Los Padres CATESOL

ESL Workshop Calendar Archives

Free Professional Development Workshops 

Friday, April 24th, 2009 5:30pm - 7:30pm Jaala Thibault

Using Music in the ESL Classroom

Are you tired of using the same type of activities in your classroom day to day? Would you like to learn some innovative ways to integrate music into your lesson plans? In this workshop you will learn various methods that effectively engage your students in the learning process by using music. All activities can be adapted to fit your particular level of students.

Saturday, March 21st.  2009 9:00am - 12:00pm Jayme Adelson-Goldstein

A Lexical Feast: Vocabulary Strategies Across Levels Using the OPD

Vocabulary acquisition is key to our learners’ language skill development. This light-hearted workshop will explore techniques that help learners move from comprehension to production to ownership of vocabulary. We’ll also look at the five stages of vocabulary acquisition as well as the strategies learners can use to develop their active vocabulary at all levels. 

Friday, March 13th, 2009 5:30pm - 7:30pm Lou Spaventa

Assessing Adult ESL Students

Assessment in open exit/open entry ESL programs is problematic because of the lack of continuity that often occurs. However, using short assessment techniques before, during and after lessons, and keeping them in portfolio form, can be a useful tool in gauging student progress and instructor lesson planning and individualization.

Saturday, February 28th, 2009 9:00am - 12:00pm Jayme Adelson-Goldstein

Engaging Everyone: Communicative Activities that Work Across Levels

Sometimes in our ESL classes, learners fully engage across levels in a communicative practice activity: negotiating meaning, solving problems, completing the task and sharing ideas.  Sometimes they don’t.  In this workshop, we’ll consider seven interactive, low-management, multilevel activities. Together, we’ll troubleshoot their challenges and define the elements that can make them successful with all classes.

Friday, February 20th, 2009 4:00pm - 6:00pm Paul Mori

Pronunciation Issues for Asian Students

Have you ever wondered why your Asian learners have so many pronunciation problems and wondered how to help them?  In this workshop you will learn about the some of the underlying causes of pronunciation issues for Chinese, Korean, and Japanese learners so that you solve some of the difficult problems more easily, as well as ready-to-use exercises and entertaining activities that can be used in any multi-level classroom.

Saturday, January 31st, 2009 9:00am - 12:00pm Olga Spuskanyuk

Effective Teaching Strategies and Techniques to Enliven Your Classroom

In this hands-on workshop, the presenter will describe various effective and dynamic activities that will increase your students’ involvement, their motivation to achieve progress and success. The presentation will highlight creative approaches, strategies and techniques to integrate speaking, reading, writing and listening skills in many interesting ways. Detailed handouts and resources with ready-to-go classroom materials will be provided.

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