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Monday, 26 March

Full Day, 9 am–4 pm 

1. Practical Approaches to Teaching Pronunciation

Target Audience: Secondary school to adult ESL/EFL teachers
Skill Level: All levels of expertise

Deepen your knowledge and expand your repertoire of fun and engaging methods to teach features of English pronunciation. Get ready to curl your hands through the “r” sound, grunt and cheer through vowels, and convert the “air pointer” into gestures along with rhythm. Novice to expert teachers are welcome.

Presenter: DJ Kaiser, Webster University, St. Louis, Missouri, USA

2. Collaboration With WIDA: Building on Student Assets and Teacher Assets - CANCELED

Target Audience: Pre-K–12 English as an additional language teachers
Skill Level: All levels of expertise

Collaboration enriches both teacher and student learning. Participants explore how an asset-based approach can enhance coplanning, coteaching, coassessing, and coreflecting to serve multilingual learners. Participants are also introduced to the WIDA framework and leave with tools to initiate new partnerships and deepen existing coteaching relationships.

Presenters: Andrea Honigsfeld, Molloy College, Rockville Centre, New York, USA 
Jon Nordmeyer, International Programs, WIDA, Madison, Wisconsin, USA

3. Phonological Awareness for Educators: Sound Practices for Teaching English

Target Audience: K–12 ESOL, adult education ESL, and higher education/IEP educators
Skill Level: All levels of expertise

Stop listening with your eyes, and train your ears. What learners perceive in spoken English is often different from what you think you are modeling for them. Participate in a series of multimodal phonological awareness activities and discover practical techniques that support a sound approach for teaching pronunciation and vocabulary development.

Presenters: Karen Taylor, English Language Training Solutions, Takoma Park, Maryland, USA
Robin Barr, American University, Washington, DC, USA
Shirley Thompson, English Language Training Solutions, Washington, DC, USA

4. Supporting Multilingual Writers Through Writing Center and Tutor Development

Target Audience: Higher education TESOL professionals worldwide
Skill Level: All levels of expertise

As part of an ongoing effort to encourage writing center and TESOL dialogue, this workshop focuses on the importance of tutor development in helping writing centers and other writing-support programs better meet the needs of multilingual writers, no matter the context.

Presenters: Jennifer Staben, College of Lake County, Grayslake, Illinois, USA
Linnea Spitzer, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon, USA
Sarah Kirk, University of Alaska, Anchorage, Alaska, USA
Gracielle Pereira-Rocha, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago, Chile
Rachel Neubauer, College of Lake County, Grayslake, Illinois, USA

5. Best Practices in Classroom Assessment: What Every Teacher Should Know

Target Audience: Language teachers, administrators/coordinators supervising classroom assessment
Skill Level: All levels of expertise

This workshop develops participant language assessment literacy by focusing on the knowledge and skills teachers need to effectively measure and promote language learning in the classes that they teach. All participants become more assessment literate, with positive consequences for their students, courses, programs, and institutions.

Presenters: Eddy White, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, USA
Mariana Menchola-Blanco, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, USA

Half Day, 1 –5 pm

6. A Systematic Approach to Vocabulary Instruction

Target Audience: Secondary school to adult ESL/EFL educators
Skill Level: All levels of expertise

This workshop demonstrates a systematic way of presenting vocabulary. Participants engage in activities for presenting vocabulary, checking understanding, presenting and practicing lexical chunks, and reviewing vocabulary. Throughout, participants are encouraged to consider how to implement these practices in their own classes.

Presenters: Curt Reese, University of Texas, Austin, Texas, USA
John Fowler, University of Texas, Austin, Texas, USA

7. Communicative Activities for Motivating With Accompanying Award-Winning Picture Books

Target Audience: EFL/ESL teachers of beginner and intermediate level students of all ages
Skill Level: All levels of expertise

Implement communicative language teaching strategies with matching award-winning picture books. Accelerate oral, written, and integrated skill development using guessing games, information gap, total physical response, language experience approach, substitution, recitation, reader’s theater, and model-based writing. Practice with books and an online TESOL-oriented database of picture books for all ages.

Presenter: Ana Lado, Marymount University, Arlington, Virginia, USA

8. Teaching Beginning Literacy: Essential Principles and Practices for Deep Learning

Target Audience: Teachers of ESL beginning literacy students
Skill Level: All levels of expertise

Literacy students need “deep learning” to reach mastery. Their hard-working teachers need low-prep activities that provide meaningful opportunities for developing foundational literacy and offer repetition without boredom. This highly interactive workshop offers engaging, repeatable classroom activities that help students acquire basic literacy skills as they learn to speak English.

Presenter: Shelley H. Lee, Wake County Public School District, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA

9. Games for the IEP Classroom - CANCELED

Target Audience: IEP instructors and directors
Skill Level: All levels of expertise

Play is an important part of learning. This workshop walks participants through several games that can effectively be used in the IEP classroom to enhance learning and engage learners. Additionally, participants modify and adapt games to meet the needs of their students.

Presenters: Christina Cavage, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Georgia, USA
Rachel Hayward, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Georgia, USA

10. Effective Lesson Observation: More Than Meets the Eye

Target Audience: Program directors, supervisors, mentors, peer coaches, department heads, deputy principals, teacher educators
Skill Level: Some experience in lesson observation

Lesson observation is one of the most pervasive tools for teacher evaluation. In this workshop, we explore the map and the compass metaphors for lesson observation. The premise of both tools is that, by working with the observed person’s agenda, we can cognitively coach his or her development toward more focused teaching.

Presenter: Gabriel H. Diaz Maggioli, CLAEH University, Montevideo, Uruguay

Half Day, 5 pm–9 pm

11. Using Music and Song to Teach ESL

Target Audience: All ESOL professionals
Skill Level: All levels of expertise

ESL teachers are aware of the power of music and song in teaching English as a new language—but they may not know all of the amazing ways music supports learners’ progress. This PCI demonstrates a wide range of activities, including content area, genre study, all four domains, and the area of communicative competence. Come ready for interaction and inspiration.

Presenter: Kristen Lems, National Louis University, Chicago, Illinois, USA

12. Supporting Students With Interrupted Formal Education

Target Audience: Elementary and secondary teachers, teacher educators
Skill Level: All levels of expertise

This workshop provides answers to these questions: Who are these students with interrupted education, where do they come from, what are the causes of their interrupted education, and, most important, what can we, as educators, do to help them make up for lost time?

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

13. Vocabulary Games and Activities for Academic Success - CANCELED

Target Audience: ESOL instructors of intermediate to advanced students
Skill Level: All levels of expertise

A rich vocabulary is a key predictor of academic success, but finding new ways to teach it can be challenging. In this hands-on workshop, participants learn engaging, low-prep vocabulary activities and games to help their students understand, retain, and accurately use academic vocabulary.

Presenter: A. C. Kemp, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

14. Engaging EFL/ESL Learners Through Personalized Lessons - CANCELED

Target Audience: All ESOL professionals
Skill Level: All levels of expertise

This hands-on workshop focuses on the development of personalized activities and materials for EFL/ESL learners. Participants gain an understanding of the benefits of personalizing lessons by creating, adapting, and incorporating those activities and materials into their EFL/ESL settings. Participants leave with handouts and templates to be used within their classrooms.

Presenters: Mauricio Arango, Universidad de Caldas, Caldas, Colombia
Margarita M. Lopez, Universidad de Caldas, Caldas, Colombia

15. Making Academic Writing Meaningful: Recommendations for Engaging Academic Student Writers

Target Audience: IEP writing instructors
Skill Level: Some knowledge of or experience with teaching L2 writing

Writing teachers struggle to make instruction meaningful to their students because the genres they teach or assignments they require often seem inauthentic or hard to relate to. This workshop presents 10 approaches that have been shown to make instruction meaningful to L2 writers, thus improving student outcomes and reenergizing instructors.


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

PCIs Schedule: Tuesday, 27 March


If you have questions about the PCIs, please contact TESOL Professional Learning