OC Chapter to Feature 5 Speakers in Special Fall Workshop

Sep 24th, 2016 | By | Category: Chapters, Orange County
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Femia Scarfone


—The CATESOL Orange County Chapter is proud to announce a very special format for its full-day Fall Workshop on Saturday, December 10, 2016, at California State University, Fullerton (CSUF).

The workshop will feature Bruce Rubin of CSUF as the plenary speaker, followed by featured speakers Dave Coleman, Roger Dupuy, Laura Jacob, and Meg Parker.

feature shot of OC presenter Bruce Rubin

Bruce Rubin

Plenary Speaker Bruce Rubin will be addressing the topic “Critical Thinking in ESL: Sequence, Substance, Style, and Skill.” Bruce has taught ESL since 1989 in a variety of local venues, including a private college in Riverside, a proprietary adult school in Rowland Heights, the Adult Ed division of the North Orange County Community College District, and the American Language Program at Cal State Fullerton. He is also an English language specialist with the US State Department and the author of Inside Reading, Level 3, published by Oxford University Press. Mr. Rubin is now the interim director of the American Language Program at CSUF.

Nothing is more empowering academically than critical thinking, but teaching and practicing it in ESL contexts present some daunting challenges. Students from some cultures may be unaccustomed to the habit, while language barriers can make academic discourse doubly hard to engage in and decode. But this should not stop ESL instructors from incorporating critical-thinking techniques early in the language-learning process. Beginning with an overview of Carol Numrich’s “sequence of critical thinking tasks” (2010) and concluding with her thoughts on “discourse synthesis” (2016), Mr. Rubin will model a carefully sequenced series of interactive exercises that can be tailored to engage diverse ESL learners in reading, listening, writing, and speaking classes at virtually all proficiency levels. In addition, he will focus on language cues varying from simple modals and frequency adverbs to “hedge words” (Pinker, 2015) that help students read between the lines and more accurately analyze what they see, hear, and read.

In the afternoon, participants will have the opportunity to attend two concurrent sessions, choosing from a variety of topics from four of the event’s featured speakers.

feature shot of OC presenter Dave Coleman

Dave Coleman

Dave Coleman will be presenting “Self-Monitored Learning for ELLs in the College and Career Readiness Era.” The Common Core Standards, aka the College and Career Readiness Standards, push the envelope for increased learner autonomy. Come learn student-engaging and teacher-friendly activities for student self-awareness and monitoring that promote academic, social, and personal autonomy.

Dave Coleman has been a teacher since 1989 and has taught all levels of students, from pre-K to seniors.  He has been with the Division of Adult and Career Education of Los Angeles since 1996 in various schools across the city. Dave is now at the LAUSD Central Office in an adviser role for the Curriculum and Instruction Unit, or as the “PD and technical assistance guy,” facilitating ESL/ABE Reading/CTE teacher development, supporting professional learning communities, writing EL Civics curriculum, and representing the division as an Adult Education Block Grant/Regional Consortium ESL work group member.

OC workshop speaker Roger Dupuy

Roger Dupuy

Roger Dupuy will be giving a technology-focused presentation on the topic “Using the iPad (and the iPhone) for Real Work in a Language Classroom.” A number of thoughtful and practical “use-cases” of using the iPad (and the iPhone) in the language classroom will be presented. This demonstration will also provide valuable information to help teachers make an informed decision on whether they should invest in an iPad for their own language teaching.

Roger Dupuy is responsible for curriculum design, teaching, and coordination of University of California, Irvine, International Program’s teacher-training programs. He is an author of two teacher-training books, Using iPads and Apps in the Classroom for the K-2 and Grades 3-6 audience. Mr. Dupuy has also published a chapter on how role-playing gaming principles can inform language teaching in the book Language Teaching Insights From Other Fields for TESOL Press.

image of OC speaker Laura Jacob

Laura Jacob

Laura Jacob will present on the topic “Promoting Social Justice in our Classrooms and Beyond.” This interactive workshop will help you interact with the social justice issues you are passionate about that affect you, your learners, and your learners’ futures.

Laura Jacob teaches in the ESL program at Mt. San Antonio College. She has lived overseas in Japan, Chile, and India and has taught Spanish and ESL for 12 years. She was co-editor of the TESOL Press publication Social Justice in English Language Teaching (2016).

Meg Parker will be presenting on the topic “Lights, Camera, Action: Teaching Grammar With Video Clips.” Nothing motivates students to practice grammar quite like a video. They like video for the entertainment value, and teachers like it for the meaningful context it provides. The only hitch: Designing these activities can take time and creativity. In this workshop, you’ll learn easy steps for creating motivating video-based grammar-practice activities.

image of OC chapter speaker Meg Parker

Meg Parker

Meg Parker is an instructor in International Programs at the University of California, Irvine, where she teaches in the IEP, trains teachers for the TEFL certificate program, and designs curriculum for online courses. Her special interests include curriculum development, motivational studies, and the teaching of young learners.

For this event, the OC Chapter is changing things up by adding a variety of speakers to its full-day workshop from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Registration includes a delicious breakfast catered by Corner Bakery, plenary speaker presentations, and choice of two featured speaker sessions, poster sessions, exhibitors, and a ton of fabulous giveaways during our opportunity drawings! Corner Bakery boxed-lunch options are available for $12 on the registration website.

The cost is $60 for CATESOL members with reduced rates of $50 for CATESOL student members, $40 for CSUF TESOL Club student members, and $60 for nonmember students. The cost for poster presenters is $30. Information about submitting a poster-presentation proposal can be found at the chapter’s website, catesoloc.org.

CATESOL nonmembers pay $70, but if you join CATESOL, you can take advantage of the CATESOL member rate. You can download the membership application from www.catesol.org.

The preregistration deadline is Thursday, December 1, 2016. On-site registration is discouraged, but it will be available at a surcharge of $15.

To register, visit the OC Chapter website at catesoloc.org. Here you will find all information related to the Orange County Chapter of CATESOL, including Fall Workshop information, ways to get involved in the chapter, and more about our activities and members. If you wish to volunteer at the upcoming Fall Workshop in December, you will receive a $10 voucher for the Spring Workshop registration cost. Please contact catesolocvolunteers@gmail.com for information about volunteering at the event.

We hope you will plan on attending the unique workshop to gain valuable insights into teaching, to peruse the publishers’ exhibits, to learn from our poster sessions, to catch up with colleagues, and make new friends.

Be sure to follow us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/CATESOLOrangeCountyChapter

Femia Scarfone is past coordinator of the Orange County Chapter.


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