of the key element of this growing phenomenon, suggesting ways that ELT institutions and organizations can appropriately respond.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • [S]Grammaring: Unpacking the Concept
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    By Elka Todeva | 11 Apr 2012
    Resource Description: Unlike grammar teaching, the concept of grammaring generates considerable excitement among teachers, who like its organic exploration of the form, meaning, and use dimensions of language. Despite their excitement, however, grammaring remains a somewhat abstract notion for many teachers.

    This seminar considers grammaring as a pedagogical tool, a skill that students develop, and a dynamic linguistic landscape. Seminar participants will go grammaring with articles, prepositions, phrasal verbs, and tenses. The presenter will explain the key elements of grammaring and demonstrate how good grammaring can give students the most communicative mileage with the least effort.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • [S]Separating Difference and Disability
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    By Catherine Collier | 02 Dec 2011
    Resource Description: Most teachers working with culturally and linguistically diverse learners will be challenged at some time with a student who is very different from the other students in their classroom.  “What is going on with this student?”  “How do you know what to do?”  “How long is enough time/effort?” “How can I prepare him for what he will face?”  “Whose responsibility is it?” These are some of the questions I have heard from both Intensive English Program faculty as well as K-12 ELL personnel.  In this webcast, I will address some of the foundation issues behind these questions and present information and recommendations that assist the education professional in resolving these challenging teaching issues.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • [S]The Fluency Paradox Revisited
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    By Jeremy Harmer | 16 Nov 2011
    Resource Description: Many paradoxes lie at the heart of successful student fluency in the foreign language. For example, why do some students became fluent even though the way they were taught apparently had nothing to do with fluency? What is the role of communicative activities? The hours spent speaking aren't sufficient to connect the activities to fluency, are they? This seminar will suggest different ways (both old and new) of promoting fluency—and some of them may surprise you. What is the link between teaching and learning?
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • [S]Integrating Language Variation Into TESOL
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    By Walt Wolfram | 13 Oct 2011
    Resource Description: Despite the fact that Standard English is not the exclusive, or even the primary, mode of communication in most English-speaking communities, the reality of language variation tends to be dismissed in most TESOL programs. The globalization of English, however, has opened up a Pandora’s box of language variation norms, with a range of nativized and native-speaker models that embrace regional, social, ethnic, and national variation. What English language norms can realistically be used in TESOL programs, and how should local, regional, and national variation be realistically accommodated and integrated into the process of teaching English?

    This presentation offers a model for integrating language variation into the curriculum based on several decades of creative sociolinguistic engagement endeavors that include the development of specific curricular materials to educate about language variation as well as a broad-based public education effort employing the production of TV documentaries, the construction of museum exhibits, and the development of other public dissemination venues for disseminating information about language variation. This will be a media-rich presentation.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • [S]Research: People, Practices, and Processes
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    By Anne Burns | 13 Sep 2011
    Resource Description: TESOL practitioners are increasingly being encouraged to engage in research, either as part of graduate qualifications, in-service programs, or collaborative projects. Reflective practice and practitioner action research are now widely seen as key aspects of professional development and teacher education opportunities. This seminar will introduce TESOL practitioners to different approaches to conducting research in TESOL. In particular, we will explore practical issues and challenges that practitioner researchers often face. Through discussions of research goals and decisions, language educators new to research as well as those with some training can explore ways different TESOL research perspectives and practices can answer questions about classroom teaching and learning.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • [S]Developing Effective Family Literacy Programs
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    By Catherine Porter & Laura Bercovitz | 09 Jun 2011
    Resource Description: The term “family literacy” was coined in the early 1980s by Denny Taylor to refer to the uses of literacy within families and communities. The past 25+ years have seen the emergence of diverse family literacy programs. The most comprehensive family literacy model has four service components:  adult education, child education, parenting education, and educational activities for parents* and their children together. 
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • [S]Effective Strategies for Collaboration of Teachers
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    By Margarita Calderón | 02 Jun 2011
    Resource Description: In many cases, ESL and general education teachers “work together” in the classroom but not in the most productive manner. The role of the ESL teacher may be unclear and unproductive. Yet, in some classrooms, it is difficult to distinguish who is the ESL, the SPED or the GEN-ED teacher.  They all take active roles in teaching and facilitating.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars