PCI Schedule- Monday, 30 March
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Monday, ​30 March

Full Day, 9 am–4 pm 

1. Techniques for Teaching Content Through English

Target Audience: All ESOL educators interested in the teaching of content through English and the use of English as medium of instruction
Skill Level: All levels of expertise

Teaching content through English (e.g., content-based instruction, English as medium of instruction) offers opportunity, but risks abound. Participants learn ways to maximize benefits by designing “high structure” courses that maintain rigor using principles of accelerated learning, facilitating engaging discussions, and promoting peer interaction that supports language and content learning.

Presenter: Christopher Stillwell, College of the Sequoias/University of California, Irvine, California, USA

2. More Than Fun and Games: Drama in the L2 Classroom

Target Audience: All ESOL educators and teacher trainers
Skill Level: All levels of expertise

Teachers are trained to take full advantage of the wide range of theatre activities available to enhance L2 instruction for fluency, accuracy, and agency. Participants learn by doing and receive clear written instructions to take home and use the next day in their classrooms.

Presenters: Melisa Cahnmann-Taylor, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, USA
Kathleen McGovern, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, USA

3. Supporting Students With Interrupted 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

4. Engaging Family, Parents, and Communities of ELs: The TSSN

Target Audience: P–12 teachers
Skill Level: All levels of expertise

Participants engage in activities from eight modules of the Teacher-Student Success Network (TSSN) for P–12 teachers serving ELs. Come prepared to share out experiences and perspectives as we generate our own responsive plans to promote success for ELs by leveraging partnerships with parents, families, and communities.

Presenters: DJ Kaiser, Webster University, St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Soheil Mansouri, Webster University, St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Shane Kennedy, Webster University, St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Yin Lam Lee-Johnson, Webster University, St. Louis, Missouri, USA

5. Planning for the Success of ELs in Content Classes: What Works?

Target Audience: Pre-K–12 teachers and ESOL educators
Skill Level: All levels of expertise

Participants examine research-based strategies and approaches to assist ELs in meeting rigorous grade-level standards. Participants gain a deeper understanding of how language development affects instruction and learning at different proficiency levels and experience a variety of strategies and modifications that can be strategically applied to lesson plans as a way to foster EL achievement in content classes.

Presenters: Giselle Lundy-Ponce, American Federation of Teachers, Washington, DC, USA
Areli Schermerhorn, American Federation of Teachers, Washington, DC, USA
Becky Corr, American Federation of Teachers, Washington, DC, USA
Susan Lafond, American Federation of Teachers, Washington, DC, USA

Half Day, 1 –5 pm

6. Assessing the Productive Skills of Teenage Language Learners

Target Audience: ESOL teachers at the middle and high school level 
Skill Level: All levels of expertise

Participants increase their knowledge of both the developmental considerations and linguistic capabilities of teenagers as applicable to test design; implement language assessment theoretical frameworks into task designs; and build their understanding of best practices for developing, trialing, and revising rating rubrics to evaluate productive skills.

Presenters: Fernando Fleurquin, Michigan Language Assessment, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
Sharon Pearce, Michigan Language Assessment, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
Renee Saulter, Michigan Language Assessment, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

7. Advocacy in Action: Becoming a Powerful and Effective TESOL Advocate

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

In this interactive PCI, participants explore the nexus of advocacy and English language teaching and learning, and they explore the multidimensional role advocacy takes in practice with English language teachers and students in different contexts and with different populations around the world. Come learn to be a more effective, powerful, informed advocate!

Presenters: Heather Linville, University of Wisconsin, La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA
James Whiting, Plymouth State University, Plymouth, New Hampshire, USA

8. Long-Term ELs: Strategies for Teaching Language in Content Classes

Target Audience: Secondary teachers, teacher trainers/higher education instructors, elementary teachers
Skill Level: All levels of expertise

Participants interactively practice research-based strategies addressing the complex syntax and academic vocabulary unique to math, history, and science, especially for long-term ELs and those with limited schooling. Attendees also draft a plan to empower every teacher to teach with language learning in mind. 

Presenter: Elizabeth Hartung-Cole, Retired, Topsham, Maine, USA

9. Empowering ELs Through Media Technologies and Community-Engaged Learning

Target Audience: K–12 teachers, ESOL educators, higher education researchers
Skill Level: Beginning to intermediate computer literacy and experience with internet and video conference techniques, basic audio/video recording experience (e.g., on mobile phone or iPad apps)

Participants learn about media technologies and community-engaged learning as pedagogies to empower ELs. Grounded in high-impact practices and aligned with TESOL standards, participants review key tenets of youth media and sample user-friendly tools and pedagogical strategies to engage students for academic and social achievement.

Presenters: Deborah Romero, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, Colorado, USA
Dana Walker, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, Colorado, USA

Half Day, 5 pm–9 pm

11. Building Academic Discussion Skills With Developing Proficiency ELs

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

In this workshop, participants explore strategies that have been effective in overcoming common challenges and in moving lower level ELs toward successful academic discussions. Through hands-on activities, participants practice multiple ways to effectively scaffold academic discussions and return to their teaching contexts with time-saving assessment tools.

Presenters: Tamara Smith, Tokyo International University of America, Salem, Oregon, USA
Ann Glazer, Tokyo International University of America, Salem, Oregon, USA

12. Observation and Feedback to Advance Teaching Learning

Target Audience: Supervisors, administrators, teacher coaches, teacher leaders, peer coaches, ESL and EFL staff developers, teacher educators, program administrators, department chairs, teachers
Skill Level: All levels of expertise

This highly participatory PCI deepens your expertise in observation and feedback for English language teacher development. We engage in a complete observation cycle to explore approaches to capturing data, target growth areas, and promote teacher knowledge-building during conferencing. Innovations such as video-based self-appraisal and peer-observation are shared.

Presenters: Laura Baecher, Hunter College–CUNY, New York, New York, USA
Mary Scholl, Centro Espiral Mana, San Ramón, Costa Rica

13. Reading Success With Extensive Reading: Why and How

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

Adult ESL/EFL students must read fluently for academic and professional success, yet many are reluctant readers. Participants learn how to design extensive reading programs that promote reading fluency as well as vocabulary, grammar, and listening proficiency. Hands-on experience and materials allow participants to implement successful extensive reading programs. 

Presenters: Thomas Robb, Kyoto Sangyo University, Kyoto, Japan
Doreen Ewert, University of San Francisco, San Francisco, California, USA

14. Using Music and Song to Teach ESL/EFL

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 

15. Promoting Rigor in the World of Adult ESOL Professional Development

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

The shift to rigorous instruction for adult ESOL students requires equally rigorous learning for their instructors. Using several professional development tasks and tools, participants explore how the same collaborative and reflective processes and scaffolds can support instructors’ professional development and adult learners’ language development. 

Presenters: Sylvia Ramirez, MiraCosta College, Carlsbad, California, USA
Jayme Adelson-Goldstein, Independent, Northridge, California, USA
Lori Howard, Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System, Mill Valley, California, USA