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All Day Exhibitors in O'Connor Hall
8:00-8:45am Registration + Coffee/Breakfast + Exhibitors
8:45-9:00am Opening Ceremony: Trinity Welcome + WATESOL President’s Welcome and Intro to Keynote
9:00-9:45am Keynote: Dr. Lourdes Ortega
10:00-10:45am Concurrent Session 1
11:00-11:45am Concurrent Session 2
11:45-12:00pmGrab a lunch box and go to a Special Interest Group or Committee Meeting

12:00-12:45pmSIG & Committee Meetings

12:45-1:15pm Break - Visit Exhibitors in O'Connor
1:15-2:00pm Concurrent Session 3
2:15-3:00pm Concurrent Session 4
3:15-4:00pm Concurrent Session 5 + Posters + EV + Exhibitors + Coffee** & Snacks
4:15-5:00pm Concurrent Session 6 + Posters + EV + Exhibitors + Coffee** & Snacks
5:00-5:30pm Closing Ceremony: Awards + Board Recognition + Raffle
6:00-8:00pmNetworking and Awards Dinner - San Antonio Bar & Grill.  Advanced ticket purchase required

* EV = Electronic Village session

** Coffee is graciously provided by the US Department of State

During Sessions 5 and 6 there will be a few concurrent presentations as well as events in the Exhibitor's Hall (O'Connor Hall) including snacks and coffee, posters, electronic village presentations, and time with Exhibitors.

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At a Glance Summary - Sessions 1-6

Adult Ed








Higher Ed




Teacher Training / Program Admin







Session 1


Session 2


Lunch & Meetings


▮▮▮ Balanced Literacy for Newcomers: When Your District Didn't Give You a Curriculum

Darcy Scott



▮▮▮ Student-Made Video Public Service Announcements to Teach the 4 C’s and Persuasive Writing Skills

Tracy M. Mannon



Grab a lunch box from O'Connor then go to one of these meetings:




Adult Ed SIG


Higher Ed SIG


NNEST Caucus



Advocacy Committee

▮▮▮ Metaphors Used to Teach Academic Writing to International Graduate Students

Deborah M. Sanchez


▮▮▮ More Than a Single Word: Improving Coherence With More Sophisticated Use of Transitional Devices

Heather Gregg Zitlau, Heather Weger


▮▮▮ Accelerating Access to Careers Through Contextualized Instruction

Rosemary Downing, Heather Tatton-Harris, Kaylin Wainwright


▮▮▮ Burlington Basics for Your ESOL Beginners


 ▮▮▮ National Geographic Learning: Your Pathway to Academic Readiness!


▮▮▮ [Invited Speaker] Roundtable Discussion: Reimagine English Competence

Lourdes Ortega


▮▮▮ Organizational Hiring Practices and Benefits that NNESTs Bring


▮▮▮ [Invited Speaker] Understanding Immigration Today for the ESL Classroom


▮▮▮ Activating Foreign Language Learning Through Learner-Generated Mini Scenes

Leslie Sapp


▮▮▮ Challenges and Advantages of Teaching EAP Online: A Case Study

Dmitri Stanchevici, Natalia Dolgova, Megan M. Siczek


▮▮▮ Engaging Students with Color-Coded Feedback in Traditional and Online Composition and Reading Classes

Nataliya V. Schetchikova


▮▮▮ Getting Past “It’s Good!”: Meaningful Self- and Peer Evaluation of Academic Speaking Skills

Betsy Lindeman Wong


▮▮▮ Stress & the Zone of Proximal Development: Mitigating the Affective Filter in ESOL Students

Maria Keffler


▮▮▮ Supporting the Emotional Challenges of Students with Interrupted Formal Education (SIFE)

Greer P. Mancuso







Session 3


Session 4


Session 5


Session 6

▮▮▮ Strategies for Teaching ELLs with Award Winning Picture Books about Science

Ana Lado, Valerie Sheridan Comer


▮▮▮ Strategies to Support English Language Learners in Science

Dana Frye


▮▮▮ Using an Online Collaboration Tool to Engage Adolescent ELLs in Meaningful Peer-to-Peer Feedback

Kathleen Ann Ramos, Elisa Wolf-Lloyd


▮▮▮ [Invited Speaker] Innovations in Teaching Listening: Promising Approaches and Lingering Challenges

Marnie Reed


▮▮▮ Establishing a Successful Peer Mentoring Program

Stephanie Gallop, Sigrun Biesenbach-Lucas, Andrew Screen


▮▮▮ A Paradoxical Project: Encouraging Students to Seek Rejection to Foster Engagement and Culturally-Situated Competence

Suzanne Meyer


▮▮▮ Numeracy: Effectively Using Math to Meet the Everyday Demands of Life

Kristy Stoesz, Jalaika Hasan, Chauncy Butcher



▮▮▮ Sounds Before Letters: Using Pronunciation to Teach Basic Literacy

Robin C. Barr, Emilie Schmeidler, Mary Spanarkel


▮▮▮ Five Ways to Help Adults Speak Clearly – Even if You’ve Never Taken a Pronunciation Course
Megan Calvert, Shirley Thompson

▮▮▮ US Department of State’s Worldwide English Language Programs


 ▮▮▮ Critical Thinking with Prism from Cambridge University Press


▮▮▮ Beyond Flashcards: Quizlet as a Template for Collaborative Activities

Darlene Fahrenkrug


▮▮▮ Trauma-Sensitive Teaching Tip #1: Pay Attention to the Body

Michael Medley

▮▮▮ Engaging in a Translingually Responsive Pedagogy: 21st Century TESOL for 21st Century Realities

Rashi Jain


▮▮▮ Designated Survivor: Grammar Rules to Save (and Get Rid Of)

Celia Leckey


 ▮▮▮ Professional Development for International Teachers: An Implementation Study of American University's Panama Bilingüe Program

Rebecca Wilner


▮▮▮ Bridging the Gap: Research-Based Approaches to Integrating Heritage and L1-English Learners in the L2 Classroom

Anne Calderon

▮▮▮ Making Curricular Connections While Advocating for Undocumented Students

Anne Marie Foerster Luu, Lori Dodson, Shelley Wong, Sandra Duval


▮▮▮ [Invited Speaker] National Education Policy & TESOL: The Outlook Ahead

John Segota



▮▮▮ Using Community Resources to Advocate for English Language Learners and their Families

Ann Marie Foerster Luu, Lori Dodson, Maryam Saroughi


▮▮▮ Creating Thematic, Project-Based Units for English Language Learners: What Works?

Sarah Knowles, Kinza Cooper, Jessie Ebersole, Margaret Johnson, Yulia Khoruzhaya, Connie Patsalos, Katie Pettet





▮▮▮ An Evidence-Based Model for Classroom Assessment Development

Elizabeth Miller-Cannon, Caitlin Gdowski, Claire Gellner, Justin Kelly


▮▮▮ Ensuring Fairness and Accuracy in High-Stakes Composition Rating

Ray Smith, Jon Malone




▮▮▮ Making the Most of Rubrics: Teaching Students to Use Them, Too

Andrew Screen, Heather Gregg Zitlau



▮▮▮ Theory, Practice and Perceptions: Individual and Group ESL Writing Conferences

Eva Miszoglad




▮▮▮ Let’s Talk!: Discussion Strategies and Activities Using TED Talks

Claire Gimble, Marietta Bradinova


▮▮▮ Facebook Live as a Tool for Engagement

Kate Bain









Poster and Electronic Village Sessions - Sessions 5 & 6

Session 5 - 3:15-4:00pm   Type Presenters
Google Apps: Digital Tools for Successful Collaborative Writing Projects (EV) Higher Ed Donette Brantner-Artenie & Sigrun Biesenbach-Lucas
The Cognate Highlighter Browser (EV) Bilingual Ed Ruben Moran
Lost in Translation: Using Chinese Mistranslated Signs to Improve Communication Skills (Poster) Higher Ed Marilena Draganescu
Accreditation: Implications for Teachers and Teaching (Poster) Program Admin Masha Vassilieva
Collaboration and Critical Race Theory in Teacher Research (Poster) Teacher Training Shelley Wong & Maryam Saroughi

Session 6 - 4:15-5:00pm   Type Presenters
Let the Devices Talk and Help Students Communicate (EV) Higher Ed Lisa Grimsley & Chingyi (Tracy) Yeh
Helping Adult ELLs to Think Outside the Classroom (EV) Adult Ed Sheryl Sherwin
Peer Assessment SOS: Improving the Peer Assessment Experience (Poster) Higher Ed Claire Gimble & Patrick Moss
Can Physical Exercise Help Reduce Culture Shock? (Poster) Higher Ed Wenyan Teng, Sigrun Biesenbach-Lucas, & Andrew Screen
A Case Study on the Effect of Automated Writing Evaluation Feedback (Poster) Higher Ed Young-Ju Lee
Enhancing ELL Student Engagement Through Meaningful Communication Experiences in an After-School Science Club (Poster) K12 Dana Frye

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