Meeting Challenges, Exploring Solutions

in the Adult ESOL Classroom Conference 2018

SCHEDULE (scroll down for full workshop descriptions)

FALL 2018 MCES Conference Schedule - updated 10-12.pdf

MEETING CHALLENGES, EXPLORING SOLUTIONS IN THE ADULT ESOL CLASSROOM Conference is an annual one-day conference that provides English Language Teaching professionals with a space to learn from one another, share ideas, and network.

The 4th MCES Conference will take place on Saturday, October 13th at the University Center of The New School Campus.

The New School maintains a long tradition of excellence in the training of teachers of English to speakers of other languages. We welcome participation by professionals who seek to address critical issues in the field and hone their own craft.

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Noted author and scholar Lourdes Ortega, of Georgetown University's Department of Linguistics, will present the plenary,

"Multilingual Understandings of English Competence and Success."

An excerpt follows:

People learn English all over the world, and second-language English students are by definition people on their way to becoming bilinguals or multilinguals. Yet all too often their English is construed as deficient and their multilingual prowess is erased. In this talk, I reflect on what it means to be a successful, communicatively competent speaker of English, in light of the multilingualism of second-language English speakers and the special status of English, with its contested global, international, and lingua franca affordances. I will argue that we cannot understand English competence or learning success, in academic or other contexts, unless we understand English-in-multilingualism and open up our language pedagogies to the psycholinguistic and social realities of multilinguals. We will need to help our students cultivate an awareness of both world Englishes and unequal Englishes (Tupas, 2015). We will also want to include strategies that help them recognize, disrupt, and productively exploit to their advantage the experiences of being positioned by others as a novice, a foreigner, an outside member, or a nonnative speaker. In sum, our pedagogies must show that being competent in English is about being able to negotiate desirable identities with the aid of rich multilingual repertoires, where language always offers identity choices and communication always harbors power struggles.

Workshops & Presentations

Teacher Development in TESOL: Why identity goals matter - Dominik Wolff

In this presentation I share findings from a year-long, multiple-case study that investigated the teacher identity development of both native and non-native speaking MA TESOL students. Findings revealed diverse developmental trajectories as well as within and between-group differences. I conclude with several potential implications for language teacher preparation programs.

Corrective Feedback, Productive Feedback - Eileen Murphy

Learners at all levels want and need language feedback. This session will offer tips for providing effective and practical feedback in every lesson while saving on preparation time.

Professional Development for the Motivated Teacher: A World of Resources - Christopher Collins

Professional Development (PD) is both beneficial and necessary for educators. This presentation will focus on introducing a variety of resources for PD, and identifying which are most valuable. The presenter will also discuss some of the benefits teachers can reap from taking a diversified and dynamic approach to PD.

Culture, the Final Frontier - Claire Marinello

Have you gone down rabbit holes in your research? Or tried a Jedi mind trick on inattentive students? Focusing on how American pop culture shapes language, this workshop uses corpus data to explore how we can effectively use cultural artifacts when teaching vocabulary.

Confronting Cultural Stereotypes in ESOL Classrooms: Solutions from Global Locations - Bryan Meadows

What responsibility do adult ESOL instructors have to confront cultural stereotypes that enter into their classroom? In this lecture presentation, audience members will hear what 9 adult ESOL instructors are doing in their respective global locations to challenge cultural stereotypes. Promising practices for all ESOL practitioners will be identified.

Giving Students Effective Feedback - Monique Bloomfield

How do students know if their English is improving? More than just giving opinions, feedback can be used by teachers to bring students in as partners in their own learning. When done effectively, feedback allows students to see where they are as well as the next steps they can take.

Teaching Adult Migrants (with little or no proficiency) - Stephen Pellerine

Consider alternative strategies that can prime language acquisition for adult migrant students. Engage in easy to implement activities that are effective at relaxing students and immediately building learner competencies in digital (or visual) literacies which can be used for priming literacy skill development.

Exploring Vocabulary through the Lens of Context - Suzanne Kaplan-Fonseca

Streamline teaching practices with an innovative approach for teaching vocabulary across levels, topics, and skill areas. Students learn to choose words deliberately for effective communication through methods that encourage them to ask themselves, “What do I mean?” reducing the number of times they hear the question, “What do you mean?”

Supporting International English Learner Families and ESL Teachers: A Collaboration - Miriam Eisenstein Ebsworth, Lisa Vogel, Chencen Cai & Nicole Deschene

Our project supports the development of ESL, socio-cultural knowledge, and survival strategies for the spouses and partners of our international students and scholars, while providing a rich in-service experience for graduate students in TESOL and affiliated programs at NYU. We share our experiences, insights, and challenges in an interactive format.

Avoiding and Repairing Fossilization in the Adult ELL Classroom: Rochelle Moskowitz

Participants will (a) understand fossilization and its impact the quality of life for many adult ESL students; (b) learn how avoidance, remediation, motivation, and academic goals can be achieved through classroom management and real world applications; and (c) discuss fossilization issues and share experiences with error correction.

Only in New York: Creative ESL Activities using Subway Materials - Nicol Miraflores

The NYC subway system is a great resource of multisensory materials that offer 6.5 million daily riders language-rich learning experiences. This session is a demonstration of engaging language activities using subway materials to explore and use language in a variety of ways to strengthen listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.

The Effect of Watching Text-Relevant Video Segments on the Second Language Reader's Comprehension Level of Texts - Amirreza Karami

Reading comprehension is a demanding challenge for second language learners, but with the application of some reading strategies, this difficulty can be removed. Learn about some factors that are important for successful comprehension of the text and how to remove learning obstacles by using text-relevant video segments in the classroom.

Using Movement-Based Activities for Deeper Learning - Tamar Samir


Movement and play-like activities improve creativity, memory, and learning. When play and movement are combined, students feel empowered to take risks and improvise. We’ll try out activities that can be adapted for all levels and learning environments. We’ll reflect on how to adapt them to specific student populations.

No Politics in English Class! - Alex Pence & Leo Schmitt

What are taboos, how are they determined, and how can they impact learning in a classroom? This presentation will address the complex existence of taboos and their role in orienting speech platforms in a classroom. It will also offer avenues for addressing them when they arise or are broken.

Project Based Learning with ESOL/Literacy Students - Emily Skalet

This workshop will explore methods to create level-appropriate and authentic class projects with beginner speakers of English with limited literacy. Participants will explore authentic community based texts to support curriculum and develop language and literacy theme-based projects. Participants will practice scaffolding assignments for class projects to empower beginner level learners.

What Pencils Can Do: Mapping a Tour Builder School Project - Tulay Altin

Using Google Tour Builder students collaboratively create immersive tour projects based on the novel The Promise of a Pencil. This project provides engaging ways for students to become familiar with the educational opportunities in impoverished areas in other countries and create tours in areas which could benefit from a school.

Outside Sources in the Classroom: Giving Credit Where Credit is Due - Darleen Lev

By the class, for the class, using contributions from classmates in building content for essays underscores the true meaning of outside sources, in addition to increasing students’ confidence in developing their own critical discourse. While these activities have been used at college level, they can be tailored to middle-school and up.

Advocating for Change in the ESOL Community - Roshii Jolly, Leslie Wines, Becca Reed

What are some of the challenges that our ESOL community is facing today? How can we advocate for our students, our field, and our positions? Learn about challenges with funder outcomes, student needs, public policy impacts, and how community initiatives CAN work together to advocate for humanitarian change in the ESOL community

Classroom Management in the ESOL Classroom - Yanire Montanez

In this workshop participant will learn about classroom management skills while creating a safe and positive environment for their students to learn. The participants will learn a number of different strategies and procedures that they can apply and adapt for their classrooms.

Google Tools for Making your Content Mobile Friendly - Nell Eckersley

In this session learn how using Google Slides, Google Forms, and QR Codes can help you take your paper worksheets and in-class content and make them interactive via mobile phone. Bring your smart phone to participate, and a laptop if you want to try your hand at creating some content yourself.

Reinvigorate Adult Learning: Performing Who We Are and Who We Are Becoming - Gwen Lowenheim

Educators have long recognized the value of performance for language learning. This practical/philosophical workshop adds to this tradition by presenting performance as the human ability to be who we are and who-we-are-becoming simultaneously. This Vygotskian-influenced improvisational approach reinvigorates adult learning by supporting students to take risks, do things they don’t know how to do, and perform as English speakers.

Piecing It Together!: Lexical Chunks in an Authentic Curriculum - Emily Burnett & Alyssa Kronlund

A lexical approach to language learning puts the ‘language chunk’ at the core of instruction. Through our guided exploration of this concept, participants will simulate the process of brainstorming and organizing lexical items into a cohesive outline for an authentic language-centered curriculum.

Teaching Negotiation Skills to Global Professionals: A Modern ESP Approach - Dan Bullock & Raul Sanchez

Learn new techniques for teaching negotiation skills in the global classroom based on modern applications of research in international negotiation pedagogy. Participants will acquire strategies for blending content knowledge with linguistic elements, along with practical resources and business simulation materials that enhance fluency and intercultural relationships within ESP negotiation courses.

English in Action Meets Learning Challenges of the 21st Century - Liz Neblett, National Geographic Learning

How can you prepare adult ESL students for work and academic readiness while keeping them engaged and motivated? English in Action is a standards-based, integrated language learning program featuring authentic National Geographic content. Learners will improve their English proficiency while learning 21st century skills to realize education and work opportunities.

Ching Ching Lin - NYS TESOL

Find out about services and professional development opportunities we provide for TESOL professionals her in New York State. NYS TESOL is a resource to meet challenges and explore solutions in teachers' professional lives.

Ed Tech and the Adult ESL World - Rachael Nemeth

77% of the US has a smartphone. And of adults ages 50-65, 74% have a smartphones. This 90-minute panel of distinguished ESL, Tech, and instructional design pros will explore the intersection between EdTech and TESOL. We'll cover topics surrounding education technology for ESL, existing tech that's being adapting for use in the ESL classroom, and the technology access of adult ELLs as a whole. Be inspired and learn how technology can be a tool for 21st century adult ELLs.

10 Years in Integrated Skills; or, why some American IEP's Just Don't Understand - Mark Forehand

Why isn't this obvious! Integrated skills and the communicative approach are vital to creating successful university graduates in an IEP as well as preparing adult English language learners for the 'outside' classroom English they will experience.

Course Hybridization to Support the Multi-Level Classroom - Vanessa Guida

This session will showcase online learning modules designed to hybridize an L2 first-year composition course, and thereby close proficiency gaps and maximize class time. Rationale for hybridization – including merits of backwards course design, DSP, and a flipped classroom approach – will be discussed, as will design considerations, implementation, and preliminary outcomes.

Presented by the English Language Studies at The New School.

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