Three seasoned conservatory ESL professionals will share best practices and new ideas for leveraging the remote learning environment to keep ESL students engaged in developing the communication skills they will need to be successful in their conservatory studies. Beginner, intermediate and advanced levels will be addressed with a focus on verbal presentations, social learning and research writing.
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Louise Borden is an experienced educator with over 27 years working as an ESL teacher and program coordinator at the elementary, secondary, adult and college level. She currently teaches ESL at the Colburn School working with students in the Conservatory and Academy programs to build skills for academic success. Louise pursued her undergraduate degree in Russian at Vanderbilt University and obtained her MS Ed. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from Nazareth College in Rochester, New York. Originally from Rochester, she spent her first 17 years teaching ESL for The Board of Cooperative Educational Services and several intensive English programs in the summers. She then moved to Cleveland, Ohio, and started teaching Adult language learners at the Cuyahoga Community College along with teaching at coordinating district ESL Services for Rocky River Central School District. After moving with her family to Los Angeles, Louise founded an online business, Best Fit Education, in order to provide individualized instruction to her students to help them achieve their language and academic goals. This includes everything from basic proficiency instruction, to academic tutoring, to preparing students for English Language Proficiency Exams such as the TOEFL and IELTS in one-on-one or group lessons. She has recently expanded Best Fit Education's individualized approach to include personalized guidance through the college selection and admissions process for international students looking to study in the US or at other international English language options in higher education worldwide. Louise has four grown children who live across the country and world and she lives with her husband & two dogs in Santa Clarita, just north of Los Angeles.
Today I will talk about developing confidence in public speaking and communication while building academic skills needed for success through teaching online.
Larissa completed her master’s degree in Applied Linguistics with a focus on TESOL from the University of Jaen, Spain, and began her career teaching English as a Second Language at the University of Alicante, Spain. Since then she has taught in a variety of ESL contexts in the United States and is currently the Director of the ESOL program at Oberlin College. She is the founding member and organizer of the ESOL Practitioners Think Tank that meets at the end of every academic year to discuss, develop, and advance ESL pedagogy. She is also an initial collaborator of ArtiFACT – a workshop and exhibit series that uses storytelling, listening, and 3D printing to build community across cultures. Larissa’s current research includes pedagogy and assessment and co-curriculum development for English Language Learners. She presents regularly at ESL conferences on these topics. Larissa teaches all levels of ESL and is most proud of her work developing an advanced writing course for ELLs that prepares them for research writing expected of students at Oberlin which includes primary and secondary source incorporation in complex writing tasks.
Larissa’s presentation will demonstrate how she propels students from using single-sourced information in writing to incorporating multi-sourced information that fully establishes premises to support conclusions. Given today’s teaching climate, she will display how to do this in an engaging online platform.
Amy Moniot most recently was the U.S. Department of State English Language Fellow at Mandalay University in Myanmar, where she taught Master’s Level English students in literature and language pedagogy. She initiated and created a bridge program for students from traumatic international backgrounds into pathways to higher education through a collaboration between Cuyahoga Community College and Cleveland’s International Newcomers Academy. She spent 6 years as the ESL Coordinator for Oberlin College and Conservatory where she developed curriculum to dovetail ESL skills into academic proficiency. Her love of intercultural education has taken her through projects in Mexico, Thailand, Argentina and Georgia where she has focused in teacher training and training curriculum. Leaning on her early experiences as a Peace Corps Volunteer, she strives to blend all academic subjects with the cycle of cultural adjustment needed to thrive in a new environment. Today, she will be discussing how to maintain the critical element of social learning through remote teaching. She hopes to return to Myanmar as soon the current global health crisis allows.