Building Bridges to Higher Learning: Metacognitive Skills for Low-Level Learners
Metacognitive skills such as goal setting, self-assessment, learning strategies, and study skills are proven to increase students’ effectiveness in learning, and yet they are often reserved for high-level classes. In this hands-on session, the presenter will introduce engaging low-level activities to develop “learning-to-learn” skills in our low-level ESOL learners. April 6th 4:00 pm – 4:45 pm in room Key 10
Smart Practice: Brain-based Approaches to Teaching
What does recent research say about the mind, memory, and learning? How can we, as educators, translate these findings into engaging and enriching classroom learning? In this session you will learn hands-on classroom techniques to enrich student learning and strengthen student memory. April 7th 10:30 am – 11:15 am in room Key 10
Beyond Coursebooks: Designing and Using Video and Digital Materials
Teachers bring video or digital materials into the classroom to share authentic source of language, to increase student interest, to use up-to-date materials. Learn how to write content for video, techniques for producing effective videos, the advantages of using video input over audio or reading sources, and how to run a listening classroom with digital media and video. April 8th 9:30 am – 11:15 am in room 345
Eyes on the Prize: Integrating High Standards in Lower Levels
What can we learn from the College and Career Readiness Standards? How can we teach academic reading and writing skills in our lower level ESOL classes? This session identifies best teaching practices for adult learners with limited formal education within our new context of high academic standards. Thursday, April 7th 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm in room 343
Employability and English: How to Integrate Content in One Curriculum
How can we integrate employability skills in our general ESOL curriculum? Along with academic and technical skills, employability skills are critical to college and career readiness. In this session we will discuss the workplace of today and what skills are essential to getting and sustaining employment and how to develop these skills in meaningful ways in the ESOL classroom. Session 7, Tuesday, April 12, 3:45pm – 5:00pm
Foundational Transition Skills: Encouraging Effective Learning Skills from the Start
What are the skills of effective learners? How can we explicitly teach these skills early in an ESOL curriculum? This hands-on workshop introduces classroom tools and program initiatives to encourage students at all levels to develop skills in goal setting, self-assessment, self advocacy, learning strategies, study habits, and learning routines. Session 9, Wednesday, April 13, 10:45am – 12:00pm.
Four BIG tools for engaging students in BETTER reading skills.
According to the College and Career Readiness Standards, students need to reach a higher level of complexity. With the Depth of Knowledge (DOK) as a guide to engage readers in complex thinking, the presenters will introduce four simple tools: highlighters, sticky notes, graphic organizers, and a core of simple questions. Session 10, Wednesday, April 13, 1:45pm – 3:00pm.