Category: 4: afternoon 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 Speaker *

Eddies of Hope: How ESL Teachers are Changing the Tide in Health Literacy

A growing body of evidence links limited English proficiency and health literacy to poor health status, inadequate quality of care, higher rates of chronic disease, and excess health care costs. Given these persistent links between language/literacy and health disparities in at-risk immigrant communities, it is unsettling that there are not more established routes to interchange and collaboration between adult ESL educators and health professionals. Moreover, although many current definitions of health literacy have moved beyond a narrow focus on reading/writing skills, both educators and health professionals continue to struggle to identify and account for the unique circumstances that define the health literacy needs of immigrant communities. This interactive talk aims to stimulate reflection and action in response to two broad questions: What are ways we can use our L2 pedagogical expertise to support health literacy initiatives? Can our classroom practices in fact help to promote positive health outcomes in high-risk immigrant communities?

Maricel Santos is Assistant Professor of English at San Francisco State University, where she teaches in the M.A. in TESOL Program and the Ed.D. Program in Educational Leadership. She also is a research scholar supported by a Research Infrastructure in Minority Institutions (RIMI) grant from the National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities, National Institutes of Health.  Her research interests include L2 vocabulary acquisition, adult ESL learners in transitional programs, and L2 reading engagement. Her health literacy research explores adult ESL participation as a health-protective factor in transnational immigrant communities.  She has an Ed.D. in Language and Literacy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and an M.A. in TESOL from the Monterey Institute of International Studies.

Putting English in Action

Eric Bredenberg, Heinle Cengage Learning

Putting English into action makes a successful class.  Active Vocabulary, Active Grammar, Active Listening/Speaking, Active Technology, Active Reading, and Active Writing are all components of the new edition of English in Action 2/e by Heinle publishers.  This hands-on workshop shows how to do it!  Free samples provided.

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

Cristin Boyd, Studies in American Language, SJSU

Frustrated by textbooks with inadequate paraphrase activities? Wondering how L1s might figure into the task? Come learn about common challenges students face when paraphrasing, see some proven paraphrase activities (for advanced writers) and develop your own activities for Monday’s class. Handouts and other resources provided.

Workshop Presentation (90 minutes)

Casa Fuente Building, Room 452

Melody Noll

McGraw-Hill ESL’s Interactions is now online! The most popular academic skills preparation series is now packaged with a media-rich online environment that has all new audio, video, and interactive flash cards and animations.  Make learning interactive in the classroom and beyond!

Demonstration Presentation (45 minutes)
Casa Fuente Building, Pacific Lab

Elizabeth Kuizenga Romijn & Contee Seely

Total Physical Response is the most efficient use of students’ time at beginning levels for all ages. Because of context through physical actions and props, meaning is obvious, acquisition real, and assessment built-in. Veteran practitioners demonstrate how to use it, at various levels, for vocabulary, listening, grammar, fluency and literacy.

Workshop Presentation (90 minutes)
E, S, CC, C/U, IEP, A, & TEW

Morse Building, Room B106

Rod Hinn, Monterey Institute of International Studies

Input is usually defined as the linguistic data that is available to individuals in the environment.  The presentation will discuss the problem with such a definition and offer an alternative: the concept of language experience. Drawn from emergentist perspectives, an understanding of language experiences can lead us to certain pedagogical implications.

Paper Presentation (45 minutes)
Morse Building, Room B206

Marceta Branka, OTAN

The Outreach and Technical Assistance Network (OTAN) hosts a website with many resources for teachers. Focused on the adult level it includes an online collection of lesson plans as well as an online tool for teachers to use in creating and saving their own lesson plans, websites for classroom activities, professional development resources, and information on using technology and multimedia in instruction. Teachers can find resources for professional development, classroom management tips, and engaging activities for students. The Students Succeed project provides many inspiring stories of individuals who have come through adult ESL classes and have achieved some of their life goals. Some stories include short videos. Web-based activities review and present online tools to extend learning and teaching outside the classroom walls.

Demonstration Presentation (45 minutes)

Morse Building, Room B104

Jennifer Gemma

How often have you asked yourself, “How can I get my students to participate?”  This workshop will help you find solutions to that question.  With a video and step-by-step guide, participants will explore the cultural aspects of participating in an academic context and will leave with techniques designed to encourage students to participate.

Workshop Presentation (90 minutes)

Morse Building, Room B109



Gemma 1_CATESOL Northern Regional 2010Cover (.doc)

Gemma 2_Northern CATESOLSampleLesson (.doc)

Gemma 3_Northern CATESOL CardsPlan (.doc)

Gemma 4_NorthernCATESOLParticipationCards (.doc)

Gemma 5_Northern CATESOL Participation Language (.doc)

Gemma 6_NorthernCATESOL (.ppt)

Michelle Cadden, 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.

Publisher Presentation (45 minutes)
E, S, A

Morse Building, Room B105

Session Resources

Cadden 1_American_Dictionaries_Northern Regional 2010 slides (.pdf)

Cadden 2 - first slide of presentation

Cadden 2 - first slide of presentation