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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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Register now for 2018 Emerald Coast TESOL Winter Conference

Posted on Jan 13, 2018 in Events, News | 1 comment

Register now for 2018 Emerald Coast TESOL Winter Conference

Emerald Coast TESOL invites educators of all levels to attend its 2018 Winter Conference at the University of West Florida, International Center, Building 71 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3. This professional development conference will feature guest speakers, workshops, entertainment and refreshments and more. See below for complete agenda. Chane Eplin, Bureau Chief of the Student Achievement through Language Acquisition at the Florida Department of Education, will be the keynote speaker at the conference. He will address “Quality Education for English Learners K-12 and...

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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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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 | 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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