International TESOL Conference, Dallas 2013
Harmonizing Technology, Literacy, and Community through Extensive Reading
Extensive reading can help IEP students increase their vocabulary and improve their reading fluency, but it
is sometimes a challenge to promote and assess student participation. This presentation provides examples
of low-anxiety, high-interest assignments and activities that teachers can use to ensure active participation
in extensive reading programs.
Co-presented with Lara Ravitch and Emily Mathis.
Uniting Student Engagement, Authentic Materials, Critical Thinking, and Listening Skills
Many published listening and speaking textbooks focus on assessing learners’ comprehension of listening
excerpts by asking lower-level questions requiring little critical thinking and resulting in low student
engagement. This presentation provides a rationale and materials for blending critical thinking skills with
student-selected authentic materials to increase engagement in the classroom.
Here are handouts from the presentation with adaptable materials for a listening/discussion skills project.
Co-presented with Danielle Bus.
Beyond Institutional Culture Shock
With recent enrollment increases in IEPs, institutions are hiring many instructors quickly with little time to
acclimate them to the new setting. Under these circumstances, even experienced instructors face
how IEP administration can support new hires.
Co-presented with Danielle Bus, Lara Ravitch, and Britt Johnson.