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  • [S]Teaching Content Through English: Discussing More, Lecturing Less
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    By Christopher Stillwell, PhD | 02 Dec 2020
    Resource Description: Interaction is a crucial element of instructed language learning, and it is essential to learning content as well. Among many other benefits, peer interaction gives students opportunities to personalize their learning and test their knowledge, and class-wide discussions allow instructors to assess students’ comprehension. In both instances, classes shift to more effective student-centered modes of instruction. This workshop explores techniques for preparing students for such participation, and for making the most of collaborative work and discussions.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • [S]Digital Literacy for Adults: Definition and Guidance for Today’s Needs
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    By Jamie Harris | 14 Oct 2020
    Resource Description: Literacy, in prior years, had an exclusive focus on print. In the 21st century, new technologies integrated in all areas of life have required an additional set of literacy skills. Terms such as digital competence, information and communications technology (ICT), e-learning, and digital literacy seek to address needs in current and future contexts. While there are differences between these definitions, there is a consensus: digital skills are necessary for employment, academia, and various other contexts in adults’ lives. During this program, participants will explore elements adult learners must address to become digitally literate, provided in the Digital Literacy Framework for Adult Learners and examine practical application of these elements through lesson activities and curated resources found in the Digital Literacy Framework: Instructor Implementation Guide.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • [S]Online Learning Strategies for English Language Learners
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    By Morgan Nixon | 07 Oct 2020
    Resource Description:

    With the shift to online education, the following questions remain:

    • "How is the online learning experience different for my English learners?"
    • "How can I teach my English learners online?"
    • "How can I effectively support English learners in online classes?"

    Online Engagement Strategies for English Language Learners is a learning experience in which global educators can understand the unique characteristics of distance learning for English learners (ELs). Through this lens, we will explore effective and practical strategies that educators can implement to support ELs in online learning environments.

    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • [S]Teaching Newcomer Students in the Time of COVID-19
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    By Katharine Davies Samway, Lucinda Pease-Alvarez, and Laura Alvarez, Ph.D. | 17 Jun 2020
    Resource Description: Are you looking for guidance on how to best support your newcomer English learners, especially during the COVID-19 crisis with the need to teach remotely? Feeling overwhelmed? Based on research and decades of experience, the webinar presenters will provide you with instructional practices and activities that will help you develop newcomers as readers and writers of English and engage them in content learning across the curriculum. Equally important, they will share how you can advocate for these vulnerable students, many of whom have experienced multiple challenges in their home countries or in the United States, including poverty, violence, and political persecution.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • [S]Revolutionizing Language Learning With Creative Writing
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    By Patrick T. Randolph | 20 May 2020
    Resource Description: This virtual seminar cheerfully and optimistically hopes to change the way writing is approached in English language learning programs (from elementary schools to programs in higher education) by demonstrating the power of creative writing. Drawing from Randolph and Ruppert’s new book, New Ways in Teaching with Creative Writing, this session helps participants become aware of the various tools that creative writing can offer English language learners while they develop their craft. We will briefly look at the general challenges that English language learners face in their writing classes and then show how activities in poetry, prose, and dialogue can solve these issues and enhance both their critical thinking and academic writing skills. Ultimately, participants will understand how these creative writing activities promote a fun, effective, and positive writing experience that motivates their students and improves their skills. Participants are encouraged to bring a smile, a creative mind, and an energetic teaching and learning spirit to this uplifting and useful virtual seminar.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • [S]Synchronous Interactivity in Online Language Learning
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    By Dawn Bikowski and Sandy Wagner | 08 May 2020
    Resource Description: Face-to-face communications in the wake of our current pandemic have necessitated the need for teacher to student interactions via synchronous chat. With this migration to a completely online learning environment, blending face-to-face components with asynchronous learning activities, time with the instructor can capitalize on the interactive nature online offers and provide students with ways to better engage with content and other students.

    This virtual seminar will address (a) best practices for synchronous interactivity; (b) ways to incorporate common features and tools of video conferencing programs that support best practices; (c) methods for creating blending learning/flipped classroom lessons. Time for Q/A will be provided at the end of the session to give participants the opportunity to interact with the presenters on the content of the virtual seminar.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • [S]Navigating Your TESOL Career Path
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    By Liz England and Amira Salama | 04 May 2020
    Resource Description: In these uncertain times, TESOL members worldwide have a chance to re-examine their career paths. Many TESOL professionals face challenges to make career choices and identify the best professional practices throughout their careers. Where have we been? Where are we now? Where will be going in the future? These are questions that will be addressed in this webinar to help participants discover new career paths and reflect on their TESOL career choices and practices. Please join us to address these questions, to help each other and to consider ways to move forward.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • [S]Digital Stories As Creative Projects for Online Teaching
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    By Polina Vinogradova | 22 Apr 2020
    Resource Description: With the current need to move English language classes online for synchronous and asynchronous learning, collaborative and creative projects can help sustain students’ focus and motivation while facilitating further development of English language skills. This webinar will explore how digital stories – short multimodal personal narratives – can engage English language learners in a series of collaborative assignments developed to meet language and content learning objectives. Webinar participants will be guided through the steps of digital story production, will explore how these steps can facilitate the development of integrated language skills, and will be invited to think how these projects can be adjusted based on students’ variable access to technology and reliable Internet.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • [S]Game-Based Learning for English Language Learners
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    By Kristen Chapron | 08 Apr 2020
    Resource Description: Game-based learning is a fun and engaging way to reach ALL students (including ELLs). Explore iCivics games and intentional scaffolds for students navigating the complex academic vocabulary of social studies & civics. There's even an option to play in Spanish! But the games are just the meat of the iCivics game sandwich. Come explore all of the new resources to make the sandwich complete, including Extension Packs with suggested ELL modifications for different levels of language learners. This workshop is designed for social studies and ELA teachers alike. Whether you have a classroom full of language learners or just one, it's a "can't miss" professional learning experience to help make the academically complex language and content more accessible to all learners.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • [S]Enhancing Young Learners' Intercultural Understanding
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    By David Valente | 26 Feb 2020
    Resource Description: The call for increased understanding between cultures has never been louder or more urgent, particularly in the world of education. But, how can English teachers working with young learners move beyond narrowly focusing on language and include a strong intercultural learning element? This seminar offers teachers creative approaches to respond to this call to action, carefully crafted for the young learner English classroom. We will begin by defining ‘interculturality’ and ‘creativity’ as well as unpacking the barriers to both in the young learner English classroom. Then, we will explore a variety of practical discovery techniques for intercultural learning, illustrated with creative lesson ideas using engaging picturebooks, songs and web quests. The activities are based on flexible teaching frameworks, adaptable to other topics with great potential for both rich intercultural understanding and English language learning.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • [S]Action Research in Your Language Classroom: Applicable, Collaborative and Empowering (ACE)
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    By Netta Avineri | 26 Sep 2019
    Resource Description: In this virtual seminar, we will explore how language teachers can enhance student learning in their classrooms through action research. We will discuss the eleven steps for conducting Applicable Collaborative, and Empowering (ACE) action research, reflecting upon & taking action to improve your pedagogical practices in your language classroom. There will be tips, approaches, and hands-on activities, as well as opportunities for discussion and Q&A.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • [S]Supporting Adult English Learners With The 6 Principles®
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    By Andrea B. Hellman, Kathy Harris and Amea Wilbur | 12 Sep 2019
    Resource Description: In this interactive webinar, the authors of The 6 Principles for Exemplary Teaching of English Learners: Adult Education and Workforce Development explore ways that the 6 principles can guide effective instruction when working with adult English learners. The authors describe practical strategies, including examples from classrooms. They also explore how to apply principles 1 and 2 to support special populations in different contexts as well as ways to collaborate with colleagues around the 6 principles. Bring your questions.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • [S]So Many ‘Englishes’! What Does This Mean for Writers and Publishers?
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    By Sherrise Roehr and Karen Spiller | 17 Jul 2019
    Resource Description: We live in an age of many ‘Englishes’! British or American English? Standard or ‘new Englishes’? And what about EFL, ESL and ELF? This webinar will take a look at the key characteristics of these labels. It will consider how they influence the content and development process of ELT materials and offer examples and tips to help writers and publishers deal with the constraints and embrace the opportunities.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • [S]What We Talk About When We Talk About Interaction: Creating Online Learning Tasks
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    By Lindsay Clandfield | 06 Jun 2019
    Resource Description: Learner interaction. Interactive activities and games. Interactive software and interactive whiteboards. The word ‘interact’ and its various forms have been very popular in language education and especially in education technology. But it is increasingly used to talk about learners interacting with software, and not with each other. This talk aims to redress that balance, and looks a task design for online courses that involves learners and instructor interacting with each other either synchronously or asynchronously. I’ll look at different patterns of interaction and types of interaction that we commonly engage in virtual environments.  For the practically-minded, this talk will include several fun activities I have done with learners on Whatsapp, Facebook and online forums.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • [S]Supporting Multilingualism in the Classroom: Teachers Generating Knowledge through Innovative Practice
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    By Jim Cummins | 08 May 2019
    Resource Description: During the past two decades, there has been a significant shift in orientation among applied linguists from endorsement of largely monolingual approaches to English language teaching towards multilingual approaches that position learners’ home languages as legitimate cognitive tools and as resources for learning. The webinar will discuss the evolution of this perspective, its theoretical and empirical rationale, and future directions. A central theme in the presentation is that the legitimacy of multilingual approaches has been established by teacher-initiated instructional innovations in which teachers have assumed the role of knowledge-generators rather than simply transmitters of curriculum content.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • [S]Bringing the 6 Principles for Exemplary Teaching of English Learners to Life With the SIOP Model
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    By Deborah J. Short | 27 Feb 2019
    Resource Description: TESOL’s The 6 Principles for Exemplary Teaching of English Learners establishes the basic knowledge and skills teachers need to establish optimal conditions for second language acquisition and provide effective instruction and assessment in their classes. This webinar discusses how the SIOP Model of sheltered instruction lets teachers meet the 6 Principles and also helps schools establish a culture of shared responsibility. 
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • [S]Supporting Students With Interrupted Formal Education (SIFE)
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    By Judith O'Loughlin and Brenda Custodio | 13 Feb 2019
    Resource Description: This webinar will look in-depth at Students with Interrupted Formal Education.  It will describe what is meant by “interrupted formal education,” listing reasons students are arriving in our schools with gaps in their education.  The webinar will offer specific suggestions for helping students make up for lost time, and also how to help students emotionally acclimate to their new environment.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • [S]Research-Practice Partnerships with Schools and Communities: Collaborations for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners
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    By Megan Madigan Peercy, Judy Sharkey and Carrie Symons | 16 Jan 2019
    Resource Description: This webinar shares stories and insights from research-practice partnerships with schools and communities. Some of the topics that will be discussed include 1)  culturally and linguistically diverse students' learning; 2) the role of faculty in maintaining and developing sustainable relationships; and 3) criteria for success in school-university or community-university partnerships. Each of the panelists will share how they have been involved in research-Practice Partnerships with Schools and Communities and what they have learned through their experience. Their presentations will be followed by questions and answers from the audience.  
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • [S]ELs in the Early Years: Focus on High Quality Teaching Practices for PreK-K
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    By Karen Nemeth | 05 Dec 2018
    Resource Description: Young English learners have unique learning needs and experiences that require a creative and responsive approach to teaching. Join this dynamic discussion of research-based teaching practices that go beyond the basics to support a successful start to language and literacy learning. 
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars
  • [S]Preparing for the Future of Language Teaching
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    By Greg Kessler | 22 Aug 2018
    Resource Description: This virtual seminar will present a number of existing and emerging tools and resources that provide new opportunities for language learning and teaching. Some of these tools are designed specifically for language instruction, while others are general purpose. The presenter will discuss trends and how they may change in the near future. Suggestions for curricular implantation, as well as teacher preparation, will be discussed.
    Resource Type: Virtual Seminars