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WAESOL, the Washington state affiliate of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), is a professional, non-profit organization whose purposes are to:
  • Promote scholarship
  • Disseminate information related to ESOL
  • Strengthen instruction, teacher training, and research in the teaching of English to speakers of other languages

Date: Saturday, October 23, 2021; Online
Visit waesol.org for membership, conference information, and to learn more about WAESOL.

Recordings will be posted by November 1st.

Clock hours will be available for both the live conference and the recorded sessions. Please note: Clock hours can only be earned once for a particular session either during the live conference or as a recording.  

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Higher Ed. Intensive English [clear filter]
Saturday, October 23
 

10:30am PDT

World-Building and Storytelling: Collaborative Creative Writing in the ESL Classroom
Creative writing activities can help ELLs develop voice, style, and linguistic flexibility. Incorporating collaborative creative writing tasks into lessons can also motivate students, spark their interest in writing, and offer opportunities for exercising metacognitive and problem-solving skills. This workshop-style presentation will walk teachers through creative writing exercises in world-building, character creation, and story development, demonstrating structured activities that will empower students creatively and engage their sense of play as they develop their writing skills together.

Speakers
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Audra Lord

Academic Director, ALPS Language School
Audra Lord is a teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESL) based in Seattle, Washington. She holds a Master of Arts in Linguistics-TESOL and a TESL Certificate from Oakland University (Rochester, Michigan). Audra has taught English in Wellington, New Zealand, Ayutthaya... Read More →


Saturday October 23, 2021 10:30am - 11:15am PDT
Olympic Penninsula

10:30am PDT

#teachertechtips
This presentation focuses on easy-to-use technology for designing materials. Teaching online inspired innovative techniques to digitize worksheets, presentations, and collaborative activities. Simultaneously, the hash tag #teachertechtips became popular. This presentation highlights the best tech tips and examples of how to use them in language classes online and in person.

Speakers
avatar for Margaret (Maggie) Diehl

Margaret (Maggie) Diehl

Instructor, Mukogawa US Campus/SCC/Gonzaga
Margaret (Maggie) Diehl is an ESL instructor in the Spokane area. She teaches at Mukogawa Women’s University, Spokane Community College, and Gonzaga University. Juggling adjunct work can be difficult, but the varied experiences and contexts have given many opportunities for her... Read More →


Saturday October 23, 2021 10:30am - 11:15am PDT
Omak River

10:30am PDT

Peace Education: Returning WWII Good Luck Flags to Japanese Families
We introduce “yosegaki hinomaru—group-written flags" with messages from men for WWII soldiers and “senninbari”—1000-stitch keepsakes women made. Participants engage in peace education, values clarification, conflict resolution, master narrative examination, and reflection while identifying ways to use this lesson, share lessons they teach, and validate culturally responsive teaching.

Speakers
avatar for LaVona Reeves

LaVona Reeves

Professor of English, Eastern Washington University
Former WAESOL President and board member, LaVona Reeves is Professor of English at Eastern Washington University, where she teaches linguistics, literature, TESL, and gender studies. She has also taught at the University of Wyoming, Boise State, Osaka University, & Harvard & in the... Read More →
avatar for Akira Nakagawa

Akira Nakagawa

Instructor, Osaka University of Commerce
Akira Nakagawa teaches English at Osaka University of Commerce.  He earned the Master of Arts in English with a TESL Emphasis from Eastern Washington University, where he wrote a thesis on the suffering passive in Japanese and problems Japanese students face when they write in English... Read More →


Saturday October 23, 2021 10:30am - 11:15am PDT
The Palouse

10:30am PDT

The Power of Podcasting: How To Launch an ELT Podcast
This presentation shares a streamlined process around the creation of an ELT podcast, from concept inception to launch. Presenters will share challenges that may arise in the process, and practices for mediation. Session participants will leave with succinct strategies for creating their own digital learning community.

Speakers
avatar for Anna Ciriani-Dean

Anna Ciriani-Dean

Co-Creator, The Teacher Think-Aloud Podcast
Anna Ciriani-Dean is co-creator of The Teacher Think-Aloud Podcast, a podcast for reflective practice for teachers of English around the world, and program manager at Jump on Languages, a Seattle-based company which offers a variety of in-person and online language-learning programs... Read More →
avatar for Shelynn Riel

Shelynn Riel

Co-creator, The Teacher Think-Aloud Podcast
Shélynn is the Co-Creator of The Teacher Think-Aloud Podcast, a podcast for reflective practice for teachers of English around the world, and a Professional Development Consultant and Facilitator for i-Earn (International Education and Resource Network) USA. She also teaches Intercultural... Read More →


Saturday October 23, 2021 10:30am - 11:15pm PDT
Columbia Basin

11:30am PDT

Interested in Publishing or Peer Reviewing with WAESOL Educator?
WAESOL Educator is the online publication of WAESOL. Participants will learn the process of manuscript submission and of the opportunity to become a peer reviewer. We encourage new and potential writers to attend. Join us to see how you can move forward in your development as a professional.

Speakers
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Heidi Doolittle

Senior Lecturer, Gonzaga University
avatar for David Martin

David Martin

Professor, Washington State University
David Martin has been teaching for 21 years with about 15 in the ESL realm. He is currently a Teaching Assistant Professor in the English department at WSU, focusing on developmental and first-year composition. His research interests include ESL teacher identity trajectories, identities... Read More →
avatar for Martha Savage

Martha Savage

2021 Past President, WAESOL
Mary Martha Savage’s classroom experience spans k-12, adult/immigrant, IEP and MTSL graduate coursework. She is a frequent workshop presenter because…"I enjoy hearing the lived experience of others as we explore how to teach in more effective ways." She retired in June 2020 from... Read More →


Saturday October 23, 2021 11:30am - 12:15pm PDT
Cascades Range

11:30am PDT

The World is Your Classroom: Teach with English Language Programs
Learn how you can make a difference globally through in-person and virtual teaching projects designed by U.S. Embassies for experienced U.S. TESOL professionals. English Language Fellows, Specialists, and Virtual Educators provide English language instruction, conduct teacher training, and develop resources. Join us to hear from program staff and alumni.

Speakers
avatar for Terrell Hawkins

Terrell Hawkins

English Language Programs, U.S Department of State
English Language Programs places highly qualified U.S.-citizen educators in the field of TESOL on projects funded by the U.S. Department of State to assist U.S. Embassies in delivering English language programs and supporting public diplomacy and mutual understanding through cultural... Read More →


Saturday October 23, 2021 11:30am - 12:15pm PDT
Salish Sea

11:30am PDT

Critical Reading Strategies in the ESL Classroom
This critical qualitative research study explores the possibility of applying principles and practices of critical literacy to the teaching of ESL reading texts and offers ESL educators a variety of effective strategies to promote ESL students’ critical engagement with their texts, specifically to help them disrupt the commonplace.

Speakers
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Jihyun Nam

Adjunct ESL Instructor, Shoreline Community College
Jihyun Nam is an associate faculty member of the ESL program at Shoreline Community College (SCC). He received an M.A. degree in TESOL & Applied Linguistics and a Ph.D. degree in Language Education at Indiana University at Bloomington. Prior to arriving at SCC, he taught pre-service... Read More →


Saturday October 23, 2021 11:30am - 12:15pm PDT
Columbia Basin

2:30pm PDT

OET - The Newest English Test to be Accepted in Washington
OET [Occupational English Test] has recently been accepted in Washington as a means for foreign-trained nurses to prove their English fluency as part of their registration process. In this session, you will learn the basics of the test and how it could be an exciting new teaching opportunity for you.

Speakers
avatar for Rebecca Bush

Rebecca Bush

Teaching and Learning Manager, OET [Occupational English Test]
Are you interested in learning more about teaching English to Doctors and Nurses hoping to work in the US and specifically in Washington State? I'd love to tell you more about the Occupational English Test (OET) which has recently been recognised by the Washington State Nursing Care... Read More →


Saturday October 23, 2021 2:30pm - 3:15pm PDT
Columbia Basin

2:30pm PDT

Teaching Sentence Structure to Language Learners: From Paper to Zoom
In this workshop, educators explore delivery methods, from paper to Zoom, for teaching sentence structure. With terms related to composing sentences, participants work in groups to analyze sentence structure exercises, and plan their own. A variety of related instructional materials are provided, with games to engage the students.

Speakers
avatar for Terry Knudsen

Terry Knudsen

Instructor of English, Mukogawa U.S. Campus


Saturday October 23, 2021 2:30pm - 3:15pm PDT
Mt. Rainier

2:30pm PDT

Writing Clear Instructions to Increase Equity for Multilingual Students
If you have struggled to explain complicated instructions to ELL students, or to help teachers write comprehensible instructions, join us to discuss abbreviating and simplifying instructions to make assignments more accessible for multilingual students. We will consider how students process language and how to organize information to facilitate student success.

Speakers
avatar for Jovilin Grunewald

Jovilin Grunewald

ELL Teacher, Oak Harbor SD
I love talking about teaching language, and about ways to partner with Gen Ed peers to more comprehensively serve MLs. I'm interested in the cognitive processing aspects of language acquisition and memory, and, nerdily enough, in dead languages with interesting writing systems... Read More →


Saturday October 23, 2021 2:30pm - 3:15pm PDT
The Palouse

2:30pm PDT

Examining ESL/EFL Teachers’ Attitudes and Perspectives towards World Englishes
This study examines the attitudes and perspectives of Filipino and Chinese ESL/EFL teachers on World Englishes through focus group discussions, open-ended questionnaires, and interviews. The results will help in identifying the gaps in language teaching, providing suggestions on inclusivity and asserting legitimacy of non-native English teachers as speakers of English.

Speakers
avatar for Alexander Fukin Tang

Alexander Fukin Tang

Adjunct Faculty, Seattle Central College
Alex Tang is an adjunct faculty member in the Basic and Transitional Studies Division at Seattle Central College. His research interests include but are not limited to: the use of L1 in the second language classroom, sociolinguistics, and less commonly taught grammar structures such... Read More →


Saturday October 23, 2021 2:30pm - 3:15pm PDT
Olympic Penninsula

2:30pm PDT

Open Educational Resources (OERs): Definition and Overview
Looking for new materials to incorporate into your class? Learn about what Open Educational Resources (OER) are, where you can find them, and how they can help eliminate barriers for traditionally under-served students.If you are interested in using free, accessible course materials that you can share, modify and repurpose to you your students’ needs and course outcomes then you in the right session

Speakers
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Jessica Koshi-Lum

Associate Dean of the Library, Renton Technical College
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Nizar Ali

ELA Instructor, Renton Technical College


Saturday October 23, 2021 2:30pm - 3:15pm PDT
Salish Sea

3:30pm PDT

21st Century Learners Need 21st Century Teachers
To help learners acquire 21st century skills, teachers are required to be themselves 21st century teachers. In other words they are called to possess the know- how of teaching the core academic subjects and skills that learners have to master to succeed in work and life. In this presentation, the presenters discuss the requirements of today’s society and share some activities that would result in critical thinking, communication, collaboration and learners’ engagement to promote the 21st century skills.

Speakers
avatar for Nizar Ali

Nizar Ali

ELA Instructor, Renton Technical College
avatar for Azzeddine Bencherab

Azzeddine Bencherab

Lecturer, Universite Stambouli Mustapha, Mascara 29000
Mr. Azzeddine Bencherab is a former language instructor at College of Ajman, UAE where he taught Business Communication and Business Ethics at the MBA Department. He is author of more than 20 articles published in USA, UK, and Japan and five books in the European Union. His field... Read More →


Saturday October 23, 2021 3:30pm - 4:15pm PDT
Salish Sea

3:30pm PDT

Embodied oral reading for enhancing English language teaching course content.
This presentation details a set of techniques, based on embodied (gesture enhanced) oral reading that supports learning of course content and pronunciation. The gesture plus touch (haptic) engagement is designed to enhance expressiveness, attention and memory for both form and content. Applicable for learners of all ages and proficiency levels.

Speakers
avatar for Acton Haptic Pronunciation

Acton Haptic Pronunciation

President, AMPISys, Inc.
Acton Haptic Pronunciation (www.actonhaptic.com and actonhaptic@locals.co) is the community of "hapticians," lovers of haptic pronunciation teaching. The parent company, Acton Multiple-modality Pronunciation Instruction Systems (AMPISys.inc.) was established in 2008. Haptic Pronunciation... Read More →


Saturday October 23, 2021 3:30pm - 4:15pm PDT
Cascades Range

3:30pm PDT

Exploring Sight: Supporting ESL Learning
Why does vision supersede the other senses? What occurs during visual processing in the brain? How does the primacy of vision impact ESL teaching materials design? One teaching method (Visual Thinking Strategies) is highlighted.

Speakers
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Michèle Pointel

Graduate Student, Gonzaga University
Some of my ESL interests are in the areas of immigrant & refugee, third language acquisition, multilingualism, and curriculum and materials design.


Saturday October 23, 2021 3:30pm - 4:15pm PDT
Omak River

3:30pm PDT

Re-humanizing the Online Class: Designing for Community and Identity Development
Creating an online class in which ESOL students are able to develop deep connections to the language and one another can be challenging. This report discusses recent research from a variety of disciplines and provides practical tips for combining visual and curricular design to create a dynamic, welcoming online environment.

Speakers
avatar for Angel Steadman

Angel Steadman

Tenure-Track Faculty, ELCAP, Highline College


Saturday October 23, 2021 3:30pm - 4:15pm PDT
The Palouse
 
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