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TESOL Virtual PreK-12 Day - Session Information

Strand A: Cultural Responsive Teaching and Learning

  • Demonolingualising ELT: the Eight-D’s Model for Visual and Critical Multilingualism

    With an increased focus on decolonising the curriculum, we need to consider demonolingualising the language curriculum in order to create language and identity-safe equitable learning spaces. In this session, I will present the Eight-D’s model for demonolingualizing education in an attempt to break down unhelpful dichotomies, create fluid translanguaging and critical learning spaces underpinned by arts-based visual methods. 

    Nayr Ibrahim, Nord University, Bodø, Norway
  • Helping Students Become Effective International Communicators

    Our learners will be using English to communicate with people of different linguistic and cultural backgrounds. So what are we doing to prepare them for intercultural communication? In this interactive workshop, Chia will show us how we can use critical incidents, storytelling and roleplays to help learners reflect and develop an awareness of different communication styles and behaviours.

    Chia Suan Chong, York, United Kingdom

Strand B: Content-Area Instruction

  • Short Activities for Versatility in the Classroom

    Having an arsenal of great short activities is a real advantage to a teacher. They can be used to start or end a session on a high note, they can be used to provide a break between other longer activities, and they can be used to change the mood and get the class ready for what is coming next.

    David Fisher, The Bear Educational Theatre, Prague, Czech Republic
  • English Proficiency: Not a STEM Requirement!

    This interactive, engaging presentation is geared for the general education STEM content teachers and administrators who have the responsibility to teach ELs.  Participants will leave the session with a strong foundation on how to include ELs in STEM content classes at various stages of language proficiency and what it means by, "We are all teachers of language". 

    Darlyne de Haan,  Mad About Science, Inc. and, Galloway, New Jersey, USA
  • Teacher-Training and How to Close ELs’ Academic Achievement Gaps

    In this presentation, the presenter first describes the current situation regarding pre-service and in-service mainstream teacher training. Then, she focuses on ELs’ being double-tasked with learning both academic content and its associated academic language to draw audience’s attention to EL achievement gaps. Finally, she illustrates evidenced-based strategies through simulation videos, and best practices are discussed with the audience.

    Hilal Peker, Framingham State University, Framingham, Massachusetts, USA

Strand C: Policy, Advocacy and Leadership

  • Language Learning without Limits: Policies for Students with Special Needs

    In this session, the presenter will discuss current policies on the integration of children with special needs into language programs including the discrepancy between ELs and native speakers of English. The presenter will share results of three studies conducted on a preschool language program in an inclusion school and discuss the implications of findings with the audience.

    Michele Regalla, University of Central Florida; Orlando, Florida, USA
  • Providing Equity in Opportunity for Programs

    Providing equity in opportunities requires knowledge and awareness. As ESOL teachers, we know our students. Our classrooms become a tight community. We can extend that community by making connections with opportunities outside of our classrooms. Outside opportunities may range from clubs, sports, music, school events, college courses, district events, cross curricular projects, and more. With even one advocate (YOU), equity in opportunities can become the starting point rather than an afterthought at your school.

    Shasta Burton, Jordan School District, West Jordan, Utah, USA
  • Requirements for the Florida Seal of Biliteracy Program

    This presentation will review the requirements for the Florida Seal of Biliteracy Program including program purpose.

    Presenter: Chane Eplin, Student Achievement through Language Acquisition, Florida Department of Education, Tallahassee, Florida, USA

Strand D: Digital Learning and Teaching

  • Teaching Strategies that Boost the Potential of Digital Learners

    Two generations of young and very young students, generation Z and generation Alpha, challenge ELT practitioners to narrow the gap between traditional teaching practices and their post-Covid learning requirements. This presentation reveals some ‘whys’ behind the ‘whats’ of these learners’ collective performance and proposes practical strategies of proven efficacy for enhancing English language lessons in a generationally-friendly way.

    Silvia Breiburd, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Reducing Text Complexity and Fostering Language Development through Interactive Stories

    How can teachers help ELs navigate complex text? This workshop will focus on practical ways to help ELs read and learn language by focusing on Choose Your Own Adventure or Choice Stories through active involvement with the stages of creating a choice story using Google Slides, but MORE IMPORTANTLY how to use Choice Stories to promote ELL language and reading development.

    Keya Mukherjee, Saint Leo University, Tampa, Florida, USA and Tony Erben, University of Tampa, Tampa, Florida, USA
  • Mind the App! Your Personal Survival Kit for the Digital Jungle

    This show & tell talk will present tools and apps for TESOL lessons  ('the toolkit‘) that are quick and dirty (extremely intuitive, simple and free), do not require technical expertise and should help teachers find their way through the internet information jungle (focus on the four skills, simple quizzes, podcasts, etc.).

    Thomas Strasser, Vienna University College of Teacher Education, Vienna, Austria