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BC TESOL proudly presents:

ELL Across the Curriculum

26th Annual Conference for ELL Educators

October 21, 2016

Brentwood Park Elementary School, Burnaby

 Keynote SpeakerDr. Hetty Roessingh, University of Calgary

 

Conference Program and Procedures to Register

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We recommend downloading the guide and reading it on your device or printing a copy.

Then, when you are ready, link to the registration website here:

 

  1. Browse and prepare
    1. Read the workshop descriptions and make your selections. Please note some workshops are for 45 minutes while others are for 90 minutes.
    2. There are 2×45 mins or 1×90 mins before lunch and there are 2×45 mins or 1×90 mins after lunch for a potential of up to 4 workshops in the day.
    3. Be sure to choose more than one option in case one or more are full when you come to register online.

 

  1. Register online
    1. Click on the link and proceed to complete the registration as required.

HINT: have your credit card ready.

A valid email address is required as that is how you will get your confirmation and receipt.

 

  1. Print your confirmation/receipt
    1. Shortly after the online registration is complete you will receive a confirmation email. This email lists the sessions you chose and confirms your payment. THIS is your receipt. No other receipt will be issued.

 

  1. Come to the conference
    1. Bring your printed receipt.
    2. Receive your registration package.
    3. Enjoy the conference.
    4. Please be sure to also join us at the AGM while you are there.  This is your PSA, so come have your say.  Please note we will be having our annual election for the executive, with several positions being up for election.  See the Executive page for more information.

Workshops 

 

  1. Using the Inquiry Model: ELL Science

Kiran Basran, ELL Teacher, SD41 (Burnaby)

Marilyn Williams, Teacher Librarian, SD41,(Burnaby)

90 minutes: 10:15 – 11:45 a.m.

Target Audience: Teachers of Gr.4 –12, Inquiry

This project is the result of collaboration between an ELL classroom teacher and a teacher-librarian. Participants will be introduced to the inquiry model and its application in an ELL class. Sample student work will be shared. While this project was used in an ELL Level 2 Science course, the model can be applied to many different content areas and ELL Levels.

Kiran Basran is an ELL/SIOP teacher in the Burnaby School District. She has been teaching secondary for five years and has a particular interest in integrating ELL with math and Science. She also spent time teaching in England.

Marilyn Williams is a teacher-librarian in the Burnaby School District. She has experience in both elementary and secondary libraries. She believes that collaboration and inquiry are essential elements for the most effective student research and learning.

 

  1. “You Talking To Me?” – A Functional Approach to Oral Language Development

Catherine Humphries, Educational Consultant / Licensed Tutor – How Language Works

90 minutes: 10:15 – 11:45 a.m.

Target Audience: Teachers of Gr.4 – 12, Teacher Candidates

Language plays a critical role in constructing and reflecting relationships between speakers and listeners or readers and writers. However, many teachers of ELL students are not able to provide an explicit explanation to help students understand how interpersonal meanings are realized. This workshop will explore resources that a theory of systemic functional linguistics provides to support development of effective oral communication. While this is an important topic for all ages, the activities presented will be most suitable for intermediate and secondary students.

In 2014, Cathy Humphries retired from her position as ELL Consultant in the Burnaby School District. During 36 years of teaching in the public school system, she taught ELL students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 and also had the opportunity to work with pre-service and practicing teachers as a sessional instructor at UBC. She is a licensed tutor for a number of South Australian teacher development courses, including How Language Works: Success in literacy and learning.

 

  1. 50+ Things I Wish I Had Known When I Started Teaching ELL

Dale Shea, EAL Coordinator, SD43 (Coquitlam)

45 minutes: Choose 10:15 – 11:00 a.m. OR 2:15 – 3:00 p.m.

Target Audience: Teachers of K -12, Curriculum, P/T Relationship, Teacher Candidates

I’m a better ELL teacher now than I was in 1989 when I started teaching. I’ll share things that I’ve found to be valuable. I hope you’ll do the same and we’ll all leave with more tools in our toolboxes.

Dale Shea has taught ELL since 1989 at elementary, junior high, secondary and adult night school. He has been the EAL Coordinator in Coquitlam since 2006. He is a member of the Metro ELL Coordinators Group, the ELL Assessment Consortium and the ELL Trustee Consortium.

 

  1. Bilingual Development in Diaspora: Community Members’ Voices, Struggles, and Successes

Dr. Naghmeh Babaee, Faculty, Art Institute of Vancouver

45 minutes: Choose 1:15 – 2:00 p.m. OR 2:15 – 3:00 p.m.

Target Audience: Teachers of K-12

Research shows that many immigrant children in Canada face challenges in maintaining their heritage language, i.e. languages other than English, French or Indigenous languages. Heritage languages however should be maintained to help immigrant students succeed socially and academically and maintain stronger familial bonds. Themes of the importance of language maintenance, strategies and challenges will be presented from a recent study in the Iranian community. Also, useful recommendations for family and community members, policy makers and teachers will be made.

Dr. Naghmeh Babaee received a Ph.D. in Second Language Education from the University of Manitoba. She has extensively published on bilingual development, language acquisition, and teacher and student identity. Dr. Babaee is a faculty member in the General Education Department , Art Institute of Vancouver and may be reached at naghmeh_um@yahoo.ca

 

  1. An Introduction to Moe the Mouse ®

Pepper Brewster, ECE, Library Assistant, BC Aboriginal Child Care Society

45 minutes: Choose 10:15 – 11:00 a.m. OR 1:15 – 2:00 p.m.

Target Audience: Teachers of K – 3, Curriculum

Moe the Mouse® is a speech and language development program that is most often used in pre-school/daycare and kindergarten programs. The relevance to ESL is the same as it is for young children learning to speak as the Moe program is designed to assist children in making different sounds that we encounter in the English language. The delivery of the program is fun and engaging, using plush animals and finger puppets.

Pepper Brewster is a certified Early Childhood Educator working part-time for BC Aboriginal Child Care Society (BCACCS) where she oversees all the Early Childhood resources that BCACCS has to offer including Moe the Mouse®. Pepper is also a substitute teacher at Tsleil Waututh Child and Family Centre. She is the mother of two boys ages, 8 and 11 and step-mother to a 13 yr. old boy and 17 yr. old girl.

 

  1. Teaching Collocations Awareness

Laura Blumenthal, TESL/ELLA Instructor, Douglas College

45 minutes: Choose 11:15 – 12:00 p.m. OR 1:15 – 2:00 p.m.

Target Audience: Teachers of Gr.4 – 12, Curriculum, Teacher Candidates

In this presentation, participants will get a very brief introduction to collocation and then the participants will be shown how to develop their own exercises and assessment across the curriculum in order to increase students’ skills in understanding and using vocabulary. The presenter’s own materials will be shared with participants. Participants are asked to bring a textbook or any other reading materials that they use in their classes, if possible.

Laura Blumenthal has been teaching ESL since 1988 and training teachers since 2000. She has taught in the U.S., Turkey, and Canada, since 2008 at Douglas College. She is also a frequent presenter the BC TEAL conferences.

 

  1. Intercultural Competencies

Kathleen Weinkam, Curriculum/Helping Teacher: International Program, SD34

45 minutes: 10:15 – 11:00 a.m. OR 11:15 – 12:00 p.m.

Target Audience: Teachers of K – 12, Community, Curriculum, P/T Relationships, Teacher Candidates

Intercultural competencies are important components of educating our students to be global citizens. Learn about inter-culturalization theory and its application in today’s diverse classroom settings.

Kathleen Weinkam is a Helping Teacher in the Abbotsford Curriculum Department. She works with international students and their teachers to provide both academic support and inter-culturalization opportunities. Kathleen has been teaching ELL at the K-12 level for 20 years. She has worked in China, Japan and Canada.

 

  1. Getting to Know Your ELL Students from Mainland China: The School Pressure They Face and What You Need to Know

Susanna Song, Multicultural Worker, SD39 (Vancouver)

Robert Li, Multicultural Worker, SD39 (Vancouver)
90 minutes: 1:15 – 2:45 p.m.

Target Audience: Teachers of K – Gr. 7, Gr.8 – 12, Curriculum, P/T Relationships, Teacher Candidates

The number of Chinese ELL students coming to BC over the past few years has increased dramatically. Some knowledge about these immigrants and their educational, cultural and social background will assist teachers in finding their way to teach and connect with these newcomer students. Teachers attending this workshop will leave with not only a better understanding of the differences between the school systems in China and BC but will also have greater insight regarding cultural norms, parent expectations and other prevalent issues that have an impact on student learning and cultural adjustment.

Susanna Song has been working for 9 years as a multicultural worker in VSB. She got a BA degree from China. She taught at the University in China for several years prior to coming to Canada.

Robert Li has been working for 7 years as a multicultural worker in VSB. He got a BA degree in China and MA degree in Canada. He has taught 28 years of ESL English.

 

  1. Teaching Language through Song

Ann Hunter, ELL Coordinator, SD39 (Vancouver)

90 minutes      Part 1: 10:15 – 11:00 a.m.

Part 2: 11:15 –12:00 p.m.

Target Audience: Teachers of Gr.4 – 12, Teacher Candidates

Using music is a fun, effective and powerful way to motivate students and teach language. Participants will be introduced to a variety of songs, activities and instructional strategies that will encourage ELL students to develop their language skills. The song themes are geared for students in grades 8 – 12, but the strategies could be used with grades 4-7 students, as well. Participants will receive a resource package.

Ann Hunter’s experience covers a broad range of courses in elementary and secondary including regular, alternative, and multi-level classes. Although, music has always been a part of her ELL program, she has also enjoyed running a guitar club for staff and students.

 

  1. Supporting the Refugee Experience: Before and After: Surrey School District model

Kris Hull, Teacher, Surrey Schools Welcome Centre (SD36)

Lana Deeter, District Resource Counsellor, Surrey Schools Welcome Centre (SD36)

90 minutes      Part 1: 10:15 – 11:00 a.m.

Part 2: 11:15 –12:00 p.m.

Part 1: Participants will learn the history/situation of students from refugee trauma backgrounds and gain practical tools for supporting them and helping them in the classroom. Insights and learning from the past 10 years will be shared with guests.

Part 2: Participants will learn through first person stories, the personal journey and settlement into Canada through refugee experience. 

Kris Hull is a teacher of The Bridge Program for 10 years working with students from refugee and trauma backgrounds. He is a presenter on refugee issues and challenges.

Lana Deeter is a Surrey district counsellor working with students from refugee trauma backgrounds. Candy Marvel, Morteza Neeki and Barbara Jackson are also Settlement Workers from Surrey District working with students and families.

 

  1. Assessment and ELLs

Lynette Power, ELL District Helping Teacher, Middle & Secondary, SD34 (Abbotsford)

Sandra Van Hove, ELL District Helping Teacher, Elementary, SD34 (Abbotsford)

90 minutes: 1:15 – 2:45 p.m.

Target Audience: Teachers of K – Gr.7, Gr.8 – 12, Teacher Candidates

How do we use formative, classroom based assessment practices to move English Language Learners forward?

In this session, we will focus on how we can use standardized and classroom based assessment measures as a formative tool to move ELLs further in their learning. We will observe classroom strategies and exemplars that aid in assessment of ELLs, thus allowing teachers to adjust instruction accordingly.

Lynette Power has worked closely with ELL teachers to train and increase their understanding of the variety of language needs and supports required for ELLs to access the curriculum. Through working with teachers she has focused on the importance of building and using sound assessment that attends to the language demands of EL students, as well as the curriculum requirements.

Sandra Van Hove has spent the most recent year working with classroom and ELL teachers to develop their understanding of the importance of using assessment that both attends to the language and curricular outcomes of assignments. Through working with teachers, Sandra developed a series of lessons that focused on the importance of using assessment to move oral proficiency in low level English language learners.

 

  1. Effective Feedback

John-Paul Baker, Consultant, Corpus Academics

90 minutes      Part 1 on speaking: 10:15 – 11:00 a.m. OR 1:15 – 2:00 p.m.

Part 2 on writing: 11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. OR 2:15 – 3:00 p.m.

Target Audience: Teachers of K – Gr.7, Gr.8 – 12, Teacher Candidates

This presentation is all about how to give feedback on writing and speaking tasks. On the topic of writing, we will discuss process writing, the importance of content-focused feedback, teacher conferencing, and effective types of form-focused feedback. On the topic of speaking, we will discuss the difference between fluency-focused and accuracy-focused activities, the importance of giving opportunities to incorporate feedback, and research on the most effective methods of oral error correction.

John-Paul Baker is half of the consulting duo known as Corpus Academics, which provides curriculum design, teacher training, and resource development to colleges, schools and online publishers in BC and around the world. John-Paul’s interest include intercultural communication, vocabulary, writing and organizational development.

 

  1. Strategies & Tips for Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum (Secondary)

Dr. Sylvia Helmer, Sessional Instructor, UBC

90 minutes: Secondary: 1:15 –2:45 p.m.

Target Audience: Teachers of Gr.8 – 12

Additional language learners [and all learners in the classroom] need repeated practice to help them consolidate their reading and writing skills, skills needed to help them access subject-specific textual materials. This session provides some examples of whole class and/or small group activities that help all students access more academic materials, which in turn helps them become better academic writers. A handout detailing tips and the how-to of some of my favourite strategies will be available.

Dr. Sylvia Helmer has taught across the grades in BC and various locations overseas. She has served in many roles, including classroom teacher, ELL specialist teacher and teacher mentor. Currently she is a sessional instructor for UBC, teaching courses focused on how to scaffold instruction for the English additional language learners in content classrooms

 

  1. Strategies & Tips for Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum (Elementary)

Dr. Sylvia Helmer, Sessional Instructor, UBC

90 minutes: Elementary: 10:15 – 11:45 a.m.

Target Audience: Teachers of K – Gr. 7

Additional language learners [and all learners in the classroom] need repeated practice to help them consolidate their reading and writing skills, especially as they move toward the more textbook-oriented intermediate years. This session provides some examples of whole class and/or small group activities that help students access more academic materials. A handout detailing tips and the how-to of some of my favourite strategies will be available.

Dr. Sylvia Helmer has taught across the grades in BC and various locations overseas. She has served in many roles, including classroom teacher, ELL specialist teacher and teacher mentor. Currently she is a sessional instructor for UBC, teaching courses focused on how to scaffold instruction for the English additional language learners in content classrooms.

 

  1. Supporting English Language Learners with Additional Needs

Dr. Ying Hoh, Psychologist in Private Practice

Ramona Jung, Student Services, EAL, SD43 (Coquitlam)

90 minutes: 1:15 – 2:45 p.m.

Target Audience: Teachers of K – Gr. 12

This workshop is about identifying and supporting the needs of English language learners (ELL) with the unique challenges they encounter in their education as they navigate through the learning process and their understanding of schools in Canada.

The presenters will share with participants some promising approaches in differential assessment/diagnosis and intervention approaches when working with ELL students in general and with Government assisted refugee (GAR) students.

Dr. Ying Hoh is a registered psychologist in private practice. From 1998 to 2013, she worked as a psychologist for the ELL students in SD#43(Coquitlam).   Currently in private practice, she serves as a supervisor in the UBC BC Psychology Internship Consortium.

Ramona Jung has taught in School District 43, as class and EAL/Student Services Teacher. As an educator, her passion has been supporting and providing learning opportunities to meet the diverse learning needs of students. She has worked on multi-levels of support for all students, as well, students with a refugee background.

 

  1. Planning for Language/Content Integration in the Elementary Grades

Peggy Li, TTOC, SD38 (Richmond)

45 minutes: 11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. OR 2:15 – 3:00 p.m.

Target Audience: Teachers of K – Gr. 7

This session will provide teachers with insight into planning for the integration of language and content in the elementary years. Influenced by How Language Works for the Department of Education and Child Development of South Australia, the presentation foregrounds the process of planning for those who are relative newcomers to language/content integration. It will highlight the use of focus genres, scaffolding the leaching and learning cycles, and the formulation of language objectives to accompany content objectives.

Peggy Li is a currently elementary Teacher Teaching On Call in the Richmond School District. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics and completed her teacher education in the Teaching English Language Learners through Problem-Based Learning Cohort Case-based Inquiry. She has a passion for teaching and learning with English Language Learners, and has found the ideas from How Language Works to be very useful.

 

  1. Correcting Pronunciation

Rebeka delaMorandiere, International Student Program Administrator,

SD35 (Langley)

90 minutes: 1:15 – 2:45 p.m.

Target Audience: Teachers of Gr.8 – 12, Teacher Candidates

Despite a need for pronunciation instruction and correction across the curriculum, teachers tend to feel ill-equipped in the secondary classroom. In this session, teachers will learn how key features of English pronunciation can impact students’ intelligibility. Most important, teachers will be presented with strategies to quickly explain and correct pronunciation using innovative kinesthetic techniques that could be applied in any content area.

Rebeka delaMorandiere graduated from Trinity Western University in Langley, BC. Her MA TESOL thesis research involves pronunciation correction in academic instruction. She has experience teaching both academic and settlement ELL to adults as well as children. Rebeka currently coordinates the international student program for D.W. Poppy Secondary School in Langley.

 

  1. Supporting ELL Students with a Language Disorder

Grace Chan, Speech-Language Pathologist, SD45 (West Vancouver)

Rubeena Singh, Speech-Language Pathologist, SD45 (West Vancouver)

90 minutes: 10:15 – 11: 45 a.m.

Target Audience: Teachers of K – 12, Teacher Candidates

Teaching English to ELL students can be challenging but rewarding. The question is: how can we support ELL students with an underlying language disorder? Let’s talk about how the brain learns languages and how bilingualism can affect academic and social skills. Presented by two multi-lingual Speech-Language Pathologists

Grace Chan is a Speech-Language Pathologist who graduated from Teachers College, Columbia University. She enjoys learning new languages and is fascinated by the diversity of languages in Vancouver. Currently, Grace works with a variety of multi-lingual students in the school district.

Rubeena Singh is a multi-lingual Speech-Language Pathologist who trained at the University of Toronto, with a background in neuroscience. She enjoys working with students to improve oral communication skills, to help them succeed with academic and social skills.

 

  1. Creative ways to Expand English Language Skills

Barbara Mitchell Pollock, Facilitator/Writer, English in Motion

90 minutes: 1:15 – 2:45 p.m.

Target Audience: Teachers of K – 12, Community, Curriculum, Teacher Candidates

This is an active presentation for delegates to experience Dramatic Arts techniques with games, tongue twisters and movement exercises to facilitate the learning of English while having fun. Participants will engage in activities with English Language articulation & modulation, listening, cooperation, focus & concentration skills that they can then use in their classrooms. Drama Games & Exercises for skills: focus & concentration, co-operation, listening & speaking, & creativity.

“It’s misleading to suppose there’s any basic difference between education and entertainment; however, it’s always true that whatever pleases teaches more effectively.” -Marshall McLuhan

Barbara M. Pollock focuses on Social Justice and her pockets are full of experience as a student, workshop director, writer, thespian and teacher, Barbara credits Theatre as an exceptional teacher. She has learned that art serves many teaching opportunities, and is presently writing a play about “Travelling with her Dead Sister Elaine”.

 

  1. Experiencing the Complexities of Cultural Identity

Heather Barnes, ELLA & TESL Faculty, Douglas College

90 minutes: 1:30 – 3:00

Target Audience: Teachers of Gr.4 – 12, Teacher Candidates

According to Lustig and Koester (2013), cultural identity provides a framework in understanding who we are and this is related to the different groups we are socialized to connect or not connect with. In this workshop, participants will participate in an experiential learning activity that explores the many sides that make up one’s cultural identity. A working definition will be introduced and then participants will examine different memberships that contribute to their own cultural identity. A debriefing session will follow with discussion on how cultural identity informs the teaching practice and impacts the learning environment.

Heather Barnes holds a Master of Arts Degree, Bachelor of Education, and a TESL certification. Heather has over twenty years of teaching experience with a focus on ELL, teacher training and intercultural communication training. She currently teaches academic preparation, TESL and Intercultural Communication at Douglas College, Vancouver, British Columbia. Heather received a scholarship and attended the 2015 Summer Institute of Intercultural Communication in Portland, Oregon. Heather is co-author of the “Think First, Then Write” winner of the TESOL 2007, Mary Finocchario Award.

  

  1. Breakout groups with Keynote Speaker (T.B.A)

Dr. Hetty Roessingh, Faculty of Education, University of Calgary

45 mins: 10:15-11:00 a.m. (Elementary); 11:15-12:00 p.m.(Secondary)

Target Audience: Teachers of K-12, Teacher Candidates

 

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Join us

2016 PSA Day Conference: Friday October, 21st  

Theme: ELL Across the Curriculum
Keynote SpeakerDr. Hetty Roessingh, University of Calgary
Location: Brentwood Park Elementary School, Burnaby, BC

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