ELL Collaborative 2019 Summer Academy: TNTESOL Mini-Conference

My students are speaking; now what? Building oral language is more than just talking. This session introduces structures to build students’ oral language through core academic conversations using the 5 core skills of academic conversations. The presenter offers strategies to increase interaction and facilitation of conversations and to develop methods for intentional practice of oral language.

This presentation includes a description of collaboration between ELL teachers and classroom teachers, a research-based discussion of why collaboration is a beneficial ELL instructional option, and how to implement a collaboration plan with key tips for elementary and secondary settings.

Strategies and best practices for English Learners apply to students of various needs. This presentation has three areas of focus: 1) Newcomers and those with the lowest levels of English proficiency; 2) Instruction and assessment in the content areas; and 3) Cross-cultural understanding and diversity. Participants will learn how the combination of a district’s scope and sequence with ESL resources such as the individual learning plan provides both teacher and learner with a set of tools for rigorous instruction and learning.

This session will outline the challenges and successes of developing a newcomer program for high school students, highlighting techniques used in newcomer classes to bolster language development. Presenters will offer tips on how to create and develop curriculum.

Dr. Stephen Krashen’s research shows that without 100% comprehensible input, students cannot acquire another language. Because most ELL teachers do not share the native language of the students they are teaching, they need training on how to use a tool that can help them keep things comprehensible. TPR, or Total Physical Response, is based on brain research and published test results.

The six principles laid out by TESOL for exemplary teaching of English Learners gives teachers a framework to align their classroom practices. Using this framework, the presenter will share strategies and information to increase teachers’ and administrators’ capacity to improve instruction for older EL’s. In addition, the presenter will share ways teachers can leverage student voice in reading and writing activities.

Joann Lucero Runion and Katie Barcy bring updates from the Tennessee Department of Education. Joseph Whinery gives a brief review and demonstration of some tools available for all ESL teachers in Tennessee to accompany student ILP’s.

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