Invited Speakers

IEPs and Students: Challenges, Opportunities with Universities, Accreditation, Private Partnerships

This colloquium is a quest for shared perspectives. Using international student access and academic success as the common denominators, the panelists will articulate the various concerns, challenges, and opportunities that intensive English programs (IEPs) face when working with external entities to include the broader university, accrediting agencies, and private sector partners.

Kurk Gayle, Mark Algren, Suzanne Panferov, JoAnn McCarthy, Mary Reeves, Michelle Bell

Personal and Professional Growth Through Life Satisfaction

Life satisfaction occurs when people are engaged in activities that cause them to forget themselves, feel gratitude, lose track of time, and stop worrying. This session focuses on the literature of life satisfaction and makes recommendations on how to increase the "happiness quotient" for TESOL educators.

Presenters: Neil J Anderson, Christine Coombe​

African Storytelling: A Journey Across Borders

This presentation deepens your awareness of the universality of folktales and their vast potential as teaching tools. It encourages listeners to tap into that potential as they experience the power of folktales in the West African oral tradition. The presentation blends stories, poetry, and music, which are three universal languages.

Presenter: Raouf Mama​

People at Risk:  Mobility Beyond Borders

Tsunamis of displaced people seem to be invading their neighbors. When hope is limited, children may be sent alone. Often, women suffer the most. Who receives the status of refugee or asylum seeker? Who is providing help? This talk seeks to summarize the situation in one world region.

Presenter: Earlene Gentry

Do You See Me? Knowing the Reality of Immigrants

This presentation explores the realities of immigrant families in the United States and the effect of home culture and language on how children connect to U.S. schooling. It also provides strategies to connect better to EL families and to transform schools into a culturally responsive community for all members.

Presenter: Christel Broady

The Every-Teacher Challenge for K–12 Schools

ESL specialists alone cannot close the achievement and opportunity gaps for ELLs. However, preparing every teacher requires radical change, starting with how we approach general education colleagues. This session provides concrete recommendations for how to meet the every-teacher challenge based on 15 years of professional development research.

Presenter: Annela Teemant

Rethinking Written Feedback: Theory and Practice

Written feedback is one of the few opportunities where instructors and students interact one-to-one. Given this, it is important to consider how to provide feedback that enhances students’ language development. Drawing on cutting-edge research, this presentation gives tips to practitioners and researchers on how to provide and analyse feedback.

Presenter: Ahmar Mahboob

The Use of Captions: Theoretical and Pedagogical Considerations

This presentation concerns the pedagogical use of captions. The presenters briefly discuss results from studies of foreign language learning and then turn to eye-tracking data from Chinese and Arabic learners of English. Based on eye movement data, they report on how students use captions in an ESL video-based activity.

Presenters: Susan Gass, Paula Winke

Five Essential Tips for Using Songs to Teach English

Do you use songs to teach English? This interactive workshop presents five essential tips for using songs to teach young learners English. Teachers leave the room with a collection of musical games, activities, and techniques that are effective for teaching and practicing the language in songs.

Presenter: Joan Kang Shin

Creating TESOL: Five Fantastic Founders' 50 Years of Forward Reflection

The superheroes of language education: TESOL, CAL, MLA, NCA, NAFSA , and NCTE! Yet before 1966, there was no TESOL. This question and answer opportunity features leaders from each organization. Come discuss how our shared future makes the past relevant as we meet our present needs.

Presenters: Dennis Looney, Emily Kirkpatrick, Jun Liu, Amy Schlessman, Betty Soppelsa, Terry Wiley

50 Years of TESOL Materials for Teaching and Learning Vocabulary

The role of vocabulary in TESOL has gone from subservient to grammar to almost front stage. With so much more practical lexical research, especially in the past 20 years, our vocabulary materials have also changed. But how? In this session, we examine vocabulary teaching materials from 1966 to 2016.

Presenter: Keith Folse

Breaking Borders With Stories: Birth to Death

The purpose of this session is to focus on the power of storytelling to see beyond borders. Storytelling is often used with younger children to develop language and literacy. However, storytelling is also at the heart of being human. This presentation highlights stories from different age groups and cultural contexts.

Presenter: Joan Wink

Preparing English Learners for College and Career Success

Libia Gil, assistant deputy secretary and director of the U.S. Office of English Language Acquisition, provides a national profile with the latest data trends for ELLs, including growth rates, academic performance, and other indicators of status in U.S. schools. In addition, she addresses current U.S. Department of Education priority activities to support ELLs.

Presenter: Libia Gil​

Conflict Zones and Two Teacher Trainers

Danger, colonialism, optimism, privilege, violence, normalcy, and academic tourism: These are themes addressed by two teacher trainers, one from a country recovering from war and working to avoid more, and one dabbling in such places. Together they discuss with attendees their impact in such environments.

Presenter: Eric Dwyer

The Art of the Possible: How Issues Shaped TESOL Presidencies

As leaders, TESOL Presidents are seen as instrumental in setting the association's direction, but actually, the reverse is often the case. Issues happen to presidents. In this colloquium, presidents from various decades discuss how their presidencies were shaped by what was happening in TESOL as a field and as an association.

Presenters: Donald Freeman, Dick Allwright, Deena Boraie, Christine Coombe, Denise Murray, David Nunan