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

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.

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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

11:30am PDT

Custom Storytelling
Can we teach a language through a personal story? _x000D_
Storying is a term defined as constructing stories in the mind and aims to making meaning. In that sense storying is relevant to all areas of curriculum, and storytelling influences the development of language in multiple ways.

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Nouf Alkhidhr

Professor of Arabic & English, Alif institute
Nouf is a professor of Arabic and TESOL. Her published work includes children's books written in Arabic. She is passionate about storytelling, language, music, charity projects, Arabic & the kind way of teaching. Author of The Arabic Kitab: 101-level Arabic textbook & a full language... Read More →

Saturday October 23, 2021 11:30am - 12:15pm PDT
Omak River

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.


Michèle Pointel

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

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