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TESOL 2013 International Convention & English Language Expo

March 21-23, 2013
Dallas, TX
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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Pre-Convention Institute:
What’s Different About Teaching Reading to English Language Learners?

This workshop provides K–8 educators with an understanding of how successful reading instruction for English language learners may be different from instruction for native speakers. Recommendations of the National Literacy Panel (2006) are referenced, and an abundance of strategies is shared.

In this workshop participants will identify the similarities and differences in teaching reading to English proficient and English learner students; explain how the nature of reading and the components of reading instruction apply to the teaching and learning of reading for ELLs; use reading strategies that are useful for teaching ELLs at a variety of proficiency levels, reading levels, L1 literacy levels, ages, and language and cultural backgrounds.

Presenter: Lisa Tabaku
9:00 am – 4:00 pm

K-12 Dream Day in Dallas:
Improve School Climate for ELLs by Connecting With Their Families

This session provides useful information and practical strategies to increase connections, communication, and cross-cultural understanding with families of English language learners. Topics include successful school activities for families, parent–teacher conferences, and children as interpreters. Powerful stories of ELL parents and students captured in new video are integrated.

Presenter: Betty Ansin Smallwood
1:15 – 2:45 pm
Hyatt Regency Dallas

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Preparing Adult Educators for 21st Century Educational Demands
In recent years, there has been an increasing push for innovative professional development for adult educators. In this panel, adult education professionals and teacher educators team up to discuss key issues informing teacher preparation to better prepare adult students to succeed in English proficiency/literacy, postsecondary education, and the workforce.

Presenters include: Joy Kreeft Peyton
10:00 – 11:45 am
Convention Center, Room D220

Promoting the Academic and Linguistic Success of Long-Term ELs
This academic session focuses on long-term English learners (LTELs). Experts address the following topics: identification of LTELs; best instructional practices for their academic success and language development; legal and policy issues affecting LTELs, including DREAM Act eligibility; community and family engagement; and maximizing the bilingual assets of LTELs.

Presenters include: M. Beatriz Arias
10:00 am – 12:45 pm
Convention Center, Ballroom C3

Materials to Help Adults With Low Literacy Avoid Fraud
A new resource helps reinforce students’ reading, writing, and listening skills, while teaching students about money, credit, and avoiding scams. And everything is free.

CAL presenters include: Deborah Kennedy, Miriam Burt
1:15 pm
Convention Center, Expo Hall: Exhibitor New Product Showcase Section

Academic Literacy and Language Development for ELs in Content Classrooms
This session introduces new professional development materials from the Center for Applied Linguistics to support grades 4-12, content-area teachers in helping ELs achieve the academic rigor of national standards. Workbook and accompanying authentic classroom video emphasize meaningful academic discourse, and describe specialized teaching strategies to support ELs in academic literacy.

Presenter: Lisa Tabaku
4:00 – 4:50 pm
Convention Center, Room D222

Friday, March 22, 2013

Breakfast With TESOL’s Best (ticketed event):
Advancing Academic Language Proficiency Beyond Intermediate Levels

Presenter: Deborah J. Short
7:30 – 8:15 am

Building Capacity Through Job Embedded PD: A SIOP Success Story
Presenters explain how instructional coaching and SIOP lesson study helped teachers in a Northern Virginia school district reach higher levels of SIOP implementation. They outline the process for facilitating such activities and describe how they have increased and sustained teacher implementation of the model.

Presenters include: Jennifer Himmel
1:00 – 1:45 pm
Convention Center, Room C140

Creating Materials to Help Adults With Low Literacy Avoid Fraud
People with low literacy in English may be vulnerable to scams. Avoiding fraud is a practical life skill. Presenters share online, print, audio, and video materials they developed for this audience and discuss strategies for the use of these resources that can reinforce students’ reading, writing, and listening skills.

Presenters include: Miriam Burt, Deborah Kennedy
3:00 – 3:45 pm
Convention Center, Room D174

SIOP in Action: Using Authentic Classroom Videos and Instructional Guides
View video clips from SIOP in Action: Instructional Videos Featuring Complete SIOP Lessons at Three Grade Levels, a DVD with authentic examples of classroom SIOP Model implementation. Learn how the video, with companion guide, can be used to enrich SIOP learning. Information about other CAL SIOP resources will be highlighted.

Presenter: Jen Himmel
4:00 – 4:50 pm
Convention Center, Room D220

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Breakfast With TESOL’s Best (ticketed event):
Cultural and Linguistic Heritage of English Learners

Presenter: Joy Kreeft Peyton
7:30 – 8:15 am
Convention Center, Ballroom C2

Heritage Cultures and Languages in the Second Language Classroom
Knowledge about, valuing of, and developing the languages and cultures of our students is critical to our success as educators and researchers and to our students’ achievement, an approach that is supported by research. Recommendations are made for programmatic and instructional approaches that value, support, and build on students’ backgrounds.

Presenter: Joy Kreeft Peyton
11:00 – 11:45 am
Convention Center, Ballroom A4

Sheltered Content Material for Adult Computer Literacy
Adult immigrants learning English need to be comfortable using technology. How can instruction meet these learners’ parallel goals of computer literacy and language advancement? Presenters discuss sheltered instruction principles utilized, and demonstrate materials developed for a class designed to introduce adult learners to computer basics while strengthening their English skills.

Presenters include: Miriam Burt
11:00 – 11:45 am
Convention Center, Room D174

Teaching Academic Literacy to ELLs Using the Common Core State Standards
The Common Core State Standards expect that all students demonstrate command of the conventions of Standard English grammar, a key component of academic literacy. This session increases participants’ knowledge of language structures with key grammatical terms and usage, application activities, and strategies to build these skills with students.

Presenter: Betty Ansin Smallwood
11:00 – 11:45 am
Convention Center, Room D224

Readers’ Theatre: Building Fluency and Comprehension in the Content Areas
Presenters guide participants in developing readers’ theatre scripts from a variety of text structures, including expository texts, which can be used with English learners across content areas and grade levels. Presenters introduce three different kinds of readers’ theatre approaches and guide participants in script development.

Presenters: Lauren Artzi, Annie Duguay, Julie Mazrum
1:00 – 2:45 pm
Convention Center, Ballroom C4

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