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TESOL 2007

March 21-24, 2007
Seattle, WA
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Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Pre-Convention Institute

Sustained, Systematic Professional Development for Adult Practitioners
This pre-convention institute provided information about professional development planning processes and resources. Presenters gave tools to analyze student and teacher data and to design systematic professional development based on the analysis. Participants discussed examples of workshop modules, study-circle guides, and Web-based resources to use in sustained, quality professional development.
Miriam Burt, Lynda Terrill, Sarah Young, and Kirsten Schaetzel
Sheraton Seattle, Room Willow B
, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

From Understanding to Using the PreK 12 Standards
The PreK-12 English Language Proficiency Standards are here! Now, how can we use them? This session highlighted key elements of the standards and then addressed various uses: alignment with state standards and assessments, district curriculum, classroom instruction, and professional development. Short presentations were interspersed with time for reflection and application.
Presenters include Betty Ansin Smallwood and Jeanette Roy
Grand Hyatt Seattle, Blewett, 9:30 am -- 11:15 am

Speech, Pronunciation, and Listening/ESOL in Elementary Education/Computer Assisted Language Learning: Fluency Through SIOP, CALL, and Reader’s Theatre
This InterSection session focused on research and innovative practice which aims to develop fluency in elementary-age ESL learners from three perspectives: task-based conversation, computer-assisted reading instruction, and Readers Theatre, exploring ways of assisting young learners in achieving increasingly greater levels of language fluency, while working within their current "output" competence.
William Acton, Trinity Western University
Suzy Acton, Trinity Western University 
Janet Beane, Flintstone Elementary School
Barrie Kraft, Ollie Detwiler Elementary
Carole Mawson, Stanford University
Arieh (Ari) Sherris, Center for Applied Linguistics

Washington State Convention Center, Room 606, 2:00 pm – 3:45 pm

ESOL in Elementary Education/Teacher Education: Global Perspectives on Evolving Language Teacher Expertise
Presenters discussed policies and perceptions about language-teacher expertise in Australia, Flanders, Florida, Singapore, Sri Lanka, and in a council of Europe project on minority languages. Presenters discussed the effects of key stakeholders, teacher knowledge, sociocultural aspects of language, and the shifting roles teachers play.
Candace Harper, University of Florida
Joseph Lo Bianco, The University of Melbourne, Australia
Diane Larsen-Freeman, University of Michigan
Arieh (Ari) Sherris, Center for Applied Linguistics
Rita Elaine Silver, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Kris Van den Branden, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
Washington State Convention Center, Room 4A, 2:00 pm – 4:45 pm

Matching Adult ESL Assessments with Learner Needs
Attendees learned how CAL's adult ESL assessments address the varied needs of adult English language learners. The presenters discussed how BEST Plus, an oral English proficiency test, and the updated BEST Literacy can be implemented, aligned with instruction to benefit teachers and students, and used for accountability and reporting purposes.
Sarah Young and Michelle Ueland
Washington State Convention Center, Room 310, 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm

Multinational Contexts Addressing Adolescent Second Language Literacy
Panelists from four countries, Australia, England, Holland, and the U.S., shared program and policy information regarding adolescent students developing second language literacy. A growing concern multinationally are these older learners who struggle with literacy and secondary and postsecondary options.
Presenters include Deborah Short
Grand Hyatt Seattle, Stevens Board Room, 3:00 pm – 4:45 pm

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Multilevel Teaching & Learning in Community Contexts
This workshop helped teachers understand why and how to address the diverse skills, needs, and situations of adult refugees using project-based learning in community contexts. In this hands-on session, participants worked together to develop appropriate multilevel activities for their classes.
Lynda Terrill
Washington State Convention Center, Room 304, 7:30 am - 8:15 am

Refugee Families and U.S. Schools
The presenters discussed overseas orientation to prepare refugee parents and children for U.S. schools, what teachers should know about refugee newcomers, how one school district worked to forge stronger relationships with refugee communities, and how to meet refugee children's needs. Successful strategies, activities, and curricula were shared.
Presenters include Sanja Bebic and Sharyl Tanck
Washington
State Convention Center, Room 205, 8:30 am – 11:15 am

Coaching Teachers on Using the SIOP Model
This interactive session demonstrated ways to help SIOP Model coaches coordinate teacher teams and assist teachers as they work to improve their SIOP Model instruction. Presenters discussed how to facilitate pre and post visitation conferences with teachers and share ideas on how to provide effective written feedback.
Jen Himmel
Washington
State Convention Center, Room 304, 9:30 am – 10:15 am

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A Curriculum for Families Learning English
This session featured an innovative curriculum that simultaneously builds the English language skills of English language learners' parents as they learn strategies to support their children’s language and literacy development. Participants explored theme-based language lessons, practice research-based teaching strategies, and identified enrichment activities that extend parents’ school and community involvement.
Presenters include Betty Ansin Smallwood
Grand Hyatt Seattle, Leonesa, 9:30 am – 10:15 am

Content-based Instruction, Curriculum/Materials Development, Standards: Statewide Content Based ELD Curriculum Development Initiative
Legislation replacing bilingual programs with sheltered English immersion resulted in districts’ confusion surrounding English language learner education. One SEA shared its response to districts’ concerns through its creation of a content-based English language development curriculum for ESL teachers.
Presenters include Betty Ansin Smallwood
Washington State Convention Center, Room 401, 10:30 am – 11:15 am

Systematic, Sustained, and Intensive Professional Development
This colloquium examined four factors needed for sustained and intensive professional development: 1) needs assessment; 2) planning; 3) systems development; and 4) reflection. Each of the four presenters defined one of these factors and provided principles for and examples of its use in designing, planning, and delivering professional development.
Participants include Miriam Burt and Kirsten Schaetzel
Sheraton Seattle, Grand Ballroom B, 2:00 pm - 4:45 pm

What Every Teacher Should Know About Testing
ESOL teachers often prepare students for externally created tests. This interactive workshop focused on understanding and applying these test results. Presenters offered participants an overview of testing terms and concepts and improved understanding of testing approaches, interpretations, and uses.
Margaret Malone, Megan Montee, and Colleen Gallagher
Washington State Convention Center, Room 604, 2:00 pm - 3:45 pm

Tools for Providing Cultural Orientation to Refugees
While ethnic diversity among resettled refugees in the U.S. is increasing, service provider resources have declined, resulting in a need for more creative delivery. Learn how to enhance refugee orientation by applying cultural awareness and teaching methodologies to practical topics.
Sanja Bebic and Sharyl Tanck
Grand Hyatt Seattle, Chinook, 7:00 pm - 7:45 pm

Friday, March 23, 2007

Multicultural Literature for Global Understanding and Literacy
Participants discussed how multicultural children's literature can be used worldwide to improve elementary students' cross-cultural understanding and develop their second language and literacy. The presenter shared her multicultural book collection in guided literature circles and discusses definitions, selection criteria, and literacy activities for ELLs. The presenter provided a book list.
Betty Ansin Smallwood
Washington State Convention Center, Room 310, 7:30 am – 8:15 am

How to Prepare for Newly Arriving Refugees
What do refugees know, and when do they know it? Presenters shared three perspectives on refugee orientation and education, beginning with the refugees in their home countries through their arrival in the United States. Presenters highlighted strategies for more effective information exchange.
Presenters include Sanja Bebic
Washington State Convention Center, Room 214, 8:30 am - 10:15 am

Interconnecting to Raise Consciousness About Refugee Issues
The panelists, led by the Refugee Concerns Interest Section, presented a 2-year project to raise awareness of refugee issues. The panel, which brings together interest sections, caucuses, and affiliates, described how the project creates interconnections with other TESOL entities, as well as organizations worldwide.
Participants include Joy Kreeft Peyton
Sheraton Seattle, Room Metropolitan B, 2:00 pm – 3:45 pm

Second Language Research with Young Learners
This session presented research with young language learners in international contexts and will focused on how teachers can promote second language development. Presenters discussed language preparation, conversational interaction in pairs and groups, and lexical, grammatical, and narrative development from research with pre-school, kindergarten, and upper-elementary learners.
Gyeong Hee No, Seoul National University of Education, Korea
Johanne Paradis, University of Alberta, Canada
Thomas Scovel, San Francisco State University
Arieh (Ari) Sherris, Center for Applied Linguistics
Rita Elaine Silver, Nanyang, Technological University, Singapore
Kris Van den Branden, Katholeike Universiteit Leuven, Belgium

Sheraton Seattle, Room Metropolitan A, 2:00 pm – 4:45 pm

Current Research on Sheltered Instruction and Academic Literacy
This Energy Break session explored current research on the SIOP Model for sheltered instruction conducted by staff at the Center for Applied Linguistics and on academic literacy, especially for adlescent ELLs as described in the recent "Double the Work" report.
Deborah Short
Networking Mall, CC Hall 4B, 3:00 pm – 3:45 pm

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Adult ESL Assessment Test Developers’ Panel Discussion (Colloquium session) Adult ESL practitioners have made progress in complying with National Reporting System (NRS) assessment requirements. Test publishers provided information about the development and purposes of their test(s), its uses, training requirements for test administrators, and research-based findings related to assessment.
Participants include Joy Peyton and Michelle Ueland
Washington State Convention Center, Room 607, 8:30 am – 10:15 am

Recognizing Differences in Reading Instruction for ELLs
Reading instruction for English language learners (ELLs) requires that teachers have knowledge about the differences that ELLs bring to the task of learning to read. This session focused on a professional development curriculum designed for trainers of K-8 classroom teachers who teach reading to ELLs.
Betty Ansin Smallwood, Joy Peyton, Jeanette Roy
Washington State Convention Center, Room 211, 8:30 am – 9:15 am

Assessment/testing, Integrated skills, Standards: Aligning Content Standards With Instruction and Assessment
Participants explored relationships among content standards, instruction, and assessment in adult ESL and how learner progress is measured. Presenters discussed issues related to content standards and offer research-based, practical recommendations for aligning the above. Handouts were provided.
Kirsten Schaetzel and Julie Mathews-Aydinli
Washington State Convention Center, Room 214, 8:30 am – 9:15 am

Professional Development Responses to Growing Immigrant Populations Presenters from four states described providing systematic professional development for teachers of adult learners through building state infrastructure, implementing training of trainers, facilitating study circles, and providing training for new instructors. Handouts were provided.
Participants include Miriam Burt
Washington State Convention Center, Room 2B , 2:00 pm – 4:45 pm

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