Category: 9:00-9:45

* 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)


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

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)

Michelle Cadden, Oxford University Press

English Language Learners may not succeed in content classrooms because of their inability to use classroom language. We will suggest ways that ESL and content teachers can promote academic language for ELLs in content classrooms by examining classroom vocabulary, and showing how teacher scaffolding and interactional protocols work.

Publisher Presentation (45 minutes)
A, E, S

Morse Building,
Room B105

Greta Shoop, Monterey Institute of International Studies

The presenter will share examples of textbook revisions she has found helpful in her experience as a Peace Corps EFL instructor. The session will include tips for adapting grammar translation centered materials into more communicative lessons for future Peace Corps volunteers and others who plan on teaching in developing countries.

Demonstration Presentation (45 minutes)
Morse Building,
Room A101



Melody Noll

All-Star, the scientifically proven, classroom-tested adult educational series is now in its 2nd edition. This session will focus on demonstrating how All-Star, the trusted classroom leader, equips students with the proper tools so they can succeed with their transitional goals. As teachers accommodate different students transitional goals flexibility is key. We will discuss integrating the proper technology tools into your adult education classes, making learning fun, teaching with the right mix of grammar and listening and ultimately preparing students to be successful.

Demonstration Presentation (45 minutes)
Morse Building, Room A203