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Friday, September 21
 

12:00pm

The Key to Helping ESL Students with Seven Difficult Grammar Points
In this workshop, we will look at seven difficult grammar topics for ESL students, including prepositions, verb tenses, and phrasal verbs. We will identify student errors, discuss how to explain the correction, and consider class activities or teaching techniques to address these particular grammar issues.  This workshop is especially good for teachers who are not sure of how to explain why we say IN January but ON Monday, why we say "I HAVE EATEN SUSHI BEFORE" but not I HAVE EATEN SUSHI LAST NIGHT, or when we would prefer to say HE'LL CANCEL IT versus HE'LL CALL IT OFF (when CANCEL and CALL OFF are synonyms).

Speakers
avatar for Keith Folse

Keith Folse

Professor, TESOL University of Central Florida, University of Central Florida
Dr. Folse is currently professor of TESOL at the University of Central Florida. For almost 40 years, he has taught English in the US (Mississippi, Alabama, Oregon, and Florida) as well as internationally (Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Kuwait, and Japan). He is both a researcher and an author... Read More →



Friday September 21, 2018 12:00pm - 1:45pm
Salon 6

12:00pm

Twist with the Rubik's Cube
Every one has seen the Rubik's Cube. Most people have twisted it to the delight of solving just one side. Learn how to solve it, integrated it and use it in the classroom for all grades and languages.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Littlefield

Mark Littlefield

LS Technology Coordinator, University School of Nashville, Nashville, TN
Mark is the lower school technology coordinator at University School of Nashville. He formerly worked at an ESL teacher for 10 years and as a technology coach, specifically with ESL teachers.


Friday September 21, 2018 12:00pm - 1:45pm
Franklin

2:00pm

Academic Vocabulary for More Precise Language
Academic Vocabulary is the Gold Standard for Academic Success.

Speakers
avatar for Beth Houck

Beth Houck

ELL teacher, Pigeon Forge High School, Pigeon Forge, TN
Participants will learn....how to explicitly teach high-utility, precise vocabulary for academic competency, and how to develop students’ competent command of a word through speaking, writing, and assessment tasks. Hands-on activities and digital handouts will be provided, which... Read More →


Friday September 21, 2018 2:00pm - 3:45pm
Franklin

2:00pm

Engaging ELs: Developing Lifelong Learners Through Literacy and STEAM
Actively engaging ELs can often be a struggle no matter the subject or level. This interactive session will explore hands-on strategies for engaging ELs through various literacy and STEAM activities. Come prepared to actively learn through discussion, investigation, and exploration!

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Hannah Brown

Rhea Middle School, Evensville, Tennessee
Hannah Brown is an educator who loves motivating students to achieve through hands-on learning. A graduate of Lee University, she has taught students in grades K-8 and currently teaches at Rhea Middle School. When she isn't presenting or teaching, she enjoys writing, reading books... Read More →



Friday September 21, 2018 2:00pm - 3:45pm
Salon 3

2:00pm

Teachers Plus Technology Equals Text that Matters to All Students
Transform literacy with digital texts and tools: Padlet, Google Suite, Benchmark Universe, Flipgrid, and videos. Create engaging eBooks; provide reading assignments; and blend classroom instruction with interactive whiteboard resources. Bring Your Own Device to customize texts for close reading and review the Universal Design for Learning.

Speakers
avatar for Shauna Williams

Shauna Williams

National Literacy Consultant, Benchmark Education Company
I am passionate about technology and how I am constantly challenged to keep up with all of the changes. I'm always learning!



Friday September 21, 2018 2:00pm - 3:45pm
Salon 1

3:00pm

Bring Mentor Sentences to Light: Strengthen Grammar in Context
Using a mentor text to teach writing lends innovation to the idea of teaching good writing at the sentence level. Participants will not only examine the practice and philosophy of using a mentor sentence routine, but will also use authentic texts to choose and create mentor sentences they can take back to the classroom in this interactive session.

Speakers
avatar for Sunita Watson

Sunita Watson

ESL Teacher, Rutherford County Schools, Murfreesboro, TN
Sunita Watson has taught elementary education for 25 years and ESL for 13 years. She is an avid writer and works with the Middle Tennessee Writing Project at Middle Tennessee State University. She has experience presenting and mentoring novice teachers.



Friday September 21, 2018 3:00pm - 4:45pm
Salon 2

3:00pm

Writer's Workshop for EL Students: Putting the Pieces Together
Participants will learn how to break down a writing prompt into a week-long writer's workshop session. Participants will learn how to utilize Thinking Maps, Share and Pair speaking exercises, and writing rubrics to create and support 5 daily writing tasks that help students successfully produce a final writing product by the end of the week.

Speakers
avatar for Marissa Tomasic

Marissa Tomasic

EL Teacher, Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools, Taylor Stratton Elementary School, Madison, Tennessee
Marissa Tomasic has been an educator for Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools for eleven years. Ms. Tomasic has a Master's Degree in English Language Learning, and she currently teaches and provides K-2 EL services for Level 1 and Level 2 students at Taylor Stratton Elementary School... Read More →


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Friday September 21, 2018 3:00pm - 4:45pm
Salon 4
 
Saturday, September 22
 

8:00am

Turning Long Term Language Learners Into ESL Graduates
Speakers
avatar for Dr. Christine Tennyson

Dr. Christine Tennyson

Title I ESL District Instructional Coach, Rutherford County Schools
Dr. Christine Tennyson is an ESL instructional coach for Title I schools in Murfreesboro, TN in the Rutherford County School District. Previously, she taught middle school ESL for 18 years. She also currently teaches adjunct at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, TN. She teaches... Read More →
avatar for Meghan Vigil

Meghan Vigil

ESL Teacher, Smyrna Middle School, Smyrna, TN
With a M.Ed in English Language Learning, Meghan Vigil has taught ESL at Smyrna Middle School in Rutherford County for 6 years.



Saturday September 22, 2018 8:00am - 9:00am
Williamson

9:00am

Get Teachers Hooked on the Reading Habit: Read-Alouds Do Work
Students can think and discuss far above the level at which they can read. Selecting books that are both complex in ideas and language help build metacognitive skills. Participants will use interactive Read-Alouds that support the development of language and literacy by planning intentional teaching opportunities for the read-aloud.

Speakers
avatar for Shauna Williams

Shauna Williams

National Literacy Consultant, Benchmark Education Company
I am passionate about technology and how I am constantly challenged to keep up with all of the changes. I'm always learning!



Saturday September 22, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
Morgan

9:00am

Best Vocabulary Teaching Practices: Research Findings and the Real World
Vocabulary knowledge is crucial for all learners, but lack of vocabulary knowledge is especially important to ESL learners. While everyone pretty much agrees that vocabulary is important, very few programs do anything to address vocabulary on a consistent basis.  
This workshop will address key issues in teaching vocabulary such as: identifying words that students are not likely to know, explaining new vocabulary, and practicing new vocabulary. Teachers will leave with a new appreciation for the lexical plight that our learners face and take away specific classroom activities to help students with learning vocabulary.


Speakers
avatar for Keith Folse

Keith Folse

Professor, TESOL University of Central Florida, University of Central Florida
Dr. Folse is currently professor of TESOL at the University of Central Florida. For almost 40 years, he has taught English in the US (Mississippi, Alabama, Oregon, and Florida) as well as internationally (Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Kuwait, and Japan). He is both a researcher and an author... Read More →



Saturday September 22, 2018 9:00am - 10:45am
Salon 6

9:00am

Shining a Light on Linguistic Diversity in the ESL Classroom
A workshop on language change and linguistic diversity that empowers teachers to address nonstandard dialects in the K-12 classroom to ensure all speakers feel valued in academic spaces. Participants will engage with real data to practice leading discussions on dialect appropriate for classrooms with native and non-native speakers.

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Trini Stickle

Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY
Trini Stickle is an Assistant Professor of English at Western Kentucky University. She has published on the pedagogical value of using dialect data, specifically the use of the Dictionary of American Regional English (DARE), and has chapters in two forthcoming edited collections on... Read More →
avatar for Alison Youngblood

Alison Youngblood

Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY
Alison Youngblood is an Assistant Professor of TESOL at Western Kentucky University. She has been an ESL teacher educator for 6 years and previously taught ESL in the U.S., Japan, and South Korea for 10 years.



Saturday September 22, 2018 9:00am - 10:45am
Franklin