Oregon Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages

2022 Virtual Fall Conference | October 15, 2022, 9am - 2:30pm

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9:30am - 10:40am Plenary with Elisabeth Chan, PhD

Social Justice Skills for ELTs

English language teaching professionals are inherently involved in social justice issues related to languages and cultures. Identifying a need for change and having the passion to create conditions for change are important steps. Taking action requires us to strengthen our social justice skills. Like any skill, social justice skills must be studied, practiced, reflected on, and improved in a continuous cycle. Through this presentation, we will examine our skill levels and reflect on possible next steps for ourselves, classrooms, and communities.

Elisabeth Chan, PhD has 15 years of experience as an English language educator, working with adult English learners in post-secondary institutes. She has presented, researched, and published on social justice work in TESOL, where she draws upon her life experiences as a second/fourth-generation Chinese American from the U.S. South.

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Introduction Plenary Video Link

Padlet Presentations

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Project-based Learning (PBL) - A Self-directed Professional Learning and Training Module

Leslie Siebert, Portland State University

Adult Education (AE), Higher Education (HE), Pre and In-Service Teacher Training

Leslie Siebert, Portland State University

In this self-directed professional learning and training module, attendees are invited to explore more about project-based learning (PBL). Using a choose-your-own-adventure format, attendees select from a collection of videos, websites, research articles, and activity banks related to integrating PBL into the language classroom.

Padlet Link

Integrating Quill's Free Online Tools to Improve Reading and Writing

Linda Gannon, College of Southern Nevada

Adult Education (AE), Elementary Education (K-12), Secondary Education (K-12), Higher Education (HE)

Quill is an online OER which can aid our multilingual students at all levels with their reading and writing skills. The presenter will share how she utilizes the free version of this website with her community college students and help attendees get started with this innovative resource.

Padlet Link

Creative, Curious, and Quirky – New OER for the Adventurous

Tim Krause, Portland Community College

Adult Education (AE), Higher Education (HE), Pre and In-Service Teacher Training

Short stories from the outer circle of World Englishes, a communication curriculum inspired by TV’s “Shark Tank”, and an integrated writing and grammar text that explores social justice topics within the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. These are some of the new open educational resources (OER) available this fall.

Padlet Link

Teaching English Through Wine


Melody Ren


Adult Education (AE)

The presentation includes a 15 minutes workshop introducing a "Learn English Through Wine" class using specialized corpus and analyzing tools to study wine tasting notes, followed by a Q&A session and a discussion session for more ideas regarding teaching English for Specific Purposes and Learning English through interests.

Padlet Link

Presentations Session 1

1A: Changing times changing goals: Course outcome checklists and can-do statements

Thomas Pals, Ritsumeikan University, Japan

Mary Hughes, Chemeketa Community College

Adult Education (AE), Higher Education (HE)

Video Link   Slides

The purpose of this presentation is to show two different approaches from two different higher educational institutions in designing specific goals for students. The first example will show one institution’s attempt to use checklists to help instructors focus on course outcomes, and can-do statements for students to evaluate their own progress. The second approach will show how specific can-do lists were developed and utilized throughout a standardized curriculum for science and engineering students.  

1B: Leveling Up the Literary Circle for Remote Teaching

Tim Krause, Portland Community College

Adult Education (AE), Higher Education (HE), Pre and In-Service Teacher Training
Video Link

Literary circles are common in reading classes at all levels. It’s an effective, collaborative technique that can accommodate a wide range of lessons and learners. In this session, participants will experience a variation designed specifically for remote instruction that incorporates additional opportunities for student-student and student-teacher interactions.

1C: Engaging Multilingual Learners with Ellii, formerly ESL Library*

Lei Kayanuma, Ellii, formerly ESL Library

Adult Education (AE), Higher Education (HE)

Video Link

Our students need to be engaged with relevant, meaningful lessons that are scaffolded for their level. Ellii (formerly ESL Library) is an online platform for teachers used in 10,000+ schools and districts around the world. Learn about our ready-made materials, interactive digital tasks, and feedback tools so you can teach your best class every class.

1D: Current Corpus Linguistics Tools for Language Teaching

Luciana Diniz, Portland Community College

Adult Education (AE), Higher Education (HE)

Video Link

In this presentation, I will show the website I compiled with resources, ready-to-go activities and tips for language teachers who are interested in using corpus linguistics tools to develop materials and help their students.

1E: Transform Your Classroom with Burlington Core: Flexibility for Any Learning Environment​*

Tad Meyer, Burlington English

Transform Your Classroom with Burlington Core: Flexibility for Any Learning Environment

In this session, Tad will demonstrate how teachers can use the integrated components of the Burlington Core courses to help ESL students achieve academic and career success.

*Commercial/Exhibitor

11:35am - 11:50am Lunch and Poster Session

TESOL Convention Information Video Link

11:55 am - 12:35 pm Presentations Session 2

2A: Where Does ESL Fit in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Goals

Susan Lindsay, Portland State University

Eowyn Ferey, Portland State University

Higher Education (HE)

As institutions enact policies related to DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion), they simultaneously downsize ESL programming. Most ESL faculty have spent their careers engaged in intercultural communicative competence and critical language awareness. Institutions should recognize the expertise of these faculty and include them in the wider education of multilingual students.

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2B: Textbook Analysis for Teachers of Emergent Bilingual Students

Josh Schultze, Western Oregon University

Jessica Dougherty, Western Oregon University

Pre and In-Service Teacher Training

This interactive session will show teachers how to identify the language demands of texts used in schools, so they may more effectively plan lessons that help emergent bilinguals make meaning and learn academic language.

Video Link

2C: The Art of Gamifying Classes with Low Digital Literacy Levels

Cassie DeFillipo, Klamath Community College

Adult Education (AE), Higher Education (HE)

Given the increasing use of computers and technology in the classroom, this session will discuss methods of gamifying learning within classes with low digital literacy levels. It will provide a number of hands-on examples of how to incorporate fun and engaging activities into classes where students aren’t comfortable or versed in using technology.

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2D: “EnGenius! Lesson Planning with EnGen”*

Elisa Hammes, “EnGenius”

Elisa Hammes is an artist and educator with over ten years experience teaching ESL in the United States and abroad. She is TESOL/TEFL certified with a Bachelor’s Degree in Art and Art Education. This webinar showcases Elisa’s approach to developing “EnGenius” plans that link directly to EnGen lessons and coursework. She will share example plans designed around competencies in Math, Reading/CASAS Prep, and Conversation fluency.

*Commercial/Exhibitor

2E: ESOL Level 1 and Level 2 OER Curriculum - ENTRY Into ENGLISH

Sara Packer, Portland Community College
Penny Jahraus, PCC / South Metro-Salem STEM Hub

Adult Education (AE), Secondary Education (K-12), Higher Education (HE)

An introduction to a new Open Education Resources (OER) curriculum for Beginning (Level 1) and High Beginning (Level 2) ESOL, with the same three themes at each level (Family, Home, and Community; Daily Routines and Jobs; and Food and Health).

Entry into English Curriculum Level 1  Level 2

Video Link 

12:40 PM - 1:20 PM Presentations Session 3

3A: No Textbook Required: Using Web Based Tools in a Beginning/Low Intermediate Course

Amanda Franzoni, Portland State University

Adult Education (AE), Higher Education (HE)

This session will introduce participants to a variety of online materials used in a theme-based, beginning to low intermediate integrated skills course (CEFR A1-B1). Participants will be shown useful materials for multilevel classes and will engage with specific websites and resources.

3B: Create Engaging Flashcard Sets & Activities*

Lei Kayanuma, Ellii, formerly ESL Library

Adult Education (AE)

Our students need to be engaged with relevant, meaningful lessons that are scaffolded for their level. Ellii (formerly ESL Library) is an online platform for teachers used in 10,000+ schools and districts around the world. Learn about our ready-made materials, interactive digital tasks, and feedback tools so you can teach your best class every class.

Video Link

*Commercial/Exhibitor

3C: Give Students the World Via Live Virtual Expeditions

Mariel Gomez de la Torre-Cerfontaine, Summit Virtual Academy for Rowan Salisbury School
Dr. Carmen Cáceda, Western Oregon University
Jessica Yauri, La Casa de Carton, Lima-Peru

Adult Education (AE), Elementary Education (K-12), Secondary Education (K-12), Higher Education (HE), Pre and In-Service Teacher Training

Participants will learn and participate from a live expedition! Students virtually visited 7 continents all without leaving their home. We will share how students visit different countries with a focus on building literacy skills as traveling the world. Practical ideas and tips will be shared to create “Live Virtual Expeditions.”

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3D: The World is Your Classroom: Teach with English Language Programs*

Terrell Hawkins, English Language Programs, U.S. Department of State

Secondary Education (K-12), Higher Education (HE)

Learn from alumni how you can make a difference globally through in-person and virtual teaching projects designed by the U.S. Department of State for experienced U.S. TESOL professionals. English Language Fellows, Specialists, and Virtual Educators provide language instruction, conduct teacher training, and develop resources, while being cultural ambassadors.

Video Link

*Commercial/Exhibitor

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