For Students or Teachers
Small Group Communication - site under
Real communication is not easy, especially in a group setting.
However, once we understand different personal and cultural communication
styles, we can learn to adapt to the people around us with surprising
results. This is a very interactive workshop with helpful exercises
and group work. The handout has the communication phrases practiced
in the workshop.
Priority Pronunciation Pointers - site
Why are some people so hard to understand? Wouldn't you like
to find out so you can help them? In this workshop, you will
learn some basic principles about teaching pronunciation and
four priority topics. Be prepared to practice with physical movement
and sounds. No teaching experience necessary. This workshop can
works well with language learners of almost any level.
Training for International Small Group Bible Discussions
This is a practical workshop for international men and women
who are interested in leading a small group Bible study. Find
out how to lead small groups, how to build reading and discussion
skills, and how to prepare for and teach a Bible study.
for Thoughtful Language Learners
Many internationals have no knowledge of even the basic narratives
and teachings in the Bible. Not only is the Bible unfamiliar
to these readers, but sometimes also the careful, personal way
in which Christians study it and the ambiance of our small-group
Bible discussions. In this workshop, we will briefly discuss
the needs and interests of non-Christian internationals as they
begin a study of the Bible with us. We will participate in an
actual lesson from the Bible Exploration Workbooks, and discuss
ways to develop learner-centered lessons.
for Interactive Group Work
One of the challenges of a beginning ESL class is the amount
of vocabulary in each subject area or lifeskill needed to engage
the students in collaborative activities. Each text or workbook
you use adds extra vocabulary, often with unfamiliar structures
as well. However, you will increase practice and success if you
use only one main text and develop introductory and reinforcement
materials to complement that text. These materials can be developed
as templates and saved for future use.
Charts for Creating Materials and Stories***
for ESL Beginners
An ESL/EFL beginner's limited vocabulary and knowledge of
sentence structure does not constrain a good storyteller. Stories
with very few words can be relevant and humorous. Review the
elements of a good story and some conventions that will help
you communicate them in easy English. Customize each other stories
by changing people and places, create additional practice materials
to go with the stories, and collect your student's stories for
Alternative Performance-Based Assessment at a Classroom Level
This workshop is for ESL teachers in public education, but
the principles can be used in any class or tutoring situation.
Adult ESL programs with successful EL Civics grants incorporate
additional, non-standardized assessments into their everyday
classroom routine. How do teachers have time for this? The presenter
will demonstrate practical, efficient assessment activities gleaned
from her colleagues in California, and information about standardized
performance-based assessments (CASAS) and EL Civics grants.