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Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) 2011 Annual Convention and Exhibit

Ernest N. Morial Convention Center & Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel
March 16 - 19, 2011
New Orleans, LA

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Differentiated Instruction Made Easy for Teachers of Adults Learning English (Preconvention Institute)
Differentiated instruction is designed for instructors and teacher trainers intrigued by multilevel lesson planning for adult English language learners with a range of characteristics and goals. Meeting learner needs begins by recognizing differences and adapting instruction. Lesson planning includes a focus on grouping strategies, time management, and ready resources.

Presenter: Sharon McKay
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Convention Center - 216

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Foundations of Adult English Language Acquisition (Preconvention Institute)
This workshop is designed for teachers and trainers to connect classroom practice with research on how adults learn languages. Participants compare first and second language acquisition theories, consider the implications of the interaction hypothesis in the adult ESL classroom, and examine the impact that learner characteristics have on language acquisition.

Presenter: Sarah Young
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Convention Center - 204

What’s Different About Teaching Reading to Students Learning English? (Preconvention Institute)
This institute will provide K-8 educators with an understanding of how successful reading instruction for English language learners (ELLs) differs from instruction for native speakers. The training will explain how the recommendations the National Literacy Panel (2006) have informed reading instruction for ELLs, and will provide effective strategies for ELLs.

Presenter: Betty Ansin Smallwood and Lisa Tabaku
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Convention Center - 205

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Student Talk: Applying Effective Techniques to Improve Oral Proficiency
Active learner participation is a critical element to improving oral proficiency skills. However, most teachers lack the practical experience and proper tools to develop productive “student talk” opportunities in the classroom. The presenters demonstrate practical techniques for developing oral language proficiency.

Presenters include Daniel Lieberson
7:30 - 8:15 am
Hilton - Grand Salon 18

The “E” in ESP for Government and Legal Careers
This session highlights two fields of ESP, law and government service. Speakers describe how they deliver ESP to their particular professional audience through various programmatic and course offerings. Offerings combine advanced professional English language skills and the culture of their profession’s workplace in the United States.

Presenters include Deborah Kennedy
10:00 – 11:45 am
Hilton – Grand Salon 22

Recent Research on Developing Language Skills in Content Classes
Presenters share findings and instructional implications from recent research on teaching methods for English language learners in the middle grades. They identify aspects of academic language that English language learners need for school success and elaborate on methodologies that have proven effective for teaching language skills and content knowledge together.

Presenters include Deborah Short and Julie Mazrum
10:00 – 11:45 am
Hilton – Grand Salon 24

Writing Reflectively About Teaching in an International Community
Reflective writing allows teachers to examine their instructional practice and learn throughout their professional lives. This presentation describes forms of reflective writing used by members of an international community of teachers and researchers, research used to examine growth in learning, and development of community over time.

Presenters include Joy Peyton
10:00 - 10:45 am
Hilton - Fountain

Exploring Elementary ESL Teachers’ Evolving Roles
Today's elementary ESL teaching environment is constantly evolving, with mandates to increase our students' academic achievement. As teachers, we often ask ourselves: What constitutes "best practice" in terms of program models and teacher roles? Come to this session to discuss the results of a teacher survey and add your perspective.

Presenters include Betty Ansin Smallwood
11:00 – 11:45 am
Convention Center - 216

Resources for Strengthening Professional Quality in Adult ESL Instruction
Effective professional development is systematic, ongoing, and addresses the needs of practitioners. Presenters share free online resources, including teacher training materials, instructional and assessment tools, and cultural orientation materials through an interactive approach that guides participants to develop a personalized professional development plan to improve their adult ESL practice.

Presenters: Miriam Burt and Sarah Young
1:00 - 1:45 pm
Convention Center - 212
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Learn more about CAL Solutions: Adult ESL Education.

Implementing ESP Theory in a Career Development Program
The English for Heritage Language Speakers (EHLS) program is unique among ESOL programs in the English language proficiency of participants; curriculum and instructional approach; and accountability measures used. Its structure can inform others interested in English for professional purposes courses that challenge students beyond basic business English.

Presenters include Deborah Kennedy
2:00 – 2:45 pm
Hilton – Grand Salon 22

Professional Development for Experienced Teachers of Adult ESL
Experienced teachers of adult ESL often have access to fewer opportunities for professional development. How do experienced teachers differ from novice teachers? What professional development models can help meet their unique needs? We explore innovative approaches that teachers and administrators can implement individually or within a program.

Presenter: Sharon McKay
2:00 – 2:45 pm
Convention Center - R04

Singable Books: An Engaging Approach to English Language and Literacy
Learn how to engage students, enliven your classroom, and fill your literacy tool kit! This interactive session demonstrates an instructional approach that uses “singable books,” authentic literature, to develop language and literacy skills for English language learners, Pre-K–6. Handouts include an annotated singable book list with more than 100 titles.

Presenter: Betty Ansin Smallwood
2:00 – 2:45 pm
Convention Center - 215

Implementing Evidence-Based, Student-Centered Instructional Practices
Teachers and program administrators are attempting to implement instructional practices that are evidence-based. What does “evidence-based” mean, and what instructional practices are supported by evidence? This session addresses these questions and suggests ways that adult education teachers can determine if their practices are evidence-based in study circles.

Presenters: Joy Peyton and Miriam Burt
3:00 - 3:45 pm
Hilton - Grand Salon 18

Friday, March 18, 2011

Questions About Culture: Email Discussion on Refugees
Overseas Cultural Orientation trainers preparing U.S.-bound refugees for life in the U.S. and domestic service providers have been sharing information about refugee group characteristics and orientation in an electronic discussion group since 2003. What are the issues discussed? What do we need to know about refugees before they arrive?

Presenter: Dani Abrams
7:30 - 7:50 am
Convention Center - 201

Breakfast With TESOL’s Best (ticketed event):
Effective ESL Program Model, K-8: Findings from TESOL’s 2010 Survey

Presenter: Betty Ansin Smallwood
7:30 – 8:15 am
Hilton – Grand Salon 3

A Practical Framework for Including Language Objectives in Content Instruction
Would you like a teacher-friendly framework to assist teachers in integrating language with content instruction? This session presents a tool for linking content and English language proficiency (ELP) standards and objectives, including a focus on academic vocabulary, language structures and differentiated strategies. This is a “must-see” session for all educators.

Presenters include Lisa Tabaku, Betty Ansin Smallwood
11:00 – 11:45 am
Hilton – Oak Alley

A Comparison of Lesson Design From Four Popular Models (poster session)
This poster compares lesson design templates from four models of lesson design (CALLA, CLIL, Enhancing, and SIOP), analyzing them using current SLA research on language teaching. Based on this analysis, the presenters propose that an ecological model of design is needed to address the complex, dynamic nature of language classrooms.

Presenters include Sarah Moore, Laura Wright
12:30 – 1:45 pm
Convention Center – Poster Session Area on Exhibit Floor

Understanding Cultural Diversity Through the Power of Video
The presenter will demonstrate the use of Connecting Diverse Cultures, CAL’s new facilitator’s guide to its Refugee Families & Youth DVD. These resources provide effective and flexible tools to build greater cultural awareness and understanding in K-12 and adult education contexts.

Presenter: Dani Abrams
1:00 - 1:45 pm
Convention Center 203
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Learn more about Connecting Diverse Cultures: A Video Guide for A New Day and Be Who You Are.

Connecting Across Cultures: Parental Involvement Programs for Our Diverse Communities
Would you like to learn innovative practices for involving linguistically and culturally diverse parents of your students in the life of your school? Come to this session to learn how programs from Colorado to Washington, D.C., create opportunities for families to connect with each other and with their school.

Presenters include Lisa Tabaku
4:00 – 5:45 pm
Hilton - Grand Salon 16

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Preparing Learners for Workforce Success: Models, Challenges, and Benefits
This presentation addresses workforce-readiness instruction in three venues: workplace, vocational, and adult ESL classes. Topics include essential components, evidence-based promising practices, strengths and challenges of each program, resources, and issues facing the field. Participants work in small groups or individually to plan for their classes or programs.

Presenters include Miriam Burt
10:00 – 11:45 am
Hilton- Magnolia

It’s Not an Incomprehensible Race: Reading Fluency and English Learners
Reading fluency is much more than reading rate. Come to this session to learn what reading fluency is and how to provide effective, meaningful, and motivating reading fluency instruction and practice for your English language learners. Fluency-building resources are also recommended.

Presenters include Lisa Tabaku
2:00 – 2:45 pm
Convention Center – 216

Working with New Refugee Groups: Strategies and Resources
The U.S. currently receives refugees from over 50 countries, including large groups unfamiliar to U.S. service providers. This workshop will give attendees information on refugee experiences, cultures, and service needs of such groups, including Darfuris from Sudan, various ethnicities from Burma, Bhutanese refugees, and others being resettled in the U.S.

Presenter: Dani Abrams
2:00 - 3:45 pm
Hilton - Chequers

Developing Oral English Proficiency in Adults
Conversational English requires the ability to communicate in a variety of contexts. The presenters share insights from second language acquisition research to develop and implement level-appropriate speaking and listening activities for adults learning English. Participants gain a deeper understanding of oral language proficiency through the lens of communicative language teaching.

Presenters: Bryan Woerner and Sarah Young
3:00 – 3:45 pm
Convention Center – 210

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