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Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) held its
International Convention and English Language Expo, "A Declaration of
Excellence," March 28-31, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Three
Language, Literacy and Culture Ph.D. students each presented at the
event: Hye-Sook Lee (Cohort 11), Tom Penniston (Cohort 12), and Heidi
Faust (Cohort 13).
In their first presentation titled “Integrating technology to inspire
English language learners,” Hye-Sook and Tom demonstrated technology
usage based upon the E-Teacher Scholarship program. They discussed the
benefits of utilizing technologies for online English classes and some
ways to implement these technologies.
Hye-Sook's second presentation with Dr. Joan Kang Shin (Director,
Secondary Teacher Education and Professional Training for English
Language Learners [STEP-T for ELLs], and LLC alumna) and Heidi was
titled “Stepping Up Teacher Training for ELLs: Considering Program
Effectiveness.” In this presentation, Hye-Sook explored factors that
impact teachers to work more effectively with English language
learners, after other presenters introduced their professional
development models and collaboration with school districts.
Heidi's presentation, "Giving ELLs a Voice Through Writing: Engaging
Parents and Students," focused on a collaborative young authors
project that engaged students, educators and parents in accessing and
sharing diverse funds of knowledge through writing, in partnership
with businesses, educational institutions and community organizations
from eastern Pennsylvania.
Tom's Electronic Village presentation with Teresa Valais, "E-Teacher
Building and Sustaining Communities of Practice in International
Online TESOL Training Programs," highlighted asynchronous solutions
supporting computer mediated social-learning environments.