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Preparing Language Teachers for the 21st Century:
Sixth International Conference on
Language Teacher Education


Saturday May 30 , 2009: Poster Schedule
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Abbreviations: T= Thursday, May 28; F = Friday, May 29; S = Saturday, May 30

Friday Poster Session (1-2 pm) | Saturday AM Poster Session | Saturday PM Poster Session
F CB 1:00 PM 2:00 PM Connecting Research to Practice in Language Teacher Education Language teacher educators are challenged with the task of creating assignments that integrate a critical examination of research and theory in a meaningful, classroom-oriented context. This session will explore a variety of activities, projects and curriculum development ideas designed to develop critical thinking about current research in a practical context. Abigail Bartoshesky
F CB 1:00 PM 2:00 PM Learning by Doing:  A Hybrid Approach to a Masters Program in World Language Instruction Concordia College and Concordia Language Villages combined their strengths to design a Master of Education in World Language Instruction program inaugurated in 2007. The Master of Education program is an innovative mix of online learning during the academic year and on-site coursework and observations at Concordia Language Villages during the summer. Donna Clementi
F CB 1:00 PM 2:00 PM The world condensed into four walls : Teaching to and about cross-cultural communication in diverse language teacher education classrooms Teacher education programs in the U.S. are becoming increasingly culturally, ethnically, and linguistically diverse. In this presentation the presenter shares the process of conceptualizing and operationalizing her instruction in a setting where she struggled to balance the parallel processes of teaching about cross-cultural communication to a culturally diverse class. Rashi Jain
F CB 1:00 PM 2:00 PM Methodological Tales of ESL Teachers and Teacher educators in the Post-method Era In this poster presentation, the presenter will present findings from a qualitative study investigating the pedagogical knowledge of seven ESL teachers/teacher educators in the Atlantic Canadian context. In particular, through the narratives of six teachers and teacher educators, she will discuss implications for second language teacher education. Kangxian Zhao
F CB 1:00 PM 2:00 PM Teaching training development course in communicative competence, EFL methodology and optimization of language learning resource centres The focus of this presentation is on the way a Colombian University contributes to the fostering of both bilingualism and the use of ICTs in public educational contexts. Among the outcomes of the course, the presenter will refer to the creation of a Virtual Language Resource Centre which hosts the products created by teachers and will welcome them as members of an academic community of public school teachers. C. Patricia Alvarez
F CB 1:00 PM 2:00 PM Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language in America: A Discovery and Self-discovery Process of a Teaching Assistant Focusing on L2 requesting behavior, this ethnographic case study explored how a Taiwanese teaching assistant became socialized into new discourse systems and cultures, developed communicative competence in ESL through interaction with her American students, colleagues, and graduate course instructors, and adapted her classroom management skills. Marina Minhui Lu
F CB 1:00 PM 2:00 PM L2 Awareness Training of Mainstream Writing Teachers in College A training curriculum for mainstream faculty in a university writing program with many international students. The modules, based on empirical linguistics/ L2 acquisition research, address practical instructional issues to improve teachers' understanding of L2 writing (contrastive rhetoric and argumentation; error analysis; language priorities), balance assessment; and facilitate professional mainstream-L2 dialogue. Maria Zlateva
F CB 1:00 PM 2:00 PM The GLOBE Program: Promoting International Language Collaborations The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program provides preservice language teachers with authentic field experiences focusing on teaching language through science, mathematics, social studies and many other disciplines. This presentation highlights the GLOBE Program, active in 110 countries, as a model content-based language program. Sample curriculum activities are provided. Teresa Kennedy
F 308 1:00 PM 2:00 PM The e-learning proficiency for the on-job and pre-service teachers in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language E-learning is an effective way to teach languages. However, there are no effective ways to train language teachers how to do it. This research collects data on e-training and e-learning indicators and offers suggestions for making practicing and pre-service teachers aware of on-line teaching methods. Yujen Lien
F 308 1:00 PM 2:00 PM Using Technology To Meet the Needs of Students with Learning Disabilities Computer-based practice is ideally suited to students with learning disabilities in a number of ways. They benefit from rapid feedback, the ability to self-pace, and increased opportunity to practice language in ways that are structured and multimodal. Eve Leons
F 308 1:00 PM 2:00 PM Language Learning in the Age of Globalization This presentation focuses on promoting interactive language learning and improving accuracy through computer-mediated-communication (CMC) and social networking tools. The focus will be on the intersection of pedagogy and technology in teaching and training and helping faculty understand the shifting learning paradigm that is occurring in education through collaborative online environments. Edward Dixon
F 308 1:00 PM 1:50 PM Integrating Byki into the Classroom Byki is a powerful tool to accelerate students progress. In this presentation we will show you how and why Byki works, different ways of integrating Byki into your teaching, how to create your own materials, and how you can use BykiWeb to connect with an online community of educators in a resource-sharing environment. Ewa Zeoli & David Carmona
S 308 8:00 AM 8:30 AM Job Satisfaction of EFL Teachers at the University Level This study presents the results of a comparative study carried out in two different universities to explore language teachers' perceptions of to what extent their needs are met in their workplace as well as the types of events that evoke satisfaction. The results suggest further research into language teacher satisfaction. Meral Melek Ünver & Cemile Güler
S CB 8:00 AM 9:00 AM The Rights and Wrongs of Assessing Writing The presenter discusses the importance of training English instructors on how to design writing rubrics. A project is described that is designed to enhance instructors' knowledge of writing rubrics and designing tasks that fit the needs of their learners. The rubrics and the writing tasks are shared with the audience. Nermin S. Eltorie
S CB 8:00 AM 9:00 AM Teacher Burnout and Teachers' Sense of Community within the Workplace: Insights from ESL Instructors This poster presents the findings of a study exploring teacher burnout and sense of community among college-level ESL instructors. Participants indicated high levels of sense of community and low levels of burnout. Factors helping to develop sense of community among teachers and implications for teacher learning/development will also be discussed. Derya Kulavuz-Onal
S CB 8:00 AM 9:00 AM Collaborative Action Research for Teacher and Curriculum Development Although action research has gained prominence in the current literature, there has been little documentation as to how action research influences teacher and curriculum development. This study aims at revealing how EFL teachers in Japan engaged in collaborative action research and learned to teach in their school contexts. Kazuyoshi Sato & Nancy Mutoh
S CB 8:00 AM 9:00 AM Efficacy of One Elementary Preservice Teacher Education Program in Taiwan in Preparing Non-native speakers to Teach English as an International Language Historically, Taiwanese students began learning English in middle school, but now children start in third grade. English Education Departments were established in four teachers' colleges in 2000 to prepare qualified teachers. A single-case study design was employed to investigate how preservice teachers are being prepared to teach English as an international language. Susan Wu
S CB 8:00 AM 9:00 AM ESL Teachers' Needs for Their Professional Development: The Voice from Ontario Professional development is crucial for in-service teachers. In this Poster presentation, we will present research findings from a pilot study of ESL teachers' professional development needs in the Ontario context. Twenty teachers from four language institutes participated in the questionnaire survey study. Implications for ESL teacher education will be discussed. Kangxian Zhao & Hong Wang
S CB 8:00 AM 9:00 AM Language Teachers' ICT-related Knowledge and Their Professional Development in the Context of Chinese National College English Reforms This study investigates EFL teachers' information and communication technology-related knowledge base and relevant policies and practices in context of Chinese College English Reform in which ICT use was highlighted. Methodology covering questionnaire survey, classroom observation, individual interviews and focus groups will be described. Findings will be discussed. Zhiwen Hu
S CB 8:00 AM 9:00 AM An Evaluation of the EFL Teacher Preparation System in Primary State Schools in Cyprus: Implications For a Pre-service Language Teacher Education Programme This small-scale qualitative study investigates eighteen EFL primary teachers' perceptions of their initial preparation and in-service training provided by the Ministry of Education. Findings from this study are intended to give rise to further research into the development and integration of a TESOL knowledge base in the Teacher Education programme at University. Kourieos Stella
S CB 12:00 PM 1:00 PM We're All Teachers of English Language Learners : Innovative Practices in a Professional Development Model for Teaching ELL Students in Content Area Classrooms With the increased number of English Language Learners included in content area classrooms, all teachers must have the knowledge, skills and dispositions to impact the learning of ELL students. This presentation illustrates the innovative practices used in a 5-day professional development seminar on teaching ELL students in content area classrooms. Beth Wassell & Jacqueline McCafferty
S CB 12:00 PM 1:00 PM Teaching Mainstream Teachers about Second Language Acquisition This poster reports on an introductory course in second language acquisition (SLA) for mainstream K-12 teachers. The course content includes Lightbown and Spada's (2006) introductory text, sixteen SLA journal articles, and clips from the documentary Promises, about Palestinian and Israeli youth developing relationships through their shared second language, English. Ari Sherris
S CB 12:00 PM 1:00 PM A Narrative Inquiry into the Impact of English Curriculum Reforms on Teachers' Professional Identities in Mainland China This study investigates three experienced teachers impacted by the English curriculum reforms since the 1980s in mainland China. It explores how the teachers reconstructed their professional identities faced with challenges to fill in research gaps. The findings of complex professional identities indicate the danger of the solely pedagogical reforms. Zhaoyang Liu
S 308 12:00 PM 1:00 PM Internet Technologies and Teaching Techniques This presentation explores how to incorporate varied technologies into the foreign language classroom. Sample technologies include image manipulation software, digital voice recording, MP3 players, the blogosphere, digital stories, Blackboard, and a variety of interactive websites that can be used to complement and/or facilitate class assignments. Zennia Hancock, Erin Korves & Loredana Di Stravolo
S 308 12:00 PM 1:00 PM Multilingual Family Literacy in ESL This discussion addresses the use of interactive FL websites with an emphasis on family literacy and maximizing multi-sensory and interactive learning. Participants will be instructed on how to tailor online lessons for their target population. The purpose of this program is to enhance in-class learning of foreign languages using technology. Talia Kowitt
S CB 12:00 PM 1:00 PM Rethinking the Learner in Teacher Education This poster relates five propositions about learners to key aspects of initial teacher education such as training in method' and teaching practice', advocating the treatment of prospective teachers as developing practitioners of learning, not just as future teachers. It offers Exploratory Practice as a framework for addressing the issues involved. Dick A. Allwright & Judith Hanks
S CB 12:00 PM 1:00 PM Exploratory Practice in Initial Teacher Education: Integration and Work for Understanding This poster, co-authored by four teacher-learners and three teacher educators, combines the group's pre-professional and professional reflection on the process of implementing Exploratory Practice in initial language teacher education. It illustrates how beginning teachers reconceptualize pedagogic practice as work for understanding' and integrate an investigative attitude into their pre-professional lives. Ines Miller, Beatriz Barreto, Maria Cristina Goes Monteiro, Fábio Santos & Juliana de Oliveira Sant'Anna dos Santos
S CB 12:00 PM 1:00 PM The Distinctive Characteristics of Chinese ELT Teachers This poster aims to extend the understanding of what it means to be an English teacher in the Chinese context by examining ways in which language teachers are seen to be different to teachers of other subjects via questionnaire, essays and interviews with different groups of participants. Shaoqian Luo
S CB 12:00 PM 1:00 PM Exploring Change in Preservice Teachers' Beliefs about English Language Learning and Teaching The purpose of the present study is to discover preservice Pre-K through 8th grade mainstream teachers' beliefs about language learning in order to better inform future teacher preparation programs. Zoreh Eslami
S CB 12:00 PM 1:00 PM HOPE for Integrating Reflective Skills into Language Learning Programs: A Toolbox for Teacher/Coaches Programs which empower learners to be successful in their SLA endeavors must include practical tools presented in an integrated approach. Reflection is an essential ingredient throughout. Reflective teacher/coaches are better equipped to train reflective learners. This session illustrates how to groom teacher/coaches and learners in using reflection effectively. Elizabeth Barbour Hopkins

Room Abbreviation Key: GB= Grand Ballroom; CB= Continental Ballroom

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