ESL MiniConference Top Ten Picks at TESOL

Topic: Bilingual Education


#3274: Signed languages and reading in deaf children

Paper; Reading/literacy

Wednesday, 10:30 am to 11:15 am, Room 320

The relationship of American Sign Language (ASL) knowledge and its effect on learning to read and write English has been reported to be noninfluential. This

presentation examines what linguistic knowledge and metalinguistic skills in ASL are related to reading English in deaf children.

Robert Hoffmeister


#2975: Voices of a struggling ESL first grader

Paper; Second language acquisition; TSR

Wednesday, 2:00 pm to 2:45 pm, Room 320

This qualitative study unveils the story of a first grader who is encountering difficulties with ESL learning in and out of school in an urban setting. Through the voices

of the child and his family, this study demonstrates a complex interrelationship between home language, culture, and politics of schooling.

Guofang Li


#2923: Learning to teach multicultural and multilingual curriculum

Paper; Curriculum/materials development

Thursday, 8:30 am to 9:15 am, Room 320

This paper describes a collaborative project to help preservice teachers better understand how to teach multicultural and multilingual curriculum in K-12 schools.

An ESL methods instructor and a Mexican American studies instructor share excerpts from student responses, journals, and portfolio projects to illustrate patterns

of teacher development.

Elizabeth Franklin; Priscilla Falcon


#4775: Supporting elementary limited formal schooling students

Workshop; Reading/literacy

Thursday, 9:30 am to 11:15 am, Room 320

The presenters share literacy and language development practices for upper-elementary English language learners with limited formal schooling in their first

language. Snaphots of an ESL pull-out elementary program designed to meet the needs of these students, student's work samples, strategies, lessons, and materials

are shared.

Margaret Adams; Kellie Jones


#3401: Deaf undergraduates using technology and creating community

Paper; Technology in education

Friday, 8:30 am to 9:15 am, Room 320

This session presents the theoretical underpinnings for American Sign Language/English bilingual-bicultural classrooms that use learning technologies to promote

collaboration among students in an English print-rich environment. The presenter describes specific projects using course management software and Web sites and

other technologies.

Kathleen Wood


#1005: High stakes testing in Colorado

Academic Session

Friday, 8:30 am to 11:15 am, Chesapeake Room 1

This presentation offers findings from a 3-year longitudinal study on the impact that Colorado's high stakes CSAP test is having on L2 learners. Included is

discussion on how the population of L2 learners in Colorado has grown and what educational programs and opportunities to learn are available for these students.

Kathy Escamilla


#4761: Boost literacy and parent involvement with audio books

Demonstration; Reading/literacy

Friday, 10:30 am to 11:15 am, Room 320

The presenter demonstrates the use of audio books in a program designed and implemented at a prek-5 elementary school in response to requests from bilingual

parents of students receiving ESL instruction. Parents asked how they could help improve their children's reading and literacy.

Caryl Komornik


#2646: Immersion students' voices regarding dual language use

Paper; Second language acquisition

Friday, 2:00 pm to 2:45 pm, Room 320

Based on the perspectives of mostly Spanish-dominant 12th-grade students at a U.S. school in Latin America, the presenter discusses the individual and

sociocultural dimensions related to dual language use in this English immersion setting. Explanations are provided for variability in language use and for perceived

comprehensibility of oral English.

Susan Spezzini


#3441: Cognitive strategies and metacognitive awareness of reading

Paper; Reading/literacy

Saturday, 9:30 am to 10:15 am, Room 320

The erroneous perception that reading is a process of decoding or pronunciation hinders the English reading comprehension of many bilingual students. This

presentation describes changes in bilingual high school students' metacognitive awareness of the reading process as a result of cognitive strategy instruction in a

sheltered English American history class.

Patricia Prinz


#2502: Designing and implementing a dual language program

Paper; Second language acquisition

Saturday, 10:30 am to 11:15 am, Room 320

This session describes the process of designing and implementing a dual language program at an elementary school. Teachers learn about the planning process and

specific problems one may encounter with advocacy, curriculum design, and teacher involvement. Different models of dual language instruction that have been tried

out in the process of implementation are discussed.

Maria Angelova