Tuesday, 21 March

Full Day, 9 am–4 pm

1. Beyond the Basics of Pronunciation Teaching and Learning
Target Audience: All ESOL professionals
Skill Level: Teachers with limited preparation in teaching pronunciation

Novice and experienced teachers alike — add pronunciation techniques and activities to your existing toolbox for teaching pronunciation to learners from diverse backgrounds. Recognized experts familiarize you with core pronunciation features, demonstrate innovative, multi-sensory techniques for addressing features that impact learners’ intelligibility, and help you successfully integrate pronunciation into your curriculum.

Presenters: Donna M. Brinton, Educational Consultant, Los Angeles, California, USA; Barry D. Griner, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, USA; Carolyn Quarterman, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, USA; and Brian Teaman, Osaka Jogakuin College, Osaka, Japan

2. Up Your Game: Teaching and Engaging Your Students Through Play
Target Audience: All ESOL professionals
Skill Level: All levels of expertise

In this interactive workshop, presenters will introduce a variety of dynamic games for students of all levels and ages. Participants will take on the student’s role in playing high-tech, low-tech, and no-tech games, and they will leave with a grab-bag of highly engaging games for instructional use in the classroom.

Presenters: Lisa Craven, Rice University, Sugar Land, Texas, USA; and Troi Ferguson, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

3. Summative Observation: Cultivating a More Positive, Productive, Motivating Evaluation Culture
Target Audience: All ESOL professionals
Skill Level: All levels of expertise

Participants in this experiential workshop explore fact-based observation, positive language, scenarios, and useful tools to transform the thorny summative observation process into an inspiring, productive professional development opportunity, one where collaboration is practiced, and both observed and observing teachers improve their skills. Hands-on practice included and tested materials are shared.

Presenter: Laura Holland, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon, USA

4. Planning for the Success of ELLs in School-What Works?
Target Audience: All ESOL professionals
Skill Level: All levels of expertise

Participants will examine research-based strategies and approaches to assist English learners in navigating school culture.  Participants will gain a deeper understanding of how language development affects instruction and learning at different proficiency levels and experience a variety of strategies and modifications that can be strategically applied to lesson plans. 

Presenter: Giselle Lundy-Ponce, American Federation of Teachers (AFT), Washington, DC, USA

5. Identifying, Referring and Servicing Dually Identified EL/SpEd Students
Target Audience: All ESOL professionals
Skill Level: All levels of expertise

Participants will leave with tools to use to appropriately refer ELs to SpEd and review steps educators can take to ensure EL referrals to special education are appropriate. Participants will also leave with tools to support writing IEP goals that meet the language proficiency need of the dually identified student.

Presenters: Lynda Idle, Colorado TESOL, Denver, Colorado, USA; and Fran Herbert, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA

Half Day, 8 am–12 pm

6. Creating a Successful Program to Address Newcomer and SIFE Learners
Target Audience: All ESOL professionals
Skill Level: All levels of expertise

Newcomer programs are specially designed programs for new arrivals with little or no English, and often interrupted native language education.  The presenters share and the participants learn how to implement successful practices from program design to access to content, building literacy and numeracy, and collaboratively building learner resilience.  

Presenters: Brenda Custodio, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA; and Judith B. O'Loughlin, Language Matters Education Consultants, LLC, San Ramon, California, USA

7. Sheltered Instruction and Writing: A Winning Combination for Content Area Teachers
Target Audience: All ESOL professionals
Skill Level: All levels of expertise

One reason why content teachers have difficulty incorporating writing is that they are not sure how to approach it; this is especially true when teaching language learners. Should writing instruction center on mechanics or composition? This workshop looks at the sheltered instruction approach and how it empowers content area writing.  

Presenter: Marybelle Marrero-Colon, Center for Applied Linguistics, Washington DC, USA

8. Empowering Learners: Promoting Fluency in All Skills from the Beginning
Target Audience: All ESOL professionals
Skill Level: All levels of expertise

Fluency-building activity is largely missing in the language classroom, and yet research suggests it should be included in the curriculum. In this workshop, using research-based principles, participants will engage in and evaluate fluency-building activities for each skill and leave ready to empower students at every level with fluency.

Presenter: Doreen E. Ewert, University of San Francisco, San Francisco, California, USA

9. Power of Collaboration: Developing Sustainable EL Coaching Programs
Target Audience: All ESOL professionals
Skill Level: All levels of expertise

Implementing best practices of EL/ML Coaching is crucial for district’s ability to support classroom teachers of diverse Multilingual Learners. Presenters share their insights into how research-based teacher collaboration models are applied in practice. This session is of special interest to anyone involved in professional development of classroom teachers of ELs.

Presenters: Svetlana Nuss, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Alaska, USA; Tracy Tabor, Greater Clark County Schools, Jeffersonville, Indiana, USA; and Diana Bayona, Union Public Schools, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA 

10. Looking Back: Reflecting on Our Teaching Careers
Target Audience: All ESOL professionals
Skill Level: All levels of expertise

After a brief presentation of my teaching experience, participants will reflect on their own careers, using materials I’ll provide. They will each then present a short, informal “retrospective” on their teaching. This will be followed by discussion, allowing connections among educators’ experiences, building vivid take-home practices for classrooms and CPD.  

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

Half Day, 1–5 pm

11. Upcycling Your Courses with Open Access and Educational Resources
Target Audience: All ESOL professionals
Skill Level: All levels of expertise

This hands-on PCI will highlight the benefits of open access and education resources (OER).  Presenters will showcase examples from developed courses and participants will then create their own lessons. Participants will receive access to a shared Google folder archiving the PCI presentation, example units, OER resources for all skill areas.

Presenters: Judith Otterburn-Martinez, Atlantic Cape Community College, Northfield, New Jersey, USA; and Susan DePhilippis, Atlantic Cape Community College, Mays Landing, New Jersey, USA

12. Decoding Misinformation: Media Literacy as Empowerment in Language Classrooms
Target Audience: All ESOL professionals
Skill Level: All levels of expertise

Misinformation in popular media has created an imperative for teaching critical media literacy skills that prepare students to be informed global citizens. Language learning classrooms are ideal sites for interrogating media while simultaneously developing linguistic skills. Participants in this workshop will design activities that weave media literacy into language lessons.

Presenter: Carla Chamberlin, The Pennsylvania State University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

13. Classroom Strategies to Create Equity for Vulnerable EL Learners
Target Audience: All ESOL professionals
Skill Level: All levels of expertise

Who are vulnerable EL learners? While participating in an interactive workshop, discover more including: 1) What makes them unique from other students, 2) Where and how they struggle, and 3) What educators can do to advance these learners. Attendees will also leave with numerous strategies for their own educational setting.  

Presenters: Jana Moore, Prince William County Schools, Manassas, Virginia, USA; and MaryJane Boynton, Parkside Middle School, Manassas, Virginia, USA

14. Talking (and analyzing) Pragmatics with Students: Meta-pragmatics and Embodied Prosody
Target Audience: All ESOL professionals
Skill Level: All levels of expertise

This PCI focuses on "dialogic” meta-pragmatic analysis, where instructor and students together, analyze pragmatic aspects of conversations that students have just participated in. That is done by first producing rich, conversational interaction which is then analyzed and embodied to be remembered using, in part, haptic pronunciation teaching prosodic techniques.

Presenters: William Acton, Trinity Western University, Langley, BC Canada; and Angelina Van Dyke, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC Canada

15. Techniques for Teaching Content Through English
Target Audience: All ESOL professionals
Skill Level: All levels of expertise

Teaching content through English (e.g., CBI, English as medium of instruction) in higher education offers opportunities, but risks abound. Participants learn ways to maximize benefits by designing "high structure" courses that maintain rigor while making effective use of class discussions and peer interaction to support language and content learning.

Presenter: Christopher Stillwell, Saddleback College/UC Irvine, Irvine, California, USA