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Welcome letter from the president

Posted on Aug 11, 2018 in Events, News | 0 comments

Welcome letter from the president

Dear Emerald Coast TESOL (ECTESOL) members and IEP, EFL, ESOL, Adult Education, and English as a Second Language educators, On behalf of the ECTESOL Officers and Board of Directors, welcome to the 2018-2019 school year. As you prime yourself to design your classroom for the first day of school, we encourage you to take time to reflect on the diverse professional network of support available locally. The ECTESOL is your local TESOL organization which intends to support you in your work to educate English Language Learners K12 and beyond through professional development, interaction and...

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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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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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Academic language can be difficult for ELLs

Posted on Feb 3, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

Academic language can be difficult for ELLs

Academic language can be a struggle for ELLs as it is complex and requires measured instruction as K-12 featured speaker Susan Martin discussed Saturday during her presentation “Academic Langauge in Teaching and Learning Across the Curriculum: A Functional Approach.” “A lot of people don’t realize there is a huge difference between academic language and social language and even if they do, they don’t think about the complexities of academic language and when they do, they sometimes have a difficult time breaking that academic language down so it is...

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Keynote speaker shares ELL data, encouragement

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

Keynote speaker shares ELL data, encouragement

About 40 attendees listened to the Emerald Coast TESOL Winter Conference keynote speaker Chane Eplin on Saturday share key facts and data about English language learners in Florida. Eplin explained that a lot of research shows that it takes about five to seven years for ELLs to matriculate through the system and become proficient in English. However, recent data shows it can take 2.35 years in Florida. Eplin reminded the crowd that often ELLs are considered at-risk and not held to the same standards as other learners because of the language barrier. However, he said this discrepancy can be...

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Can video gaming help ELLs level up in English?

Posted on Feb 3, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

Can video gaming help ELLs level up in English?

Sandra Rogers shared some interesting data regarding a case study of Saudia Arabian students and how they assimilated English via video games. Rogers said she and partner Burke Johnson conducted a case study to understand the digital gaming usage among Saudi students at a university English language program. Nationwide, Saudi students are the dominate language group enrolled in U.S. university programs. The purpose was to obtain qualitative and quantitative data on the bounded system of Saudi students in regards to their gaming habits, personal attitudes and cultural views toward gaming, and...

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