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National Geographic Learning TESOL 2014

PROGRAM SESSIONS

Featuring the authors and experts of National Geographic Learning Portland Convention Center

FREE Materials at Many Sessions


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Thursday, March 27

 

Friday, March 28

 

Saturday, March 29



9:30AM - 10:15AM

4:00PM - 4:45PM

4:00PM - 4:45PM

5:00PM - 5:45PM

 

9:30AM - 10:15AM

3:00PM - 3:45PM

3:00PM - 3:45PM


 

2:00PM - 2:45PM

2:00PM - 2:45PM

TESOL

Program Sessions

Portland, Oregon
March 2014









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SESSION SUMMARIES

Thursday, March 27

9:30 AM–10:15 AM | Room A106
Multi-level Activities and Team Projects for Beginners
Presenter: Rob Jenkins
Can your students learn more than vocabulary from a dictionary? Using the stunning new edition of The Heinle Picture Dictionary, the presenter will demonstrate contextualized, multi-level activities that help adult students develop real life language skills. Free samples will be provided.


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4:00 PM–4:45 PM | Room PB256
Activities for the NEW Edition of Great Writing
Presenter: Dr. Keith Folse
What helps ESL students write better? The authors of the successful Great Writing series will demonstrate three activities that should be part of all ESL writing classes. The new edition of Great Writing uses high-interest content and motivating photographs from National Geographic to engage learners at all levels.


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4:00 PM–4:45 PM | Room E147
National Geographic Learning Promotes Rich Discussion in ESL Grades K–12
Presenter: Roslyn Wall
Do you spend time looking for interesting class topics? This session explores how guiding questions create rich discussions throughout the year. Focus is on how using age appropriate topics help form compelling small-group activities and thoughtful debates using National Geographic’s rich literature, literacy materials, and media.


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5:00 PM–5:45 PM | Room B116
How Can Ministries of Education Train Large Numbers of Teachers?
Presenters: Michael Krocker and Steve King
Education authorities throughout the world face many challenges in implementing teacher training programs that are relevant, results-driven, and scalable to large numbers of teachers. ETS and National Geographic Learning have collaborated to develop and launch ELTeach, an integrated Professional Development, Assessment and Certificate program aimed at solving these problems.


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Friday, March 28

9:30 AM–10:15 AM | Room B113
The National Geographic Learning Reading Panel
Presenters: Neil J Anderson, Lawrence J Zwier and David A Bohlke
Did you know that thousands of species live in one gram of soil? At National Geographic Learning, we are fascinated by the world. Join a reading panel chaired by National Geographic Learning members Neil Anderson, Lawrence Zwier and David Bohlke and discuss the needs of the 21st century reader.


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3:00 PM–3:45 PM | Room OB201
“Reverse Blending” in Teacher Training: When Online Takes the Lead
Presenters: Anne Katz, Donald Freeman and Anne Burns
Building teacher capacity in classroom English and professional knowledge is a worldwide challenge. The presenters report on the global piloting of a “reverse-blended” online training program, where the main emphasis is on the online component, supported by face-to-face sessions. The pilot, involving 4,000 teachers, aimed to enhance participants’ professional confidence.


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3:00 PM–3:45 PM | Room B112
Task-Based Lessons Produce Real-Life Learning
Presenter: Ed McBride
Research shows that meaningful context enhances language learning. Task–based lessons make language used in the classroom more meaningful by providing an authentic, interesting, or fun task as the lesson goal. The presenter demonstrates a variety of task–based lessons and shows how task–based lessons lead to real-life communicative competence.


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Saturday, March 29

2:00 PM–2:45 PM | Room E146
Our World—Inspires Teachers, Inspires Students
Presenters: Joan Kang Shin and Jodi Crandall
How can we inspire English teachers and students in pre-school and primary schools worldwide to use English in real ways and become engaged 21st century citizens? The answer: Our World. Come see how compelling content coupled with stunning National Geographic photos and videos breathes new life into the language classroom!


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2:00 PM–2:45 PM | Room PB256
The Pathway to Thinking Critically
Presenter: Dr. Keith Folse
Critical thinking is an important skill for today’s students, but how can we help students develop critical thinking within regular ESL classes? In this session, Dr. Keith Folse demonstrates how specific activities from the National Geographic Learning Pathways series develop reading, writing, listening, and speaking as well as critical thinking.


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