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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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Saturday, October 23
 

10:30am PDT

IGUAL O EQUITATIVO: Know how to strategize to accelerate learning!
Una presentación verdaderamente centrada en ejemplos prácticos para apoyar cada una de las metas dirigidas al desarrollo óptimo de la lectoescritura. Desde la expresión oral, la fonología, fonética y la decodificación; hasta la lectura con fluidez… ¡Estos centros de actividades con propósito, apoyan exitosamente cada una de estas competencias! Participants will be able to take-away great ideas to plan lessons with EQUITY using Purposeful Activity Centers, PACs, which successfully address various proficiency levels in second language development.

Speakers
avatar for Luz Roth

Luz Roth

Co -Founder, Global Vida
avatar for Evelyn Recinos

Evelyn Recinos

ELL / Bilingual Teacher, Schuyler Community Schools
Evelyn Recinos- Menéndez is originally from Guatemala and this is her 12th year  at Schuyler Community Schools serving students from different parts of the world.  One of her main goals is to create a diverse and equitable learning environment implementing a holistic dynamic multicultural... Read More →
avatar for Viviana Hall

Viviana Hall

Global Vida
Viviana Hall a native of Bogota, Colombia has more than 20 years of experience in bilingual education. She began her teaching career in the bilingual classroom at Garland ISD and quickly joined acclaimed bilingual teacher training programs as a faculty member in north Texas universities... Read More →


Saturday October 23, 2021 10:30am - 11:15am PDT
Mt. Spokane

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

Create a Learning Environment That Connects with Students
We care enough to provide a nurturing environment of learning for our students. I can help you to increase learning time, establish routines/procedures, eliminate warnings, and empower your students to take responsibility for their actions. You will be able to use these strategies in class the next day.

Speakers
avatar for Annette Lind

Annette Lind

Educator, Washington State Educator
Clinical Supervisor, Workshop Presenter, Teacher, WGU Graduate (MS in Curriculum and Instruction; BA in SPED and Elementary Ed.)I love sharing my ideas with others while I continue to learn new things every day.


Saturday October 23, 2021 10:30am - 11:15am PDT
Mt. Adams
  Other, Workshop
  • Target Audience k-12

10:30am PDT

L2 Writing: An asset based lens promotes writing proficiency
L2 writing instruction benefits from L1 linguistic assets. This presentation describes a study of L2 writing that revealed errors and a high proficiency of complex verb tenses, and a capitalization pattern that reflected Marshallese noun classification. The localized study has instructional and assessment implications for all writers, including Pacific Islanders.

Speakers
avatar for Jill Pagels

Jill Pagels

Professor, Sam Houston State University
I recently completed my doctorate in literacy, with a bilingual literacy focus. This degree (Sam Houston State University 2021) compliments my MA TESOL (SHSU, 2013) and BA Linguistics (University of Arizona, 1985). Language, culture, and diversity have always fascinated me, as interaction... Read More →


Saturday October 23, 2021 10:30am - 11:15am PDT
Cascades Range

10:30am PDT

Utilizing Universal Design for Learning in TESOL
This presentation will explore universal design for learning (UDL) principles for teaching learners of all languages and abilities. The focus of the session will be on incorporating the UDL framework to remove barriers to educational access in pursuit of equitable learning spaces.

Speakers
avatar for Jackie Otting

Jackie Otting

Consultant, Graduate Student, Kooapps, Inc; University of Washington
I am a master's student at the University of Washington studying Learning Sciences and Human Development with a graduate certificate in Disability Studies. I am on leave from my position as an elementary ML teacher in Iowa to complete my degree but will return to this position fall... Read More →


Saturday October 23, 2021 10:30am - 11:15am PDT
Mt. Rainier

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

Bilingual Lessons for People and the Planet
Introduce environmental stewardship to elementary students while building literacy skills for dual-language learners. Engage in games, an interactive story, and data representation for academic enrichment in science, mathematics, social studies and language arts.

Speakers
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Jonas Cox

Gonzaga University


Saturday October 23, 2021 11:30am - 12:15pm PDT
Mt. Adams

11:30am PDT

CANCELED SESSION - Put CLASS back in Classroom with Grace and a PLAN! (link deactivated)
Applicable, effective, enforceable classroom management strategies for immediate use! Leave excited, empowered, energized! Have a plan for handling Classroom Management. Maximize student learning. Increase time in daily lessons and teaching by decreasing discipline problems. Restore the CLASS in your Classroom and alleviate up to 70% of classroom discipline problems.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Awesome

Jennifer Awesome

North Kitsap School District


Saturday October 23, 2021 11:30am - 12:15pm PDT
Olympic Penninsula

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

11:30am PDT

Post-Pandemic Equity Strategies for Teaching Multilingual Learners
Using an "educational equity portal" metaphor, participants will consider the gateway between the educational world we knew before the pandemic and the next one we are ready to create and explore four key, post-pandemic equity strategies and practical ways to implement them in their own classrooms.

Speakers
avatar for Carrie McDermott Goldman

Carrie McDermott Goldman

Associate Professor & Coordinator of Graduate TESOL/ Bilingual Programs, Molloy College
Carrie L. McDermott Goldman, Ed.D., is Associate Professor, Coordinator of Graduate and Post-Graduate TESOL/ Bilingual Programs, and Director of Bilingual and TESOL Grants at Molloy College, Rockville Centre, New York. She teaches pre-service and in-service teachers equitable pedagogical... Read More →
avatar for Andrea Honigsfeld

Andrea Honigsfeld

Professor, Molloy College
My research interests are broad-based and include cultural and linguistic diversity, preservice and inservice teacher education, more specifically, English language methodology, collaborative service delivery to support English learners, differentiated instruction, and equity for... Read More →


Saturday October 23, 2021 11:30am - 12:15pm PDT
Mt. Rainier

11:30am PDT

The Role of ESL Games in Active Critical Language Learning
As language learning involves ongoing productive practice, it requires active knowledge construction rather than passive knowledge transmission. The mechanical learning approaches to language acquisition have failed the communicative needs of the contemporary communication. This study aims to address how games could positively enhance active critical language learning among ESL/EFL learners.

Speakers
avatar for Sam Yousefifard

Sam Yousefifard

Instructional Technology Designer, University of British Columbia
Sam is an Instructional Technology Designer at the University of British Columbia, Canada. He holds a master’s degree in Media and Technology Studies Education from UBC and a significant number of certificates from Harvard, Pennsylvania, Michigan, California-San Diego, Illinois... Read More →


Saturday October 23, 2021 11:30am - 12:15pm PDT
Mt. Spokane

1:00pm PDT

Afternoon Keynote: Welcoming Washington: A Collective Effort to Support Afghan Arrivals
Washington state has a long history of welcoming people from refugee and immigrant backgrounds.  Since 1979, more than 140,000 people have resettled in Washington’s local communities through the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program.  Supporting the integration of newcomers involves many different members of our communities.  English as a Second Language Programs for kids and adults play a critical role in helping people to not only learn English but also supporting kids in schools, building community across refugee and immigrant groups, and gaining important knowledge and information needed for people to grow and thrive.  Join me in discussing how Washington communities play a vital role in supporting our nation’s response to welcoming our newest neighbors from Afghanistan.

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Peterson

Sarah Peterson

WA State Refugee Coordinator, Office of Refugee and Immigrant Assistance, DSHS
Sarah Peterson is the Washington State Refugee Coordinator and oversees the Washington Office of Refugee and Immigrant Assistance (ORIA). Before taking on this role in 2014, Sarah spent 15 years working with refugee and immigrant communities in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Sarah attributes... Read More →


Saturday October 23, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm PDT
Gathering Space

2:30pm PDT

Creating Safe and Healing Learning Spaces for our New Neighbors
Come gain an understanding of 1) the global refugee crisis and the impact of forced migration; 2) the context of families arriving in WA from Afghanistan and many other countries; 3) trauma informed approaches to education and how to create a safe and healing learning space for newcomer students.

Speakers
avatar for Rachel Kurz

Rachel Kurz

Youth and Education Program Manager, International Rescue Committee (IRC)
Rachel Kurz has over twelve years’ experience in international relief and development in the education sector. She has a background in education and M.S.Ed. in Curriculum , Instruction and Assessment. Rachel has worked with students from refugee and immigrant contexts both internationally... Read More →


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

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
avatar for Nizar Ali

Nizar Ali

ELA Instructor, Renton Technical College


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

2:30pm PDT

Equitable Education for MLs with Disabilities Starts with Prepared Teachers
This session will report data from a survey of K-12 educators examining how prepared they feel to teach multilingual learners with disabilities (MLDs). This presentation will examine the implications of professional development for educators of MLDs and inclusive education in the pursuit of educational equity for these learners.

Speakers
avatar for Jackie Otting

Jackie Otting

Consultant, Graduate Student, Kooapps, Inc; University of Washington
I am a master's student at the University of Washington studying Learning Sciences and Human Development with a graduate certificate in Disability Studies. I am on leave from my position as an elementary ML teacher in Iowa to complete my degree but will return to this position fall... Read More →


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

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

A Game of C.H.E.S.S: Meeting the Whole Child
To reach today's learner, today's teacher should be equipped on ensuring students are challenged healthy, engaged, safe and supported. This session aims to support teacher's endeavors in this effort.

Speakers
avatar for Monea Beene

Monea Beene

Owner, MRB Educational Consulting
Monea Beene currently serves as an Assistant Principal full-time and is an Educational Consultant and public speaker part-time. Monea is an innovative, forward thinking leader with a relentless drive to achieve the vision of any organization that supports education and instruction... Read More →


Saturday October 23, 2021 3:30pm - 4:15pm PDT
Mt. Rainier

3:30pm PDT

An Asset-Based Approach to an Inclusive Newcomer Program
This interactive K-8 Newcomer session presents a template for a Newcomer program. Learn about key elements of a Newcomer program, have discussions on instruction and assessment, develop recommendations for a Newcomer program for older students, and develop a check list of elements for a Newcomer instructional program.

Speakers
avatar for Jesús Cervantes

Jesús Cervantes

Director Biliteracy and ELD, Benchmark Education Company
Hello, my name is Jesús Cervantes. I work for Benchmark Education as National Director of Biliteracy and ELD. My areas of expertise are lLanguage Acquistion, Biliteracy, Dual Language Education, English Language Learners, and Instruction for English Learners and Spanish Learners.Please... Read More →
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 October 23, 2021 3:30pm - 4:15pm PDT
Columbia Basin

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
 
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