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
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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.


Heidi Doolittle

Senior Lecturer, Gonzaga University
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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 →
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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
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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
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2:30pm PDT

Want to Volunteer to Teach English?
Volunteer to teach English! In this session, participants will learn about the current functions of Barton English Language School (BELS), a community language school in downtown Spokane. Volunteers are trained and supported (online/in-person). Participants will learn a variety of ways to be involved. Current tutors will share their experiences.


Becky Rempe

Director, Barton English Language School

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