Category: 2: morning sessions

* Keynote Speaker *

Transforming Teaching and Learning: The Dynamic Quality of Language

One of the ways that teaching and learning can be transformed is if we learn to think differently about what it is that we teach.  At one point in the history of the field, the goal was for learners to master the grammatical structures of the language.  At a subsequent point in time, it was the functional language used in communication that was taught.  In this presentation, I will offer a new way of conceiving of our subject matter—language as a dynamic system.  I will maintain that the dynamism of language has been unappreciated and that recognizing its dynamic quality has the potential to transform teaching and learning.

Diane Larsen-Freeman (Ph.D. in Linguistics, University of Michigan, 1975) is Professor of Education, Professor of Linguistics, Research Scientist at the English Language Institute, and Faculty Associate at the Center for the Study of Complex Systems at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is also a Distinguished Senior Faculty Fellow at the Graduate SIT Institute in Brattleboro, Vermont.  Dr. Larsen-Freeman has been a conference speaker in over 65 countries of the world and has published over 100 articles in her areas of interest: second language acquisition, language teacher education, applied linguistics, language teaching methodology, and complexity theory.

McCone Building, Irvine Auditorium (60 minutes)


* Featured Panel *

Getting Past Perceptions: Transformative Teaching by Nonnative-Speaking English Teachers

An important “changing tide” in our profession involves the roles and status of non-native English speaking teachers (NNESTs). This panel examines NNESTs’ situations from the perspective of a program administrator, a teacher educator, and three NNESTs, who will discuss the rewards and challenges of employing, educating, and being NNESTs.

Kathleen M. Bailey (panel moderator) received her MA and PhD from UCLA. She teaches at the Monterey Institute of International Studies and in the online TESOL program at Anaheim University. From 1998-1999, she was the president of TESOL. She is currently the President of The International Research Foundation for English Language Education (TIRF), a non-profit organization which supports research in our field.

Adalyat Akbarova received her BA in teaching English and Turkish at the University of International Relations and World Languages, Kazakhstan. She taught General English to university level students in her alma mater for 4 years. She is a recipient of the Presidential Scholarship and is currently pursuing her MA degree in TESOL at the Monterey Institute of International Studies.

Yulia Nikolskaya taught English as a foreign language in Moscow, Russia, from 2003 – 2009. She currently works as an instructor of English as a second language in the Intensive English Programs at the Monterey Institute of International Studies and is completing her MA in TESOL at the Institute.

Hwabok Oh is from South Korea and is an MA candidate in TESOL at MIIS. She taught English in Korea from 2001 to 2009 for elementary through college level students. Her last job was teaching the grammar section of TEPS (Test of English Proficiency, developed by Seoul National University).

Patricia Szasz is the Director of Intensive English Programs at the Monterey Institute. An alumna of the Institute’s MA TESOL program, Patricia serves as the Chair for the Intensive English Program level of CATESOL. Her academic interests include program administration, project-based learning, and intercultural communication issues.

* Featured Speaker *

Changing Tides:  Metaphors for Teaching

As tides rise and fall, so too do approaches to teaching and learning. To prepare learners for the 21st century, we need to change our metaphors for teaching– from an industrial model of education to a networked model. The essential element of such an approach is collaboration—among teachers and among learners, and between teacher and learner. This collaboration needs to be grounded in explorations of classroom practice and in the cycle of reflection/action. This presentation will outline what such collaboration looks like in practice, giving participants opportunities to engage in their own explorations.

Denise E. Murray is Emeritus Professor at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia and San José State University, California. She was founding Chair of the Department of Linguistics and Language Development at San José State for 9 years, and Executive Director of the National Centre for English Language Teaching and Research and the AMEP Research Centre at Macquarie University for 6 years. She served on the TESOL Board of Directors for 7 years, being President in 1996-7. Her publications include What English language Teachers Need to Know I & II (with MaryAnn Christison, Routledge); Leadership in English Language Teaching (with MaryAnn Christison, Routledge); Planning Change; Changing Plans (University of Michigan Press); and Knowledge Machines: Language and Society in a Digital Era (Longman). Her research interests include CALL, leadership, crosscultural literacy, and language diversity.

Grammar in Context Now Has MORE

Eric Bredenberg, Heinle Cengage

In this interactive presentation, attendees will see the evolution of the modern classic, Grammar in Context.  Based on success stories and teacher feedback, the new edition of Grammar in Context offers MORE of what works for teachers and students.  Participants will learn how to engage learners by using effective visuals, writing, editing, and technology techniques, all while teaching grammar in context!

Publisher Presentation (45 minutes)
Casa Fuente Building, Room 434

Elizabeth Kuizenga Romijn
Contee Seely
Robert Wachman, Yuba College/Command Performance

“Live Action English” is loved by thousands of teachers. Co-author demonstrates how to use it as a main text. Her new book Recurrent Action Grammar shows how to flesh it out with enjoyable, diverse classroom activities. Related software Live Action English Interactive and accompanying Workbooks will also be shown briefly.

Publisher Presentation (45 minutes)

Casa Fuente Building, Room 452

Ann Dennehy & Armenuhi Hovhannes

Presentation of interactive on-line resources, teacher-created websites, kinesthetic activities, and lessons, adaptable for all levels of academic and non-academic ESL. Lessons easily encourage student-directed research and responses in academic and creative writing, incorporating essays, short stories, poetry, art and film.

Workshop Presentation (90 minutes)

Casa Fuente Building, Pacific Lab

Marceta Branka, OTAN

Looking to expand your teaching toolkit? OTAN’s website offers many free resources for adult level ESL teachers. A collection of reviewed Web sites, online lesson plans and lesson plan builder, student success stories, technology integration videos, and ideas for using Web based resources and professional development will be discussed.

Demonstration Presentation (45 minutes)
Morse Building, Room B106



OTAN website:

USA Learns (online lessons for distance learning, also classroom):

OTAN also sponsors Moodle sites for Adult School programs

Katie Dutcher, Monterey Institute of International Studies

What happens to students’ writing when there’s no teacher to help them? Learn tools and techniques for fostering self-analysis and correction. Using a cycle including detailed evaluation tools, specific goal-setting, and systematic, individualized online practice, students take responsibility for their own learning, notice progress, and gain confidence in timed writing tasks.

Demonstration Presentation (45 minutes)

Morse Building, Room B206

Session Resources

Link to Presentation on

Dutcher 1_Self-analysis and Goal-setting 1 (.pdf)

Dutcher 2_Self-analysis and Goal-setting 2 (.pdf)

Dutcher 3_Weblinks for Writing Practice (.doc)

Dutcher 4_End-of-Semester Portfolio Review (.pdf)

Peter Shaw, Monterey Institute of International Studies
Lisa Donohoe Luscombe, Monterey Institute of International Studies

This presentation describes a model for CBI teacher training in nuclear physics and security. Matched teams of MIIS content and EAP specialists joined counterparts from a Russian university to produce a collaborative curriculum based in a signature fusion of content and language teaching mastery, intercultural competence and mutual trust.

Paper Presentation (45 minutes)
Morse Building, Room B104


VIDEO with classroom footage

Presentation Slides (Google Doc)

Janice Tolman

To develop skills in critical thinking and pedagogy applicable to teaching grammar, writing, and civics to adult and young adult ESL students, workshop participants will apply analytical tools derived from critical linguistics to a political speech. In their analysis, they will code the text, make statements based on evidence, and evaluate the rhetorical purpose of the text. Additional objectives include the structure of an argument and Constitutional law applied to political discourse.

Workshop Presentation (90 minutes)
Morse Building,
Room B109