Connect with us:



Summer Webinar Series

May 24 - August 16, 2017



Join our series of interesting webinars for ESL/bilingual educators ranging from topics about online instructional tools, inclusive education, teaching English, assessment adaptations, and closing the achievement gap for culturally diverse students, our webinars offer ideas to make everyday life in a classroom more engaging for educators and learners.


Upcoming Webinars:

Date:    Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Time:    9:00 - 10:00 am CDT

Title: Using Music and Song in the ESL Classroom 
Presenter: Kristin Lems

The webinar will share some new, as well as tried and true, ideas about using music and songs in the English as a New Language classroom. A brief overview of research will precede this mostly practical, "ears-on" presentation. Appropriate for teachers and learners at any age (K-adult).

Kristin Lems, Ed.D., has presented and published about using music and songs to teach English in many venues, including post-conference institute at TESOL for the past ten years, and the U.S. Dept. of State. She's a two time Fulbright Scholar who is a Professor at National Louis University, Chicago, teaching teachers of ELLs in K-12.


Date:     Thursday, July 27, 2017
Time:     11:00 am - 12:00 pm CDT

Title: Technology in the ELL Classroom
Presenter: Mirela Zemani Papandreou

Technology has enabled the ELLs to develop their academic English skills. The application of the sociocultural approach, via written activities, has assisted students to enhance their academic vocabulary and improve the grammatical structure of sentences in English. Twitter is another tool to practice the grammar concepts. How can college students use Twitter for academic purposes, and how those range of ideas can give the message in 140 characters? Multimodality can be presented by technology, which it is a crucial tool to express and interpret the complexity of the knowledge and skills for ELLs with limit English proficiency Level 1 and 2. Technology has made possible to contain valuable primary online sources from Library of Congress to fill the students' prior knowledge gaps through brief authentic texts. The learning activities via technology are applicable for all the English proficiency levels. The web pages will provide the multimodality of the texts which will enable the students to develop the four domains of academic English language. 

Mirela Zemani Papandreou teaches ESL to international college students at Rockford University. 




Date:     Friday, August 4, 2017
Time:     10:00 - 11:00 am CDT

Title: Using Readings and Video Clips to Increase Students' Vocabulary
Presenters: Matthew Huseby

Helping students increase their vocabulary is essential for their language development. Engaging students with stories can provide an excellent opportunity to work on increasing their vocabulary. Examples of reading passages and video clips that can help boost their vocabulary will be shared. Audience participation in this webinar will be encouraged.

Matthew Huseby, M.A., has taught ESL in the Chicago area since 1990.



Stay tuned for more webinars!