“Imagining the Possible”

Friday, November 12 – Saturday, November 13

 

Presentation Abstracts

 

Myrna Ann Adkins

   Spring Institute for Intercultural Learning

    maadkins@springinstitute.org

Trauma informed classes:  Listening to refugee voices

FRIDAY    10:15-11:00   GOLDEN

PAPER   AE, EE, SE

 

Burna Dunn

   Spring Institute for Intercultural Learning

   bdunn@springinstitute.org

Drucie Bathin

   Spring Institute for Intercultural Learning

   dbathin@springinstitute.org

  

Each new group of refugees brings experiences of trauma and resettlement stories that must be taken into account if teaching and learning are to be effective and efficient.  Having refugees as part of this presentation will help illuminate how authentic content can come from and speak to refugee students.

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Deborah Agar

   Regis University

   dagar@regis.edu

Beyond TPR: Kinesthetic language learning and socialization

FRIDAY    10:15-12:00     SPRUCE

PAPER   AL, EE, GA, SE

 

Mackenzie Petersen

   Aurora Public Schools

   mpetersen@aps.k12.co.us

Diana Mittelstet

   Jefferson County School District

   dmittels@jeffco.k12.co.us

 

In this presentation three graduates of Regis University's M.A. in education program will present research findings and lesson designs that help integrate language learning with kinesthetic learning principles. Research results include increased focus in

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Nancy Albertson

   Fountain Fort Carson District Eight

   nalbertson@ffc8.org

Teachers and parents becoming partners for children

SATURDAY    1:30-2:15     BOULDER

PAPER   AL, EE, GA

 

How can educators convince reluctant parents to become partners in their children's education? The presenter shows recent research including: key aspects that will motivate parents, strategies to limit barriers, and new ways to build parents' confidence. Overhead slides with hard copies, audience participation, and group task solving will be included.

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Jim Anderson

   Cambridge University Press

   kkjelstrup@cambridge.org

Improve writing with dictionary and grammar skills

FRIDAY     2:30-3:15     WEST A

PUBLISHER SESSION-Cambridge University Press 

 

Do your students experience extreme anxiety when writing?  Do they use simple grammar and vocabulary?  Learn how Cambridge University Press’ Academic Content Dictionary, Grammar CD-ROMs and Writers At Work series support students to improve their vocabulary, become more proficient users of complex grammar structures, therefore improving their writing skills.

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Madeleine Ballard

   Spring International Language Institute

   madeleine.b@spring.edu

From paragraph to essay

FRIDAY    3:30-4:15    PARKER

DEMONSTRATION   AE, SE, IEP/HE

 

Heidi Petersen

    Spring International Language Institute

    heidi.p@spring.edu

 

Learning to write essays doesn’t have to be difficult.   The presenters will show how students can use their own paragraphs as the basis for their essays, using simple techniques that help students structure and revise their work.   bd14710_

Amy Bennett

   Sherrelwood Elementary, Adams 50

   knomadik@hotmail.com

Using patterns to facilitate language learning

FRIDAY    2:30-4:15    SPRUCE

WORKSHOP   EE, GA

 

Beth Ungerecht

   Sherrelwood Elementary, Adams 50

   mungerecht@adams50.org

 

Learn new applications of familiar strategies to teach English grammar and usage to English learners in this highly interactive workshop.  This will be a “make and take” style workshop in which teachers will leave with “use it tomorrow” activities.

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Nancy Berry

   IEP - CSU

   nancy.berry@colostate.edu

Providing test-taking accommodations for international undergraduates

FRIDAY    11:15-12:00    WEST D

DISCUSSION   IEP/HE, PA

 

 

 

Mary Kay Wedum

   IEP - CSU

   mary.wedum@colostate.edu

 

This session explores providing classroom test-taking accommodations, such as extended time and dictionary use for international freshmen in order to promote academic success.  Results of surveys administered to students and faculty along with policies proposed will be presented.  Participants are encouraged to share accommodation practices at their institutions. bd14710_

Bill Bliss

   Language & Communication Associates

   blissmedia@aol.com

The power of games, music, and fun!

SATURDAY    11:15-12:00    WEST B

PUBLISHER SESSION-Pearson Longman  

 

Fun is powerful!  With curriculum checklists and standardized tests weighing down our language instruction, games and music lighten and liven up the classroom, promote students’ playfulness with language, reduce anxiety, and motivate students to persist enthusiastically.  Samples of the new “Word by Word Communication Games” will be provided.

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William J. Bonk

   Colorado Department of Education

   Bonk_W@cde.state.co.us

Investigating the ear for foreign languages

FRIDAY   10:15-11:00   CONIFER

PAPER    AE, BE, IEP/HE

 

This study investigated individual differences in students’ ability to perceive and maintain nonsense words.  Results indicated a strong dissociation between performance in the L1 and L2, suggesting the existence of strong individual differences in L2 phonological aptitude.  Analysis identified sub-processes in memory likely to cause the effects observed.

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Kathy Bougher

   University of Colorado Denver

   kathybougher@hotmail.com

Immigration issues for educators

FRIDAY    2:30-4:15     WEST E

PANEL   GA

 

Lee Ann Gott

   Aurora Public Schools

   lgott88@msn.com

Jordan Garcia

   American Friends Service Committee

   jgarcia@afsc.org

 

How does the current immigration debate impact you, your students and their families?  Get information about current and historical immigration issues, as well as resources on how you can advocate for students and families in your school and in the community.  Session will include interactive activities, discussion and handouts. bd14710_

Rebecca Bourassa

   Chamberlin Elem., Harrison S.D. 2

   bbourassa@hsd2.org

Teaching vocabulary with non-linguistic representations

FRIDAY    1:30-2:15     WEST C

DEMONSTRATION    EE, GA

 

Come in for a demonstration of several non-linguistic teaching strategies for vocabulary development that you can apply the next day!  The presentation will end with time to share your favorite vocabulary game.

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Kat Bradley-Bennett

   St. Vrain Valley Adult Education

   bennett_katharine@stvrain.k12.co.us

Learner-centered instruction for adults

SATURDAY    1:30-3:15     WEST C

WORKSHOP    AE

 

Nadeen Lester

   Front Range Community College Longmont Campus

   lester_nadeen@stvrain.k12.co.us

Nancy Nangle

   St. Vrain Valley Adult Education

   nangle_nancy@stvrain.k12.co.us

 

What is learner-centered instruction (LCI)?  Why and how is it appropriate in an adult education setting?  In this hands-on workshop we will explore the principles of LCI and how to implement more learner-centered instruction in any teaching setting (structured classes or one-on-one and small group instruction).

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Gary Brady-Herndon

   Community College of Aurora

   gary.brady-herndon@ccaurora.edu

When IT and ESL collide

SATURDAY    2:30-3:15     SPRUCE

DISCUSSION     AE, AL, IEP/HE, PA, SE

 

Chris Tombari

   Community College of Aurora

   christopher.tombari@ccaurora.edu

 

Whose responsibility is it to make sure ELLs are computer literate:  the students, teachers, or IT department? Participants will witness a short immersion exercise. After discussing the presenters’ observations orienting ELLs to an online program, there will be a discussion on the unique needs of ELLs related to learning technology.

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John Brezinsky

   Pearson Longman

   john.brezinsky@pearson.com

Current issues in academic reading and writing

FRIDAY    10:15-11:00     WEST A

PUBLISHER SESSION-Pearson Longman

 

Integrating language skills, grammar, and vocabulary into a comprehensive ESOL program--including engaging content, critical thinking, and an online component--is a significant challenge. The presenter describes one such program: the third edition of the NorthStar series.

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Julie Bruch

   Mesa State

   jbruch@mesastate.edu

Future of English grammar: Part two

SATURDAY    10:15-11:00     WEST C

PAPER     IEP/HE, GA

 

English has been changing drastically in the past two decades.  What will the English of tomorrow be like, and what are the implications of these changes for ESL?  How can the field of ESL keep up with evolving forms of “standard” American English?  Part two of a 2006 CoTESOL presentation.

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Dieter Bruhn

   One World Training

   dbruhn@oneworldtraining.com

Effective techniques for teaching beginners

SATURDAY    10:15-11:00     EVERGREEN

DEMONSTRATION   AE, SE, GA

 

This fun and interactive demonstration is designed to model effective techniques for teaching beginners.  Participants will be put into the role of students and will take part in a beginning lesson taught solely in Thai.  A debrief will follow to discuss the techniques used, and detailed handouts will be provided.

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Ranee Cervania

   Community College of Denver

   ranee.cervania@ccd.edu

Developing critical reading skills

SATURDAY    1:30-2:15     WEST B

DEMONSTRATION    AE, AL, GA

 

This presentation will demonstrate the use of the basic structure of a paragraph—topic, main idea, major and minor supporting details—from a reader’s perspective as a foundational framework for developing critical reading skills.  Participants will learn first-hand the different types of questions to ask and clues to look for when reading critically.    bd14710_

Mark Clarke

   University of Colorado Denver

   mark.clarke@ucdenver.edu

Pragmatic aspects of transformative teaching and learning

FRIDAY    3:30-4:15   JEFFERSON

PAPER   AL, PA, GA

 

Transformative learning goes beyond acquisition of information and skills and results in profound changes in the way individuals see themselves and the world. Changes of this sort provoke significant disturbances.  The presenter will explore personal, interpersonal, cultural, and institutional factors that require attention if we are to achieve our transformative potential

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Beth Cloven

   IEP - CSU

   beth.cloven@colostate.edu

Using colored pencils in writing classes

SATURDAY    11:15-12:00     WEST D

DEMONSTRATION    IEP/HE, GA

 

Do your intermediate-level students struggle with content and organization in their paragraph writing?  This presenter has had success using colored pencils in an intermediate-level writing class to help students with these issues.  The presenter will give suggestions and provide samples of activities that have worked well with her students.

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Katie Collins

   Denver Public Schools

   kathleen_collins@dpsk12.org

Imagine pre-literate learners reading!

FRIDAY    3:30-4:15     CONIFER

DISCUSSION     AE, AL, GA

 

Are you wondering how to teach those pre-literate students that are mixed into your level one class?  Come discuss and learn ideas that have been successful.  Participants will have a chance to watch a short video of one strategy the presenter uses. Arrive with material suggestions or just open ears! bd14710_

Linda Cressman

   St. Vrain Valley Adult Education

   cressman_linda@stvrain.k12.co.us

Extending the lesson beyond the classroom

FRIDAY    10:15-11:00     CONIFER

DEMONSTRATION     AE, GA

 

Connie Davis

   Northern Colorado Professional Development Resource   Center

    ncpdc@stvrain.k12.co.us.  

 

How can teachers encourage students to use English outside of the classroom?  One way is by giving them simple practice tasks to do after they leave class. Presenters will describe useful, effective, "real-life" activities through an interactive presentation using demonstration and materials to expand students' learning and language practice in their everyday lives.

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Jennifer Daniels

   Mesa County Valley School District 51

   jen.daniels@d51schools.org

How to develop ELD curriculum frameworks

FRIDAY    9:15-10:00     WEST D

DEMONSTRATION     EE, SE, GA

 

Nancy Alexander

   Mesa County Valley School District 51

   nancy.alexander@d51schools.org

 

The objective is to prepare teachers and teacher leaders for ELD curriculum development by sharing the process the presenters are using in District 51 and that has been a great success. Teachers select end-of-year targets in the four language domains for students in grade spans and language levels that match the WIDA ELP standards. The presenters will share the process of brainstorming and refining the Language Level Expectations on the ELD Curriculum Frameworks, and for development benchmark activities and progress monitoring tools that match the Frameworks.

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Connie Davis

   Northern Colorado Professional Development Resource Center

   ncpdc@stvrain.k12.co.us

Teaching vocabulary is important - Ten great activities

SATURDAY    1:30-3:15     PARKER

WORKSHOP     AE, GA

 

Kathy Santopietro Weddel

   Northern Colorado Professional Development Resource Center

   ncpdc@stvrain.k12.co.us

 

Vocabulary learning, an important and constant goal of every language learner, challenges instructors to increase their abilities to provide meaningful examples and a variety of different activities that help students practice and improve vocabulary.  Presenters offer ten activities drawn from resources available from the Northern Colorado Professional Development Resource Center.

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Jennifer Duarte

   Mountain Vista Community School, Harrison District 2

   jenniferjduarte@gmail.com

Everyone gets it - Technology use in math

FRIDAY    3:30-4:15     WEST D

DEMONSTRATION     CA, SE, PS

 

Laura Zoromski

   Ranum Middle School, Adams School District 50

   lzoromski@adams50.org

 

Recent research has shown that effective incorporation of technology into content area classrooms has a positive effect on student performance. The utilization of these tools allows for all students, including those whose first language is not English, to access the content information at their individualized level. The objective of this session is to provide classroom teachers and program directors with specific strategies to incorporate technology into a math class.

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Michelle Dujka

   University of Denver

   mdujka@du.edu

Video in the language classroom

SATURDAY    11:15-12:00     BOULDER

DEMONSTRATION     AE, IEP/HE

 

How can the teacher effectively use video in the language classroom to meet objectives for that day?  Using guidelines from "Video in Second Language Teaching" by Stempleski & Arcario, the presenter will show you how to meet a variety of objectives using different techniques with video clips.

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Burna Dunn

   Spring Institute for Intercultural Learning

   bdunn@springinstitute,org

Teaching customer service for the global village

FRIDAY    1:30-2:15     BOULDER

DEMONSTRATION     AE

 

Myrna Ann Adkins

   Spring Institute for Intercultural Learning

   maadkins@springinstitute.org

Rose Mahosky

   Spring Institute for Intercultural Learning

    rose_schaefer@yahoo.com                         

 

Limited English Speakers are competing for jobs with the general public. Many of the entry-level jobs historically filled by LEPs now are fiercely competitive. This session looks at how adding customer service training to employment activities gives LEP students a distinct advantage in the job market.

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Burna Dunn

   Spring Institute for Intercultural Learning

   bdunn@springinstitute,org

Return on investment for workplace English

SATURDAY    1:30-2:15     WEST E

DEMONSTRATION     AE

 

Rose Mahosky

   Spring Institute for Intercultural Learning

    rose_schaefer@yahoo.com

 

Workplace English is often frustrating for the company, instructor, and students.  Class time added to work, relevancy of materials, and support from supervisors can make or break a workplace class.  This presentation will examine how a workplace English program design can include the elements needed for success.

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Korrin Ebira

   ELI - University of Utah

   kebira@aoce.utah.edu

Dramatic English - from understudy to star

FRIDAY    1:30-2:15   SPRUCE

DEMONSTRATION   IEP/HE

 

George Plautz

   ELI - University of Utah

   gplautz@aoce.utah.edu

Chad Bramble

   ELI - University of Utah

   chadbramble@gmail.com

 

Drama activities have often been relegated to a supporting role in the ESL speaking classroom.  However, drama activities can take a major role by being carefully tied to teaching points, allowing students to display their knowledge in realistic situations. This strategy will be explained, examples given, and assessment tools shared. bd14710_

Gavin Edwards

   Spring International - Auraria

   gavin@spring.edu

Teaching research skills in the IEP classroom

FRIDAY   11:15-12:00     EVERGREEN

PAPER     SE, IEP/HE

 

Mavis Morua

   Spring International - Auraria

   mavis.morua@spring.edu

 

ELLs entering university must do research projects, yet few have the tools to do so successfully. What skills and strategies should IEP instructors teach to create competent researchers? What materials and techniques can be used to actively engage students in the research process?

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Ruby Eichenour

   Community College of Aurora

   ruby.eichenour@ccaurora.edu

Imagining the possible by discussing the controversial

FRIDAY    11:15-12:00     BOULDER

DISCUSSION     GA

 

Does homework help or hinder learning?  Do writing rubrics help learning or simply facilitate grading papers? Imagining the possible includes engaging in ongoing conversations about meaningful and controversial topics in education.  In this discussion we’ll do a jigsaw of some articles by Alfie Kohn to spark some discussions with colleagues.

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Ruby Eichenour

   Community College of Aurora

   ruby.eichenour@ccaurora.edu

A dynamic introduction to the writing process

SATDAY    10:15-11:00     GOLDEN

WORKSHOP     AE, IEP/HE, GA

 

Is it possible to introduce learners to brainstorming, developing ideas, drafting, peer review, and audience in a single 50-minute writing lesson?  Absolutely!  In this interactive workshop, the attendee will: experience a fun process-writing lesson; explore the theories and techniques behind the lesson; and plan adaptations of the lesson for the individual’s context.

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Kay Elder

   McLain Community High School, Jeffco

   kayelder@earthlink.net

SIMulate your students:  Practicing lifes kills with computers

FRIDAY     9:15-10:00     WEST A

DEMONSTRATION     AE, CALL, GA

 

Sherri Durman

   McLain Community High School, Jeffco

   sdurman2001@yahoo.com

 

This is a demonstration on using computers to “stimulate” students by “simulating” life skill situations which are contained in prepackaged computer games like Sims2™(EA Games) and internet websites that allow students to practice lifeskills such as daily routines, shopping, making travel plans, and completing job applications.

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Renee L. Feather

   University of Denver

   featherr@georgetown.edu

Improving critical thinking by asking better questions

SATURDAY    2:30-3:15     CONIFER

PAPER     AL, IEP/HE

 

Recent classroom research indicates that question formation and responses are critical skills that ESL students need for future success in university classrooms. This presentation provides research findings and examines how ESL instructors can improve their questions to promote the skills that students need to participate successfully in university classroom discussions.  

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Andrea Feldman

   University of Colorado Boulder

   feldman@colorado.edu

Dialogues on immigration:  Connecting workers, students, and faculty

SATURDAY      11:15-12:00     SPRUCE

PAPER     IEP/HE, GA

 

Pilar Prostko

   Boulder Valley School District, University of Colorado Boulder

   pilarasattler@yahoo.com

 

 As ESL students enter the university, one obstacle they face is joining the community. At CU-Boulder, this concern was addressed by hosting a dialogue day around the issue of immigration and differences among students, faculty and workers. This session provides strategies for participants to integrate constituencies on their own campuses.

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Anna Fichman

   University of Utah

   a.fichman@utah.edu

Writing?  I'm living it!

SATURDAY    2:30-3:15     WEST D

DEMONSTRATION     AE, IEP/HE, GA

 

Both novice and experienced teachers know how difficult it is to engage students in a writing classroom. This presentation will explore activities and strategies that not only empower students to improve their English writing but also help them discover their writing potential and develop positive attitudes toward writing.

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Janet Fichter

   Blue Heron Elem., Jeffco

   jfichter@jeffco.k12.co.us

Seven effective strategies for building vocabulary

FRIDAY      9:15-10:00     PARKER

DEMONSTRATION     EE, GA, CA

 

Teachers need mnemonic tools as much as students do, so the presenter developed "Seven Effective Strategies for Building Vocabulary."  (These strategies all end in the suffix -tion, making them easy to remember).  Applying the strategies to all content areas will be highlighted. Making vocabulary development meaningful for students guides the presentation.

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Rebecca Fisher

   Spring International Language Center

   r.fisher@spring.edu

Cheating trends among international students

FRIDAY      9:15-10:00     WEST C

PAPER     AE, IEP/HE

 

How is new technology impacting the way international students cheat?  Are the motivations and methodologies employed by international students the same as American students?  American high school students are motivated to cheat, in part, by high-stakes tests that influence their college admission. Similarly, internationals are also focused on graduating from their respective IEPs, sometimes with a required high GPA, in order to waive a college’s TOEFL or IELTS entrance requirement.  

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Rebecca Fisher

   Spring International Language Center

   r.fisher@spring.edu

Promoting English-only peer pressure in class

SATURDAY     10:15-11:00     PARKER

PAPER     IEP/HE

 

Currently many IEPs are composed mainly of students sharing the same L1.  This session focuses on a peer-based teaching method that motivates students to use English.  The results of the application of this technique to 17 ESL classes over the course of a seven-week period will be detailed.

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Meredith Folley

   Community College of Aurora

   meredith.folley@ccaurora.edu

Beauty and the beast:  Content-area writing

FRIDAY      2:30-3:15     WEST D

DISCUSSION     CA, IEP/HE

 

Participants will consult about standards for ELL-writing in higher education, with the goal of formulating individual goals for initiating consistent standards for ELL writing in content-area courses at their own institutions.  Participants will use clickers to examine their range of opinions, evaluate sample writing, and discuss reasons for variability in standards.  

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 Roger Frost

   International English Center – University of Colorado Boulder

   rfrost67@gmail.com

Keeping your class engaged

SATURDAY     1:30-2:15     CHERRY/PLUM

DEMONSTRATION     IEP/HE,SE

 

Amanda McCracken

   International English Center – University of Colorado Boulder

   amandamccracken@yahoo.com

 

Keeping your students engaged and excited about class can sometimes be a challenge. By injecting a bit of humor, friendly competition, and a chance to be physically active, you can perk up that Monday morning grammar session or break up that two-hour long writing class.

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Kathy Gamble

   Front Range Community College

   kathy.gamble@frontrange.edu

Collaboration that benefits ESL and TESL students

FRIDAY     3:30-4:15     BOULDER

DEMONSTRATION     AE, AL, GA

 

Helen Nielsen

   Front Range Community College

   helen.nielsen@frontrange.edu

April Menzies

   Front Range Community College

   april.menzies@frontrange.edu  

 

Collaboration is a power model that benefits both ESL and TESL students.  Presenters will share activities currently being used to provide authentic, relevant experiences in ESL and TESL programs.  Find out how you can use tutoring, podcasts, service learning, book clubs, computer literacy, seminars, etc. to enrich your curricular offerings.

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Jeanne Gibson

   Colorado State University Pueblo

   jeanne.gibson@colostate-pueblo.edu

Community involvement in an IEP: Imaginative possibiliities

SATURDAY     10:15-11:00     SPRUCE

DEMONSTRATION     AE, IEP/HE

 

Rebecca Wasil

   Colorado State University Pueblo

   rwasil@juno.com

 

Help students interact with Americans by inviting diverse members of the community to participate in your classes. From children to octogenarians, community visitors add interest and variety—the possibilities are endless! The presenters will offer suggestions for recruiting and plenty of ideas for both oral and written English activities.

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Kate Goodspeed

   Emily Griffith Opportunity School

   goodkate88@yahoo.com

Stress free activities for pre-literate students

FRIDAY     11:15-12:00     CONIFER

DEMONSTRATION     AE

 

Are you tearing your hair out working with pre-literate adults who have never held a pencil?  My hair is growing back now that I've developed many activities that work well with this challenging and rewarding population.  The presenter will share these activities.

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Margo Gottlieb

   Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

   mgottlieb@cntrmail.org

 

The ELL assessment solution for K-6

FRIDAY   2:30-3:15    CONIFER

PUBLISHER SESSION-Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

 

Assess all four domains of listening, speaking, reading, and writing in all four content areas: language arts, social studies, math, and science for grades K-6.  Authored by the presenter and published in cooperation with TESOL, this assessment will inform instruction to achieve academic progress and success for your English Language Learners.

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Liliana Graham

   Colorado Department of Education

   graham_l@cde.state.co.us

Leveraging state student assessment data for English language learners

SATURDAY     10:15-12:00     CHERRY/PLUM

WORKSHOP     AL, EE, PA, SE, CA

 

Hands-on Workshop: You will be oriented to the student assessment data available on the CDE website. Through simulation activity you will have the opportunity to find and interpret data to develop plans to support and instruct English Language Learners.

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Leslie Grant

   University of Colorado Colorado Springs

   lgrant@uccs.edu

Building cultural experiences for teacher training

FRIDAY     11:15-12:00     WEST C

PAPER     AL, HE

 

Stephanie Dewing

   University of Colorado Colorado Springs

   sdewing2@uccs.edu

 

Teachers of ELLs grow professionally and personally when they engage in cultural experiences outside of their “comfort zones.” The presenters describe an assignment that involves an experience such as attendance at a religious service or cultural event that involves language and culture not part of the teachers’ usual interactions.

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Daniel Hanlon

Weld RE-4 School District                       daniel.hanlon@weldre4.k12.co.us

Building background and vocabulary for secondary ELLs

SATURDAY    11:15-12:00     WEST A

PUBLISHER SESSION- National Geographic School Publishing

 

ELL students require intensive vocabulary and background instruction to catch up to their native English-speaking peers, but this process must be accelerated for middle and high school students.  How can teachers facilitate this, especially in a multi-level classroom?  See how the effective, engaging curricula of Inside and Edge have helped.

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Nancy Harris

   Independent Educational Consultant

   neharris@sprintmail.com

Targeting vocabulary, content, and language gaps

SATURDAY    10:15-11:00     BOULDER

DEMONSTRATION     EE, SE, CA

 

Planning targeted literacy and content instruction over time using assessment data is modeled. Vocabulary, concept, and language development is addressed.  Methods for explicitly modeling instruction in whole and small group settings are demonstrated.  Text selection is addressed.  Scaffolding instruction throughout the day is covered.

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Linda Henriksen

   International English Center, University of Colorado Boulder

   lkhenriksen@yahoo.com

Reassessing writing needs of ESL/Multilingual students

SATURDAY     1:30-2:15     WEST D

PAPER     AL, IEP/HE/ GA

 

This paper  is a report of an institutional case study conducted at a Midwest university, which surveyed first-year mainstream composition instructors and their ESL/multilingual students regarding their respective perceptions of ESL/multilingual writers’ needs. The purpose was to determine justification for establishing separate sections of first-year composition courses for ESL/multilingual students.

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Cristina Hernandez

   Pearson, Teacher Education and Development

   Cristina.hernandez@pearson.com

The way students learn: Making content comprehensible

FRIDAY    3:30-4:15     WEST B

PUBLISHER SESSION-Pearson, Teacher Education and Development

 

Practitioners will learn instructional strategies and implementation techniques for teaching content while developing academic language while meeting the English Language Proficiency Standards.  The research validated SIOP Model is a lesson planning and delivery model of instruction which provides a framework for teaching within your district’s own initiatives.

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Andrea Heyman

  Front Range Community College

   dickh@verinet.com

12 ESL reading and writing activities

FRIDAY      9:15-11:00     BOULDER

WORKSHOP     AE, IEP/HE

 

This session will focus on fun, interesting, and critical thinking reading and writing activities for the  ESL classroom. This workshop is geared for intermediate and advanced ESL students.

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Beth Hickernell

   Federal Heights Elem., Adams 12 Five Star Schools

   betjotay@comcast.net

Games people play - for all ages

SATURDAY     2:30-3:15     WEST E

DEMONSTRATION     AE, EE, IEP/HE

 

The presenter will show and describe various games for helping beginning to intermediate learners excel in English.  Sample activities, video, and suggestions for implementation will be included.

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Susan Holloway

   Ft. Lupton Middle School

   wittmanholloway@yahoo.com

Closing the gap:  ELLs move up in math

FRIDAY      10:15-11:00     WEST D

PAPER     AL, SE, CA

 

Cheri Amrine

   Ft. Lupton Middle School

   c_amrine@msn.com

 

Presenters share a program model that provides remarkable results in “closing the math gap” for ELL’s.  This action research was originally funded by a Colorado Council of Teachers of Mathematics grant.  The presenters show how exacting use of curricula, assessments and relationships push students forward in the secondary mathematics hierarchy.   

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Gaye Horne

   Spring Institute for Intercultural Learning

   ghorne@springinstitute.org

How parent involvement changed my school

FRIDAY      1:30-2:15     EVERGREEN

DISCUSSION     AE, AL, EE

 

Noemi Aguilar

   Colorado Department of Education

   n_aguilar@cde.state.co.us

Linda McCaslin

   Bishop Elementary

   linda_mccaslin@englewood.k12.co.us

 

This interactive discussion will focus on how action research helped identify the need of supporting ELL parent and family engagement in an elementary school.  Learn what one school did to change the total environment and make significant gains with learners. Learn some techniques in engaging parents with limited English-speaking capabilities. Discover ideas that motivate parents to attend meetings and events. 

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Karen Horton

   Oxford University Press

   sarah.wears-garcia@oup.com

Choosing the right learner dictionary

FRIDAY      1:30-2:15     WEST B

PUBLISHER SESSION-Oxford University Press

 

Today’s learner dictionaries are an extraordinary resource for students and teachers alike. We will demonstrate how a good dictionary can facilitate the word learning process and become a solid foundation for helping to develop your students’ writing skills. We will provide specific classroom tips and activity templates for using dictionaries to develop learners’ vocabulary, writing skills, and critical thinking skills.  

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Karen Horton

   Oxford University Press

   sarah.wears-garcia@oup.com

Promoting critical thinking and language skills together

SATURDAY    10:15-11:00     WEST B

PUBLISHER SESSION-Oxford University Press

 

Debra Daise

   English Language Center – University of Denver

 dadaise@gmail.com
Charl Norloff
   International English Center – University of Colorado Boulder 
   norloff@colorado.edu
 

Language skills and proficiency ARE not the only factors holding students back from academic success.  Many students struggle with basic academic skills, including the ability to think critically about academic content.  This presentation focuses on ways that teachers can incorporate student learning outcomes into their classroom to help their students learn both language skills and academic skills.  

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Kim Hosp

   Emily Griffith Opportunity School

   kimberly_hosp@dpsk12.org

Truly preparing all ESL levels for work

SATURDAY    1:30-2:15     SPRUCE

PAPER     AE

 

Kate Goodspeed

   Emily Griffith Opportunity School

   Katherine_goodspeed@dpsk12.org

 

Are you giving your adult ESL students what they truly need to be successful in the workplace?  Through years of field research and running two innovative work skills programs, these presenters will share data on what employers really want and strategies to incorporate proven curriculum ideas into your own classes.

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Lauren Hoyt

   University of Collorado Boulder

   Lauren.Hoyt@Colorado.EDU

Assessment that works for English language learners

FRIDAY     9:15-10:00     EVERGREEN

DISCUSSION     AL, EE, SE

 

Participants will leave this session with an understanding of assessment that can transform instruction to support English Language Learners.  Presenters will share (1) an overview of formative assessment, (2) examples of assessment tools, and (3) hands-on strategies for using them.

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Anita Jepson-Gilbert

   Community College of Denver

   anitajg5@aol.com

The integrated skills class on a shoestring

FRIDAY     11:15-12:00     PARKER

DEMONSTRATION     AE, AL, EE, IEP/HE, GA, CA

 

Is it possible to integrate reading, writing, speaking and grammar structure from a single source in an hour class? Come and see how this seemingly impossible task can be accomplished in an integrated and meaningful way at any level, from basic to intermediate to advanced students.

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Laura B. Johnson

   Cherry Creek Schools

   ljohnson5@cherrycreekschools.org

ELA programming at the middle school level

SATURDAY    1:30-2:15    EVERGREEN

PAPER     AE, SE, GA

 

Elizabeth Ellingson

   Cherry Creek Schools

   eellingson3@cherrycreekschools.org

 

This will be an overview of a successful ELA program at Prairie Middle School.  We will look at student population, scheduling across grade levels, and student success rate. We will discuss scheduling and placing ELLs, how students advance through our program, and how they are exited and monitored.

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Stephanie Johnson

   Lewis Palmer School District

   sjohnson@lewispalmer.org

Three learning chances - June, July, and August

SATURDAY     11:15-12:00     WEST E

DEMONSTRATION     EE,SE, GA

 

Lisa Hatfield

   Lewis Palmer High School

   lhatfield@lewispalmer.org

Amy Gammell

   Lewis Palmer High School

   gammell@lewispalmer.org

 

The session is an overview of an ELL summer program instituted by Lewis Palmer School District. The program consisted of a bookmobile, a book club and a bridge program. They were designed to offer choice, self pacing and an incentive to maximize learning and preparedness for the new school year.

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Carol M. Johnson

   Renaissance Learning, Inc.

   carol.johnson@renlearn.com

Learning in English while learning English

FRIDAY      11:15-12:00     GOLDEN

DEMONSTRATION     BE, GA, CA

 

The biggest challenge for teachers of English language learners is finding a way to help students learn in the content areas while they are still learning English. The presenter will demonstrate how to develop background knowledge across the curriculum by selecting books in English and Spanish.

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John R. Jordan

   Intensive English Program, Colorado State University

   john.jordan@colostate.edu

Wikis and emails and blogs (oh, my!): Online tools for ESL writing

SATURDAY     2:30-3:15     BOULDER

DEMONSTRATION    CALL, IEP/HE

 

Myriad exciting new online media are available to educators and students; however, many educators (and a few students) feel tentative about using them. This presentation will demonstrate how wikis, e-mails, and blogs are being employed to enhance student learning and writing development in CSU’s IEP.

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John R. Jordan

   Intensive English Program, Colorado State University

   john.jordan@colostate.edu

It's showtime!  Using audio and visual media effectively

FRIDAY     10:15-11:00     WEST E

DEMONSTRATION     AL, GA, IEP/HE

 

Movies, songs, and books on tape all offer excellent opportunities to engage learners with authentic English. Using these media efficaciously is often a challenge; therefore, this presentation will demonstrate employing these media to maximal effect.

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Elise Keaton

   Higher Education Access Alliance

   elise@heaacolorado.org

Expanding access to higher-ed for Colorado graduates

FRIDAY     9:15-10:00     SPRUCE

DISCUSSION     AE, AL, BE, CALL, EE, IEP/HE, SE. GA

 

Annually, high achieving high school students drop out because they are unable to afford higher education.  The cost of attending college is prohibitively expensive for them because they are undocumented.  HEAA is building support for a state policy allowing all Colorado graduates to pay in-state tuition rates at Colorado colleges.

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Margaret Rohan Keefe

   Denver Public Schools

   margaret_keefe@dpsk12.org

Authentic Voices

FRIDAY     11:15-12:00     WEST E

DEMONSTRATION   AL, SE, IEP/HE

 

This 32-minute video presentation involves interviews with 19 secondary ELL students from 8 countries who respond to questions evoking their feelings on what teachers do to help them be more successful in school, and what makes learning difficult. Samples of several instructional strategies and video will be discussed and made available.

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Erin Kimmel

   Spring Institute for Intercultural Communication

   ekimmel@springinstitute.org

Keeping it real:  Using authentic materials

SATURDAY    2:30-3:15     CHERRY/PLUM

DEMONSTRATION     AE

 

The aim of this session is to describe how authentic materials can further the skills of adult learners. Participants will evaluate different activities for each skill to determine which are best for their class, and will learn how to use technology to introduce more authentic listening activities into their classroom.

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Cheyne Kirkpatrick

   Intensive English Program, Colorado State University

   cheynekirkpatrick@gmail.com

Using technology in the second language classroom

SATURDAY     2:30-3:15     EVERGREEN

DEMONSTRATION     AL, CALL, GA, IEP/HE

 

Wayne Walker

   Intensive English Program, Colorado State University

   wayne.walker@colostate.edu

 

It's always a worthwhile challenge to implement technology into the classroom.  This session will demonstrate the use of various forms of technology that can be used in the skills areas of Reading, Writing, Grammar, Listening, and Speaking.  Discussion and input from the audience is encouraged.

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Jennifer Levin

   Colorado State University

   jennifer.levin@colostate.edu

Supporting language development in freshman composition classrooms

SATURDAY    11:15-12:00     WEST A

DEMONSTRATION     AL, IEP/HE

 

Rachel Dedeyn

   Colorado State University

   rdedeyn@gmail.com

 

How can teachers help international students improve their language abilities in freshman composition? This demonstration presents strategies to integrate language instruction and support language development in both mainstream and ESL composition classrooms.   Classroom activities will be modeled and practiced and a handout will be provided.

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Jennifer Levin

   Colorado State University

   jennifer.levin@colostate.edu

The development of a grammar consultation service

FRIDAY     1:30-2:15     Poster Area

POSTER     AE, IEP/HE

 

Rachel Dedeyn

   Colorado State University

   rdedeyn@gmail.com

Gwen Shonkwiler

   Colorado State University

    gshonkwiler@hotmail.com

 

This poster presentation shows the development of a volunteer-run service to help freshman composition students find patterns of error in their essay drafts.  The service provides support for both students and teachers, while helping volunteers to gain teaching experience.

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Ardith Loustalet

   Northern Colorado Professional Development Center

   loustalet_ardith@stvrain.k12.co.us

Effective intake and orientation

SATURDAY      2:30-3:15     WEST A

PAPER     AE, PA, GA

 

Research shows that the first few weeks in an Adult Education program are critical for learners.  Effective intake, along with follow-up care by the Intake Specialist, is highly correlated with every student’s continuing persistence.  This presentation explores the “best practices” that will ensure effective intake and orientation for every learner.

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Ardith Loustalet

   Northern Colorado Professional Development Center

   loustalet_ardith@stvrain.k12.co.us

Improving word choice…one, two, three

FRIDAY      2:30-3:15     BOULDER

PAPER     AE, GA

 

The standardized CASAS Functional Writing Assessment officially verifies progress for adult  learners at all intermediate and advanced ESL levels in Colorado.  Teachers will leave this presentation with a three-step process and instructional activities to help learners gain new vocabulary, improve their writing and increase their FWA scores.

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Daphne Mackey

   Cambridge University Press

   mbaez@cambridge.org

Engaging students by building content reading skills

FRIDAY      1:30-2:15     WEST A

PUBLISHER SESSION-Cambridge University Press

 

 Do your students enjoy reading in English?  Help develop vocabulary and reading skills through fascinating real-life stories.  Readings will motivate both students on an academic preparation track and those studying general English.  Read This! is an excellent bridge for high-beginning to intermediate students who want to improve their reading skills.

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Colleen McGovern

   Spring International Language Center

   c.mcgovern@spring.edu

An investigation of the time management for instructors

FRIDAY     9:15-10:00     CONIFER

DISCUSSION     AE, IEP/HE

 

Shirlaine Castellino

   Spring International Language Center

   shirlaine.c@spring.edu

Lillian Delaney

   Spring International Language Center

   lilydelaney@gmail.com

 

Presenters will focus on the issues of time management, especially for grading and lesson preparation.  The discussion will include results of a faculty survey and possible resources. Suggestions from the participants will be collated as we consider how to find a balance between work and personal time.

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Alicia Kremsky Melgoza

   University of Denver

   akremsky@du.edu

Supporting Colorado teachers working with refugee students

SATURDAY    10:15-11;00    SPRUCE

PAPER    AL, HE, PA

 

The presenter, MA/MSW candidate from the University of Denver, will be discussing the findings of a community-based research project headed by Dr. Janet Shriberg that explored the lived experiences of diverse Colorado teachers working directly with refugee students in order to identify the best means of enhancing their professional development.

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Sheryl Meyer

   English Language Center – University of Denver

   shemeyer@du.edu

Creating communicative reading placement tests: One approach

SATURDAY    11:15-12:00     EVERGREEN

DEMONSTRATION     IEP/HE, PA

 

Julie Thornton

   English Language Center – University of Denver

      jthornt5@du.edu

 

Most Intensive English Programs pride themselves on teaching communicatively but often resort to multiple-choice placement tests upon a student’s arrival to the program.  The presenters will explain how their school tackled this problem by developing their own reading placement tests that go beyond the typical multiple choice option.  

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Leigha Brooke Meyers

   University of Utah

   lbrookem@gmail.com

Expanding L2 interaction in the study abroad context

SATURDAY    11:15-12:00     PARKER

DEMONSTRATION     AE, CALL, GA, IEP/HE

 

Anna Fichman

   University of Utah

   a.fichman@utah.edu

 

Students in study abroad programs often spend several hours a day in a classroom. This presentation suggests an alternative approach in which students acquire an L2 through interaction with a community and projects. The presenters demonstrate various activities and show how technology can be incorporated in study abroad contexts.

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Kara Mitchell

   University of Colorado Denver

   mitcheku@bc.edu

Is English really ALL that matters?

SATURDAY      10:15-11:00    CONIFER

PAPER     AL, SE, GA

 

 By conducting an expansive review of scholarship regarding the education of secondary bilingual learners and their teachers, four common “majoritarian stories” were identified: there is no story about race, difference is deficit, meritocracy is appropriate, and English is all that matters.  This presentation will explore and critique these identified stories.

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Pierre Montagano

   McGraw-Hill

   pierre_montagano@mcgraw-hill.com

Bridging the net generation lap

SATURDAY    10:15-11:00     WEST A

PUBLISHER SESSION-McGraw-Hill

 

 As the ‘Net Generation’ comes of age educators are met with increasing demands for delivering interactive learning. This innovative session will demonstrate different ways to deliver content to our students. Developing materials that uniquely meet our student educational goals is now easier in a digitized environment.    

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Pierre Montagano

   McGraw-Hill

   pierre_montagano@mcgraw-hill.com

Don't choose materials for your class "CREATE"'em!

FRIDAY    11:15-12:00     WEST B

PUBLISHER SESSION-McGraw-Hill

 

Create™ is a new, self-service website that allows you to create custom course materials by drawing upon McGraw-Hill’s comprehensive, cross-disciplinary content. Add your own content quickly and easily. Tap into other rights-secured third-party sources as well. Then, arrange the content in a way that makes the most sense.  

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Jessica Montgomerie

   University of Denver

   jessica.montgomerie@du.edu

Using plays to teach all skills

FRIDAY     2:30-3:15     GOLDEN

DEMONSTRATION     IEP/HE

 

This demonstration will show how dramatic literature can be used successfully with beginning level adult learners to get students engaged, build their vocabulary, increase their confidence in using English, and support them in developing critical thinking skills. The presenter will share activities and materials, including student samples.

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Charl Norloff

   University of Colorado Boulder

   norloff@colorado.edu

Practical applications of psycholinguistics in ESL classrooms

FRIDAY    11:15—12:00     WEST A

PAPER     GA

 

Lise Menn

   University of Colorado Boulder

   lise.menn@colorado.edu

 

You already know more than you think about how the brain processes language.  We present recent insights into how the brain does this and suggest practical applications for teaching key skills (pronunciation, vocabulary and reading) in the ESL classroom in ways that students can transfer to the real world.

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Enrique Pilleux

   CTB/McGraw-Hill

Embedding RTI into progress monitoring for FEBPs

FRIDAY     9:15-10:00     GOLDEN

PUBLISHER SESSION-CTB/McGraw-Hill

 

Gail Carpenter

   CTB/McGraw-Hill

   gail_carpenter@ctb.com

Paula Brown

   CTB/McGraw-Hill

 

ELL students designated as FEP can be monitored for academic progress using CO Acuity, an online formative assessment system that contains pre-made CSAP-predictive benchmark tests; pre-made standards-aligned diagnostic tests; an item bank aligned to standards for building custom tests; and instructional resources.  Presenters from CTB/McGraw-Hill will demonstrate how to utilize each features in an RTI model that addresses individual learning needs.  Come and join us for discussion and door prizes!

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George Plautz

   ELI - University of Utah

   gplautz@aoce.utah.edu

Perfecting pronunciation through puppet performance

SATURDAY    10:15-11:00     WEST E

DEMONSTRATION     IEP/HE, GA

 

Korrin Ebira

   ELI - University of Utah

   kebira@aoce.utah.edu

Rus Wilson

   ELI - University of Utah

   rwilson@aoce.utah.edu

 

Puppetry allows ESL students to focus on their pronunciation while lowering the affective filter. Students can more easily focus on enunciation, correct rhythm and stress and even articulation, exaggerating those aspects of speech that cause problems in comprehensibility. Simple puppet making, stage construction and script ideas will be presented.

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Danielle Rojas

   Colorado State University

   danivdre@lamar.colostate.edu

Teaching culture, vocabulary, and grammar through recipes

FRIDAY     10:15-11:00     PARKER

DEMONSTRATION     GA

 

Laci Rauch

   Colorado State University

   jrauch_14@hotmail.com

 

 How does one teach grammar and vocabulary and still make time to teach culture?  The answer: combine them by using realia such as recipes.  Presenters will present strategies for the implementation of recipes into the classroom and provide example activities in which recipes can be implemented.

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Barbara Sample

   Spring Institute for Intercultural Learning

   bsample@springinstitute.org

Developing problem-solving skills using case studies

SATURDAY    11:15-12:00     CONIFER

DEMONSTRATION     AE, SE, GA

 

Suzanne Saenz

   Spring Institute for Intercultural Learning

   ssaenz@springinstitute.org

Burna Dunn

   Spring Institute for Intercultural Learning

   bdunn@springinstitute.org

 

People who have limited English skills often find themselves in challenging situations. Lack of cross-cultural understanding often leads to critical incidents. This session deals with incorporating case studies into the ESL lesson as a strategy for developing skills to avoid and solve problems, particularly at work.

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Brenda Satar

   Community College of Aurora

Research driven design to scaffold for success

FRIDAY    2:30-4:15   WEST C

WORKSHOP   GA

 

Student achievement rests on how teachers build units for success.  Keeping in mind Krashen's affective filter and Cummin's scaffolding of task difficulty, this workshop will lead teachers to design lessons that engage all and bring about learning to all levels of students in a class.

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 Bonnie Scudder

   The Learner's Edge, Inc.

   bscudder@rscudder.com

Imagine secondary ELLs succeeding academically in English

FRIDAY    10:15-11:00   WEST B

PUBLISHER SESSION-The Learner’s Edge, Inc.  

 

Diane Johnson

Ken Andrews

 

Imagine the possible!  The solution for low-performing students.  A proven secondary intervention program that develops strong literacy skills in long-term ELLs and other at-risk students, resulting in success on state assessments in reading and writing.  This program addresses standards and “Race to the Top” requirements.  Research and handouts will be provided.

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John Segota

    TESOL

     jsegota@tesol.org

Advocacy 101

FRIDAT     2:30-4:15     CHERRY/PLUM

FORUM     GA

 

Want to be a better advocate for your students, your program, and your field? Learn everything you wanted to learn about advocacy, but were afraid to ask! This interactive workshop will feature detailed information on effective, grassroots-level techniques to get the attention of decision makers at local, state, and national levels.

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Lee Shainis

   Intercambio de Comunidades

   lee@intercambioweb.org

How to effectively train volunteers to teach ELL students

SATURDAY     1:30-3:15     GOLDEN

WORKSHOP     AE, AL, PA

 

Does your organization utilize volunteers to teach English? Do you feel like you can better equip them with skills they need to teach with confidence? This interactive workshop will help you to develop a short, effective and practical training for volunteers teaching ELL to immigrants in one-on-one or group settings.

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Lee Shainis

   Intercambio de Comunidades

   lee@intercambioweb.org

Using an easy-to-use database to make your program more efficient

FRIDAY      1:30-2:15     CHERRY/PLUM

DEMONSTRATION     AE, AL, PA

 

Do you wish that you had an easy-to-use database to keep track of your students and teachers, measure their progress, coordinate classes, print certificates, send mass emails, create attendance sheets, and more?  This workshop will use a sample database to demonstrate components to make your program more efficient and effective.   

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Lee Shainis

   Intercambio de Comunidades

   lee@intercambioweb.org

Teaching what every immigrant needs to know

FRIDAY     2:30-3:15     WEST B

PUBLISHER SESSION-Intercambio de Comunidades

 

Rachel Fuchs

   Intercambio de Communidades

   rachel@intercambioweb.org

 

This interactive workshop will provide teachers of adult ESL with ideas for teaching and discussing U.S. laws, health, finances, education, cultural norms and other practical information in a respectful, interactive and fun way.  Participants will walk away from the workshop with user-friendly materials, ideas, and activities to begin using immediately.   

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Bridget Shaughnessy

   National Geographic

   bridget_shaughnessy@yahoo.com

The next generation of language learning: REACH!

FRIDAY    1:30-2:15     WEST E

PUBLISHER SESSION-National Geographic

 

REACH  stimulates academic language learning through active engagement, emphasizes content vocabulary, integrates phonics thematically, and delivers focused skills and strategies instruction.  REACH builds on the best of Avenues and goes beyond!  REACH is the next generation of language, vocabulary, reading, writing, and content learning for English language learners!  

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Anthony Shull

   University of Colorado Colorado Springs

   ashull@uccs.edu

Collaboration on an English language village in South Korea

FRIDAY      1:30-2:15     GOLDEN

DISCUSSION     EE, PA, GA

 

Georgina Segura

   University of Colorado Colorado Springs

   gsegura@uccs.edu

Chris Sauer

   University of Colorado Colorado Springs

   chris.s.sauer@gmail.com

 

One of the most viable educational tools in the world is the English language, and opportunities to partner with institutions in the world to teach ESL are growing.  Many countries are undergoing the creation of an “English Language Village” to teach ESL. The challenges are many, the opportunities are endless.

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Barbara Sihombing

   Pearson Longman

   barbara.sihombing@pearson.com

Dictionaries as a dynamic academic language tool

FRIDAY     3:30-4:15     WEST A

PUBLISHER SESSION-Pearson Longman

 

Dictionaries designed with the learner in mind can be used as powerful tools to explicitly teach vocabulary and support students in becoming confident, independent dictionary users.  The presenter will demonstrate how using a dictionary specifically designed to help teachers make academic language instruction an integral part of lesson design.    

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Kelly Sippell

   University of Michigan Press

   ksippell@umich.edu

What skills do students need for college

FRIDAY    9:15-10:00    WEST B

PUBLISHER SESSION-MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY PRESS

 

Robyn Brinks Lockwood

   University of Michigan Press

 

How can you help students develop higher proficiency with complex academic skills like making presentations, participating in groups with native-speakers, and note-taking during long lectures that include digressions and interruptions?  The presenters demonstrate listening, speaking, and vocabulary activities and show video clips that model successful acadedmic interactions.  Handouts provided.

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Ethel C. Swartley

   English Language Center - University of Denver

   ethel.swartley@du.edu

English-learning experiences of students in Libya

SATURDAY      1:30-2:15     CONIFER

PAPER     IEP/HE

 

This session presents the results of a survey of 20 Libyan graduate students about their English-learning experiences before coming to study at an American IEP.  Differences in students’ experience based on age, gender, and educational background will be described, and implications for cross-cultural communication and classroom instruction will be discussed.

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Karen Taylor

   Independent Consultant

   katmail68@yahoo.com

See what you hear with the color vowel chart

SATURDAY      1:30-3:15     JEFFERSON

WORKSHOP     AE, AL, IEP / HE

 

Tired of elaborate charts, numbering systems, and other mnemonics to teach vowel sounds?  Do your students spend more time learning phonetic symbols than actually improving pronunciation?  This color-based approach to teaching pronunciation will help students focus on what really matters: vowel quality in word stress, phrase stress, and reduced speech.

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Christine Tinner

   Colorado Mountain College

   ctinner@coloradomtn.edu

Developing critical literacy skills

FRIDAY      9:15-10:00       CHERRY/PLUM

PAPER     AE, SE, IEP/HE

 

Adult English language learners with little or no experience reading and writing in their first language are often challenged by critical literacy skills. This workshop will focus on classroom instruction designed to assist adult students to develop higher order thinking skills such as analysis, evaluation, and synthesis.

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Linda Van Doren

   Colorado School of English

   linda@englishamerica.com

The wired classroom: Using the internet effectively

FRIDAY    3:30-4:15   GOLDEN

DEMONSTRATION   AE, CALL, IEP/HE

 

Chris Kilmer

   Colorado School of English

   chris@englishamerican.com

 

Participants will learn how to effectively use online tools to supplement their reading, writing, speaking, and listening classes.  Our group will demonstrate how to foster these core skills and encourage creative and critical thinking using materials that our students know and use daily (such as blogging, Facebook, Vimeo, and Wikipedia).

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Howard Vickers

   Avatar Languages

   howard@avatarlanguages.com

Learning with technology - teaching without

FRIDAY      1:30-2:15    WEST D

PAPER     AL, CALL, GA

 

How can teachers support mobile learning without using technology during class?  The presentation explores how students can bring real-life, linguistic experiences into class and how teachers can help the students learn from these experiences.  Through exploring case studies, you will gain both practical suggestions for activities and guiding pedagogical principles.

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Joyce Wade

   Carlsbad Municipal Schools

   jowadek@aol.com

Imagining the possible: Students teaching parents

SATURDAY     11:15-12:00     WEST C

DISCUSSION     AE, EE, GA

 

How can students learn a language when they don't hear it at home and have limited school settings? The presenter will describe how students can extend their school learning as mentors to their parents. The presenter will describe how this project as a Title One program with implications for ESL education.

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Bonnie Wetherbee

   Grandview High, Cherry Creek School District

   bonniesedai@yahoo.com

Communicative activities:  Less teacher, more student talk

FRIDAY     10:15-11:00     WEST C

DEMONSTRATION     SE, GA, IEP/HE

 

 Communicative activities focus on student use of the language in engaging and enjoyable ways.  This interactive demonstration will allow teachers to participate in several creative activities and will provide descriptions and resources for many others, that can be quickly added to next week’s lesson plans.

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 Bonnie Wetherbee

   Grandview High, Cherry Creek School District

   bonniesedai@yahoo.com

Working overseas: The English Language Fellow Program

SATURDAY     2:30-3:15     WEST B

PAPER     SE, GA, IEP/HE

 

The Department of State and Georgetown University offer a very accessible program for teachers to live overseas and work in various educational situations for ten months. The presenter will share a powerpoint of her experience in Uruguay and the steps to apply for this program.

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Bonnie Wetherbee

   Grandview High, CCSD

   bonniesedai@yahoo.com

Less stress, more learning in the classroom

FRIDAY     2:30-3:15     JEFFERSON

PAPER     SE, GA, IEP/HE

 

Stress can negatively impact students’ ability to learn.  The

presenter will offer a PowerPoint presentation to highlight current research, suggest simple modifications to some procedures that will reduce the negative effects of stress, and several activities that will allow the audience to participate in adapted activities.