WATESOL Fall Convention 2006
October 7, 2006
Helping Adult English Language Learners Acquire Discussion Skills
The presenter addressed five areas critical to discussion teaching and learning: giving a rationale for teaching discussion skills, creating a congenial classroom climate, selecting topics, preparing students, and monitoring discussion. For each area, specific instructional strategies and activities were given.
Professional Development Resources for Self Study
Participants considered their own professional development by discussing challenges in adult ESL and examining available resources with essential information about adult ESL. Presenters demonstrated how to navigate Internet resources, such as research briefs, FAQs, statistics, and instructional and programmatic tools, and how to use and share what is found.
Sheltered Instruction for ESOL Students in Middle School Science
Presenter described a pilot study investigating the effect of the Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) Model on the scientific language and content development of ELLs in 7th grade science. Presenter discussed the academic skills students need for science, and shared sample SIOP science lessons and scientific language assessments.
Multicultural Children’s Literature for Global Understanding and Literacy Development
Multicultural children’s literature can be creatively used to improve global understanding and develop second language and literacy in elementary classrooms (PK-6), worldwide. This session presented techniques for reading aloud, activities and thematic units, selection criteria, and hands-on experiences. Booklist was provided.
Betty Ansin Smallwood.
Tools for Teaching Academic Content
Integrated language and content instruction helps ELLs meet academic requirements while learning English. The author demonstrated effective strategies and techniques for teaching academic content with the Oxford Picture Dictionary for the Content Areas Program. She also engaged participants in simulated classroom practices. Complimentary copies were provided.
Dorothy Kauffman, CAL consultant