ESL MiniConference Top Ten Picks at TESOL

Topic: ESL Teacher Education


#1367: International Black educators' voices concerning teacher education

Discussion Group

Wednesday, 7:30 am to 8:15 am, Room 346

International Black educators bring distinct perspectives to teacher education in ESL and EFL contexts. Often international Black educators find that they are

pioneering ambassadors in a traditionally white profession. Come with your experiences, resources, strategies, and concerns.

Tonya Jefferson


#4573: Transcultural literacy in culturally responsible teacher education

Demonstration; Reading/literacy; TSR

Wednesday, 10:30 am to 11:15 am, Camden Room 2

Through the transcultural genre, participants examine texts and contexts of publications by child protagonists describing life struggles. The presenter demonstrates

literacy development techniques, allowing teacher educators to approach issues of social responsibility and promote best practices in teaching.

Ana Maria Klein


#3100: Practicing collaboration in a K-12 teacher education program

Paper; Content-based instruction

Wednesday, 4:00 pm to 4:45 pm, Room 323

This session engages teacher educators in thinking about ways to increase preservice ESL teachers' understanding of the demands placed on ESL students in the

mainstream classroom. Presenters describe the reciprocal benefits of a structured practical experience for student teachers and the mainstream teachers with whom

they work.

Martha Bigelow; Susan Ranney


#3194: Preparing ELL teachers in Rural Communities

Paper; Employment/certification

Thursday, 9:30 am to 10:15 am, Camden Room 1

English language learner (ELL) teachers in rural schools face distinct challenges due to low-incidence ELL student populations, geographical and professional

isolation, limited resources, and communities often unaccustomed to cultural diversity. This session describes a graduate distance ELL teacher education program

that specifically addresses the needs of ELL teachers in rural and low-incidence schools.

Anne Walker; Jill Shafer


#3893: Critical language awareness across ESL/EFL contexts

Colloquium; Second language acquisition

Thursday, 3:00 pm to 4:45 pm, Room 325

Critical language awareness (CLA) can be effective as a method of hearing the voices of English language learners and their teachers and furnishing key insights that

serve as catalysts for positive, life-altering changes for ESOL students. TESOL educators share multiple pedagogical uses of CLA from ESL and EFL contexts.

Lynne Diaz-Rico


#3071: ESL Latino paraprofessionals negotiating institutional double-binds

Paper; Employment/certification; NNEST

Friday, 8:30 am to 9:15 am, Camden Room 1

This is a study of how Latino paraprofessionals negotiate the process of becoming certified ESL teachers. Findings indicate a number of institutional obstacles

paraprofessionals face in their professional development. The importance of the research lies in the identification of institutional gatekeeping forces and double-binds

created by state certification requirements.

Doris Correa


#2240: Linking linguistic theory and ESL classroom practice

Demonstration; Second language acquisition

Friday, 10:30 am to 11:15 am, Room 323

The challenge of bridging the gap between TESOL teacher education theory and practice seems to be especially daunting for those educators who teach linguistic

courses. This demonstration highlights activities that have proven to be effective in fostering TESOL students' ability to understand practical implications of linguistic


Tatiana Gordon


#1373: Language testing in teacher education

Discussion Group

Saturday, 7:30 am to 8:15 am, Room 323

As standardized testing affects TESOL classrooms, teacher educators need to consider integrating and requiring language assessment courses in TESOL programs.

By studying the theory and practice of language test development and validation, TESOL teachers can critically examine test specifications, score interpretation,

and testing-based policies affecting their classrooms, schools, and communities.

Sarah Briggs; Barbara Dobson; Jeff Johnson; Amy Yamashiro


#3802: Fostering communities of learners in MA TESOL programs

Colloquium; Sociopolitical concerns; NNEST

Saturday, 9:30 am to 11:15 am, Room 329

The presenters, teacher educators at six U.S.-based TESOL master's programs, discuss ways to develop a collaborative community of learners among native- and

nonnative-English-speaking graduate students with diverse professional interests. The panel addresses such diversity as an asset rather than a challenge in teacher


Elza Major; Lynne Diaz-Rico; Lia Kamhi-Stein; Katya Nemtchinova; Shondel Nero; Mary Wong


#5182: Innovative model for training Egyptian teacher leaders

Poster Session

Saturday, 12:45 pm to 1:45 pm, Poster Station 10

How can professional development experiences help Egyptian teachers improve their English language proficiency while enhancing their content and pedagogical

knowledge? With graphics and handouts, the presenters illustrate strategies they have used to deliver a professional development program for Egyptian teachers.

Presenters share research related to this training model.

Silvio Avendano; Susan Blunck; Beverly Bickel; JoAnn Crandall