West Virginia TESOL 21st Annual Spring Conference
Pre-Conference Session on March 9th
- 12:30-1:00 Arrival, Byrd Legislative Center
- 1:00 - 3:00 Presentation by Dr. John Gilbert, Byrd Legislative Center
- 5:00 - 7:00 Happy Hour and International Food Tasting, Town Run Tap House, 202 East Washington Street, Shepherdstown (304) 876-0502
- 7:00 Shepherdstown Film Society Screening of "The Brother from Another Planet" at Reynolds Hall, Shepherd University Campus. Free. Discussion to follow screening.
ERMA ORA BYRD HALL
- 8:00 - 9:00 Registration: Lobby
- 9:00 - 9:45 Keynote Speaker: Dr. John Gilbert, Auditorium
- 10:00 - 4:15 Concurrent Sessions
- 4:15 - 4:30 Closing and Textbook Give-Away
Erma Ora Byrd Hall
- Digital literacy in a global world
- Surviving and thriving in changing language instruction circumstances
- Adapting known resources and practices to evolving dynamics
- Developing new tactics, resources, and approaches to solve emerging challenges
- Unconventional and “outside-the-box” tactics, methodologies, and programming
- Making sense of changing environments, legislation, processes and programming requirements
- Teaching in under-resourced environments
- Addressing challenges of rural program provision
- Learner/teacher identity and autonomy
- Language testing and assessment
- Curriculum development
- Language skills and subskills
- Professional development for teachers, administrators, tutors, and other language instruction providers
- Mobile and online learning
- Translanguaging and multilingual education
- Other topics which have relevance to the conference theme
As sessions vary in format and length, presenters are advised to state their preference and the relevance of their presentation to the conference theme or sub-theme. Where a preference cannot be accommodated, the Conference Committee will offer the presenter an alternative format.
Paper Presentations are research, theory, concepts, and practices. They are 20 minutes long + 10 minutes Q&A.
Panel Discussion is a forum for discussing thematic topics or other relevant topics within a small group. The sessions are 25 minutes long + 15 minutes Q&A.
Workshop Sessions are 45 minutes long. These sessions are interactive with emphasis on group collaborations.
Teaching Tips/Resource Sharing Sessions are 20 minutes. They provide useful information and ideas on teaching and learning.
Poster Presentations/Exhibits will be displayed on an ongoing basis throughout the conference.
Plenary Speaker: Dr. John Gilbert
Dr. John Gilbert is a TESOL professional with over 27 years of teaching experience. Dr. Gilbert holds an M.S.Ed. TESOL specialization from Shenandoah University, and a doctorate in education from the University of Nottingham, the United Kingdom. He has taught ESL/EFL in classrooms in the United States and abroad. Dr. Gilbert’s research has focused on how ESL learners perceived their digital reading skills. He is currently a graduate research and writing instructor at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), which is a division of Johns Hopkins University based in Washington, D.C.
Have you been seeking a teaching tool for your ESL classroom that will lower affective filters,
develop language skills in a creative and engaging manner, promotes collaboration, organizes homework tasks, and is not Alexa? Then, consider a classroom blog. In this workshop, you will learn what a blog is, the benefits of using one, and step-by-step instruction in creating one.
As observed by educational researcher, Dr. Ian Rowlands, “We are all the Google generation, the young and the old, the professor and the student, and the teacher and the child” (Rowland et al, 2008, p. 308). Today, the Internet is digitally transporting language learners into an on-line learning environment where they can explore and learn English as well as other academic subjects. In this keynote, I provide an overview of how the digital age has created a paradigm shift in which the student is co-responsible for his/her learning journey, and the educator is no longer seen as the “keeper” of knowledge. In addition, I explain why there is a need to include a predefined set of digital literacy competences to be taught in conjunction with the target language in today’s ESL classroom. Thus, I advocate that by acknowledging the importance of digital literacy education, we, as TESOL educators, are able to meet the changes that have occurred in the educational landscape since the start of this new millennium and are able to ensure that our students possess the knowledge and skills needed to gain entrance into the social, academic, and workforce environments of an Internet-driven society.
One Click Away: Evaluating the Digital Tools of Our Trade
The use of digital apps in the ESL classroom to enhance class-room based language instruction is rapidly becoming commonplace. However, we have to bear in mind that as we incorporate digital learning tools into our lessons we need to do so with digital sensibility and criticality.
Thus, it is essential that we evaluate the quality of the potential digital learning tools before we introduce them to our students and classroom practices. In this workshop, participants will learn about evaluation criteria, develop their own rubric to evaluate the quality of a digital teaching tool, and engage in an evaluation of the value of five current and trendy apps as a teaching instrument.
- Optional registration for the pre-conference intensive workshop on Friday
- All workshops and learning opportunities at the Saturday conference
- Lunch and various refreshments at the Saturday conference
- An optional free one year membership to WV TESOL.
Postmarked/Paid on or before February 16, 2018 $45
Postmarked/Paid on or before February 16, 2018 $35
Postmarked/Paid AFTER February 16, 2018 $55
Postmarked/Paid AFTER February 16, 2018 $40
About Purchase Orders and Checks
Purchase orders are processed differently than checks and/or money orders. All checks and/or money orders should be made payable to "WVTESOL" as the payee, but purchase orders must be made payable to "WVAEA" INSTEAD of WVTESOL. (WVAEA, or the West Virginia Adult Education Association, is our sister organizational with a special capacity to accept and process purchase orders.)
Please mail (or attach a scan and/or copy via email) the purchase order to the following:
c/o Sumeeta Patnaik, Treasurer
38 Sunwatch Drive
Huntington, WV 25705
Remember to retain a copy of your purchase order for your own records.
YOUR REGISTRATION WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED COMPLETE UNTIL A COPY OF YOUR PURCHASE ORDER OR YOUR PAYMENT HAS BEEN RECEIVED.
Need Continuing Education (CE) Credit?
Are you a K-12 teacher in need of CE credits?
When you attend WVTESOL, you will get to hear and interact with a nationally recognized speaker and author right here in West Virginia! In addition, you have the opportunity to connect with teachers and colleagues from other states and throughout West Virginia as we work toward helping English Language Learners.
Steps for CE Hours:
- Seek approval from your CE Council or immediate supervisor regarding desired CE hours
- Check with your building administrator/county CE council/Title II (Federal Programs) Office/ or BOE regarding funding support for a professional conference.
- Different counties have different requirements. Get exact clarification as to what YOUR county needs to count CE hours and to whom you must submit the hours.
- Attend WV TESOL. Receive participant certificate as proof of your attendance at the professional conference.
Shepherd University provides guest access to wireless on campus. Registrants will receive an access code upon check-in.