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Colorado Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages
(CoTESOL) Conference (2014)

The Colorado TESOL Spring Conference (2014) is a one-day conference with the following theme: "Building Academic Vocabulary: Helping ELLs Access Complex Text." It will be held on Saturday, April 12 from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm at the Zalman Center in Colorado Springs. Participants must register for the conference at: www.colorado.edu/iec/cotesol.

This interactive workshop will be geared towards educators and administrators alike who work with ELLs. The knowledge, strategies and skills gained will be applicable to all age and proficiency levels. The session will provide useful strategies on how to develop students' academic vocabulary, which will lead to improvement of students' reading comprehension, as well as their listening, speaking and writing skills. In this half-day conference, participants will: 1) Experience and practice at least 10 practical, research-based strategies to build academic vocabulary for accessing complex text, 2) Learn which words make the biggest impact on student achievement and how to focus on these words in text, 3) Acquire strategies for building background knowledge, and 4) Practice close reading strategies and apply them to your classroom.

The conference will feature a highly sought after, well-respected professional in the field of Language Development: Ms. Beth Skelton, M.A. Ed. Ms. Skelton has been a favorite presenter of many Fall CoTESOL conventions. She is an international consultant who specializes in coaching educators who work with English Language Learners. She has taught English and German at most grade and ability levels since 1988 and is also the author of Putting it Together, student and teacher materials for English as a second language that incorporate the TPR Storytelling© method. From 2010-2013, she coordinated the English as an Additional Language Program at the Bavarian International School north of Munich, Germany and currently consults with local and international schools to enhance instruction for all language learners. On a personal note, Beth is the proud mother of a trilingual daughter.

Learn more about the The Colorado TESOL Spring Conference (2014) at www.colorado.edu/iec/cotesol.

This course is offered by: UCCS College of Education.

Colorado Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (CoTESOL)
Conference 2014

April 12, 2014
9:00am - 12:00pm
Zalman Center
2755 Janitell Rd., Colorado Springs

Conference registration at www.colorado.edu/iec/cotesol
view Syllabus and How to Enroll »

Credits:
0.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs), 5 clock hours.

Enroll By: April 26th
Cost: $37.50

Goals/Objectives

  1. Attend the half day CoTESOL conference on April 12, 2014. Participants must register for the conference at: www.colorado.edu/iec/cotesol.
  2. Collaborate with others on current issues in English language development related to the theme of building academic vocabulary.
  3. Reflect on what they learn at the CoTESOL conference and make connections to their current work/position requirements.
  4. Create a lesson plan that incorporates strategies learned at the conference with the specific goal of helping ELLs access complex text by building academic vocabulary.

Course Requirements

  1. Attend the CoTESOL Conference on April 12, 2014. Participants must register for the conference at: www.colorado.edu/iec/cotesol.
  2. Complete the Certificate of Attendance found in the CoTESOL Conference program and submit to Stephanie Dewing upon completion of conference attendance on April 12, 2014. There will be a table set up at the front table in the Zalman Center to submit these forms.**
  3. Create a lesson plan that incorporates strategies learned at the conference with the specific goal of helping ELLs access complex text by building academic vocabulary and submit to Stephanie Dewing within 2 weeks of the conference (no later than Saturday, April 26, 2014).
**If Certificate of Attendance is not turned in on the day of the conference, you should scan and email it to Stephanie Dewing (sdewing2@uccs.edu) within two week of conference (no later than Saturday, April 26, 2014).

UCCS Instructor: Stephanie Dewing, Ph.D., sdewing2@uccs.edu