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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 Presentations

                                                    

                                               November 19, 2014   4:00pm Library Breezeway, Davee Library

Language Teachers Speak Up!

November 19, 2014   4:00pm Library Breezeway, Davee Library

Panel discussion organized by Dr. Doug Margolis, Assistant Professor, TESOL Program, UWRF

What's the best way to learn a foreign language?  Should students be able to speak their first language in the language learning classroom?  Should oral errors be corrected? If so, when? How? How should culture be addressed?  What's the appropriate role of grammar, pronunciation, and vocabulary in language learning?  

These questions and related concerns will be the focus of this panel discussion on language teaching by teachers in the trenches.  Come and find out what's similar in language teaching across five languages and where teachers differ about methodology, best practices, and preferred techniques. Learn tips for your own language studies. Get ideas for your own teaching.

Panelist include Cecilia Bustamante, Diane Jacobson, Doug Margolis, Gretchen Toman and Magara Maeda.

 


                                        Wednesday, December 3, 2014 4:00-5:00 p.m.  UC 321, St. Croix Room        

Flipping the ESL Classroom: Incorporating Inverted Learning in an ESL Grammar Class 

Presented by Amrit Bidegaray

 

Past Presentations

English Learners in Elementary Schools 

Presented by Dr. Amy Frederick, Assistant Professor, Literacy Education, Teacher Education, UWRF Children who come to school with a home language other than English face twice the challenge: learning English and learning academic content. It can take many years for bilingual children to "catch up" to their English speaking peers.

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.                                               

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.                         

 



Past Events

2013-2014


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  http://minds.wisconsin.edu/handle/1793/67979document

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.
Power Point Presentationdocument

2012-2013


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

Contact

Rhonda Petree
rhonda.petree@uwrf.edumail
231 Kleinpell Fine Arts
715-425-3229

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English Language Transition (ELT) Program
elt@uwrf.edu
715-425-3229

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