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Growing ELL minds through gardening

Posted on Feb 4, 2018 in News | 0 comments

Gardening not only produces delicious fruits and vegetables, but it can also yield some educational lessons for English language learners, according to two speakers at the recent Winter Conference at the University of West Florida International Center. Milagros Sessions and Leslie Cuyuch talked about their efforts with an ESOL service learning project at the J.H. Workman I.B. Middle School ESOL classes. The project included an organic garden, in-class aquaponics system, outdoor hydroponics system, outdoor classroom area and a special butterfly garden. Sessions and Cuyuch showed slides and...

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Google Suite offers much for teachers

Posted on Feb 4, 2018 in News | 0 comments

Google Suite offers much for teachers

Spring Hill College instructional designer Sandra Rogers explained and offered some expert advice about Google Suite during her presentation at the Winter Conference at the University of West Florida International Center. She discussed Google Docs, Forms, Sheets, and Classroom and show ways educators could incorporate them into classwork or help with administrative duties. She also chatted about Chrome browser’s “omnibox” which┬áis similar to the traditional web browser address bar, but you can also use it like a search engine. Rogers also offered some tips and suggestions...

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Parent, teacher, student working together leads to success

Posted on Feb 4, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

Parent, teacher, student working together leads to success

A message of unity and collaboration was brought to audiences at the Emerald Coast TESOL Winter Conference as ESOL resource specialist Maegan Baker talked about how teachers, ELL students and parents need to work together. During her session, Baker pointed out how forming a team allows all three parties to communicate better, avoid misunderstandings, achieve set goals, provide support for each other, and meet scholastic and state needs. She shared some anecdotes on how she has had success and adjustments (i.e. one young girl having her mother her translate and do her homework) to make ESOL...

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LaCosta Latina, Studer Institute discuss community efforts

Posted on Feb 4, 2018 in News | 0 comments

LaCosta Latina, Studer Institute discuss community efforts

Grace McCaffery, editor of La Costa Latina and Shannon Nickinson, project manager for the Early Learning Center at the Studer Institute are working hard to make a difference in Pensacola as they explained to attendees at the Emerald Coast TESOL Winter Conference. Both women shared PowerPoint presentations about their respective companies and how they are working to make a difference in the community. McCaffery discussed the increase in the Latino population in Northwest Florida, briefly about immigration, and the history of the newspaper. She also talked about the paper’s circulation...

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Presentation examines ELLs working independently

Posted on Feb 3, 2018 in Events, News | 0 comments

Presentation examines ELLs working independently

A packed room of educators listened to Arlene Costello and Mary Ann Kiss discuss their presentation “ELLs as Autonomous and Independent Learners” at the Winter Conference at the University of West Florida’s International Center. During the session, attendees learned about the study’s independent study contract for ELLs. The contract features a research format with purpose, learning objective, research question and more to help students conduct an organized research project. The pair also told attendees how they can help ELLs learn about academic language with a chart...

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