Montana Adult Education
ESOL Conference 2009
Click here to return to ESL page.
Welcome to the Montana Adult Education ESOL Conference’s website. Here you will find the materials and handouts shared at the conference, which took place in Helena on April 30-May 1, 2009. Each strand represented at the conference has its own section on the website. We encourage you to review these strands again by clicking on each link and looking through the materials. As you may recall, there is a professional development task associated with each strand. We believe that professional development should not happen once a year, but should be worked on continuously through meaningful activities once we’re back in our programs. It’s important to have the opportunity to practice and apply what we learn in workshops and conferences.
In the spirit of continuing with the momentum we built at our conference, we propose the following professional development tasks.
“The Adult ESL Student” asks you to conduct a needs assessment of a student or group of students you work with in order to better understand their background characteristics and educational goals.
“Second Language Acquisition” asks you to observe and reflect on a student’s language production as s/he progresses through different stages of language development.
“The Effective Adult ESL Teacher” asks you to reflect on the TESOL Standards and identify three domains you would like to work on to improve your instructional practice.
“Technology in Adult ESL” provides a template for you to review language learning software available in your program.
“Effective Multilevel ESL Instruction” asks you to follow a template to create and deliver a multilevel lesson.
You are free to choose any one (or more!) of these tasks as a follow-up to the conference. Please complete your task by October 31 and share the results with your director and another teacher in Montana. We ask that you submit your write-up and any questions you might have to Montana LINCS (MTLINCS) so that it can be shared with practitioners around the state. You will receive feedback.
Sarah Young and ESOL Conference Presenters
Pictures from Conference '09