WATESOL Fall Convention 2007
October 13, 2007
The Arlington Original Building
George Mason University
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Supporting Instruction for Transition ESL
Participants investigated components of transition learning for post-secondary education in community college, technical or vocational programs. Participants used learner needs assessment to determine topics and genres for transition reading and writing activities. Facilitator guided teachers to identify transition reading, writing, and learning strategies and incorporate them into lesson planning.
Presenter: Sharon McKay
Time: 2:45 – 3:30
Teaching small talk: Not a small topic
Small talk is an important function in American society, culture, and work. The language is simple, but knowing what, when, and how to use it is complex. The presenter discussesed techniques he used to teach small talk to an advanced ESL student including dialogues, discourse analysis, and self-reflection.
Presenter: Bryan Woerner
Time: 2:45 – 3:30
Aligning Adult ESL content Standards with Instruction and Assessment
This paper explored the relationships among content standards, instruction, and assessment in adult ESL and how learner progress is measured. First, presenters gave an overview of the history, background, and research on content standards, explaining how their development has been influenced by the recent focus on what students learn rather than what teachers cover in a course of instruction. Then presenters discussed what teachers need to consider when implementing content standards. Based on interviews with teachers using content standards, guidelines for aligning instruction with content standards were given.
Kirsten Schaetzel and Sarah Young
Time: 3:45 – 4:40
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