English Language Learning

This page lists the confirmed breakout sessions at the 2022 Literacy Texas Annual Conference with the primary topic of ESL, ELL – all kinds of English Language Learning. Secondary topics are listed with each session.

Pronunciation: Climbing Mountains, Skirting Molehills, and Telling the Two Apart

In this presentation you will learn techniques to help students pronounce sounds and correct errors through learning both the “how” of sound production and the “why” of the underlying phonetic patterns of English.

You’ll also learn strategies for helping students learn the trick of substituting a “better” mispronunciation for a “worse” one.

Additionally, you’ll learn how pronunciation and literacy aid and reinforce each other.

Presenter: Elizabeth Martinez
Organization: ESL Imprinted

BEGINNER-FRIENDLY SESSION
ALSO COVERS literacy for work, work readiness
OF MOST USE TO Classroom Instructors
Other info:

Content will be drawn from the Phonics for Reading and Understanding books from ESL Imprinted. You will not need to own the books to benefit from the session.

Sounding Out, Sound Blending and Sight Words: How to Build Literacy in Beginners

In this presentation, you will learn to meet the needs of non-literate beginners. You will learn techniques for teaching phonics and in particular the skill of sound blending, whereby beginners learn to do, consciously, the sounding-out that competent readers do unconsciously.

You will also learn to teach the sight words that are necessary for understanding normal prose in the quirky, sometimes unphonetic language that is English.

Presenter: Elizabeth Martinez
Organization: ESL Imprinted

BEGINNER-FRIENDLY SESSION
ALSO COVERS literacy for work, work readiness
ALSO COVERS parent & family literacy
OF MOST USE TO Classroom Instructors
Other info:

Content will be drawn from the Phonics for Reading and Understanding books from ESL Imprinted. You will not need to own the books to benefit from the session.

Making Corrections - Encouraging Mistakes and Correcting Effectively

In this interactive workshop, we will discuss the importance of encouraging mistakes in the classroom, and how to make effective corrections that students remember and practice.

We will investigate common parts of a lesson, comparing activities where immediate corrections are helpful versus fluency activities where corrections can occur later, as well as the importance of self-correction, and when students can support one another.

Presenter: Karin Bates
Organization: Intercambio Uniting Communities

BEGINNER-FRIENDLY but some prior knowledge helpful.
ALSO COVERS HSE, ASE, ABE - Adult Basic Literacy
ALSO COVERS instructional theory, methodology, research
OF MOST USE TO Classroom Instructors

Pronunciation for Adult ELLs

This workshop will provide you with practical, easy-to-use tools and techniques to deliver on what adult ESL students want most: to speak English well. By addressing students’ desires to learn correct pronunciation, you will also build their confidence, rapport, retention and participation in virtual and in-person classes.

Presenter: Karin Bates
Organization: Intercambio Uniting Communities

BEGINNER-FRIENDLY but some prior knowledge helpful.
ALSO COVERS instructional theory, methodology, research
OF MOST USE TO Classroom Instructors

Integrating Cultural Humility into English Teaching

In this inspiring and interactive workshop, we will explore what cultural humility means, how to practice it, the impacts of building (and not building) cultural humility as teachers and administrators, and how this approach can help us better communicate across language barriers.

For anyone interested in advancing their journey around equity in the classroom, this topic is foundational.

Presenter: Karin Bates
Organization: Intercambio Uniting Communities

BEGINNER-FRIENDLY but some prior knowledge helpful.
ALSO COVERS instructional theory, methodology, research
OF MOST USE TO Classroom Instructors

Hands on Burlington CORE: Make Your Program Shine!

With Burlington Core, teachers can re-envision the traditional classroom and create technology-rich learning communities where students develop language proficiency and master digital literacy skills.

Participants will get an in-depth look at this blended curriculum and explore how to use the engaging, web-based lessons with detailed lesson plans to ensure coherent, guided instruction, encouraging student retention and persistence.

Presenters: Martin Loa, Erin Cococcia
Organization: BurlingtonEnglish

BEGINNER-FRIENDLY SESSION
ALSO COVERS literacy for work, work readiness
ALSO COVERS civics & citizenship
OF MOST USE TO Decision-Makers
Other info:

This vendor presentation will introduce you to the web-based, blended ESL Curriculum for Adult AEL Programs, BurlingtonEnglish

Ventures in Cambridge One: Engage and Motivate Your Students

How does technology fit into your classroom? Maybe a little, a lot, or somewhere in the middle?

Join us to explore a flexible digital experience for Adult Ed programs that engages and motivates students to make teaching easier, track learning, and help enrollment through retention.

Presenter: Robin Graybill
Organization: Cambridge University Press & Assessment

BEGINNER-FRIENDLY SESSION
ALSO COVERS digital literacy & technology
ALSO COVERS distance & virtual learning
OF MOST USE TO Decision-Makers
Other info:

Cambridge University Press & Assessment – Ventures 3rd Edition has a new digital learning environment on Cambridge One with mobile-compatible digital material.

Reflect: Using Scaffolded Activities and Writing Models to Improve Writing

The “Write” section in National Geographic Learning’s new “Reflect” series gives students the tools they need to successfully complete the Unit Task. Students analyze the various parts of the Model to understand the structure and language required before applying the principles to their own writing.

A “Plan & Write” subsection steps out the writing process for students, giving them opportunities to brainstorm, outline, plan, draft, revise, and edit their writing.

Session attendees will use a variety of writing models and scaffolded activities to see how these tools support developing writers. Each attendee will receive a copy of the new Reflect Reading, Writing, and Critical Thinking Book with eBook and Online Practice.

Presenter: Janet Kay
Organization: National Geographic Learning

BEGINNER-FRIENDLY but some prior knowledge helpful.
ALSO COVERS HSE, ASE, ABE - Adult Basic Literacy
OF MOST USE TO Classroom Instructors
Other info:

National Geographic Learning has a new Reflect series for reading, writing, and critical thinking, and this new product will be the focus of this session.

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