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2011-2012

Resources Schedule Updates

Resources

Schedule: 

Month

Topic

  November 3 ESOL Professional Development Conference Call Invitation

Updates:

2011-2012

October November  December January February March April May June

November

Wiki Invitation

Click here to access the Montana ESL Wiki Invitation.

Theme:  Listening

Click here http://mtlincs-esl.wikispaces.com/ to access the ESOL Professional Development Wiki.

Click here http://mtlincs-esl.blogspot.com/  to access the ESOL Student Blog.

October

ESOL Professional Development Conference Call

Click here for more information.

Click here for the agenda.

Click here for Wiki Demo Directions.

ESOL Professional Wiki

Good Afternoon,

Your wish from last year’s ESL Conference has come true. Replacing Study
Circles is your very own Wiki Website that will include hot topics, links to a monthly theme and instructional activities, as well as a student blog.

In order to help you use this professional development resource, you are invited to a Wiki walk through. After this conference call the website will be available 24 hours a day.

Attached (See above - ESOL Professinoal Development Conference Call) is an invitation for you to join your ESL peers to learn how to glean ideas and strategies and link ESL students across the state with the Wiki site. We will have a conference call on November 3, 3:00 to 4:00 pm and we hope that many of you will be able to join us on the conference call.

Please email me back no later than October 31 so that I can set up enough phone lines for those wish to call in. The call and the monthly discussions will be hosted by Ellen Guettler in Bozeman and Katya Marandino Irish in Great Falls. This will be a great professional development opportunity.

Hope to hear from you all!

Carol

2010-2011

Resources Schedule Updates

Resources

Schedule

Activity

Date Due

MT ESOL Conference 2011 5/3/11 & 5/4/11
MT ESOL Study Circle Conference Call:  1/24/11
MT ESOL Study Circle Conference Call:  12/14/10
MT ESOL Study Circle Conference Call:  11/15/10

Updates: 

Month

Topic

April  MT ESOL Conference
March  MT ESOL Conference
January  MT ESOL Study Circle
December  MT ESOL Study Circle
November  MT ESOL Study Circle
October  MT ESOL Study Circle
September 2010  MT Adult ESOL 2010 Discussions

 

2009-2010

Schedule Updates

Schedule: 

Activity

Date Due

ESOL 2010 Professional Development Tasks Part A:  July 1

Part B:  August 31

Updates: 

September October November  December January February March April May June

Month

Topic

June
May
March

 

December
  • More ESOL PD Tasks Posted
November
October
September

 

September October November  December January February March April May June

2009-2010

June

MT ESOL 2010 Professional Development Tasks

Greetings,

Our ESL contact list continues to grow, as we have added the names of new participants to the list of folks that attended last year. Also included in the list are the directors who have supported the conference through participation and/or sending teachers. Hooray for everyone that is joining the Montana ESL network.

The 2010 conference evaluations have been compiled, and they do validate everyone had a valuable professional development experience. As discussed at the conference, the goal is to continue the professional dialogue. I have attached the Next Steps calendar for each of you.  The Next Steps include:

·       A summer reading reflection, a guide to begin thinking about next year. (Reading reflection page to be submitted is the last page of the attachment.) Due July 1, 2010.

·       A quick study on lesson plan sequence. Due August 31, 2010.

·        Connect Pro Meeting dates; be sure to mark your calendar. ESL study circles begin September 2010, a lunch date you won't want to miss.

 Thank you in advance for sharing how you continue to reflect on your professional practice.

 Regards,

Margaret

 

From: Amber Gallup [mailto:agallup@cal.org]
Sent: Tuesday, June 01, 2010 8:07 AM
To: Bowles, Margaret
Cc: Sarah Young
Subject: Montana State Page

 Hi Margaret –

Just wanted to let you know that we did finally get the Montana LINCS website up on the Montana CAELA state page – you can view it at:

 http://www.cal.org/caelanetwork/profdev/states/montana/montana.html

Amber

 

May

MT Adult ESOL Conference 2010

Next Steps

Click here to access Next Steps.

Greetings,

Our ESL contact list continues to grow, as we have added the names of new participants to the list of folks that attended last year. Also included in the list are the directors who have supported the conference through participation and/or sending teachers. Hooray for everyone that is joining the Montana ESL network.

The 2010 conference evaluations have been compiled, and they do validate everyone had a valuable professional development experience. As discussed at the conference, the goal is to continue the professional dialogue. I have attached the Next Steps calendar for each of you.  The Next Steps include:

·         A summer reading reflection, a guide to begin thinking about next year. (Reading reflection page to be submitted is the last page of the attachment.) Due July 1, 2010.

·         A quick study on lesson plan sequence. Due August 31, 2010.

·          Connect Pro Meeting dates; be sure to mark your calendar. ESL study circles begin September 2010, a lunch date you won't want to miss.

Thank you in advance for sharing how you continue to reflect on your professional practice.

Regards,

Margaret

MTLINCS ESL Stats

March

ESOL Conference

Second Annual ESOL Conference:  May 20 – 21, 2010, Red Lion Colonial Hotel.  This training will go 8:00 am to 4:00 pm on May 20 and 8:00 am to 12 noon on May 21.  We encourage all ESL teachers and Program Directors to attend.  Also, we encourage ABLE instructors to attend, as this conference is focused on strategies that can help ESL  and ESL students who are transitioning to TABE.  Contact Carol Flynn for more information. 

December

More PD Tasks Posted

Click here to access postings.

November

Message from Sarah Young

As a follow-up to Montana’s first ever adult ESL conference last spring, three practitioners have submitted their reflection assignments to be shared with the rest of the field. These reflections relate back to 3 of the conference presentations – “The Effective Adult ESL Teacher,” “Multilevel ESL Instruction,” and “Technology in Adult ESL.” These writers provide wonderful insights into improving instructional practice by applying information from the conference. Please take a moment to read over these reflections, learn something from a colleague, and submit your own conference follow-up assignment today! Conference reflections should be sent directly to Sarah Young, syoung@cal.org for review and feedback. For more information or for a reminder about these tasks, please see http://www.nwlincs.org/mtlincs/opi/esl/MT_adult_esl_conference_2009.htm.

Professional Tasks from ESOL Conference 2009 posted

ESOL Standards Lesson for High Beginning to Advanced

October

ESOL Standards Lesson for Low Beginning Writing

Letter from Sarah Young regarding ESOL Conference follow-up - Submissions to be sent to Sarah Young at syoung@cal.org

Dear Montana ABLE Practitioners,
We hope that you’ve had a successful and pleasant start to the new academic year. It was such a pleasure to attend and be a part of your first state adult education ESOL conference last spring. As you recall, all of the conference participants were asked to complete a follow-up assignment to apply some of the information from the conference to their own instructional practice. In order to give everyone enough time to complete and share the tasks, the deadline for sharing these tasks is October 31.
The assignments are all related to one of the conference presentations:
· 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.
Think about some of the adult English language learner profiles that we examined during the conference – how do they compare with your own learners? If you’d like to know more about your students’ backgrounds and educational needs, administering a simple needs assessment form can be an enlightening way to do this. Check out some of the sample questionnaires, forms, and surveys featured on pages 69-89 of this link http://www.cal.org/caela/scb/III_A_AssessingLearnerNeeds.pdf. Try administering one to a student or a group of students you never know what you might find out!
· “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.
Have you ever wondered why some students seem to learn English much quicker and more easily than other students? Could individual learner differences have something to do with that? What about the impact that different teaching strategies might have on students’ language progress? Take a look at your program’s copy of the book “How Languages Are Learned” and think about how these ideas apply to some of your students.
· “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.
What makes a good adult education teacher? Are there specific things that teachers should know about ESOL to make them better teachers? Check out TESOL’s practitioner standards (available here: http://www.nwlincs.org/mtlincs/opi/esl/Eff_teacher_domains.pdf) and write up some of your thoughts about strategies you could use to improve your practice in these areas.
· “Technology in Adult ESL” provides a template for you to review language learning software available in your program.
Many adult English language learners love the independence and variety that comes with using computer software to practice their English. Have you tried a new program with your students recently? What worked well, and what would you change? What intelligences does the software address? Use Katya’s worksheet as a guide to explore a new software program and share your thoughts with us about it (http://www.nwlincs.org/mtlincs/opi/esl/technology_and_esl.htm).
· “Effective Multilevel ESL Instruction” asks you to follow a template to create and deliver a multilevel lesson.
Lesson planning can always be a challenge, especially when your students range significantly in their levels of English ability and educational goals. How do you handle multilevel lesson planning do you try to keep the whole class together by using more advanced students to help out the lower level students? Do you try and work with different levels of students individually? Identify a few strategies that you’d like to try in an upcoming lesson plan, and then reflect on how it went.
Does one of these topics resonate with you as something you’d like to explore further? Would you like personalized feedback on your work? Do you have something to share that you know other practitioners could benefit from? Please don’t delay send in a summary of your work on one of these tasks and we’ll make sure that it is responded to personally and shared with others who can benefit from what you’ve learned. Montana is fortunate to have a small but dedicated group of instructors throughout the state who are so interested in learning, implementing, and sharing best practices in ESL!
It’s not too early to start thinking about next year’s conference we are looking forward to expanding the conference offerings and including more practitioners from the field as presenters. Some of you indicated on your conference evaluations that you’d be interested in presenting something we want to encourage and support everyone in doing so and would be happy to help anyone develop some ideas into a presentation or breakout session.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss your task, feel free to email me or Amber (addresses below). Please send your final write-up to Sarah Young by October 31. Contributions will be responded to personally and will be shared on the LINCS Website (with permission).
Thanks,
Sarah Young (syoung@cal.org) and Amber Gallup Rodriguez (agallup@cal.org)
Adult ESL Specialists
Center for Adult English Language Acquisition (CAELA) Network
Center for Applied Linguistics
 

September

It is a thrill to see our ESOL Conference page on LINCS. Not only did you participate in the first annual ESOL conference, but you are also going to be exemplifying job-embedded professional development. Conferences are intended to impact instructional practice. Through posting your follow-up homework and participating in the discussion on ESL instruction, you will be demonstrating for all adult educators that conference participation is the beginning of rich dialogue and reflection on an existing instructional practice.
 
I would like to remind you of the action steps that are to follow the conference:
 
  • Directors and instructors discuss the follow-up task that the instructor would like to pursue,
 
  • Instructors will complete the follow-up task they are most interested in,
 
  • Send completed task to Norene for posting on LINCS  no later than October 31, 2009,
 
  • Read postings from other participants, and
 
  • Use the discussion thread on this page to post Reponses to assignments and share new ideas on ESOL instruction.
 
Everyone that was signed up for the conference is included in this e-mail, as I don't want anyone to be left out of this conversation.
 
Kudos to everyone so committed to serving our ESOL population,

Margaret

 

2008-2009

Schedule Updates

Schedule: 

Activity

Date

Montana Adult Education ESOL Conference April 30 - May 1
Survey due date August 29

Introduction to ESL Task Force

September 16 - 17 Helena

 

Updates: 

Click on month to access topics.

Month

Topic

June Follow-up from Margaret Bowles

ESOL Professional Development Tasks

April/May Discussion on English Language Learners and Multilevel Classes on Research-based Instruction site

Montana Adult ESL Conference

January/February CAELA Needs Assessment
December Results from Montana ESL Survey

Article:  Effect of Music

November ESL website for USA Learns
October
September ESL website

August

Survey Clarification

Surveys

 

 

June

6/21/09  Follow-up from Margaret Bowles

It is a thrill to see our ESOL Conference page on LINCS. Not only did you participate in the first annual ESOL conference, but you are also going to be exemplifying job-embedded professional development. Conferences are intended to impact instructional practice. Through posting your follow-up homework and participating in the discussion on ESL instruction, you will be demonstrating for all adult educators that conference participation is the beginning of rich dialogue and reflection on an existing instructional practice.
 
I would like to remind you of the action steps that are to follow the conference:
 
 
 
 
 
 
Everyone that was signed up for the conference is included in this e-mail, as I don't want anyone to be left out of this conversation.
 
Kudos to everyone so committed to serving our ESOL population,

Margaret

6/15/09  Professional Development Tasks for ESL Conference

Click here ( http://www.nwlincs.org/mtlincs/opi/esl/MT_adult_esl_conference_2009.htm ) to access Montana Adult ESL Conference '09 website. 

April/May

Click below to check out esl discussion on Research-based Instruction site.

Click here ( MT_adult_esl_conference_2009.htm ) to check out the link to the Montana Adult ESL Conference.

February

2/1/09 CAELA Needs Assessment Survey

Your state participates in a federally funded project to help improve the professional development provided to those who work with adult English language learners. The project is called the Center for Adult English Language Acquisition (CAELA) Network and it is housed at the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL). The CAELA Network is funded by the U. S. Department of Education, Office of Adult and Vocational Education. For more information about the project, please go to

 www.cal.org/caelanetwork

You are receiving this message because someone from your state who works with CAL on this project has identified you as being able to provide useful information to help CAELA Network staff conduct a needs assessment for an online course we’re planning about second language learning. Filling out the needs assessment does not mean you will be taking the course; it does mean your input is deemed valuable as we plan the course.

We thank you in advance for your time!

Please complete the needs assessment posted at the link below as soon as possible and no later than February 9, 2009. This should take about 10 minutes.

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=8PYao9hKDrVEVIX6b_2bLl1g_3d_3d

Feel free to contact Sarah Moore if you have any questions or concerns about the needs assessment or this message at:

smoore@cal.org

202-355-1546

We appreciate your support of this project!

Sincerely,

Miriam Burt

CAELA Network Director

December

12/14/08    Results from ESL Survey

Interested in viewing the results from the ESL survey that was completed by Montana ABLE staff?  Click here!

12/7/08

A very interesting article:  "The Effect of Music on Second Language Vocabulary Acquisition"

http://www.forefrontpublishers.com/eslmusic/articles/01.htm

 

Katya Irish, Great Falls

November

11/15/08

Check out the new website USALearns at www.usalearns.org.

October

10/24/08

Using Data to Plan Professional Development for Practitioners Working with Adult English Language Learners

http://www.cal.org/caelanetwork/pd_resources/CAELABrief-UsingDatatoPlan.pdf

10/23/08

Halloween Activities for ESL

Click here for activities at http://bogglesworldesl.com/halloween_worksheets.htm.

Katya Irish, Great Falls

10/12/08

ESL Resource:  CAELA

We have so many amazing resources on the CAELA and CAELA Network Web sites that it would be hard to know which ones to begin sending you.  Check out Working With Literacy-Level Adult English Language Learners at http://www.cal.org/caela/esl_resources/collections/literacy.html   .

Sarah Young, Center for Adult English Language Acquisition (CAELA)

September

9/30/08

ESL Resource

I would like to share with the ESL instructors the site below.  It is really nice!

http://www.esl-lab.com/

Thanks
Katya Irish, Great Falls

August

Surveys

It was determined that the most effective way to begin our work is to have all program directors, ESL instructors and any other instructional staff that teach ESL students complete a survey.  The surveys are posted below:

 

8/24/08

Survey Clarification

Good Afternoon,
 
It has come to my attention that there needs to be clarification of the term instructors in regards to who needs to fill our the  ESL Instructor Professional Profile and Needs Assessment. An  ESL student is a non-native speaker (NNS) of English, who is enrolled at our ABLE sites for ESL, GED, Even Start, or any type of  transition class or any combination there of.
 
Thus, any instructor who logs contact hours with such students should complete the survey.
 
The CAELA team is eager to compile the responses and begin building a long term professional development plan.
 
Please contact me if you have any further questions.
 
Regards,
 
Margaret