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ESL Workshop Calendar Archives

Free Professional Development Workshops 

Friday, June 4th, 2010 5:30 - 7:30  Jayme Adelson-Goldstein

Teacher Spa Day-Activities to Revive the Spirit and Help Us Connect

Teaching muscles weary? Feeling a touch of educational ennui? Take a soothing soak in the principles of andragogy, experience the mental massage of reflection tasks, then do some exfoliating (aka problem solving) and finish up with a bit of task-based learning that will energize your teaching spirit. Together, we'll give active learning principles and routines a workout and see how they increase students’ participation in their own learning. Although the context for this workshop is focused on teachers, the concepts transfer readily to the adult ESL classroom.

Friday, May 28th, 2010 5:30 - 8:30pm Silvia Morgan

Optimizing ESL Instructional Planning: Management, Monitoring, and Reflection, Session 2

This professional development workshop is the second in a series that presents an optimal process for instructional planning, though management, monitoring, and reflection. Session 2 reviews key points from Session 1, supports participants in integrating the activities and materials into their instructional practices, and offers further suggestions for using this process in the English as a second language (ESL) classroom. This event is sponsored by CALPRO and all participants who attend both sessions receive a certificate.

Friday, May 14, 2010 4:00 - 6:30pm Sarah Graff and Jack Bailey

Book Fair and Conference Share

A two-in-one event! Come and learn about some of the best ideas and resources gained at both the recent TESOL and CATESOL Conferences while at the same time peruse the titles of the biggest names in ESL publishing. All of this with a full complement of snacks to graze on.

Friday, April 30th, 2010 5:30 - 8:30pm  Silvia Morgan

Optimizing ESL Instructional Planning: Management, Monitoring, and Reflection, Session 1 

How do you plan instruction so that you are certain your English learners’ proficiency is increasing? This 

Saturday, March 20th, 2010 9:30 - 11:30am  Barbara Lotito

Learning styles in the language classroom

Students in any language class present 3 distinct learning style preferences: visual, auditory, and kinesthetic. Often teachers choose their own learning style as the major format for presenting and practicing the language, resulting in success for students with a similar style and an uphill battle for those whose learning style differs. This workshop presents an overview of each of the 3 learning styles, offering suggestions for how to determine individual students’ predominant style. Practical applications offer teachers the opportunity to present material and reinforce it through in-class and home practice that reflect all three learning styles.

Friday, February 26th, 2010 5:30 - 8:30pm  Jayme Adelson-Goldstein

Tapping into Our Learners'  Strengths:  Integrating Multiple Intelligence theory into ESL Lesson Design

Integrating multiple intelligence (MI) theory into ESL instruction draws on learners various strengths, engaging and motivating them in the process. In this workshop we'll explore the tenets of MI theory and its implications for ESL instruction across levels. We'll also look at formal MI inventories and informal classroom activities that can serve as inventories. Working in groups, you'll experience first-hand how to incorporate MI theory into guided and communicative practice activities for any lesson objective. There will also be opportunities to discuss how MI addresses classroom management and curricular challenges. Lesson materials provided.

Friday, February 5th, 2010 5:30 - 7:30pm Cassie Koop

Role Play, Simulation, and Drama in the Language Classroom

This workshop will explore how role play, simulation, and drama can help learners develop oral fluency, self- confidence, and a sense of classroom community. We will focus specifically on authentic, “real life” role plays that require whole class involvement. Participants will experience the role plays first hand and walk away with ideas that can be used at every level. Come willing to have fun and bring new ideas back to your classrooms!

Saturday, January 30th, 2010 9:30am - 11:30am Rob Walters

What is Your Grammar Style?

Inductive and Deductive. Form and Meaning.  Drill and Practice. Focused Listening and Communicative Activities. Dialogues and Games. Team Projects and WIPPEA lesson plans.   These are all techniques for teaching English grammar to adult learners.  Which is best for you and your students? This workshop will explore and demonstrate these various methods.   Participants will walk away with free samples and a better sense of which grammar teaching style to apply in their own classrooms.

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