2022 Literacy Symposium for Faith-Affiliated Programs

About This Year's Sessions

You can read about the sessions below, and the schedule is also available as a PDF to download and/or print.

Starting a New ESL Ministry – or Starting Over

Planning to start a new ESL ministry, or re-start an old one? Let Literacy ConneXus help! Join ministry consultants to discuss strategies and best practices for creating or revitalizing your program.

Presenter: Karen Peiser

Track: Administrative

Knowing Our Students to Meet Their ESL Needs

The ESL classroom is a space that allows the teacher and students the opportunity to explore and learn about the diverse cultures represented in the classroom. Learn how to create a welcoming environment that celebrates the diversity of ESL students and why it is important.

Presenter: Angela Garcia

Track: ESL Teaching

Storytime and Networking Across Texas

Want to help Literacy ConneXus connect 254 counties? (Bad grammar, but you get the idea.) We are a family that stretches from El Paso to East Texas and from the Panhandle to Padre Island. This is a time to meet new friends and share your story.

Presenter: Lester Meriwether

Track: Administrative

Differentiation for Multilevel Classes

Are you struggling with students of different proficiency levels all in the same class? Learn about the various forms that differentiation can take and how to help all your students progress and be successful.

Presenter: Nikki Ashcraft

Track: ESL Teaching

Self-Care 101

Between Zoom fatigue and compassion fatigue, the pandemic has stressed and stretched ESL teachers, program leaders, and students alike. In this session, we will consider how we can better address the social and emotional needs of ourselves and those in our programs and classrooms.

Presenter: Katie Welch

Track: Administrative

Getting Students Talking by Asking the Right Questions

Want to get students talking and interacting? Join us to talk about techniques and strategies for getting students talking, including what kinds of questions to ask and how to follow up.

Presenter: Cindy Kilpatrick

Track: ESL Teaching

Teaching ESL in a Church Context

How do church leaders, program directors, and teachers approach ESL in a way that empowers learners and represents Christ well? This session explores ESL teaching from a Christian perspective.

Presenter: Matthew Johnston

Track: Administrative

Teaching via Zoom vs In-Person

Personal stories of ministry leaders and how they taught during the pandemic will be presented and discussed. This will include keeping in touch with students during pandemic times.

Presenter: Karen Peiser

Track: ESL Teaching

Questions for Literacy Connexus and Texas Trainers

Have questions about different aspects of ESL ministries? Join a group of Literacy ConneXus Ministry Consultants for Q&A and discussion about logistics and administration.

Presenters: Various

Track: Administrative

“But how do I – ?” – Q&A with Experienced ESL Teachers

Have some burning questions about what to do in your classroom or how to handle certain situations? Join experienced ESL teachers and ask whatever you want to know.

Presenters: Various

Track: ESL Teaching

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