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Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) 2012 International Convention

March 28 – 31, 2012
Philadelphia, PA
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Tuesday, March 27, 2012
K-12 Day: Engaging ELLs in the Mainstream

Classic ESL Strategies: Integrating Academic Language, Literacy, and Thinking Skills
This presentation engages participants in productive, tried-and-true ESL strategies that develop academic language and literacy for K-12 ELLs (and other students, too). Participants experience research-based strategies (e.g., Teach the Text Backwards, Text to Graphics and Back Again, and Language Experience Approach) through hands-on activities.

Presenter: Betty Ansin Smallwood
10:45 am - 12:15 pm
Convention Center 115B

Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Preconvention Institutes

What's Different About Teaching Reading to Students Learning English?
This lively pre-conference institute will provide participants with an understanding of how successful reading instruction for English Learners (ELs) differs from reading instruction for proficient English speakers. Participants will come away from the institute with a wealth of new insights and strategies for teaching reading to students learning English in their classrooms.

Presenters: Lisa Tabaku and Betty Smallwood
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Convention Center - 116

Building Reading Skills Using Authentic Materials
How can practitioners equip learners with reading skills needed for success in the workplace? Participants learn about evidence-based resources; practice evidence-based activities to build learners’ alphabetic and word analysis, fluency, vocabulary, and reading comprehension skills; and, using authentic workplace materials, develop activities to address learner needs.

Participants will

  • learn about evidence-based resources on teaching adult English language learners to read
  • practice evidence-based activities using authentic workplace materials such as emails, charts, graphs, memos, and forms; and
  • work collaboratively or independently as appropriate to  develop and share reading activities that address their learners and their instructional contexts.

Presenters include Miriam Burt
1:00 – 5:00 pm
Convention Center – 103C

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Preparing Teachers to Use the SIOP Model
This session introduces CAL’s enhanced resource, Using the SIOP Model: Professional Development Manual for Sheltered Instruction, designed for educators who plan to teach others to use the SIOP Model in their classrooms. The presenter highlights resources from the manual and other SIOP tools for teachers.

Presenter: Jennifer Himmel
10:00 – 10:45 am
Convention Center - 202A

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Promoting Multiculturalism in the Classroom
The presenter will demonstrate activities from Connecting Diverse Cultures, CAL’s facilitator’s guide to the Refugee Families & Youth DVD. These resources provide effective and flexible tools to build cultural understanding in K-12 and adult education and can be accompanied by the professional development workshop, Multiculturalism in the Classroom.

Presenter: Dani M. Abrams
10:00 – 10:45 am
Convention Center – 118C

Implementing Evidence-Based Instructional Practice with Adult Learners
What is “evidence-based” practice and how can practitioners examine and shape their practice in light of evidence? Participants learn about sources of evidence in adult education, discuss how to modify evidence-based activities for their instructional context, and develop strategies for reviewing and applying evidence to their instruction.

Presenters: Joy Kreeft Peyton, Miriam Burt
10:00 – 11:45 am
Convention Center - 105B

Putting Language Objectives into Practice in Secondary Content Courses (Secondary Academic Session)
Effective content lessons for adolescent English learners have always included language objectives. Yet, how do teachers in secondary classrooms include language objectives in purposeful and meaningful ways? This panel focuses not only on writing relevant objectives but, more importantly, on ensuring that language objectives are addressed and addressed effectively. 

Presenters include Lisa Tabaku, Deborah Short
1:00 - 3:45 pm
Marriott - Franklin 4

Friday, March 30, 2012

Integrating Academic Language Schoolwide: A Curriculum and Professional Development Intervention
Presenters share findings and classroom applications from a schoolwide intervention study that integrated academic language with social studies, science, math, and language arts for a national research center. This colloquium describes the intervention, the integrated curricula, and SIOP professional development and coaching that supported implementation in eight middle schools.

Presenters include: Deborah Short, Diane August, Jennifer Himmel
3:00 – 4:45 pm
Convention Center - 113A

Use of Video and Digital Media With Refugee Populations
The purpose of this intersection is to discuss the importance of media in learning. The presenters showcase media tools that provide information, support, and education for those working with refugee populations. Presentations include video and web-based learning materials that attendees can use in their own work across diverse groups.

Presenters include: Sanja Bebic
3:00-4:45 pm
Marriott - Franklin 4

ONPAR Science: Next Generation Testing for ELs
Computers are a promising technological tool for the next generation of assessments (Plank, Norton, Arraez, & Washington, 2011); not only do they provide an expedient way to disseminate and score assessments, but students have also been shown to respond favorably to them (Abedi, 2010). ONPAR is an innovative computerized assessment that utilizes numerous computer capabilities such as color graphics, animation, and sound.  It has been designed with English learners (ELs) in mind, incorporating help features to make content comprehensible.

ONPAR’s development process incorporated cognitive interviewing (Ericsson & Simon, 1993; Almond, et al., 2009) to investigate how students understood and interacted with novel items. A total of 57 interviews were conducted in Virginia in spring, 2010 with high school biology and chemistry students.

In this presentation, we discuss the relative success of various computerized features, how students interacted with graphics, language, and sound, and whether students understood and reasoned through the items as intended by measurement goals. We provide recommendations for making computerized assessments comprehensible to all students, and areas which may need further research, especially for ELs.

Presenters include: Laura Wright
4:00 – 4:45 pm
Marriott – Franklin 2

Reflective Writing in Teacher Practice
Reflective writing allows teachers to document and examine their instructional practice and learn throughout their professional lives. This presentation demonstrates how teachers can start reflective writing practices alone and with their colleagues and students, with concrete examples of practices used by the presenters over a number of years.

Presenters include: Joy Peyton
4:00 – 4:45 pm
Convention Center - 105 B

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Enhancing Oral Proficiency Through the Effective Use of Language Buddies
Students often lack opportunities to develop their language skills and to put them into practice in the classroom. This session is targeted toward community college and adult ESL instructors who are interested in developing a language buddy program and “conversation communities” to provide students the opportunity to more fully develop their language skills outside of the classroom. The language buddy program provides adult English language learners with the opportunity to practice and improve their oral proficiency skills with native English speaking peers, who in turn receive foreign language practice and cultural exchange from the student who is learning English.

Presenters:  Daniel Lieberson, Inge Siggelkow
7:30 - 7:50 am
Convention Center - 106-A

Overseas and Domestic Orientation for Refugee Youth
Schools in the U.S. serve many refugee youth, including those unfamiliar with U.S. customs and institutions. This workshop will describe the orientation refugee youth receive before arriving in the United States as well as after resettlement. Participants will also discuss ways to facilitate integration of refugee youth into U.S. schools.

Presenters: Sanja Bebic, Colleen Mahar-Piersma, Dani M. Abrams
10:00 – 11:45 am
Convention Center – 204C

Research-Based Practices for Developing Vocabulary Through Engaging Read-Alouds
Participants learn to implement a research-based approach for developing vocabulary with ELLs through read-alouds of high-quality children’s literature. Presenters demonstrate the method for identifying and teaching high-frequency academic vocabulary and then guide participants in using the approach, which includes multimodal vocabulary instruction and a variety of reinforcement activities.

Presenters: Diane August, Lauren Artzi, Lindsey Massoud
10:00 – 11:45 pm

Convention Center 111B

Preparing Adult Learners: What Do We Need to Do?
This paper identifies and compares the English language skills (reading and writing) addressed in ABE/ESL instruction to the English language skills (reading and writing) addressed in college entrance exams; analyzes gaps between these two areas; and proposes strategies for addressing the gaps in ESL/ABE teacher training and instructional practice. It is one paper in the Adult Education Academic Session on Preparing Adult Learners for Academic: What Do We Need to Do?, which will examine the skills that learners need to succeed in academic courses of study and then give practical suggestions on designing transitional curricula, planning and delivering instruction, and finding appropriate materials.

Presenters: Sarah Young, Joy Peyton
10:00 am – 12:45 pm
Marriott - Franklin 6

Literacy Development in Secondary Newcomer Programs for English Language Learners (poster)
This poster presents findings from a 3-year study that surveyed secondary school newcomer programs for ELLs in the United States and conducted case studies on 10 promising programs. ESL and bilingual models, classroom practices promoting basic and content-area literacy development, and supports for transitions to regular school programs are described.

Presenter: Deborah Short
12:30 – 1:45 pm
Convention Center – Poster Session Area

Excellence in Action: Transforming the Curriculum Through Multicultural Children’s Literature
This workshop features the transformative approach to incorporating multicultural children’s literature into instruction and curriculum. Using innovative, interactive materials, participants engage in elementary-level classroom-ready activities and begin to plan an instructional unit. Participants receive professional development materials as well as a bibliography of multicultural children’s literature.

Presenters include: Erin Haynes, Betty Ansin Smallwood
1:00 – 2:45 pm
Convention Center 111B

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