TESOL in Focus

*Note: All sessions and presenters are subject to change.


2018 Standards for TESOL PreK-12 Teacher Preparation Programs
Anita Bright

This presentation highlights the new 2018 Standards for Initial TESOL Pre-K-12 Teacher Preparation Programs. Participants will learn more about each of the 5 standards and the 22 components, and will explore the preponderance of evidence model required for national recognition.

Activity Theory and Understanding Interaction in Peer Feedback Activities
Azar  Tajabadi

The session reports on using Activity Theory as a framework for understanding the role played by learners’ motives for second language learning, writing and peer interaction. The findings are discussed in terms of how an array of individual-related and context-related factors shape learners' approaches towards peer feedback activities.

Applying for TESOL's Board of Directors and Nominating Committee Positions
Veronica G.  Sardegna

Are you a passionate TESOL leader? If so, TESOL needs you. Join us to learn about the positions of President-Elect, Director of the Board, and Member of the Nominating Committee. Leaders currently serving in these positions identify application requirements, roles, and expectations, and share tips and experiences with the audience.

Building Capacity for ELT in Uzbekistan
Heidi Faust

A team from the English Speaking Nation: Secondary Teacher Training Program highlights a contextualized and collaborative PD program to elevate both English language proficiency and English teaching practice across Uzbekistan, from context analysis to cascading teacher PD with teacher leaders and regional peer mentors.

Building Linguistically Integrated Classroom Communities: The Role of Teacher Practices
Amanda Kibler

Based on the notion that students from all linguistic backgrounds benefit from peer relationships within and across EL and non-EL classified groups, researchers used social network analysis and qualitative analysis of field notes to identify how teachers instructional practices relate to differences in their classroom peer networks’ linguistic integration.

Classroom Language Skills: Developing Pre-Service Teachers' Language Proficiency
Khanh-Duc  Kuttig

NNEST teachers’ English proficiency has often been neglected in teacher education. Recognizing that English-for-Teaching is a form of ESP, and using examples from a pre-service language course, this presentation focuses on teacher language proficiency: its importance in TESOL teacher training programs and how this can be taught, practiced and assessed. 

How to Get Published in TESOL and Applied Linguistics Serials
Charlene Polio

This session provides authors with advice on how to get published in academic journals. Editors from a number of journals discuss what they are looking for in submissions to their journals and answer audience questions.

Language Aware Teaching in Multilingual and Remote Contexts
Jessie Curtis

Educational equity in multilingual, multicultural classrooms has involved teachers’ language awareness, an approach that recognizes that all teachers use and frame opportunities for students to use language(s). In this sense, all teachers engage with students’ languages. This session presents new research in increasingly multilingual and remote classrooms during the pandemic.

Motivating and Engaging Online Language Learners
Faridah  Pawan

This session focuses on teaching strategies and activities to motivate and engage online ESL/EFL learners. The strategies and activities are situated within teaching, cognitive, social, and learning online presences that are aligned with language learner motivation principles. The session provides practical suggestions for language teachers, teacher educators, and instructional designers.

New Ways in Teaching Speaking: Engaging Activities for Students
Julie Vorholt

The presenters describe five new, engaging lesson plan activities published in New Ways in Teaching Speaking, Second Edition from TESOL Press. Attendees receive a link providing each ready-to-use activity’s step-by-step instructions. This session focuses on speaking and technology or spoken EAP  activities; the book includes many activities from several categories.

New Ways in Teaching With Games
Randall Sadler

Presenters introduce a ground-breaking new book on language gaming that contains a variety of board, dice, card, and online games for different levels and learning objectives. A YouTube video was developed for each game to illustrate how each should be played to maximize language learning opportunities.

Overview of TESOL’s Standards and the Standards Professional Council

Did you know that TESOL has developed several sets of Standards for the field? The Standards Professional Council (SPC) will guide you through an overview of the Standards. You can share your ideas and ask questions. Learn about the SPC and what we can do for you! 

Peace Corps and PC Education Programs-Where Are We Now?
Brock Brady

Peace Corps posts are being reopened carefully, with extreme attention to volunteer health and to prioritizing needs of people of the host-country in lands where the social-political-economic-educational context are being reconsidered in a post-COVID-19 world.

Reconceptualizing the Teaching of Academic Reading/Vocabulary: A Multilingual Reader-Oriented Approach
Neda Sahranavard

This presentation reports a classroom-based qualitative study of the use of a reader-oriented approach for teaching academic reading/vocabulary to multilingual students. Findings show that a reader-oriented approach promotes critical thinking, agency, and increased interactivity in multilingual readers as they develop academic reading skills and vocabulary.

Representing Diversity in TESOL’s Academic Publications
Charlene Polio

In this session, a panel of the editors of TESOL Journal and TESOL Quarterly discuss how the journals maintain topical, methodological, and contextual diversity in their publications. Examples of specific recent studies that illustrate the journals’ breadth are provided.

Supporting ELs With Exceptional Needs: Instruction, Intervention, and Assessment
Patricia Rice Doran

In this workshop, the presenter introduces the complex issues educators must address in seeking to identify and serve ELs with disabilities, particularly within inclusive settings. Participants address inclusive supports and accommodations in general education settings, problem-solving and strategies for support, and assessment and identification of ELs with disabilities.

Teacher Leadership to Support ELs in the Mainstream
Michelle Benegas

Learn more about providing a continuous learning environment for ELs in every classroom with every teacher. This session provides a road map for leveraging your language expertise with tools for PD and peer coaching, as well as gives you a peek at Benegas and Stolpestad’s new book.

Teaching Young ELs Around the World With TESOL's 6 Principles®
Joan  Kang Shin

Explore with us how teachers around the world are applying TESOL’s The 6 Principles for the Exemplary Teaching of English Learners to engage young children at the preprimary and primary school levels in innovative, developmentally and linguistically appropriate, meaning-focused language education to set a path for them to become multilinguals. 

TESOL Research Agenda Fair: Research Trends and Future Research Priorities
Scott Douglas

The Research Fair focuses on emerging trends in published research. New scholar-practitioners discuss their research in Pre-K-16 environments. Research Professional Council researchers report on findings from a literature search and discuss an ongoing survey that aims to identify how TESOL’s research priorities can respond to the current challenging times.

The Impact of a Writing Intervention on ELL Vocabulary Development
Stephanie  Moody

This study investigates how L2 vocabulary instruction can be embedded into writing, and the impact that this has on L2 vocabulary development. Situated within a larger intervention for struggling second grade ELLs, preliminary findings showed that including vocabulary instruction in shared writing, conferencing, and revising increased L2 vocabulary knowledge.

Tracking the Real-Time Processes of Multimodal Writing: A Task-Based Approach
Jungmin Lim

The study discussed examines EAP students multimodal writing performances from the perspectives of TBLT and the cognitive process of writing. Thirty-one EAP students completed a timed multimodal writing task and an essay task. The presenter discusses multimodal composing processes and their relationships with the quality of task performance.

Unprecedented precedence: New ways of promoting excellence through CEA accreditation
Heidi Vellenga

CEA, the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation, is a specialized accreditor promoting excellence in the field of English language teaching and administration for postsecondary IEPs. Various operational changes have been undertaken for meetings, training events and site visits. Survey results of site pandemic-related changes and agency adaptations are presented.