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Language Matters: A Professional Development Series

Language Matters is a series of presentations and discussions on issues regarding second language teaching and learning. The goal of Language Matters is for faculty, staff, and students to share their experiences, expertise, and knowledge.

All faculty, staff, and students interested in language teaching and learning are welcome!

                                         Upcoming Presentation


                                                       October 27, 2014 4:00 p.m. St Croix Room  UC 321

Education in Gaza

Fatma Aljarrah is from Gaza, Palestine. This presentation will provide background information about Gaza regarding the history, geography, politics, and religion, but most importantly, this presentation will provide information about the educational system, focusing specifically on English language teaching and learning. During the presentation Ms. Aljarrah will discuss the challenges that English language teachers encounter as well as possible solutions to overcome some of the hurdles. Pictures and videos will be used to let people know more.
Bio: Ms. Fatma A. Aljarrah is a Fulbright Scholar from Gaza-Palestine. She is in the TESOL MA Program at UWRF. She is a practicing English language teacher in Gaza, as well as a TV presenter.                


                                                              November 12, 2014    3:00 pm  TBD

English Learners in Elementary Schools 

Presented by Dr. Amy Frederick, Assistant Professor of literacy education in Teacher Education at UWRF.


Panel Discussion on Language Teaching

Organized by Dr. Doug Margolis, Assistant Professor, TESOL Program, UWRF


Past Presentations

Hacking the Language Classroom: e-Ideas, -Activities, and -Resources

What are some ways of infusing fresh material into the language classroom?  The life hack is a genre of writing on the Internet that provides tips and shortcuts for becoming more productive or efficient in life. During the presentation, the presenters will share 5 hacks for the language classroom.  

Presenters: Alex Hatheway is an Associate ESL Lecturer and Liaison to the Chinese students at the University of Wisconsin River Falls.   

Conan Kmiecik is an Associate Lecturer and ESL & Cultural Summer Program Coordinator at the University of Wisconsin River Falls.

Past Events


What Can Linguistics Learn from Biology? Three Arguments in Favor of a Consistent Theory of Part-of-Speech Subclassification
Presented by Dr. Vladimir Pavlov

Using Dynamic Written Corrective Feedback to Develop ESL Learners' Linguistic Accuracy
Presented by Charlie Lavin, ESL Instructor  Charlie Lavin's Plan B Paper can be found at

Academic Posters for Newbies: A Step-by-step Walkthrough Using PowerPoint

Presented by Conan Kmiecik, UW-River Falls Associate Lecturer and ESL and Cultural Summer Program Coordinator for the ELT Program

The 21st Century Classroom: Communication, Collaboration, Assessment & Technology
Presented by Magara Maeda, UW-River Falls Instructor of Japanese

The TESOL Program's Taiwan Teach Abroad Program (TTAP)
Presentated by TTAP Coordinator Doug Margolis and TTAP Participants Diane Jacboson, Helen Watts, and Mai Moua

Academic Success and International Students at UWRF
Presented by Rhonda Petree, UW-River Falls Director, ELT Program and Associate Lecturer, and Charlie Lavin, UW-River Falls ESL Instructor.
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Co-Teaching to Meet the Needs of English Learners
Presented by Diane Jacobson, UW-River Falls ELT Associate Lecturer

Lexicology: A Missing Link in Language Teacher Training
Presented by Dr. Vladimir Pavlov, UW-River Falls TESOL Associate Professor

Teaching English Abroad Panel Discussion
Presented by Rhonda Petree, UW-River Falls Director, ELT Program and Associate Lecturer; Charlie Lavin, UW-River Falls ESL Instructor; Justin Otto, ELT Program Graduate Assistant; and Mary Zoubek, ELT Program Graduate Assistant

Technology In The Classroom: Best Practices and Realistic Approaches
Presented by Anne Edvenson, Minnesota English Language Program ESL Instructor, U of M-Twin Cities

Error Correction in the Language Learning Classroom
Presented by Doug Margolis, UW-River Falls TESOL Visiting Professor

Lesson Planning: Warm-ups and Wrap-downs
Presented by Rhonda Petree, UW-River Falls Director, ELT Program and Associate Lecturer


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