Concurrent Sessions

Please note that we will be adding concurrent session information as presenters are confirmed.

Abstract: As we acclimate to virtual learning, even the most seasoned instructor may wonder how to increase student talk time (STT) effectively in Zoom. Participants will engage in effective communicative activities, reflect on their own instructional routines and classroom culture, and share their most successful strategies for facilitating speaking in Zoom.

This session presents simulations as a way of providing a frame of reference for understanding English learners’ (ELs) stories. The simulations are in English, meaning they are easy to present so that colleagues outside of the field of ESL gain understanding of the challenges of learning and feeling comfortable in English. Participants will engage in and leave with simulation activities for all four language domains.

Abstract: This presentation will highlight research that aims to find ESL learners’ spoken vocabulary that is used to develop their listening and speaking skills. To better understand the use of spoken versus written English, the researcher conducted comparative samples. This result provides a valuable reference for educators in the field of language education.

Abstract: ESL instructors and staff know how amazing and inspiring our ESL students are, but how can we celebrate this and share it with others? Why not publish a book? In this session, participants will explore the benefits of publishing students’ writing and learn how one such book was published.

Abstract: Adult immigrants living in the United States not only have to master ESL competencies, but also navigate a multitude of new diverse cultures in their classrooms and local communities. This session includes strategies and ready-to-use activities that can be adapted for learners of all levels.

Abstract: Migrant workers play a significant role in the economy in the southwest Wisconsin region. In the last several years, Spanish speaking families have moved in the area in droves. This has placed a sudden and unprepared dilemma to local schools and businesses. The UW-Platteville developed a program to encourage and unite both groups. The long-term goal will be researching the affects of these classes on the children and students of these courses.

Abstract: This motivational session looks at how observation journals can help create acute observers, critical thinkers, better writers, and inspire a clearer understanding of the ELLs’ host culture. Common challenges to this type of writing are identified and effective solutions are given. Participants receive grading rubrics and suggested observation topics.

Abstract: Drawing inspiration from Christensen’s (2000) advice to ELL educators to “find space for students’ lives to become part of the curriculum” and applying theoretical foundations of transformative hospitality (Haswell), the speaker discusses ideas for integrating students’ stories in the curriculum: examples include a collaboration with art students, with a community partner and well-chosen readings.

Abstract: Come learn about TESOL International’s Standards Professional Council and what we can do for you! Learn about TESOL’s seven sets of standards and take a tour of the newly designed TESOL standards webpage. Learn how to share your ideas or get questions answered about TESOL standards.

Abstract: This presentation extends translanguaging practices to teacher education, focusing on the experiences of teacher candidates in ESL/Bilingual Education licensure courses. After sharing our personal stories on translanguaging and its use in teacher education courses, we invite participants to share how they could extend their translanguaging practices to higher education settings.

Abstract: Wisconsin schools are required to use a uniform process for identifying and exiting students from required English language services. Since ACCESS scores aren’t always enough, schools may use the Multiple Indicator Protocol (MIP) in the EL decision-making process. The MIP allows for an in-depth look at students’ language use. Through case studies and hands-on examples, participants will explore potential criteria, evidence, and artifacts for the MIP, learn how to report MIP results, and gain knowledge for recognizing ELs’ levels of academic language.

Abstract: Participants will understand that they can use the strategies of developing the academic language of the content area at the word and sentence levels in order to lift student achievement. Participants will identify the strategy of contrastive analysis to honor the language of the home and instruct students in code-switching. Participants will analyze vocabulary words in the specific levels of Tier I, II, III. Participants will evaluate strategies of Frayer models, visual word walls, and sentence stems and frames to lift the level of student achievement.

Abstract: Too often students respond via opinions, making it difficult to formulate a response using sound evidence from a text, persuade effectively, analyze documents/charts/images, or infer. Attendees of this workshop will learn how to incorporate “thinking” like a mathematician/historian/scientist to strengthen students’ individual ideas.

Abstract: Two ELL teachers who were part of a 2019 Fulbright-Hays Group Project Abroad in northern Thailand to learn about the history and culture of the Hmong people will share their resulting curriculum projects for use with students ranging from elementary to adult learners.

Abstract: Do your students need to learn more words? Of course! Vocab Victor improves vocabulary through word games. See a demo of the app and learn about the pedagogy and linguistics underlying the games. Bonus presentation of our NEW Vocab Victor Classroom tool to make word lists for your students!

Abstract: Thousands of adult education programs nationwide are facing the challenge of how to hold classes this fall. Whether your program chooses an in-person, virtual, or hybrid model, Burlington English is here to ease the transition. Our new course, Burlington Core offers the flexibility of one consistent comprehensive curriculum for any learning environment. Learn how Burlington Core’s ready-made lesson plans, standards-based instruction, online independent student work, and ongoing progress monitoring and reporting support every aspect of student learning.

Abstract: Something magical happens when students transition from learning a language to using a language–especially when the learner is able to share who s/he is with others. Presenters will show how to support Emergent Bilinguals in telling their story using a flipped learning model with myON digital books.

Abstract: Teaching in 2020 is incredibly challenging. When taking into consideration the unique needs of our multilingual students it can be easy to become overwhelmed. We support your efforts to provide an equitable education to multilingual students. In this session, you will gain tools to use immediately for teaching in 2020.