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Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
2010 Convention

Re-Imagining TESOL
Boston Convention and Exhibit Center
March 24-27, 2010
Boston, MA

Visit the TESOL Conference 2010 Web site.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Pre-Convention Institute
What's Different About Teaching Reading to English Language Learners?
This workshop provides K8 educators with an understanding of how successful reading instruction for English language learners (ELLs) differs from reading instruction for native speakers. The presenters explain how the recommendations of the National Reading Panel (2000) and the National Literacy Panel (2006) have informed reading instruction for ELLs, and provide effective strategies to improve instruction for ELLs.

Presenters: Lisa Tabaku, Betty Ansin Smallwood
Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Re-Imagining Multilingual Populations: Moving From Weakness to Strength
After a brief overview of challenges in education programs and communities when English-focused policies and practices hinder the participation and development of multilingual/multicultural populations, presenters describe two programs working to build appreciation for and promote the contributions of all language and cultural groups, and provide guidance for other programs.

Presenters include Joy Kreeft Peyton
Time: 7:30 - 8:15 am
Room: Paine, Westin Hotel

Refugee Orientation to the U.S.: Towards Collaboration and Consistency
Orientation is critical to refugee integration in the U.S., yet often falls through the cracks between service providers. The presenters will discuss different sources and forms of orientation refugees currently receive, and participants will develop plans for collaboration with other stakeholders in successful refugee orientation and integration.

Presenter: Colleen Mahar-Piersma
Time: Time: 10:00 - 11:45 am
Room: Hale, Westin Hotel

Reimaging the Role of the Elementary ESL Teacher
How do we envision diverse roles for elementary ESL teachers across program models for students, based on research and practice? How can teacher education programs best prepare candidates for these roles? Come to this EEIS-TEIS Session to hear and join multiple voices, including ESL teachers, program supervisors, and teacher educators.

Presenters include Betty Ansin Smallwood
Time: 10:00 – 11:45 am
Room: 109 B, Convention Center

Teaching Small Talk: Not a Small Topic
Small talk is an important function in American society, culture, and work. The language is simple, but knowing what, when, and how to use it is complex. The presenter discusses techniques he used to teach small talk to advanced ESL students using dialogues, discourse analysis, and self-reflection.

Presenter: Bryan Woerner
Time: 11:00 – 11:45 am
Room: 157 A, Convention Center

Literature and Technology for Academic Literacy With Beginning ESL Learners
How can you ramp up academic literacy development in beginning ESL learners? This session presents techniques for incorporating authentic literature and technology that move beginning ESL students beyond phonics, decoding, and simple writing patterns into rich, culturally relevant materials. Presenters include an author of young adult books and teacher educators.

Presenters include Deborah Short
Time: 10:00 – 10:45 am
Room: Webster, Westin Hotel

Finding and Evaluating Websites for ESOL Instruction
There are a plethora of ESOL websites to choose from; however, sometimes we are in need of supplementing our lessons with materials that are not specifically designed for ESOL students. The presenters will show how to effectively search for these websites and share a list of website with participants.

Presenter: Bryan Woerner
Time: 3:00 – 3:45pm
Room: 209, Convention Center

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Friday, March 26, 2010

Bookending the Secondary ESL Spectrum: Newcomers and Long-Term Learners
Secondary English language learners (ELLs) are extremely diverse, particularly in terms of literacy skills and prior schooling. Presenters share research findings on the programs and practices in U.S. secondary schools for newcomer and long-term ELLs. Program design, targeted interventions, professional development plans, and effective literacy practices are described.

Presenters include Deborah Short
Time: 11:00 – 11:45am
Room: 253 A, Convention Center

Poster: Information-Gap Tasks in Trigonometry To Develop L2 Academic Language
This poster explores unique variations on two-way information-gap tasks and their outcomes that have been designed by high school mathematics teachers and piloted in several projects across the U.S. to develop and assess grade-level academic mathematics language among L2 learners. Mathematics instructors report the tasks are efficient and effective.

Presenters: Arieh (Ari) Sherris, Katharine Merow
Time: 12:30-1:45 pm
Room: 210 A, Convention Center

Techniques for Supervising, Observing, and Supporting Adult ESL/EFL Teachers
Effective and collaborative teacher supervision involves understanding teacher and learner characteristics and needs, approaching supervision from a developmental rather than evaluative perspective, and engaging in reflective communication. Participants discuss and practice techniques for orienting new teachers, conducting formal and informal observations, and providing feedback to promote quality professional development.

Presenters include Sarah Young, Amber Gallup Rodriguez
Time: 1:00 – 2:45 pm
Room: 157 A, Convention Center

Design and Implementation of State-Sponsored Professional Development
Many state departments of education or labor have begun to plan and offer professional development for adult ESL practitioners in a more systematic way. Presenters review recent statewide projects such as online learning, training of trainers, and data-driven planning that states have implemented, then discuss lessons learned and next steps.

Presenters include Sarah Young, Amber Gallup Rodriguez, Miriam Burt
Time: 3:00 – 3:45 pm
Room: 160 C, Convention Center

What's Different About Teaching Reading to Students Learning English?
This session introduces CAL's Professional development program and services that prepare teachers to help K-8 English language learners (ELLs) read successfully in school. The materials apply key research findings to literacy strategies adapted for ELLs. Participants experience activities and receive sample materials from the Trainer's Manual and Study Guide.

Presenters: Betty Ansin Smallwood, Lisa Tabaku
Time: 3:00 – 3:45 pm
Room: 101, Convention Center

Afternoon Tea with TESOL’s Best
Sheltered Instruction: Professional Development Design and Support
Professional development related to the SIOP Model will be discussed at this session.

Presenter: Deborah Short
Time: 3:00-4:00 pm
Room: Grand Ballroom C, Westin Hotel

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Saturday, March 27, 2010

Observation Tools and Techniques for Administrators and Teachers
This session addresses the needs of elementary ELL teachers who coach administrators to observe classrooms with language learners. Participants will be introduced to background research and key features of a variety of protocols to guide both short and long observations. Examples from ESL, EFL, and content classrooms will abound.

Presenters include Arieh (Ari) Sherris
Time: 10:00 am – 12:45 pm
Room 203

Poster: Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Curricula for Adult English Language Learners
Immigrants are disproportionately affected by crashes between vehicles, pedestrians, and bicyclists. Two new pedestrian and bicycle safety curricula for adult English language learners at the literacy, beginning, and intermediate levels are available free online. These materials transmit safety messages for the family through interactive activities, color photographs, and lively illustrations.

Presenters: Amber Gallup Rodriguez, Sharon McKay
Time: 12:30 – 1:45pm
Room 210 A

Using CAL’s Refugee Families and Youth DVD: A Trainer’s Guide
The presenter will describe and demonstrate use of CAL’s newly developed trainer’s guide to its refugee families and youth DVD, A New Day/Be Who You Are. The guide is designed for use in K-12 and adult education contexts, for both mainstream and English language learners.

Presenter: Dani Abrams
Time: 1:00-1:45 pm
Room: 101, Convention Center

Accelerating Academic Achievement for Secondary English Language Learners
Secondary English language learners, especially those with limited formal education, often struggle with academics. The presenters provide strategies and resources designed to assist the development of academic language and thus closing the achievement gap. Authentic materials from their research connect key points to practice.

Presenters include Deborah Short
Time: 1:00-3:45
Room: 103, Convention Center

Afternoon Tea with TESOL’s Best
Considering Singable Books for Your Language Program

Presenter: Betty Ansin Smallwood
Time: 3:00 – 3:45 pm
Room: Grand Ballroom C, Westin Hotel

Vocabulary Development: Making Grade-Level Content Accessible To ELLs
Presenters guide participants in using a research-based approach to vocabulary instruction that enables ELLs to access the academic language necessary to comprehend grade- level concepts in content areas. Presenters first demonstrate the method of vocabulary development, then show participants how to use the method with their students.

Presenters include Julie Mazrum, Diane August, Lauren Artzi
Time: 3:00 – 4:45pm
Room: 109 A, Convention Center

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