Saturday’s Keynote

On Saturday, November 6th, we will be having a live virtual keynote speaker. The live event will be in the morning from 9:00-10:30 a.m. and will include a Q&A session after the presentation. Saturday morning’s keynote speaker is Dr. Deborah J. Short.

Dr. Deborah J. Short served as TESOL International Association’s President from 2020-2021 and is currently Past President. She directs Academic Language Research & Training, a consulting company, and provides professional development on content-based English, academic literacy, and sheltered instruction worldwide. She has directed many research projects and program evaluations related to English learner education and co-developed the SIOP Model for sheltered instruction. Publications include The 6 Principles books for TESOL, SIOP Model books for Pearson, ESL textbooks like Reach Higher, Edge and Inside for National Geographic Learning, and professional journal articles. She has taught ESL and EFL, in New York, California, Virginia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Abstract: As we move beyond 2021 and consider changes post-pandemic, we must build on a strong pedagogical foundation. TESOL’s The 6 Principles for Exemplary Teaching of English Learners showcases the knowledge and skills teachers need to establish optimal conditions for second language acquisition, honor native language assets, and provide effective instruction and assessment. We start with those principles and expand to meet our learners’ goals and new ways to deliver education. We know that communicating and working proficiently in a new language for social, academic, or employment purposes requires learners to apply language and literacy skills to content area knowledge. The SIOP Model is a well-researched approach for making subject topics comprehensible to learners while simultaneously developing their reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. This keynote explains the 6 Principles, illustrates how the SIOP Model complements and extends them, demonstrates techniques that teachers can apply in face-to-face or virtual classrooms, and shares strategies that promote multilingual learner success.