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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Instructional Strategies [clear filter]
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.

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Luz Roth

Co -Founder, Global Vida
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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 →
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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.


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

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.


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.

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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.


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

12:25pm PDT

Employment-focused task-based instruction for adult refugee English learners (Drop-in Poster Session)
Adult low-literacy refugee background English students form a distinct learning group with their own strengths and struggles. This presentation will share the preliminary insights gained from a study that empirically tested employment-focused task-based English lessons designed for Syrian refugees in Canada. _x000D_
Keywords: refugee, limited literacy, ESL, task-based instruction, adult

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Monica Conners

MA Candidate, University of Victoria
Monica’s work serving vulnerable populations with varied previous educational experiences began in 2006. Gaps in her knowledge about how to best teach English learners with limited literacy in their first languages led her to pursue her master’s degree at the University of Victoria... Read More →

Saturday October 23, 2021 12:25pm - 12:50pm PDT
Cascades Range

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.

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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.

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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

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.

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Nizar Ali

ELA Instructor, Renton Technical College
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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.

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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
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