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TESOL Virtual Convention On-Demand Sessions

All sessions are prerecorded and will be available on 16 July on the event platform. Sessions are subject to change.





Dubbing as a Speaking Practice: EFL Classroom Reflections

Ali Dincer

Dubbing as a practical self-improvement oral communication tool has recently become popular in English classrooms, and various dubbing apps can now help learners. In this session, several tips on the effective use of dubbing apps for improving oral communication skills in EFL classrooms are shared. 

Using Listenwise for Equitable Hybrid & Remote Learning

Monica Brady-Myerov & 
Paul Hernandez

Sponsored by Listenwise

This session will focus on simple, yet rigorous strategies to best support your English learners using podcast lessons in remote and hybrid environments. Listenwise is a great resource to help students hear authentic English, learn new academic vocabulary and learn about relevant topics in the news and in your curriculum.

It’s Better for the Kids: ESL and Mainstream Teachers’ Collaboration

Amanda Giles

This presentation examined how ESL and mainstream teachers’ collaboration influenced language arts and mathematics teachers’ learning to plan for and teach ESL students in mainstream classrooms. Participant outcomes include steps to initiate and sustain collaboration with mainstream teachers as well as cocreated lesson activities for language arts and mathematics.

Help ELLs Succeed! An Introduction to Colorin Colorado


Sponsored by AFT

Since 2004, Colorín Colorado—a free online resource for Pre-K-12 educators and families of ELLs of all language backgrounds—has provided educators and parents with resources on literacy skills, academic content, parent outreach and much much more. Colorín Colorado is co-produced by PBS Station WETA and the AFT.

Fanfiction: Using Students’ Love of Television to Improve Language Skills

Katie Mitchell

This session explore a fanfiction curriculum at an IEP where students use the characters in stories and television shows to create their own original writing and videos. Attendees learn how to implement this integrated skills curriculum and try out some of the most successful activities. 

Social Positioning and ESL Student's Participation in Co-Taught Mainstream Classrooms 

Amanda Giles

This interactive research-oriented presentation shows how ESL and mainstream teachers’ collaboration generated opportunities to reimagine ESL students’ positionings and create equitable opportunities for ESL students in the mainstream classroom. Participant outcomes include practical steps to promote ESL students’ participation with example student work samples for future use.

Peace Corps  and PC Education Programs—Where are we now?

Brock Brady

Sponsored by the Peace Corps

Peace Corps posts are being reopened carefully, with extreme attention to Volunteer health and, 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.

A Narrative Approach to Becoming a Teacher Educator

Amanda Giles

This presentation examined how a practicing ESL teacher renegotiated her teacher identity when she became a part-time teacher educator at a local college in the southeastern United States. Participant outcomes include tools for ongoing reflection and information about how to promote the identity development of teacher educators.

Multiliteracies and Social Justice in the ESL Classroom 

Amanda Giles

Incorporating multiliteracies and social justice-oriented approaches enable learners to draw on multiple linguistic repertoires and multimodal forms to create new meanings and take action to impact their worlds. This interactive presentation offers a literacy lesson that fosters a thematic understanding of multimodal texts and critical thinking in the ESL classroom. 

Training Independent School Content Teachers: Challenges and Successes

Allison Rainville

Content teachers in independent K–12 schools are often subject matter experts but not trained teachers. The presenter talks about a workshop developed for secondary teachers to learn more about supporting international students in their classrooms. Topics covered, hands-on activities, and revision of the workshop over time are discussed.

An Introduction to the TESOL Program at UCLA Extension


Monica Brady-Myerov and Paul Hernandez

Sponsored by UCLA Extension


The online Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Certificate at UCLA Extension prepares teachers to teach English as a Second language to diverse populations of English Learners. The program covers applicable theory in linguistics, second language development, methods in teaching listening, speaking, reading and writing, and cultural competency.


Standards-Based Activities in Meaningful Contexts for Adult Literacy Learners

Betsy Lindeman Wong

In many adult education programs, students with limited or interrupted formal education (SLIFE) make up a significant part of beginner ESL classes. How can instructors address their needs in meaningful ways? See four integrated-skill activities that develop basic literacy, provide content knowledge, and align with the English Language Proficiency Standards.

Multimodal Learning via Voice Thread


Dongmei Cheng


This workshop provides a detailed guide on using VoiceThread in online language classrooms. Participants will learn ways in which VoiceThread can be used for instructors to create and share online lectures, to provide multimedia feedback to students' written or spoken assignments, and to facilitate online student presentations and discussions.  

Introductory Integrated Content and Language Courses for EFL Engineering Freshmen

Eun Gyong (E.G.) Kim, Seonmin Park, and Matthew Baldwin

First-year L2 students need most help in adjusting to their university's EMI environment. This presentation reports how introductory integrated content and language classes helped incoming Korean engineering students to be better prepared for content courses. Those who wish to effectively help L2 students with EMI find this session useful.

Watch and Learn: Video as a Self-Study Tool

Elena Deleyto La Cruz

Video has a secure place in language teaching practice, especially for supporting listening and comprehension skills. But as students increasingly seek blended or autonomous modes, how should learning designers use video media to develop all the skills when creating online self-paced courseware? 

Story Sacks, a Multimodal Vehicle of Narrative for Teaching Young Chinese EFL Learners

Hui Xun

Sponsored by 21st Century English Education Media


Teaching English Newspaper Reading in Chinese Schools

Aiyun Li

Sponsored by 21st Century English Education Media


Developing and Evaluating Writing-to-Learn and Learning-to-Write Assignments

Yashpreet Kaur

In a multilingual writing classroom, writing-to-learn and other low-stakes assignments are sometimes considered busy work, particularly by the learner. This presentation explores two types of assignments, writing-to-learn and learning-to-write, essential for any multilingual writing classroom and provides tips to develop and assess these assignments in a productive way. 

Learning from Student Writing to Develop Effective Peer Review Skills

Kristin Dalby

Peer review has proven advantages for L2 writers, but student perceptions of its usefulness vary. Training students to peer review effectively is necessary, but time-consuming. This presentation demonstrates how student writing samples can be used to effectively train students to distinguish quality academic writing and practice peer review strategies. 

Stand Up and Move: Review Activities That Keep Students Awake

Kitty Purgason

Students need review to acquire vocabulary, grammar, and subject-matter content, but typical review worksheets can put them to sleep. Learn seven ways to get students out of their seats and keep them engaged during review. Techniques work for different sized classes/rooms, include group and individual work, and fit various skills/subjects.

Teaching a Service-Learning Course for International College Students

Levin Arnsperger

The presenter shares experiences teaching a service-learning course at Emory University; all the students were nonnative speakers of English, and they were required to work with different resettlement and refugee organizations each week for the entire semester. The presenter shares observations and impressions, plus the students' feedback.

An IEP Practice to Advance Language Assessment Literacy

Lauren Rein-Hamberg

Language assessment literacy (LAL) is essential but is perhaps inhibited by policy or lack of education. A U.S. IEP integrated LAL teacher training to encourage introspection and discussion on assessment practices. Modeled after LAL research, the framework of this PD can be replicated to engage pedagogical reflection for teachers.

Task-Based Training for Task-Based Teachers: A Case Study in Honduras

Lara Bryfonski

This session describes a task-based training program for novice EFL teachers in Honduran bilingual schools and presents on the task-oriented nature of the training and the aspects of training teachers found most and least useful. It concludes with resources and tips for educators implementing TBLT training programs in similar contexts.

Using Technology to Empower International University Students with Disabilities

Matthias Maunsell

Technology is a great equalizer and empowers international ESL students with disabilities in higher education. This presentation informs on the challenges these students face at university, identifies the technological resources available to them, and highlights the role institutional training plays in adopting appropriate technological tools to ensure success for all.

Professional Development for University Faculty on Working with International Students

Melissa Hawkins

Pathways programs and conditional admission agreements lead to classrooms wherein university faculty may teach students who are still definitive English language learners. Learn an outline for a training module taught at a large American university for faculty that emphasizes not only cross-cultural understanding but practical teaching tips.

Applying The 6 Principles® to EAP and ESP Settings

Robyn Brinks Lockwood & Deborah Short

Join us for an overview of the newest 6 Principles® book! Explore implementation of each principle in various EAP and ESP settings, with specific examples teachers can use in their own classrooms. Teachers will be able to form an action plan for immediate practice of The 6 Principles.

Experiences of LGBTQ+ Learners in English Classrooms of Turkey

Ozge Guney and Ali Fuad Selvi

Recognizing the diversity of sociosexual identities in the classroom, this presentation unpacks (1) the micro environment of the classrooms, (2) patriarchal and conservative cultural context, and (3) the nationalist and religious educational policies in exploring the experiences of LGBTQ+ learners and their teachers at institutions of higher education in Turkey.

The Transferrable Learning Circle (TLC): Holistic and Sustainable English Lessons

Paul John Meighan

This presentation introduces the Transferrable Learning Circle (TLC) and five key principles for holistic and sustainable ESL/EFL lessons: (i) a holistic approach, (ii) schema activation, (iii) multimodality, (iv) critical literacy, and (iv) sustainability. A mini-unit on a climate change text demonstrates how TLC can be applied in the classroom.

Tiered Support for ELs with Disabilities: Tips from Special Education

Lara Ravitch and Maiko Hata

Although learners with disabilities are found in almost every higher education ELT context, they frequently lack diagnoses and are thus poorly served by existing supports. This session explains how ESL programs in higher education can adapt the response to intervention approach from K–12 programs for use in their context.

Everyday Digital Citizenship in the Adult ESL Classroom

Rita Van Dyke-Kao & Laura Jacob

Are you empowering your 21st-century students to become digital citizens who are active and ethical participants in the global community? Come learn and discuss how all instructors can be intentional about regularly incorporating effective and engaging digital citizenship activities in the adult ESL classroom.

Blended Learning Design and Implementation for an ITA Pronunciation Class

Stacy Suhadolc, Erica Fleming, and Dave Sandor

ITA and/or pronunciation courses cannot always address the individual needs of their students.  Attendees learn how an ITA instructor consulted with instructional designers at a university to develop supplemental blended learning modules for segmental and suprasegmental instruction.  Attendees also learn best practices for designing such modules.

Instructional Design: An Alternate Career Path for TESOL Professionals

Sharon Tjaden-Glass

For TESOL professionals who need to retool their careers because of layoffs or teacher burnout, the in-demand field of instructional design can provide an alternate career path. In this session, participants learn about the additional qualifications and skills that TESOL professionals need for instructional design jobs.

Reading Wheels:  Helping Learners Develop Critical Thinking and Autonomy

Maria Snarski

In this session, the presenter demonstrates a learning wheel developed expressly to help reluctant readers become more independent and thoughtful consumers of text. The learning wheel provides clear pre-, while-, and postreading questions for use with any text to guide students toward active rather than passive reading.

Flipgrid: Connecting the World Through Engaging Online Discussions

Suzanne Bardasz

Online discussion forums are an essential tool. However, new video apps such as Flipgrid have made online discussions more creative and authentic. This presentation describes how Flipgrid can be used to make discussions engaging inside and outside the classroom, as well as connect with others from around the world.

Chinese Students’ English Names as a Sign of Cultural adaptation

T. Leo Schmitt


Investigating Applied Synesthesia for Foreign Vocabulary Learning

Tom Court

Learn how the principles of applied synesthesia can be used to make L2 vocabulary learning more meaningful and memorable.

Native Speakerism: Discriminatory Employment Practices in Polish Language Schools 

Tomasz Paciorkowski 

The presentation reports the results of a mixed-methods study conducted to provide insight into the situation of NNEST in Polish language schools. The findings revealed that though present, the current definition of the native speakerism ideology has to be altered as no methodological superiority was ascribed to native speakers. 

Task-Design Considerations for Intercultural Learning via Telecollaboration

Veronica G. Sardegna and Vera Dugartsyrenova

The study discussed explores the value of an approach to developing preservice language teachers’ intercultural knowledge and skills via telecollaboration by exploring their opinions regarding the approach and examining their spoken discourse during intercultural communication. Task-design considerations found to promote the emergence and potential development of intercultural learning actions are discussed. 

Equitable Access to Mandated Language Arts Curriculum Units

Yvonne Freeman, Mary Soto, and David Freeman

Teachers face the challenge of teaching literacy to ELs using a language arts curriculum designed for native English speakers. The presenters describe an approach that engages ELs in a commonly taught seeds and plants unit. The students develop English proficiency during seed growth experiments, graphing, charting, and book production.

Zoom Interviews for Functional Language Skills 

Sarah Lowen, Katherine Meren-Fuchtman and Katy Meren Fuchtman

Zoom is a current, popular platform for making conference calls that can include video, allow screen sharing, and enable recording. This session will outline how to use it in your classroom for one-on-one interviews and group discussions for targeting specific speech functions. 

Improving Writing Through Collaboration Facilitated by Google Docs

Carlos Alvarez

The presentation demonstrates how to use Google Docs for teachers to empower students' writing skills in a collaborative and critical thinking way inside and outside the classroom. Participants will learn how to apply Google Docs for collaborative writing projects, and how to provide authentic feedback by using this software. 

#LearnAndApply: Using Social Media for Language and Content Application

Crystal Bock Thiessen

This presentation will demonstrate how to set up a social media project for unit or semester-long content and language review. Participants will learn how to guide students in social media posts that will improve their skills in summarizing knowledge, enhancing language with imagery and new vocabulary, and applying critical thinking.

Using Edpuzzle to Provide Presentation Feedback

Belinda Braunstein 

Do your students give presentations in class? Would you like to be able to provide feedback throughout a presentation instead of at the end? The speaker demonstrates how to use the free program Edpuzzle to easily insert audio and written comments and quizzes for students throughout videos of their presentations.

Flipgrid.com + Smart Phones = Effective Speaking Assessment

Randall Davis

Assessing students' speaking skills can be a challenge for many teachers because of the daunting logistics of administering speaking tests. In this session, discover some concrete ideas on how to evaluate your students' speaking progress in specific and measurable ways using smartphones and the online service, Flipgrid.

Improving Language Skills Through a Social Learning Online Platform, Flipgrid: Tips for Video Blogging for Second Language Learners

Min-Sun Kim

This presentation will discuss ways to incorporate video blogging to the classroom through Flipgrid. At this social learning online platform, students not only record their short videos but also view their classmates' and leave recorded reply comments. Related technology, student samples, and topics for video blogging will be shared.

Poetry Collage via Free App: Video, Voice, Music, Text, Photos

Alison Koushki and Alaa Dehrab 

Poetry is in the language education spotlight. A free, easy mobile app allows students to create a multimodal video, poem comprising voice synced with text, music, photos and video clips.  Attendees will draft a simple acrostic verse, download the mobile app, and create a multimodal poetry collage as students would. 

Encourage Learner Autonomy with H5P

Rachel Kraut

This workshop introduces participants to a free tool called H5P. H5P is a cloud-based platform where teachers can create, share, and re-use interactive HTML5 content without coding skills. Participants will create virtual language learning activities that encourage learner autonomy, embed them in a course management system, and share with colleagues.

Teach from Anywere at Anytime with Screencast-o-matic  

Diego Navarro Petit

This presentation will demonstrate how Padlet, an online bulletin board, has been used by the presenters in their classrooms as a writing tool to engage written communication and collaborative projects. It will also provide the attendees with ideas on the many ways it can be used in their language classrooms.  

Vocabulary Tech-Tools that Lead to Meaningful Learning and Positive Emotions

Monica Flores

In this session, the facilitator will discuss the use of technology to teach vocabulary, the various ways the brain receives and processes new information, and how to make new information meaningful and more memorable as well as fun. After this rationale, participants will experience all three technological tools through a quick overview and individual, pair, or group activities.

Fireside Chat on Distance Learning

Jun Liu and Cindy Mi

Sponsored by VIPKID

Dr. Jun Liu, VIPKid Chief Academic Officer, President of the VIPKid Research Institute, and Past President of TESOL talks with VIPKid Founder and CEO Cindy Mi about her vision to build a global classroom, elevate online teaching, and increase access to and equity in distance learning. He also chats with Amy White, a teacher from the VIPKid platform, who talks about being an online educator and shares her perspectives, challenges, and solutions to inspire teachers of English to speakers of other languages.