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Tuesday, 21 March

Full Day, 9 am–4 pm

12. Essential Practices for Meeting Common Core Standards in Diverse Classrooms
Target Audience: Elementary and secondary teachers and administrators, professional development providers, program administrators
Skill Level: All levels of expertise

Learn how Los Angeles Unified School District is using strategic observation and reflection teaching frames to support district-wide teacher implementation of the Common Core State Standards and California English Language Development standards. Examine, experience, and develop instructional materials and strategies used to support teachers’ enactment of these high-impact practices and build instructional capacity across school sites.

Presenters: Maricela Sanchez, Los Angeles Unified School District, Los Angeles, California, USA
Isabel Aguirre, Los Angeles Unified School District, Los Angeles, California, USA
Robert Pritchard, Sacramento State University, Sacramento, California, USA
Susan O'Hara, University of California, Davis, California, USA

13. Enriching Learning, Saving Time: Designing Effective Academic Writing Courses
Target Audience: ESOL teachers of adult learners
Skill Level: Pre- or in-service teachers with some knowledge of or experience with teaching L2 writing

Teaching L2 writing is particularly demanding due to the need to provide out-of-class support, respond to drafts, and grade papers. In this workshop, writing instructors learn how to cope with these time demands while simultaneously maximizing their students’ learning. Participants apply 10 recommendations by designing or revising a writing course syllabus.

Read more about this session here.

Presenters: Zuzana Tomaš, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan, USA
Jennifer Mott-Smith, Towson University, Towson, Maryland, USA

14. Essentials of Pronunciation Teaching and Learning
Target Audience: All ESOL professionals
Skill Level: Teachers with limited preparation in teaching pronunciation

Through explanations and demonstrations, participants gain skill and confidence in meeting the challenges of teaching pronunciation to learners from a variety of backgrounds. Participants are familiarized with the core features of pronunciation along with techniques for addressing those elements of speech that have the most impact on overall intelligibility.

Presenters: Donna M. Brinton, Educational Consultant, Beverly Hills, California, USA
Lynn Henrichsen, Brigham Young University, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
Tamara Jones, Howard Community College, Columbia, Maryland, USA
Colleen Meyers, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Carolyn Quarterman, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA

15. Motivation, Participation, and Ongoing All-Skills Practice via Process Drama
Target Audience: All ESOL professionals
Skill Level: All levels of expertise

Recent brain-based research indicates that the partnership of motivation, imagination, movement, and emotion vastly accelerates second language acquisition. The Process Drama approach integrates these four components into extended, multiepisode, improvisational dramatic encounters that develop speaking, listening, grammar, and literacy skills while also ensuring creativity, dynamism, and learner engagement. In this workshop, teachers learn to create effective Process Dramas.

Presenters: Leslie Sapp, Montgomery College, Takoma Park, Maryland, USA
Gary Carkin, Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester, New Hampshire, USA
Judy Trupin, Literacy Assistance Center, New York, New York, USA

16. ELLs, Cultural Competency, and Academic Achievement: What's the Connection?
Target Audience: Pre-K–12 mainstream and ESL educators of ELLs
Skill Level: All levels of expertise

Equality vs equity, language and culture, cultural sensitivity and academic achievement—how do they interrelate? ELLs are the fastest growing student population, and our classrooms are more diverse than ever. What do educators need to do to expand their range of knowledge and skills to meet the needs of today’s students?

Presenters: Giselle Lundy-Ponce, American Federation of Teachers, Washington, DC, USA
Areli Schermerhorn, American Federation of Teachers, Washington, DC, USA
Becky Corr, American Federation of Teachers, Washington, DC, USA
Susan Lafond, American Federation of Teachers, Washington, DC, USA

17. Slow Down: Guide True Beginners to Mastery With Deep Learning
Target Audience: Teachers of literacy-level and very low beginner ESL students
Skill Level: All levels of expertise

True beginners need "deep learning" to reach mastery. Hardworking teachers of beginners need low-prep activities that provide meaningful opportunities for speaking, listening, reading, and writing and offer repetition without boredom. This highly interactive session offers engaging, repeatable classroom routines and activities for literacy-level students and very low beginners.

Presenters: Shelley H. Lee, Wake Technical Community College, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
Laurel Pollard, Educational Consultant, Tucson, Arizona, USA

Half Day, 8 am–12 pm

18. Listen Again: Strategies for an Integrated Approach to Listening Skills
Target Audience: ESL/EFL teachers in IEPs, community colleges, community centers, colleges, or K–12 international programs teaching integrated skills or core curriculum classes; also ESOL educators and teacher trainers
Skill Level: All levels of expertise

This workshop offers a step-by-step approach to teaching listening skills (rather than testing listening ability). Participants practice assessing listening skills and metacognition diagnostically and at semester-end to track improvement. Participants plan lessons using metacognitive listening strategies/checklists, and activities and exercises. The workshop focuses on the aural skills that differentiate listening from reading, which allows learners to comprehend utterance content and speaker intent.

Presenters: Marnie Reed, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Christina Michaud, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

19. Extensive/Intensive Sociocultural Vocabulary Teaching Strategies for Lexical Depth/Breadth
Target Audience: K–12 ESOL teachers
Skill Level: All levels of expertise

Vocabulary is a vital aspect of knowing a language at all levels of second-language acquisition. Presenters demonstrate a sociocultural approach incorporating 32 dimensions of a lexical item, creating opportunities for extensive and intensive vocabulary acquisition (both breadth and depth). Rich handouts provide both personalized and collaborative strategies for repeated vocabulary exposure and self-regulation to promote autonomous and empowered language learning.

Presenters: Lynne Diaz-Rico, California State University, San Bernardino, California, USA
Julie Ciancio, California State University, San Bernardino, California, USA

20. A Lexical Look at Writing Instruction: Empowering the Reluctant Writer
Target Audience: ESOL educators of academic English, high school, and higher levels 
Skill Level: All levels of expertise

Though many writing teachers spend little time on vocabulary development, writing and word learning belong together. Just as fine-tuned word choices enrich and focus one’s writing, the process of writing provides a purpose for vocabulary development. This session helps teachers optimize this reciprocal relationship by exploring engaging techniques for each stage of the writing process.

Presenter: Cheryl Boyd Zimmerman, California State University, Fullerton, California, USA

21. Teaching and Learning 2.0: Developing Engaging, Enriching, and Empowering Lessons
*This PCI is a computer-based workshop and will take place in the Electronic Village.
Target Audience: All ESOL professionals
Skill Level: Basic familiarity using the Internet and with word processing programs

Enrich and empower yourself by discovering and applying best practices for successful online teaching, which in turn will enrich and empower your students. A teacher who took the digital plunge and her teacher-mentor provide perspective and guidance in this experiential, engaging, and hands-on workshop on creating online lessons and activities.

Presenters: Sandy Wagner, Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center, Monterey, California, USA
Debra Josephson Abrams, Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia

22. Scaffolding Close Reading for ELLs
Target Audience: Grades 3–12 ESOL and general education teachers and literacy coaches 
Skill Level: All levels of expertise

This PCI provides research-based methods for ELLs to meet challenging standards in English language arts. Teachers learn scaffolding techniques for providing essential background and for identifying and teaching vocabulary, as well as for accessing and engaging with more complex text during close reading. The session includes ample time for teachers to practice the techniques and to discuss implications for implementation.

Presenter: Lisa Tabaku, American Institutes for Research, Washington, DC, USA

23. Building Educational Communities of Inclusion: Cultural Proficiency and Equity
Target Audience: K–12 ESOL, content, and literacy educators and administrators 
Skill Level: All levels of expertise

Learn effective strategies to create communities of inclusion by promoting cultural proficiency on your campus and/or in your school district. Participants take part in interactive activities that will prepare them to advocate for equity and social justice as a means to create educational access and opportunity for every student, his or her family, and the community they live in.

Presenters: José Medina, Center for Applied Linguistics, Washington, DC, USA
Annie Duguay, Center for Applied Linguistics, Washington, DC, USA

Half Day, 1 pm–5 pm

24. Strengthening Instructions and Programming for Beginning ELLs
Target Audience: K–12 ESOL educators and administrators
Skill Level: All levels of expertise

How can you strengthen instruction and programming for ELLs at the beginning stages? Teachers, specialists, administrators, and stakeholders, join us to explore proven strategies for educating dynamically diverse populations of ELLs. Explore approaches and tools that draw from students, families, and our strengths to create a positive outcome for all.

Presenters: Judie Haynes, everythingESL, Wyckoff, New Jersey, USA
Deborah Zacarian, Debbie Zacarian, Ed.D & Associates, Amherst, Massachusetts, USA

25. Techniques for Teacher Observation, Coaching, and Conferencing
Target Audience: All ESOL professionals
Skill Level: All levels of expertise

This workshop for anyone interested in teacher observation explores guidelines for maximizing the benefits of observations and conferences. Topics include etiquettes of observation, ways of promoting reflection, and techniques for giving useful feedback that recipients can comfortably hear.

Presenter: Christopher Stillwell, University of California, Irvine, California, USA

26. Engagement, Standards, and Hour of Code for Language Teachers
*This PCI is a computer-based workshop and will take place in the Electronic Village.
Target Audience: All ESOL professionals
Skill Level: Basic computer skills

Participants understand standards and principles for 21st-century language learning and how coding may help address them. They learn how to do basic coding and what resources are available to them to suit the coding needs of every context, even limited-technology ones. Participants also receive an Hour of Code completion certificate.

Presenters: Joy Egbert, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington, USA
Seyed Shahrokni, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington, USA
Maysoun Ali, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington, USA
Jouma Debbek, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington, USA
Sarah Debbek, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington, USA
Jamie Jessup, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington, USA

27. Teaching for World Citizenship Through International Themes
Target Audience: All ESOL professionals
Skill Level: All levels of expertise

This workshop demonstrates creative ways to promote world citizenship in your classroom through thematic teaching units designed to foster global awareness and international understanding. Workshop participants learn about the field of global education, study content-based approaches to materials design, experience classroom activities on international themes, and take home an exciting variety of global education resources.

Presenter: Kip A. Cates, Tottori University, Tottori, Japan

28. The GO TO Strategies: Guiding Teachers to Scaffold Content Language
Target Audience: K–12 ESOL professionals
Skill Level: All levels of expertise

This workshop provides hands-on experience with instructional strategy resources for teachers of ELLs. The GO TO Strategies help teachers create scaffolded lessons for ELLs that connect with language proficiency levels and research-based principles. Participants become familiar with the components of the GO TO Strategies, learn how to use the resources, and participate in strategy demonstrations during the workshop.

Presenters: Linda New Levine, ESL/EFL Consultant, Vero Beach, Florida, USA
Laura Lukens, North Kansas City Schools, Kansas City, Kansas, USA

29. Citation Approaches: Selection and Integration of Sources
Target Audience: Grades 7–12 secondary teachers, college writing teachers (undergraduate and graduate)
Skill Level: Some experience with the teaching of writing, especially writing with sources

This workshop is devoted to a crucial area at almost all levels of academic writing: the integration of outside sources into student texts. Participants analyze model texts and work through the process of source-based text production at secondary and college levels.

Presenter: Ann M. Johns, San Diego State University, San Diego, California, USA

30. Developing Academic Discourse Competence Through Formulaic Sequences
Target Audience: High school, community college, IEP, and university instructors, curriculum designers
Skill Level: Basic familiarity with using technology including the Internet

The Academic Formulas List and Phrasal Expressions List include formulaic sequences that build on traditional lists, such as the Academic Word List, to better meet student proficiency needs at the discourse level. Participants investigate the lists; experience collaborative activities designed to assist students in acquisition, including online and corpus-based; and discuss considerations for adaptation and implementation. Step-by-step guides provided.

Note: For this PCI, facilitators will be working with various online tools.  Participants should bring a device with them (preferably laptop or tablet) to access the wifi and explore these online tools.

Presenters: Susanne Rizzo, The American University in Cairo, Cairo, Egypt
Alissa Nostas, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, USA
Mariah J. Fairley, The American University in Cairo, Cairo, Egypt