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Monday, 20 March

Half Day, 1 –5 pm

1. Listening 2.0: University Listening in the Digital Era
Target Audience: ESOL professionals working in IEPs or EAP programs
Skill Level: All levels of expertise

In this workshop, participants learn how to incorporate problem solving activities in their listening classes so their students can develop listening-to-learn tools. Using these tools, ELLs will engage in an active process of understanding difficult listening passages and interact more deeply in understanding a listening passage.

Presenters: Jim Bame, Utah State University, Logan, Utah, USA
Jim Rogers, Utah State University, Logan, Utah, USA

2. Teaching Critical Thinking to ELLs
Target Audience: ESOL educators in middle school, high school, college, and adult programs
Skill Level: All levels of expertise

Critical thinking is growing in necessity and demand around the world, but few texts discuss teaching it to ELLs. This workshop defines critical thinking, shows how to design exercises for any skill (intermediate and above students), and discusses problems that might arise with pupils from educational systems emphasizing memorization and regurgitation and/or from systems with authoritarian and repressive policies.

Presenter: Nancy Burkhalter, Seattle University, Seattle, Washington, USA

3. Engaging Secondary School Language Learners Through Media Literacy Activities
Target Audience: Middle and high school teachers and ESOL educators
Skill Level: All levels of expertise

This workshop focuses on development of media literacy activities for secondary school language learners. Participants gain an understanding of media literacy as a natural extension of language teaching that integrates linguistic and cultural learning. Participants leave with lists of resources for continued media literacy education and drafts of lesson plans for their classrooms.

Presenter: Carla R. Chamberlin-Quinlisk, The Pennsylvania State University, State College, Pennsylvania, USA

4. Supporting Students with Interrupted Education
Target Audience: Elementary and secondary teachers and teacher educators
Skill Level: All levels of expertise

Students with interrupted education constitute up to 20% of new arrivals at the P–12 level in the United States. Who are these students, where do they come from, what are the causes of their interrupted education, and, most important, what can we as educators do to help these students make up for lost time? In depth and interactive workshop.

Presenters: Judith O'Loughlin, Language Matters, LLC, San Ramon, California, USA
Brenda Custodio, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA

5. From Bystander to Active Participant: Interaction Strategies for Effective Communication
Target Audience: ESOL teachers of adult learners
Skill Level: All levels of expertise

ESL students can sometimes feel left behind when conversations take off. This workshop offers a variety of interaction strategies to help nonnative English speakers become more active listeners and more engaging conversationalists in and out of the classroom. Participants practice these strategies in role-plays, small and large group discussions, small talk, and storytelling.

Presenters: Cathy Raymond, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Pamela Dzunu, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Mica Tucci, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Stephanie Moore, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, USA

6. Effective Lesson Observation Practices: More Than Meets the Eye
Target Audience: Directors of study, supervisors, mentors, peer coaches, department heads, deputy principals, teacher educators
Skill Level: Some experience in lesson observation

In this PCI, participants explore ways to maximize the impact of lesson observation both in pre- and in-service contexts. Lesson observation is one of the most widespread practices for assessing teachers. Doing so in a principled and teacher-oriented manner will guarantee that a lesson observation session becomes a productive learning intervention for the observer and the teacher.

Presenter: Gabriel H. Diaz Maggioli, National Teacher Education College, Montevideo, Uruguay

Half Day, 5 pm–9 pm

7. A Sound Approach to Spelling: Engage and Empower Your Learners
Target Audience: Elementary school teachers, adult education instructors, teacher educators
Skill Level: All levels of expertise

English spelling is conventionally taught as a series of rules, each with exceptions that must be memorized. Using the Color Vowel Chart, learners take a sound-based approach, connecting pronunciation to the written word as they discover unexpected spelling patterns and striking trends. Learn how implementing this profoundly simple approach inspires curiosity and empowers learners to develop their own speaking–spelling intuition.

Presenters: Karen Taylor, English Language Training Solutions, Takoma Park, Maryland, USA
Robin Barr, American University, Washington, DC, USA
Shirley Thompson, English Language Training Solutions, Washington, DC, USA
Laura McIndoo, Central New Mexico Community College, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
Michael Conners, E.L. Haynes Public Charter School, Washington, DC, USA

8. Designing Interactive Classrooms: Discussion Strategies for ELLs
Target Audience: ESOL teachers of adult learners
Skill Level: All levels of expertise

Student-centered learning has been shown as the best way to teach language. However, integrating activities that incorporate this type of learning can be challenging. In this workshop, specific methods, such as Harkness and fishbowl discussions, panels, and debates, are described and demonstrated as attendees participate in the methods in order to understand how to use them within their own classrooms.

Presenter: Paula Wilder, Durham Technical Community College, Durham, North Carolina, USA

9. Using Songs and Music 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 even CCSS planning and test preparation. Come ready for interaction and inspiration.

Presenter: Kristen Lems, National Louis University, Chicago, Illinois, USA

10. Teaching Writing in the ESOL Classroom: Handling the Workload
Target Audience: High school, university, and ESOL teachers or curriculum planners
Skill Level: All levels of expertise

Teaching writing in the ESOL classroom needn't be frustrating or time consuming. This PCI focuses on three issues: teaching writing, giving effective feedback, and maintaining student interest in writing. Participants build up and take home the scaffolding they need to teach writing in their own classrooms, along with the ideas, materials, and confidence to do it well.

Presenter: Melanie Rockenhaus, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Italy

11. Empowering Long-Term ELs: Responsive Programming and Specialized Academic Strategies
Target Audience: Secondary teachers, teacher trainers, and higher education instructors involved with long-term ELs
Skill Level: All levels of expertise

This highly interactive workshop addresses the urgency to create specialized coursework and to use specific research-based strategies known to move secondary long-term ELs to proficiency in academic English, whether in integrated or stand-alone classes. Attendees practice innovative strategies that promote engagement, rich academic vocabulary, and control of complex structures across the content areas. Participants also receive supportive resources.

Presenters: Elizabeth Hartung-Cole, Retired, Topsham, Maine, USA
Nancy Cloud, Rhode Island College, Providence, Rhode Island, USA