Posts made in April, 2015

How WIDA can help your ELL lesson planning

Posted on Apr 20, 2015 in Events, News | 0 comments

How WIDA can help your ELL lesson planning

Emerald Coast TESOL members Gwendolyn Williams and Amany Habib gave an interesting presentation on Writing ESOL Lesson Plans with WIDA. WIDA scaffolds its instruction of ELLs to meet the Common Core standards. The pair talked about how WIDA advances academic language development and academic achievement for linguistically diverse students through high quality standards, assessments, research, and professional development for educators. For example, an assessment such as graphic organizer to demonstrate understanding of a comparison meets the standard and can help a teacher determine what...

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Sunshine State TESOL president talks about relevancy, reading

Posted on Apr 12, 2015 in News | 0 comments

After a warm welcome by Arlene Costello and the audience, Sunshine State TESOL President Lillien Tunceren began her keynote address at the 2015 Conference by talking about the state organization. She mentioned various activities of Sunshine State TESOl, events and opportunities such as teacher mini-grants (apply now!). Northwest Florida and Alabama ESOL educators may want to plan for the AMTESOL Conference in Orange Beach, Ala., on Feb. 12-13, 2016. Tunceren addressed solution writing for various levels of ESOL learners such as sentence starters, oral literacy, model writing responses....

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Learning English the DynEd way

Posted on Apr 11, 2015 in Events | 0 comments

Learning English the DynEd way

In the 2015 Conference session Leveraging Technology to Accelerate English Language Acquisition among ELLs, speaker Thomas Kingery, regional account manager at DynEd International, spoke about the increasing use and access to the Internet, company software and how it works. The computer-assisted language program by DynEd features a testing and assessment, adaptive to adjust to learning curve of student, tracking and methods to interpret results. The software is sold to schools and colleges for use with ELLs with a price range of $50 per student. To learn more, you can go...

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Translanguaging: Learning through multiple languages

Posted on Apr 11, 2015 in Events, News | 1 comment

Translanguaging: Learning through multiple languages

Helga Castano, an instructor at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Ala., explained the relatively new concept of translanguaging as method of teaching ELLs. Translanguaging is defined as the process whereby multilingual language users mediate social and cognitive activities through the use of multiple academic resources to expand thinking and understanding. Castanos PowerPoint presentation thoroughly explained the concept of translanguaging.  Some highlights from the presentation: The forms of translanguaging include: natural, official, teacher-directed translanguaging. Optimal...

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