Conference Spotlight: ESL Sessions

Dear readers,

As a community of literacy providers, we are all aware of the importance of English Language Learner (ELL) programs in our state. Texas is home to some of the most diverse populations in the country, and familiarity with ESL is vital to many adult literacy programs. The ability to speak, read, and write English fluently is essential to the lives of students, from passing high school equivalency exams to navigating our nation’s healthcare system. Literacy Texas is proud to offer a range of sessions on ESL at this year’s conference, a few of which we’d like to share with you right now!

At our 2017 Conference, you will have the opportunity to attend sessions on:

Effective Needs Assessment in Adult ESL One-to-One Tutoring
In order to provide effective service, it’s important to successfully determine the needs of students, but tutoring needs assessments are often underestimated and misused. This session will discuss their efficacy and cultural appropriateness.

The Intersection of Adult ESL and Health Literacy
Understanding healthcare and health literacy can be complicated in any language. This session will cover ways to incorporate health literacy within ESL lessons to increase health outcomes for students.

How to use Graphic Materials to Contextualize ESL Instruction for Adult Learners
Graphic materials have long been useful tools in teaching adult literacy. In this session, attendees will learn to utilize graphic materials to engage adult ESL learners in dialogue, develop critical thinking, and encourage autonomy.

Wait, What? Fun Strategies for a Multi-level ELL Conversation Class
Managing students with diverse levels of fluency can be a complex job, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be enjoyable! This session will provide teachers with fun and productive ideas to keep multi-level, diverse groups of ELLs engaged and progressing as they wait for traditional classes.

We have a great deal more in store for you, so be sure to keep an eye on the blog for more session spotlights, and download our mobile app to be alerted when the full schedule is published!

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