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Nebraska Education Conference 2010

October 21-22, 2010
Kearney, NE

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Developing Oral Proficiency of Adults Learning English
Developing strong oral proficiency skills is often the main goal for adults learning English. However, students need to be able to speak, understand, and be understood in many contexts outside of the classroom such as work, at a doctor’s office, or accessing community services. The presenter shares key points from research and second language acquisition theory that support the communicative approach to language instruction– specifically, a focus on interaction (input and output) and communication (focus on meaning) in the classroom to improve students’ speaking and listening skills. Participants will gain tools and knowledge for developing instructional activities in their classroom to improve oral proficiency.

Presenter Bryan Woerner
10:45 – 11:45 am
Location: Holiday Inn Room C

Thursday, October 21, 2010

BEST Plus Focus Session
In this focus session, CAL and Nebraska’s BEST Plus trainers will be reviewing the BEST Plus testing procedures including proper set up for both the computer and print-based versions, having the rubric out and available during testing, and delivering the prompts as written. The presenters will model proper testing procedures during live administrations of the test with actual student volunteers. The presenters will also review the basics of the BEST Plus Score Management Software including printing score reports, editing information, and backing up data. Scoring BEST Plus will not be addressed during this session. Questions from participants will be addressed during the session.

Presenters include: Bryan Woerner
Time: 8:00 am – 11:00 am
Location: Holiday Inn Room C

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