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Tuesday, 27 March

Full Day, 9 am–4 pm

16. Essentials of Pronunciation Teaching and Learning

Target Audience: All ESOL professionals
Skill Level: Teachers with limited preparation in teaching pronunciation

Through explanations and demonstrations, participants gain skill and confidence in meeting the challenges of teaching pronunciation to learners from a variety of backgrounds. Participants are familiarized with the core features of pronunciation along with techniques for addressing those elements of speech that have the most impact on overall intelligibility.

Presenters: Donna M. Brinton, Educational Consultant, Beverly Hills, California, USA
Lynn Henrichsen, Brigham Young University, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
Tamara Jones, Howard Community College, Columbia, Maryland, USA
Colleen Meyers, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Carolyn Quarterman, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA

17. Scaffolding Close Reading for ELLs in Grades 3–12  - CANCELED

Target Audience: ESL and general education teachers and literacy coaches, Grades 3–12
Skill Level: Intermediate levels of expertise

This workshop provides research-based methods for ELLs to meet challenging standards in English language arts. Participants learn scaffolding techniques for providing essential background and for identifying and teaching vocabulary, as well as for accessing and engaging with more complex text during close reading. The workshop includes time for teachers to practice the techniques and to discuss implications for implementation.

Presenter: Lisa M. Tabaku, American Institutes for Research, Washington, DC, USA

18. Pre-K–12 ELLs 101: What Works?

Target Audience: Pre-K–12 teachers and ESOL educators
Skill Level: New teachers in teaching ELLs or novice teachers who have colleagues who are new to the field

Are you new to teaching ELLs or are you a veteran teacher of ELLs looking for information and resources to bring back to your newbie colleagues? Either way, this workshop is for you. Come learn about this group of students and the social and instructional supports they need to succeed in school.

Presenter: Giselle Lundy-Ponce, American Federation of Teachers, Washington, DC, USA

19. Tools for Building a Productive Academic Vocabulary Toolkit

Target Audience: K–12 teachers, administrators, and teacher educators; IEP, adult education ESL, and college ESL teachers
Skill Level: All levels of expertise

Productive word knowledge, the ability to competently use a word in speech and writing, is pivotal to school and workplace achievement. Drawing on scholarship and extensive classroom experience, the presenter introduces research-based instructional principles and practices to prepare ELLs for the vocabulary demands of academic interaction, text analysis, and constructed response. She provides a schema for prioritizing vocabulary for robust instruction and illustrates informed word selection with practice texts.

Presenter: Kate Kinsella, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California, USA

20. Advancing Conversations on Rigor: A Catalyst for Reaching ELLs’ Goals - CANCELED

Target Audience: ESOL teachers of adult learners
Skill Level: All levels of expertise

Adult ELLs must work rigorously to develop strategies that will enable them to demonstrate critical thinking, problem solving, and soft skills. Instruction must be equally rigorous and intentional. This session invites you to collaboratively embrace the rigor: exploring, analyzing, and developing tasks and projects to meet learners’ needs across levels.

Presenters: Debra Gylund, Fox Valley Technical College, Appleton, Wisconsin, USA
Shawn Jensen, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA
Ginger Karaway, Gateway Technical College, Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA
Joy Lehmann, Milwaukee Area Technical College, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
Carolyn Nason, Milwaukee Area Technical College, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
Kristi M. Weisenburger, Milwaukee Area Technical College, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

Half Day, 8 am–12 pm

21. The GO TO Strategies: Guiding Teachers to Scaffold Content Language

Target Audience: K–12 ESOL educators
Skill Level: All levels of expertise

This workshop provides hands-on experience with instructional strategy resources for teachers of ELLs. The GO TO Strategies help teachers create scaffolded lessons that connect with language proficiency levels and research-based principles. Participants become familiar with the GO TO Strategies resources and participate in strategy demonstrations throughout the workshop.

Presenters: Laura Lukens, North Kansas City Schools, Kansas City, Missouri, USA
Linda New Levine, ESL/EFL Consultant, Vero Beach, Florida, USA
Betty Ansin Smallwood, Succeeding With ELLs, Bethesda, Maryland, USA

22. Listen Again: Strategies for an Integrated Approach to Listening Skills

Target Audience: IEP, community college, community center, and college ESL/EFL teachers; K–12 EFL programs teaching integrated skills or core curriculum classes; ESOL educators and teacher trainers
Skill Level: All levels of expertise

Listening is a skill learners report wanting to learn; however, teaching practices often fail to advance control of listening processes. This workshop offers a systematic approach to teaching—not testing—listening. Participants practice using pre- and postinstruction assessments, checklists, exercises, and strategies to advance learner ability to process aural input.

Presenter: Marnie Reed, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

23. Design, Deliver, Respond: Best Practices in Instructor and Course Evaluations

Target Audience: ESOL educators and program administrators
Skill Level: All levels of expertise

This interactive workshop focuses on how to tailor ESL course and instructor evaluations to create stable, cohesive, and responsive instruction. Participants learn how to improve the design of their evaluation instruments, increase the richness of the feedback they receive, and effectively analyze and respond to evaluation data.

Presenters: Ben McMurry, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, USA
James Hartshorn, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, USA
Judson Hart, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, USA

24. Teaching Writing Using Communicative Language Teaching Activities

Target Audience: High school, university, and professional ESOL teachers or curriculum planners
Skill Level: All levels of expertise

Maintaining student interest in writing in the age of instant interconnectivity is problematic. Communicative language teaching activities engage students while developing their intercultural writing skills. This workshop presents activities and the instructional research validating their use. Participants come away with ideas, materials, and confidence for teaching writing.

Presenter: Melanie Rockenhaus, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Italy

25. Techniques for Teacher Observation, Coaching, and Conferencing

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

This workshop for anyone interested in teacher observation explores guidelines for maximizing the benefits of observations and conferences. Topics include etiquettes of observation, ways of promoting reflection, and techniques for giving useful feedback that recipients can comfortably hear.

Presenter: Christopher Stillwell, University of California, Irvine, California, USA

Half Day, 1 pm–5 pm

26. Planning Adult ESOL Instruction Using the English Language Proficiency Standards

Target Audience: Adult ESOL instructors, teacher educators, curriculum developers, materials writers, professional development specialists
Skill Level: All levels of expertise

Adult ELLs are tasked with meeting the same college and career readiness standards as their English-speaking peers. Investigate ways to help learners meet this challenge using the 2016 English Language Proficiency Standards. Collaborate, using ready-made planning tools, to correlate learning objectives, language strategies, instructional scaffolds, and standards. All resources provided.

Presenters: Jayme Adelson-Goldstein, Lighthearted Learning, Northridge, California, USA
Patsy Egan, Hamline University, Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA
Lori Howard, CASAS, Marin, California, USA
Sylvia Ramirez, MiraCosta College (Retired), Carlsbad, California, USA

27. Academic Content and Fluency Development

Target Audience:  ESOL teachers of adult learners
Skill Level: All levels of expertise

Critical thinking and excellent communication skills are central characteristics of an academically prepared learner. Active engagement in communicating about content can generate both content knowledge and language fluency, or “content-fluency.” Participants in this hands-on workshop sharpen skills in designing content-engaging fluency-building tasks that require learner collaboration and skill integration.

Presenter: Doreen Ewert, University of San Francisco, San Francisco, California, USA

28. Designing More Engaging Listening Activities

Target Audience: ESOL teachers in higher education
Skill Level: All levels of expertise

Participants learn how to develop intermediate-level listening activities. The workshop begins with analysis of activities found in many intermediate textbooks to develop supplemental activities. Then, participants focus on identifying appropriate listening sources from the Internet and creating activities that promote deeper learner engagement with the passage.

Presenter: Jim Rogers, Utah State University, Logan, Utah, USA

29. Preventing Long-Term ELs: Strategies That Make a Difference

Target Audience: Elementary and secondary teachers, teacher trainers, higher education instructors
Skill Level: All levels of expertise

Participants interactively practice innovative research-based strategies and analyze programmatic elements proven to prevent ELs from stagnating at the intermediate level, whether in integrated or specialized classes in Grades 4–12. These strategies promote learner engagement, rich academic vocabulary, and control of complex structures across content areas. Attendees receive supportive resources.

Presenters: Elizabeth Hartung-Cole, Retired, Topsham, Maine, USA
Nancy Cloud, Rhode Island College, Providence, Rhode Island, USA

30. Creating a Rich Language Environment for the Best Words

Target Audience: K–12 ESOL educators
Skill Level: All levels of expertise

This interactive presentation provides research-based practical resources for strategic vocabulary instruction to ELs. The focus is on fostering a motivating content and language learning environment that is rich in words, delivering instruction of high-utility vocabulary, and encouraging approaches to promote independent word-learning skills.

Presenter: Annie Duguay, Center for Applied Linguistics, Washington, DC, USA

PCIs Schedule: Monday, 26 March


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