TEACHER DEVELOPMENT AND TRAINING

S-TESL has been organizing professional development workshops and training seminars in Seattle for over 10 years. Each year we work hard to bring you a diverse range of topics from a host of well-qualified practitioners in the field of ESL/EFL. We typically schedule 3-5 workshops annually during the Winter Quarter.

2017 Workshops Series

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Keith Folse

WORKSHOP: Teaching ESL Vocabulary

February 4 | 9am - 12pm at North Seattle College (Room ED843A)

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Keith Folse

Keith Folse on Grammar as part of S-TESL's 2016 Workshops Series

BIO: Dr. Keith Folse, Professor of TESOL at the University of Central Florida, has taught ESOL in the US, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Kuwait, and Japan. He is the author of 63 books, including Keys to Teaching Grammar to English Language Learners and the Clear Grammar series. Dr. Folse has published articles on language teaching and his second language research in TESOL Quarterly, CATESOL Journal, TESL Reporter, Language Teacher (JALT), Perspectives (TESOL Arabia), Sunshine State TESOL Journal, TESOL Matters, and Modern English Teacher. His main research areas are grammar and vocabulary and how the two are related in learning a second language.

This presentation is designed for ESL teachers who want to expand their knowledge of current issues in the teaching and learning of vocabulary. Questions to be covered include:

  • What is ESL vocabulary?
  • How many “words” do ESL students need to know?
  • Which is better: intentional learning or incidental acquisition?
  • How many words can learners remember at a time?
  • What can teachers and materials do to help learners retain vocabulary?
  • What about idioms? What are collocations?
  • How can teachers know whether a word is worth teaching?
  • How can teachers know the real usage of a word?
  • What are good ways to introduce new vocabulary?
  • What are good ways to practice new vocabulary?

2016

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Keith FolseJanuary 23

WORKSHOP: Practical Information for Teaching Grammar to Adult ESL Learners

BIO: Dr. Keith Folse, Professor of TESOL at the University of Central Florida, has taught ESL in the US and EFL in Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Kuwait, and Japan. He is the author of 63 books, including 2nd Edition of Keys to Teaching Grammar to English Language Learners and the Clear Grammar series. Dr. Folse has published articles on language teaching and his second language research in TESOL Quarterly, CATESOL Journal, TESL Reporter, Language Teacher (JALT), Perspectives (TESOL Arabia), Sunshine State TESOL Journal, TESOL Matters, and Modern English Teacher. His main research areas are grammar and vocabulary and how the two are related in learning a second language.


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Nina WeinsteinFebruary 27

WORKSHOP: How to Teach Listening Comprehension So That Learners Can Teach Themselves English: Opening Up the Fourteen-Hour-A-Day Classroom

BIO: Nina Weinstein, MA in Applied Linguistics/TESOL, UCLA, and former teaching fellow at Harvard University, has written twenty ESL/EFL textbooks, including her bestselling listening book, Whaddaya Say. She worked on an authoring team for the Connect with English educational TV series and has developed materials for international companies such as Toyota, universities, and the State of California Employment Training. Ms. Weinstein has forty years of experience teaching ESL and developing materials.


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Jennifer Haywood March 12

WORKSHOP: So Much To Do, So Little Time: Establishing and Implementing Priorities for Pronunciation Teaching

BIO: Jennifer Haywood, University of Washington, English Language Programs. MA in Foreign Language Education/EFL, University of Texas, Austin, has over 20 years' experience in ESL and has taught in Poland, Turkey, Virginia and Washington. She is currently pursuing a graduate degree in linguistics and conducting research on intelligibility in non-native speakers of English. Jennifer has led workshops and classes in the area of phonetics, English pronunciation, and teaching spoken language.

2015

Stacy HagenJanuary 24

WORKSHOP: All Things Grammar

BIO: Stacy Hagen is co-author of the Azar-hagen Grammar Series. An experienced ESL teacher and administrator, as well as a published author of numerous ESL textbooks, Stacy has often presented at TESOL and WAESOL. She is currently working on the 5th edition of Understanding and Using English Grammar.


Alexsandra Petrovic & Molly CheneyJanuary 31

WORKSHOP: Efficient Engagement: Curriculum Maintenance without Disengaging Your Students

BIO: Aleksandra Petrovich and Molly Cheney teach in the International and English Language Programs at the University of Washington. Both have spent a great deal of time teaching in integrated skills programs that focus on fluency. They both graduated from the University of Washington with MATESOL degrees. Aleksandra has interests in Business English and bilingualism. Molly has interests in academic preparation and the use of integrated skills for language acquisition.


Alysan CroydonFebruary 21

WORKSHOP: What? No Curriculum? What Do I Do?

BIO: Alysan Croydon is a teacher educator for the School of Teaching ESL and was a teacher trainer for the Tacoma Community House, which provided statewide training to adult education teachers and volunteers. She has over twenty five years of teaching experience in many settings, including Brazil, Egypt, Portugal, and Costa Rica. She is also a popular local trainer and presenter on topics such as multi-level classes, vocabulary instruction, and low-level settings.


Jan PetersonMarch 7

WORKSHOP: The Writing and Grammar Connection

BIO: Jan Peterson has taught in the Intensive ESL Program at Edmonds Community College for 25 years and served as department head. She has taught in Sweden, Kenya, and Yugoslavia, as well as at several universities in the U.S. Jan is the co-author with Stacy Hagen of Better Writing through Editing, an intermediate-level ESL textbook. She has presented regularly at TESOL and WAESOL.


Ekaterina StoopsMarch 21

WORKSHOP: How to UDL Your Hybrid/Flipped ESL Class!

BIO: Ekaterina Stoops, PhD, E-learning manager, Bellevue College, is an experienced instructional designer who previously worked with project I-DEA at the WA State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. She has taught at Renton Technical College and Seattle Central Community College and has been a teacher educator with The School of Teaching ESL.

2014

Jan Peterson, Elizabeth Mitchell and Barb Hansen-JohnstonFebruary 1

WORKSHOP: Strategies for Working with Diverse Student Populations in Intensive English Programs


Gretchen FuesFebruary 8

WORKSHOP: Using Assessment to Improve Your Instruction


Jennifer Haywood & Jennifer AltmanApril 26

WORKSHOP: Pronunciation: Increasing Intelligibility through Selective Enunciation

ALL WORKSHOPS PRIOR TO 2014

Alysan Croydon | The School of Teaching ESL
WORKSHOP: Working with Words: An Approach to Teaching and Integrating Vocabulary Study

Alysan Croydon | The School of Teaching ESL
WORKSHOP: Training for ESL Volunteers

Ruth Duffy | Shoreline Community College
WORKSHOP: Got Softchalk? Creating Engaging and Effective Lessons for Online and F2F Learning

Tiffany Rose | Mukilteo School District
WORKSHOP: Strategies for Providing Access to Academic Vocabulary and Content to ELL or Other Challenged Learners

Frieda Hoops & Jennifer Haywood | University of Washington
WORKSHOP: Getting Out of Their Heads

Dr. Robin Lovrien Schwarz
WORKSHOP: Is it LD or Something Else? Adult ESL Learners Who Struggle to Learn: What Causes Their Struggle and One Effective Response

Marissa Nickle | University of Washington
WORKSHOP: Once Upon a Storytime: Using Stories with Young Learners

Dr. Lijun Shen | Highline Community College
WORKSHOP: Teaching Strategic Reading

Dan Noyes | Highline School District
WORKSHOP: Technology in the ELL Classroom

Elizabeth Hanson
WORKSHOP: Next Steps: Creating Job Training Programs or Bridge Courses for ESL Students

Dorothy Zemach | Independent materials writer and consultant
WORKSHOP: Teaching Intensive Reading Skills

Dorothy Zemach | Independent materials writer and consultant
WORKSHOP: Using Process Writing to Improve Writing Skills

Dr. Catherine Collier | Western Washington University
WORKSHOP: Separating Difference from Disability

Robin Persiani | Sierra College
WORKSHOP: Corpus-Informed Activities for the ESOL Classroom

Ivan Breen | Bellevue College
WORKSHOP: Teaching with Technology in the ESL/EFL Classroom

Alysan Croydon | The School of Teaching ESL
WORKSHOP: Teaching Non-Literate Students

Alysan Croydon | The School of Teaching ESL
WORKSHOP: Balancing Multi-Level Needs

Dr. Gena Bennett
WORKSHOP: Classroom Applications of Corpus Linguistics

Amy Fenning | The School of Teaching ESL
WORKSHOP: Using CALL to Best Serve Our Students

Nancy Ackles | University of Washington
WORKSHOP: Strategies for Grammar: Verb Phrases and Noun Phrases

Shawna Shapiro | University of Washington
WORKSHOP: Insight from L1: Transferable Tools and Strategies for the Teaching of Academic Writing