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Bouncing Back: Creating a Culture of Resilience in ESL Programs

About This Session


Resilience is often defined as the ability to “bounce back” from challenges. How “bouncy” are your ESL students?

Learn how to foster an environment where everyone — both teachers and students — feels empowered to persist in the face of stress and adversity.

What we'll cover:

This interactive session will focus on how to foster an environment where students are empowered to persist in the face of stress and adversity. Drawing from Angela Duckworth’s grit framework and Carol Dweck’s growth mindset, we will explore how these concepts intersect with English Language Teaching. We will look at practical classroom examples of resilience-in-action but will also think more broadly about how anyone working in an ESL Program can do their part to inspire learners (and their teachers!) to persevere through whatever obstacles they encounter.

Resilience is often defined as the ability to “bounce back” from difficult circumstances. How “bouncy” are your students? How about your teachers? In this session, we will use the theme of bouncy balls to frame a discussion about how to create a culture of resilience in ESL programs where everyone – both teachers and students – feels encouraged to persist despite challenges they may face.

Attendees will be offered the opportunity to reflect on their own “adversity quotient” as educators/administrators while also considering the types of challenges their students face. We will investigate how the language acquisition process naturally builds resilience while also exploring how teachers can intentionally use language to foster a growth mindset in students. We will wrap up the session with specific ways to foster “bounciness” in volunteer teachers who can sometimes become discouraged by spotty attendance and disengaged students.

Attendees will leave with specific, easy-to-implement ideas for their ESL classrooms and programs.

Topics & Focus

Primary Topic Area
MAIN FOCUS ESL-ELL, English Language Learning
Session will also cover:
topic - instructional theory, methodology, research


PD other

Handouts & Materials

No handouts or materials available at this time.


Welch, Katie

Katie Welch
Educational Consultant
Welch Education (this session sponsored by Cambridge University Press – see below)

Visit Cambridge University Press in the conference Exhibitor Area!

ROLE general audience
LEVEL beginner
Product promotion?
Other info:

Come prepared to play with bouncy balls, as we talk about creating “bouncy” students who are able to bounce back from life’s challenges as they learn a new language.

Cambridge University Press regularly provides professional development to ESL teachers as a part of its mission as a non-profit publisher. While this session is geared toward a general audience and is not focused on any one particular product, the learning is sponsored by Cambridge.

Breakout24 – WELCH

Page checked or updated: 6/28/24

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