Presentation Abstracts

9:00 9:30 HUM 127

Well Begun is Half Done! Warm-up Activities in EFL Classroom

Kui Nyeo Hwang & Hyo Jin Park

The warm-up phase is a crucial part of the lesson, offering opportunities for the teacher to create a learning-conducive atmosphere. An effective way to create such an atmosphere is to lower the affective filter through laughter, competition, and enjoyment during warm-up activities. The presenters start with a short demonstration, and then explain the advantages of using warm-up activities introduce some examples of warm-up and suggest some useful resources for teachers in EFL settings.

 

9:00 10:00 HUM 133

Reel to Real: Using Movies to Engage Your Students

Lynn Craig, Yann Grall, & Jeannie Wong

Our presentation will focus on using movies for high intermediate-advanced ESL/EFL students in an academic setting. We will show how using audiovisual materials enhances the acquisition of the four skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The audience will have the opportunity to view movie clips and see how they could be used as an alternative to standard materials in developing learning activities.

 

9:00 9:30 HUM 202

Using a Storybook with EFL Children

Soon-young Seo

The presenter will discuss the importance of the balance of the four language skills according to her field study using storybooks for fifth graders, beginning level students at a public elementary school in Busan, Korea. The storybooks contributed to developing students linguistic proficiency -- such as vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation, and literacy skills. In addition, students were interested in reading the storybooks and established positive attitudes toward learning English.

 

9:30 10:00 HUM 127

Performance-based Assessment: Instructional Activities in the EFL Oral Communication Classroom

Soyoung Jeong & Yoshimi Takada

Performance-based assessment can evaluate learners oral production skills directly and effectively, which traditional paper-and-pencil tests cannot do. The presenters will discuss the effectiveness of performance-based assessment with a special focus on instructional activities in oral-communication courses at EFL secondary schools. They will introduce a variety of classroom activities that can also be used for assessment, which overcome some challenges of the EFL context such as large classes and lack of student motivation.

 

9:30 10:30 HUM 202

Beyond Literacy: Incorporating Critical Pedagogy into the Adult ESL Classroom

Angela Hobbs, Wilma Kwan, & Cara Statucki
The presenters will discuss the development of critical pedagogy as an
approach for empowering ESL learners to make connections between language learning and issues of concern in their daily lives. They will include practical tips and ideas for incorporating critical pedagogy into both non-academic and academic ESL classrooms. The presenters will illustrate critical pedagogy in action, showing examples from their own curriculum design project, current texts, and interviews with those who use this approach.

 

9:30 10:00 HUM 587

Grammar Games: A Movement Away from the Monotony of Drills

Jennifer Peters & Alexa Poeter

Have you ever seen a sea of faces, glazed eyes staring, cheeks bulging with stifled yawns? If the answer is yes, perhaps youve taught grammar for writing at the academic level. Teaching grammar can be challenging, but its necessary to help students express complex ideas accurately and develop their own writing styles. The presenters will demonstrate how incorporating games into a grammar lesson plan can liven up a class while giving students the practice they need.

 

10:00 10:30 HUM 127

Say Cheese! Developing Learner-Centered Projects in the ESL Classroom with Photography

Charlotte Cox & Yasueh Kawamorita

Looking for ways to connect the classroom to real life and place learners lives at the center of your class? Photography can promote language acquisition and stimulate writing in the ESL classroom. The presenters will offer their experiences teaching two different lessons utilizing learner-generated photography as a tool for writing in ESL classes at a high school and an adult school. This presentation will include examples from the classroom of student-generated photos and the corresponding writing.

 

10:00 10:30 HUM 133

Between Two Worlds: Understanding and Meeting Generation 1.5 Students Needs

Simone Hoelck & Amy Lombardi

Generation 1.5 students have received at least part of their K-12 education in the US and have immigrant parents. Working with these students, who are in-between two worlds both culturally and linguistically, poses challenges to composition and ESL teachers. After discussing these students needs, the presenters will outline typical errors of Generation 1.5 students, and offer practical suggestions for the composition or ESL teacher, such as grammar mini-lessons, conferences, and effective commenting on students compositions.

 

10:00 10:30 HUM 587

Everybody Stand Up: Getting Students Moving in the ESL Classroom

Denella Kimura

Having students stand up can enhance audio memory if the listeners have to perform an activity related to spoken materials. When our ESL students are encouraged to participate interactively their physical motion activates long term memory of new materials, especially when connected to an event or story. The presenter will offer kinesthetic learning activities based on her experiences using them in her own adult ESL classes. Three kinds of memory-enhancing activities will be shown.

 

10:30 11:00 HUM 127

English Only? Walking the Fine Line of Power & Production in ESL Classrooms

Aileen Oka

What is the place for L1/L2 in your current/future ESL classroom? English-only policy in ESL classrooms will be discussed. The presenter will then offer her own philosophy: While there is a place for L1 in the English language classroom, group work should generally be done in L2. How can teachers motivate students to use L2 in group work? Practical strategies will be presented.

 

10:30 11:00 HUM 133

Sex, Lies, and Video Clips: Using TV Commercials to Teach Language and Culture

Guanjun (Kathy) Fang & Steven (Hao-Wen) White

TV commercials. Who needs them? You do! Ads are highly exploitable but remarkably underutilized in the EFL/ESL classroom. Mass culture specifically the well-crafted TV commercial -- is an art form that can teach language sskills, content, and culture. Uncle Steve and Auntie Guanjun want you [to use TV commercials]! Be all that you can be [in the EFL/ESL classroom]! Come to our presentation and find out how you can Reach Out and Touch Someone.

 

10:30 11:00 HUM 202

Using Activity Guides in an ESL Adult Classroom 
Kyung Hee Lee

Research shows that ESL adult students learn English by carrying out the social, functional, everyday uses of their language to survive in English speaking countries. The presenter will show how Activity Guides from local community centers and the City Parks And Recreation Department can be effective authentic teaching materials for ESL adult classes. This presentation will include sample activities to utilize Activity Guides in the ESL classroom.

 

10:30 11:30 HUM 587

Teach English Through Drama in Almost Any Context! -- Three Approaches

Yoko Kinoshita, Jamie Terhune, & Kyung-Ah Woo

This presentation will include some practical ideas for using drama in ESL/EFL contexts. The first presenter will address how using role-play in a low-beginner ESL class is not only possible but also motivates students to take risks with language. The second presenter will discuss motivating and challenging intermediate and advanced ESL students through playwriting and simulation activities. The third presenter will focus on increasing cultural awareness through script reading and analysis in an EFL context.

 

11:00 11:30 HUM 127

Raising Cross-cultural Awareness in TESOL: Understanding Communication Styles of Japanese Students

Kaori Hashimoto & Reiko Miyakawa

Being shy and reserved, or reluctant to initiate conversation is the typical image of the Japanese student in ESL classrooms. The presenters will share results of their survey and discuss the socio-cultural background of Japanese students and its influences on their communication styles in English. This presentation will offer suggestions on how to promote learners' awareness of different cultures and communication styles in the ESL/EFL classroom. Some practical ideas of classroom activities will be provided.

 

11:00 11:30 HUM 133

Beyond Words: Nonverbal Communication in the Communicative Language Classroom

Scot Crisp

The face-to-face interaction among all people in the language classroom requires the instructor to understand more than just the words taught. There is powerful and ever-present information exchanging between people apart from the verbal aspect, called nonverbal communication. The presenter will highlight the major principles and many practical applications of nonverbal communication with the objectives of improving cultural awareness, enhancing interpersonal and class- room dynamics, and enriching the overall quality of classroom language learning.

 

11:00 11:30 HUM 202

Using Literature to Promote Oral Fluency and Critical Thinking Skills

Feng-Chang (Phoebe) Kuei

Students in ESL/EFL classrooms have difficulty thinking critically and expressing their ideas fluently. The presenter will share her experience using literature as a foundation to stimulate students critical thinking and speaking skills in an advanced level classroom. Guidelines and strategies for using literature across different levels and context will also be offered.

 

11:30 12:00 HUM 127

TOEFL: From Grammar to Communication

Kveta Kneprova & Robert Miller

The Educational Testing Service will launch a new Internet-based TOEFL test this year in September. The TOEFL iBT, or Next Generation TOEFL, will have a more integrated approach to the skill areas. This major change to the TOEFL will have several implications to the structure of TOEFL preparation classes. The presenters will introduce the content and format of the TOEFL iBT and discuss the pedagogical implications relevant for designing curriculum for TOEFL preparation courses.

 

11:30 12:00 HUM 133

I Sang, You Sing, We Will Sing in the EFL/ESL Classroom

Anita Wee

Music is something we are all touched by. No matter what culture were from, everyone loves music. (Billy Joel). Songs are an important part of our language learning experience, and have a role on the classroom. The presenter will demonstrate some pre-, during-, and post-listening activities with songs. Then she will discuss the criteria for selecting songs and other tips for using music in the EFL/ESL classroom. She will provide websites and other resources.

 

11:30 12:00 HUM 202

Learning in Lock-Up: Rationale and Curriculum for Teaching ESL in Correctional Facilities

Aliah Kelly

This presentation will focus on the positive effects of educating non-native speakers in correctional facilities, beginning with statistics on rates of recidivism before and after educational programs. The presenter will then cover the challenges of both teaching and learning in the prison environment. Some of these challenges include administrative issues, such as dealing with prison administration and staff, the educational backgrounds of the students, and appropriate curriculum choices that truly address students needs.

 

1:30 2:00 HUM 114

Using Films in Japanese High School English Classes: Edutainment or Entertainment?

Akiko Kiwamoto

Is filmed-based instruction really effective, or is it just fun? The presenter will discuss the results of her study of Japanese high school students and teachers to determine the effects of using films on English learners. The presenter will conclude with some implications and suggestions on using films in ESL/EFL classes, based on the voices of the students and teachers.

 

1:30 2:00 HUM 133

Teaching EFL in Mexico: Realities, Challenges, and Opportunities 
Brett Fechheimer

Are you interested in teaching English in Mexico, Californias closest international neighbor? The presenter will look at the trends and realities of English-language instruction in Mexico. He will describe what an EFL teacher there should expect and offer information and advice about how to obtain a teaching job in Mexico. With the ties between Mexico and the United States growing ever closer, this presentation on EFL in Mexico is especially relevant and topical.

 

1:30 2:00 HUM 582

The Reading-writing Connection and the Bridge between Theory and Application
Kerstin Carson

The reading-writing relationship in L2 composition was born out of theories in the reading-writing connection for L1 student writers. It is an area in TESOL that has grown considerably over the past 20 years. This presentation is an overview of past and present theories and hypotheses in research on the reading-writing connection in L1 and L2 learners, and examines ways in which teachers can capitalize on this knowledge through the use of learning-centered, classroom activities.

 

2:00 2:30 HUM 114

Language Anxiety in Japanese EFL Learners

Kyoko Watanabe

The considerable number of studies related to language anxiety shows that this is a crucial factor in foreign language learning, but there are very few studies of Japanese EFL learners language anxiety. The presenter will present her study of Japanese junior high school students perceptions of their anxiety speaking English. She will then show how teachers can help students keep language anxiety at manageable levels.

 

2:00 2:30 HUM 133

Building a Community of Language Users in the ESL classroom: Teachers speak out!

Joseph J. Lee

The presenter will share the results of a survey he conducted on strategies and techniques ESL teachers use to promote and encourage group cohesiveness in the language classroom. The presentation will address what practicing teachers consider characteristics of a cohesive and cooperative group of learners, and how they promote a sense of community in the ESL classroom. Practical suggestions for building and maintaining group cohesiveness in the ESL classroom will be offered.

2:00 2:30 HUM 582

Using Authentic Materials with Lower Level ESL/EFL Students

Pei-Chi (Peggy) Shih & Tzu-Wei (Jennifer) Kao

Authentic materials can help bring the real world into the classroom, spicing up the ESL class and creating a more positive attitude toward learning. The presenters will explain what authentic materials are, provide tips for getting started, and demonstrate activities that effectively use authentic materials in a lower level ESL/EFL classroom.

 

2:00 2:30 HUM 587

I See Your Point, But Assessing Group Discussion Skills in Pre- Academic ESL

Shelley Gorham Ruby

ESL students need skills for discussing controversial topics in an American university classroom, yet these skills are rarely taught or assessed. The presenter will share a discussion skills unit and assessment she created and used in her advanced oral communication skills class at the American Language Institute (ALI). She will briefly explain the content of the unit, and then focus primarily on the assessment she designed, concluding with practical suggestions for the classroom. Handouts and samples of materials will be provided.

2:30 3:00 HUM 114

Takin It to the Streets: An Easy Activity That Takes Pronunciation Outside the Classroom

Shoshana Bianchi

The presenter will discuss a pronunciation activity she developed and researched in her high-intermediate/advanced level pronunciation course. The activity, Spy on Yourself, encourages learners to practice new pronunciation in fluent speech outside the classroom in order to make the bridge from the classroom to use in real-life. The presenter will offer tips about the activity as well as show student feedback. Handouts of the activity sheets will be provided for your use.

 

2:30 3:00 HUM 133

Karaoke? In the ESL Classroom?

Nancy Lee

Many times Karaoke is seen as just a "party" element that is wild and fun. But what if Karaoke was able to produce a creative, enjoyable,

and effective learning environment? The presenter will demonstrate the benefits of using Karaoke in the language classroom especially in

a project developed specifically for a pronunciation class. A few tips on how to incorporate Karaoke into language classrooms will also

be presented.

 

2:30 3:00 HUM 582

Somethins Cooking in the ESL Classroom
Rob Beckley & Tom Edwards
The presenters will demonstrate ways to use the universal human need to prepare food to create cooperative, communicative tasks for English language learners. As subject matter, this theme is meaningful and relevant for most learners, regardless of level, skill, or educational setting, and allows for a variety of teaching/learning opportunities. The presenters will discuss some of these settings, list ways to use this theme in teaching different language skills, and demonstrate two short tasks.