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CAL offers workshop suggestions
“The Center for Applied Linguistics is a private, nonprofit organization promoting access, equity and mutual understanding for linguistically and culturally diverse people around the world.”
How does one choose between the many tempting workshops at the TESOL convention?
Naturally, I chat with a friends and co-workers collecting tips. I check titles, times, and locations. I seek more information online!
The outstanding Center for Applied Linguistics website includes many resources for ESL teachers, program administrators, and university researchers. Their goal, which I share, is to bridge the huge gap between academic theory and classroom practice, finding effective ways to help adult English language learner gain fluency in our confusing tongue. Adult educators will find a plethora of valuable materials here. Yet ESL teachers working with children will also discover practical information such as an introduction to Student Oral Proficiency Assessment .
USING THE WEBSITE
First stop, therefore, is the the CAL website for a list of recommended workshops by CAL researchers. As ever, the Center for Applied Linguistics website provided some practical suggestions.
“World of TESOL, Worlds of Refugees”, “Strategies for Serving High Advanced Adult ESL Students”, and “Building Academic Language Through Scaffolded Instructional Conversations”, and “Analyzing Oral Proficiency to Guide Instruction” sound like sensible, smart choices. “Applying Teacher Input to Improve Assessment” also sounds like an excellent idea. Two other workshops that caught my eye, “Interested in Working as as ESOL Consultant” and “Connecting Culture and Language in ELL Instruction”, but I’m not going to any workshops that start at 7:30 AM or 7:30 PM while visiting New York City. Right?
Anyway, English teachers, teacher trainers, program administrators should consider bookmarking the site to stay current on research to help ESL, ELL, or EFL students. I learn something on each visit. You might too.
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