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Presentation examines ELLs working independently

Posted on Feb 3, 2018 in 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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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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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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Anita Solarski & Amany Habib: Strategies for success in college: Pre-service teachers experiences in mentoring international students

Posted on May 24, 2017 in News | 0 comments

Anita Solarski & Amany Habib: Strategies for success in college: Pre-service teachers experiences in mentoring international students                           Audience: International Students/IEP, ESOL Adult Education, Teacher Education The presentation provides an overview of collaborative efforts between instructors at the teacher education program at The University of West Florida (UWF) and the director of the Intensive English Program (IEP) on campus. The efforts were part of a project designed to engage pre-service teachers who are enrolled in an introduction course in the field of...

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Karyn Trong: Lost in Transition: Integrating English Language Learners

Posted on May 24, 2017 in News | 0 comments

Karyn Trong: Lost in Transition: Integrating English Language Learners                                  Audience: Middle/High School educators ESL students face the dual challenge of learning a new culture and language. Providing these students with support and a sense of community is an overlooked, but crucial component of ESL student achievement. This session will provide powerful evidence of this concept and equip educators to allow ESL students to share their culture and enable them to feel the support of their peers and new community as they become linguistically and culturally...

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Marvin Taylor: Just what exactly DO you teach? Unmystifying acronyms ESOL, EFL TEFL, EAL, ESP, TESOL

Posted on May 24, 2017 in News | 0 comments

Marvin Taylor:  Just what exactly DO you teach?  Unmystifying acronyms ESOL, EFL TEFL, EAL, ESP, TESOL Audience: ALL In social situations, many times we get puzzled looks on the faces of others when we reply to that inevitable question, “What do you do?” We respond by saying  “Well, I teach ESL.” Others among us might respond, “I teach ESOL.” Then the other person asks, “What is THAT?” As we try to explain, we wonder if even we ourselves are sure what is meant by the acronym describing our field.. Besides ESL and ESOL, we hear of EFL, EAL, TESL, TESOL, and TEFL. We might also hear other...

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