TESOL 2014 Educational Site Visits

Educational site visits offer convention registrants the opportunity to visit schools and centers that have large numbers of English language learners enrolled. Each site is as unique and varied as its students. Learn how different programs face the challenges of teaching linguistically diverse learners.

Date: Wednesday, 26 March 2014. Depart from the convention center at 8 am and return at 12 pm, unless otherwise noted.

To order: Indicate the site visit number on your registration form. Tickets will not be sold on site. All site visits are US$75.

Your ticket includes transportation to the event. Site visits sell out quickly, so register early.


503 Design Collective at Portland State University

At Portland State University, a group is designing mobile “augmented reality” (AR) place-based games for a variety of languages, including ESL. Following a description of the AR game concept and development process, visitors will have the opportunity to experience firsthand how AR technologies teach both language and environmental awareness.

Portland State University’s Intensive English Language Program (PSU IELP)

The PSU IELP has provided English language instruction for 50 years with a focus on academic preparation at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Currently serving 500 students, the IELP faculty and staff also provide a range of student services, supplemental learning experiences, and a state of the art learning center.

Immigrant and Refugee Community Outreach (IRCO)

IRCO is the center of a community effort to provide services to refugees and immigrants of all ages. They offer ESL trainings that facilitate the early employment and self-sufficiency of newly arrived refugees by developing the participant’s communication and job-seeking and job retention skills along with English language skills.

Sunset Elementary

Twenty-five percent of Sunset Elementary’s students are ELLs.  In response, all teachers are certified in Guided Language Acquisition Design instruction and are assisted by reading interventionist and English language specialists using an inclusionary model. Sunset also has an excellent Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) system. Come see their thriving multicultural school.

Wy’east Middle School

Consistent increases in the ELL population encouraged numerous teachers to become Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) trained & implement SIOP components in the mainstream classrooms. A SIOP coaching team is in the developing stages to provide support. Apple iPads have also been implemented in the ELL classroom, raising the bar in academic language comprehension.