Academic Sessions

An in-depth session sponsored by a specific interest section. They are 60-minute pre-recorded presentations, which may be followed by a 15-minute live text Q & A session and/or a 15-minute round-table video discussion with presenters. Some academic sessions may only be pre-recorded without Q & A or round-table discussion.

*Note: All sessions and presenters are subject to change. Time for each session Q & A and/or round-table discussion can be found on the virtual convention platform. 

Pre-recorded Sessions with Q & A

Thursday, 25 March

Creating Materials in a Digital World

Justin Shewell, Vance Stevens, Jessica Burchett, Michael Bowen

As the world becomes more dependent on digital technology, ELT professionals find ways to adapt. This academic panel session shows participants in all stages of their career paths ways to adapt, create, and develop materials for digital learning in a variety of contexts for language teaching and teacher training.

Translanguaging: Current Understandings in Dynamic Bilingualism

Anna Dina Joaquin, David Freeman, Yvonne Freeman, Mary Soto, Ann Ebe, Lydiah Kiramba

Panelists share their research highlighting how translanguaging has the potential to incorporate students' cultures, identities, and bilingualism, as well as promote metalinguistic knowledge and maximize communicative potential in the classroom. Each presenter also provides specific translanguaging practices that can be applied to various classroom contexts.


Centering and Normalizing Diversity and Equity in Multilingual Education

Ching-Ching Lin, Alsu Gilmetdinova, Shuzhan Li, Kirti Kapur

This session features different perspectives on theorizing sociolinguistic complexity in today's diverse classroom and shares strategies for leveraging the linguistic landscape as a field of research as well as a pedagogical tool for teacher education. In each study, teacher educators integrated a bilingual component in teacher preparation programs.

Encouraging Student Engagement Through Extensive Reading

Maria Ammar, Anne Cannon

Extensive reading can be an effective way for educators to not only improve their students' reading skills but also their engagement in class. Instructors can do extensive reading in their classes and reach all their students by providing exercises for diverse learning styles, which can help increase student participation.

Friday, 26 March

Approaches to Fostering Fluent Reading

Doreen Ewert, Lawrence Zwier, Jihye Shin, Jesse Conway, Ethan Lynn


Fluency in an additional language is the often unrealized goal of language learners. This may be because fluency, a central component of proficiency, is so often unaddressed in language curricula. This session examines principles of reading fluency and explores pedagogical approaches to it.

Mixed, Augmented, and Virtual Reality for English Language Teaching and Learning

Orquidia Flores, Michelle Cowans, Andy Curtis, Dave Dolan, Tom Becskehazy, Mai Minh Tien, Marta Halaczkiewicz


Panelists present a culmination of research, trends, and case studies on mixed, augmented, and virtual reality. Join the discussion as they demystify these mediums and lay the groundwork for an engaging conversation regarding technology that has and will continue to be involved in English language teaching and learning.

Resisting Resistance: School-Level Advocacy for Refugee-Background Learners

Rachel Hurwitz, Michelle Benegas, Amy Stolpestad, Patricia Morita-Mullaney, Kristin Kibler


What misunderstandings may some mainstream teachers and administrators bring to working with refugee-background learners? What does research say about how we can respond effectively? Panelists discuss and problematize efforts to dismantle deficit discourses, counter resistance to teaching refugees, and raise awareness surrounding refugee concerns more generally in schools.

Saturday, 27 March

Research Trends in Online Language Teaching and Teacher Education

Deborah Healey, Mary Ann Christison, Amber Warren, Joan Kang Shin and Faridah Pawan


Practice informs research and research informs practice. This panel explores this symbiotic relationship, beginning with an overview of online research trends, and continues with specific research: affordances and limitations in online language teacher education, conversation analysis methods in online talk, building an online community of inquiry, and reconceptualizing PD.

ITA Programs and Internationalization: A Local Transformative Resource Approach

Linda Harklau, James Coda, Roxana Senyshyn, Elizabeth Wittner, Maria Mendoza

The panelists discuss policy issues regarding internationalization efforts, the role of ITA programs, and the benefits of a linguistic asset perspective in which ITAs are a transformative resource for intercultural learning. Concrete ways in which ITA programs can amplify opportunities for domestic students to develop global-cultural competence are addressed.

Effectively Administrating Language Programs in a Remote, Socially Distanced World
Rosario Giraldez, Kateryna Forynna, Lleij Schwartz, Kirti Kapur
This session features multiple panelists presenting best practices for leadership of remotely delivered language programs with a particular focus on how to address common complications found in this environment, such as staying student centered, mentoring teachers, conducting virtual classroom observations, advising students, managing resources, and navigating time differences.

Pre-recorded Sessions with Round-table Discussion

Thursday, 25 March


EFL Teaching in Turbulent Times: Shifting Pedagogies and Practices

Shahid Abrar-ul-Hassan, Yuri Nishio, Roslinawati Mohd Roslan, Wenwen Tian, Dung Le Hoang

Language teaching across the world has undergone immense but abrupt changes after the current unprecedented pandemic. How have these changes impacted EFL teaching practices and academic communities across the world? This session examines the policies, best practices, and impact of this crisis in different global academic contexts.

Friday, 26 March


Good Interculturality: Bridging Theory, Research, and Practice

Roxanna Senyshyn, Natalia Balyasnikova, Barbara Lapornik

What is interculturality and what do we do with it? Complex glocal reality and recent research prompt rethinking approaches to understanding dynamics and factors in intercultural communication and language education. This session presents relevant conceptual models and evidence-based practices that span different program contexts in L2 (and teacher) education.

On-demand Sessions

Online Writing Assessment Literacy, Strategies, Tools for L2 Writing Instruction

Aylin Atilgan Relyea, Paul Kei Matsuda, Deborah Crusan, Lia Plakans, Sara Cushing and Xun Yan

This panel provides new insights into how online writing assessment literacy can support L2 online writing instruction. Panelists discuss alternative ways to enhance building more effective curricula; share online integrated reading-writing assessments and rubrics; and inform best practices in developing online placement tests, validation, and use.

Moving Across Accents: Beyond Monolingual Bias in ELT

Doaa Rashed, Sunyung Song, Lilia Savova, Gabriela Kleckova, Mai Mowafy

What is the role of accent(s) in ELT? The presenters in this session problematize the relationship between identity and accent(s), interrogating monolingual biases that permeate the teaching and learning of English in classrooms around the world. Presenters discuss implications for teaching practice and advocacy.


What Special Education Can Teach Us: Supporting ELs With Disabilities

Rosa Dene David, Solange Lopes Murphy, Lesley Morgan, Robert Randez

Disabilities affect approximately 15% of the world's population, and yet ESL/EFL teachers are often unequipped with effective strategies for supporting them. This interactive panel session examines how various evidence-based strategies utilized in special education can be adapted to the ESL and EFL contexts.

Career Pathways in Adult ESL Education

Elizabeth Schade

Panelists from the Adult Education Interest Section and the Career Pathways Professional Learning Network focus on career trends in the field while sharing presenters' personal experiences. Attendees are able to identify their dream job, set a career goal, understand hurdles and challenges, determine career opportunities, and network with others.


Engaging Families in Early Childhood: Connecting Research, Theory, and Practice

Pamela Rose

Research consistently indicates family engagement as a factor for educational success, especially for dual language learners. The panelists share research and theory that can improve family engagement practices. Perspectives of families, schools, and teachers are shared. Educators leave the session with practical ideas to increase family engagement.


Entrepreneurs/Intrapreneurs: How ESP Practitioners Are Adjusting to Changing Times

Gerlinde Koppitsch, Hong Yan Zhang, Tarana Patel, Kevin Knight

Gain insights from ESP practitioners who work as administrators, entrepreneurs, and intrapreneurs across the globe. Learn about their professional journeys, how they set up and run programs and get new business opportunities, and how they handle change and challenges. Q&A and networking time follow the session.


Materials and Strategies for Teaching Intonation to ESL/EFL Learners

Sinem Sonsaat Hegelheimer, Lucy Pickering, John Levis, Veronica Sardegna

Intonation plays a critical role in successful interaction. Yet, it is often neglected in instruction due to lack of materials or knowledge of pedagogical approaches. This session equips teachers with information about effective teaching models, research-based materials, and pronunciation learning strategies for teaching intonation successfully in the ESL/EFL classroom.


From Self-Researching to Classroom Transformation: Insightful Perspectives in TESOL

Ethan Trinh

This panel looks at the power of self-studying or self-researching, which enables English teachers to (re)think pedagogical practices, with the vision of achieving emotional well-being. Three interest sections in TESOL share perspectives and experiences on exploring self to transform actions in workplaces/classrooms.