2013 I-TESOL Conference

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Project-based Learning and Reading Fluency

Date: September 27-28
Location: University of Utah Campus, Union Building

Plenary Speaker: Fredricka L. Stoller

stollerFredricka L. Stoller is a Professor of English at Northern Arizona University, where she teaches in the MA-TESL and Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics programs. She is co-author of Teaching and Researching Reading (2nd ed., 2011, with W. Grabe, Pearson Longman); co- editor of A Handbook for Language Program Administrators (2nd ed., 2012, with M.A. Christison,Alta Book Center Publishers); and co-author of Write Like a Chemist (2008, with M. Robinson et al., Oxford University Press). Her professional areas of interest include project-based learning, L2 reading, disciplinary writing, content-based instruction, language teaching methodology, and curriculum design.

Plenary Topics

Achieving Language and Content Objectives with Project-based Learning

Project-based learning has been billed as an effective means for promoting purposeful language and content learning for well over two decades in second language (L2) settings. During this time, projects have been successfully incorporated into language classrooms with young, adolescent, and adult learners, as well as classrooms with general, vocational, academic, and specific language aims. Reported benefits of project-based learning include improved language abilities, extended content learning, mastery of real-life skills, and sustained student motivation, engagement, participation, enjoyment, and creativity. In this presentation, I will (a) provide a rationale for incorporating project-based learning into our classrooms, (b) summarize the benefits of project work, (c) outline different types of project work, (d) introduce successfully implemented projects that can be adapted for other instructional contexts, and (e) present an easy-to-use 7-step process for implementing project-based learning in our L2 classrooms.

Giving Reading Fluency the Attention It Deserves

Second language (L2) reading is a complex skill that requires main idea comprehension, discourse awareness, vocabulary learning, reading strategies, reading for different purposes, motivation, and fluency. Sadly, fluency training is often neglected in our L2 classrooms, even though research has demonstrated that fluency contributes to students’ reading comprehension abilities.Teachers sometimes believe that they lack the time to devote to fluency training in their classes; others assume that students will develop fluency on their own, over time; and many are simply unaware of the many activities that can be easily integrated into their classrooms to promote reading fluency. In this presentation, participants will be introduced to the key elements of reading fluency (e.g., automaticity, accuracy, reading rate, word- and passage-reading fluency) and then explore various ways in which reading fluency can be addressed in L2 classroom with existing reading materials.

Program Schedule

Friday September 27, 2013

8:00 am-4:30 pm         Registration
9:00 am-9:45 am         Break-out Sessions
10:00 am-10:45am      Break-out Sessions
11:00 am-11:45am      Break-out Sessions
11:45 am-1:00pm        Lunch (on your own)
1:00 pm-1:45 pm         Break-out Sessions
2:00 pm -2:45 pm        Break-out Sessions
3:00 pm-3:45 pm         Break-out Sessions
4:00 pm-4:45 pm         Break-out Sessions
5:30 pm-7:00 pm         Dinner/Plenary:  Project-based Learning

Saturday, September 28, 2013

8:00 am-11:00 am       Registration
8:00 am-8:45 am         Break-out Sessions
9:00 am-9:45 am         Plenary:  Reading Fluency
10:00 am-10:45 am     Break-out Sessions
11:00 am-12:00 pm     Interest Section Meetings
12:15 pm-1:45 pm       Lunch/Business Meeting
2:00 pm-2:45 pm         Break-out Sessions

Hotel Information

Red Lion Hotel Salt Lake
$79+tax—group rate with reference code INTE0926 or I-TESOL
161 W 600 S
SLC UT 84101

Little America Hotel
courtside$89+tax garden $99+tax tower$114+tax
500 S Main St
SLC UT 84101

Courtyard by Marriott Salt Lake City
130 West 400 South

Marriott University Park
480 Wakara Way
SLC UT 84108

Hyatt Place Salt Lake City
55 N 400 West St
SLC UT 84101

Hampton Inn SLC
425 South 300 West
SLC UT 84101

Homewood Suites SLC
423 W 300 S
SLC UT 84101

Residence Inn by Marriott SLC
$149+tax-2 bedroom suite
285 W Broadway
SLC UT 84101

Hampton Inn Salt Lake City Central
425 South 300 West
SLC UT 84101

Salt Lake City Marriott City Center
220 S State St
SLC UT 84111


Map to University from I-15

Parking Information

Just a note before the conference on September 27th and 28th in the Union Building at the University of Utah-parking is a bit of an issue for Friday.  If you have a U sticker, you will be fine to park in a nearby U parking lot, but if you are coming from different universities and organizations, the closest visitor’s lot is just east of the Union Building and will be $10 for the day.  Saturday is free, but you will have to pay on Friday.