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LaTESOL 37th Annual Conference

Friday, November 1st, 2019

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Featured Speakers

Dr. Christel Broady

TESOL Board of Directors

Georgetown College

Kathleen Gasparian

Gasparian Spivey Immigration

Alice Garcia

Louisiana Department of Education

Mary Speyrer

Migrant Education Program

Dr. Susan Spezzini

English Learner Education

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Conference Overview

8:00-9:00 AM           Registration and Light Breakfast

Exhibitors available throughout the day

9:00-9:10 AM           Welcome: Carolyn Jones (President of LaTESOL)

9:10-10:00 AM        Keynote Speaker: Christel Broady, Ph.D. 

10:10-11:00  AM      Concurrent Sessions A

11:10-12:00  AM      Concurrent Sessions B

12:00-1:00 PM         Lunch and Door Prizes (Atchafalaya Ballroom Room 117)

1:10 – 2:00 PM        Concurrent Sessions C

2:10 – 3:00 PM        Concurrent Sessions D

3:15 – 4:30 PM        LaTESOL Annual Meeting: Open to everyone

Keynote Speaker

Christel Broady, Ph.D.

TESOL Board of Directors

Chair, Advanced Graduate Programs

Director, ESL Teacher Endorsement Program

Georgetown College

9:10 –10:00 AM

Atchafalaya Ballroom Room 117

Dr. Christel Broady, teacher, chair, and professor of advanced graduate education, as well as the director of the ESL Teacher Education Program at Georgetown College in the USA, is an international leader in the field of English Language teaching. She maintains a continuous engagement in schools, and she assists her community in creating conditions for immigrant success in the role of commissioner. At TESOL, Christel is a member of the TESOL Board of Directors and, over the past 20 years, has served in many leadership roles in Kentucky, at the Southeast TESOL, and TESOL International. She currently represents TESOL on the national workforce for the revisions of a seal of biliteracy in K-12 schools. Her list of domestic and international leadership roles, publications, keynotes, plenary talks, presentations, and awards, and recognitions is extensive. As an English Language Specialist for the US Department of State, Christel conducts assignments abroad. These activities allow her to learn about other countries from within from the ELT professionals, governments, and citizens with whom she works. Most importantly, as an immigrant and English learner herself in a tri-cultural household, Christel represents internationals living in multicultural and multilingual families in the USA, raising multilingual children, and she is a fierce advocate for immigrants and their teachers.

Literacy and the Brain: What Every Teacher Should Know

In this hands-on session, participants will be asked to assume the role of an English learner by being immersed in a non-English language activity. They will experience how learners feel and how they work through a math problem. By their active participation in the session, participants will learn which strategies and resources will help students to be successful in an academic activity. Participants can implement similar strategies in their classrooms and disciplines. This session is particularly suited for content teachers or ESL teachers collaborating with content teachers. 

The following questions will be discussed: What happens in the brain when language is processed and learned? What does research say about first and second language acquisition? How does a first language impact the acquisition of new languages? Knowledge about essential literacy brain processes helps teachers to appreciate what learners have to accomplish, and it sets the stage for more effective classroom practices.


10:10 – 11:00 AM

TITLE #1: Using Interactive Techniques to Enhance Educators’ Cultural Competencies

PRESENTER: Dr. Susan Spezzini, University of Alabama at Birmingham       

Type of presentation: Practice-Oriented Presentation

Location: Pelican Room 207

Intended audience: Intercultural Communication

Description: Participants experience several interactive techniques for helping enhance cultural competencies. By experiencing these techniques, participants increase their own competencies, learn to use these techniques to build cultural understanding among their colleagues, and brainstorm other techniques to promote cross-cultural awareness.

TITLE #2: Using Story Circles

PRESENTER: Dr. Amy Pan, East Baton Rouge Schools

Type of presentation:  Workshop

Location: River Room 208

Intended audience: Intercultural Communication

Description: Based on Dr. Deardorff's book published by UNESCO, "Manual for Developing Intercultural Competencies (2019)," this presentation will use a technique called "Story Circles." Intercultural competence refers to the skills, attitudes, and behaviours needed to improve interactions across differences. This is important for improving classroom culture, speaking practice for ELLs, and overall global-mindedness. Story Circles are small groups in which each person gets three minutes to describe a story. Come find out more!

TITLE #3: Introduction to the integrated approach: Learning from immersion research and methods

PRESENTER: Dr. Michelle Haj-Broussard, Dr. Melissa Gallagher, Dr. Mark Honegger, Marissa Young

Type of presentation: Research-Oriented Presentation

Location: Helma Constantine 209

Intended audience: Elementary Ed

Description: This presentation will present findings from the two year study examining first language and academic achievement in three different elementary contexts: a business as usual, but high achieving ESL context, an ESL context with additional content-based training, and a two-way immersion context. The results show that the content-based approaches both have positive effects on the students' achievement.

TITLE #4: The State of Immigration in Louisiana

PRESENTER: Kathleen Gasparian, Gasparian Spivey Immigration

Type of presentation: Dialogue

Location: Magnolia Room 210

Intended audience: Educators

Description: The current federal administration has taken a vocal position on immigration and has undertaken aggressive enforcement measures while also scaling back temporary protections and refugee admissions. While a physical wall at the Southern Border may be slow to be built, an invisible wall – to all migration – has been quickly erected through a handful of policy memos that have resulted in drastic changes in agency action and procedures. This session will look at how these policy memos and executive orders have specifically changed immigration from a Louisiana perspective. We will look at the potential end of TPS and DACA and what that means for Louisiana. We will also look at trends in enforcement against Louisiana businesses and individuals, and what the continuation of those trends could mean over the next year. We will also look at state trends regarding immigrant children in Louisiana and how federal immigration is relevant to local discussions of safety, health, and education.

TITLE #5: Connecting Content Learning with a Student's Love of Music

PRESENTER: Esther Perez-Zemmels Zara Zemmels and Carrie Cooper; Jefferson Parish School System         

Type of presentation: Practice-Oriented Presentation

Location: Shadows Room 212       

Intended audience: K-12

Description:  This workshop will focus on strategies to help teachers build background knowledge, promote academic language, and connect learning through music. We will listen to several pieces of music in different languages and find a connection to the music and content in order to build on academic language.


11:10 – 12:00 PM

TITLE #1: "Thank You, Ma'am"/A Thorough Study and Appreciation of Langston Hughes's Short Story Through Writing and Drama

PRESENTER: Ron Caron, Helen Cox High School

Type of presentation: Practice-Oriented Presentation

Location: Pelican Room 207

Intended audience: Writing

Description: A simple, clear, very short story can be full of innuendo, humanity, and humor. Educators of 9-11th grade students will be guided through reading of the story followed by constructed responses to questions about the plot for clarity. They will view a brief online dramatic presentation of the story (18 minutes), as well as a viewing of a video of Elvis singing "Blue Suede Shoes" since blue suede shoes hold a vital place in the understanding of this story.

TITLE #2: Playing with your food: Adaptable Food-related Activities for Different Levels/Skills

PRESENTER: Kayla Andrews, University of New Orleans    

Type of presentation: Practice-Oriented Presentation

Location: River Room 208

Intended audience: Intensive English Program

Description: Everyone likes talking about food! This presentation is designed to give teachers step-by-step activities they can “take home” and start using immediately. We will explore several food-related activities that are easily adaptable to different levels (from low intermediate to high advanced) and can be used to emphasize different skills, such as reading, writing, listening or speaking. My background is in IEPs; however, these activities could also fit middle school and high school students.


TITLE #3: Embedding English Learner Best Practices in the Pre-Service Curriculum

PRESENTER: Dr. Keita Wilson and Dr. Maria Ruiz, UL Lafayette, College of Education

Type of presentation: Practice-Oriented Presentation

Location: Helma Constantine 209

Intended audience: Higher Ed

Description: This presentation will discuss how teacher preparation programs can effectively integrate resources and instructional strategies that support English Learners in the teacher preparation curriculum. Having access to research based high quality instructional resources and the ability to interpret data will position pre-service teacher to have a greater impact on student outcomes.

TITLE #4: The Brain, Literacy, and Technology: Practical Consideration

PRESENTER: Dr. Christel Broady, Georgetown College

Type of presentation: Practice-Oriented Presentation

Location: Magnolia Room 210

Intended audience: All

Description: This session is a continuation of the plenary session The Brain, Literacy, and Technology and will address practical implications for classrooms. It is essential that participants in this breakout session were in the plenary session, so they have the context for this presentation.

TITLE #5: ESL/EFL Multi-Level Madness, Managing the Chaos

PRESENTER: Tammy Morris, Northshore Technical Community College     

Type of presentation: Practice-Oriented Presentation

Location: Bayou Room 211

Intended audience: Adult Ed

Description: Finding ELA multi-level navigation chaotic and confusing, not just for yourself, but your students? This presentation is for you. Get techniques and resources that will enable you to calm the chaos, enhance the engagement, and learn to develop some one on one time with your students.

TITLE #6: ESL Administrator Roundtable

PRESENTER: Jane Ellison, Lafayette Parish School System

Type of presentation: Discussion/Roundtable

Location: Shadows Room 212

Intended audience: Administrators

Description: Roundtable discussion for ESL Program administrators. An opportunity for ESL Program administrators to learn from one another.

Lunch and Door Prizes

12:00-1:00 PM

Atchafalaya Ballroom Room 117


1:10 – 2:00 PM

TITLE #1: Academic Vocabulary: Importance of Tier 2 Words

PRESENTER: Dr. Gloria Parker, School Support ELL Coordinator JP Schools

Type of presentation: Workshop

Location: Pelican Room 207

Intended audience: K-12

Description: Vocabulary consists of the words we hear, read, speak or write. Knowing a variety of words is important for language development and reading comprehension. However, not all words have equal importance in language instruction. So, how do we know which words we need to teach? We need to consider three types or tiers of vocabulary words for teaching and assessing word knowledge. Tier 1 -Basic Vocabulary, Tier 2 -High Frequency/Multiple Meaning, and Tier 3 –Content Related.


TITLE #2: Phrasal Verbs: Connecting the Dots

PRESENTER: Jessica Bordelon       

Type of presentation: Workshop

Location: River Room 208

Intended audience: Secondary Ed

Description:  This session focuses on phrasal verbs due to their complexity and frequency of use in English speaking environments. Attendees will consider 3 different student populations and a set of potential lesson plans provided by the presenter. The groups will select a best teaching method from those available, expand on the lesson plan template and explain their choices. The goal is to practice versatility in how lessons are presented so that each teacher feels empowered in diverse classroom settings.

TITLE #3: Newcomers: Reaching and Accommodating those New to the Language and Country

PRESENTER: Emma Merrill, EL Director at Collegiate Academies

Type of presentation: Practice-Oriented Presentation

Location: Helma Constantine 209

Intended audience: EFL and Bilingual Ed

Description: This program will focus on how to best support scholars who are new to the country in your classroom and at your school. We will use Newcomer programs across the country as case-studies to implement strategies at our own schools.

TITLE #4: Louisiana Department of Education English Learner Program Updates

PRESENTER: Alice Garcia, LDOE (Louisiana Department of Education)

Type of presentation: Dialogue

Location: Magnolia Room 210

Intended audience: All

Description: Hear about new English Learner program updates from a Louisiana Department of Education representative. Learn about how ELs will be included in accountability; what professional development opportunities the LDOE is offering this year, and then have time for questions and answers.

TITLE #5: Bloom’s Taxonomy and A Lesson Before Dying: Using a Novel to Develop Critical Thinking in Writing

PRESENTER: Denise Marceaux and Theresa Gielissen, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Type of presentation: Practice-Oriented Presentation

Location: Shadows Room 212

Intended audience: Secondary Education

Description: This presentation will lead participants through the levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy to help students think critically about the novel and understand how one of the novel’s themes--Whiteness--plays out in their own lives and the lives of their students, using what they learn to produce more thoughtful writing.


2:10 – 3:00 PM

TITLE #1: Cross-Linguistic Differences on "Happiness" and "Pain"

PRESENTER: Dr. Mark Honegger, UL Lafayette

Type of presentation: Research-Oriented Presentation

Location: Pelican Room 207

Intended audience: Vocabulary

Description: This talk will demonstrate an approach to teaching English vocabulary that is based on the Natural Semantics Metalanguage (NSM) theory of using linguistic primes (65 in number) with a small set of syntactic schemas that are a part of every language. That is, words are defined in terms of simpler words that are universally available to every language and culture. These words are the end of the line; they cannot be defined any more simply but do combine to define the more complex and culture-bound vocabulary of a given language.

TITLE #2: Shaking things up in Kazakhstan: The“College-Ready Writers Program” redefines writing

PRESENTER: Taryn Ann U’Halie, Karaganda State Technical University

Type of presentation: Practice-Oriented Presentation

Location: River Room 208

Intended audience: Writing

Description: The presentation explains how a writing curriculum advances Kazakh university students argumentative academic English. The research demonstrates how teachers and students engage in teaching and learning STEM curriculum with scaffolding and modeling techniques supported by the National Writing Project’s College-Ready Writers Program. The results indicate that critical thinking and intrinsic motivation helps students and teachers to reduce the affective filter in learning academic writing.

TITLE #3: Habits of Highly Effective English Language Learning Programs

PRESENTER: Jason Hampton

Type of presentation: Practice-Oriented Presentation

Location: Helma Constantine 209

Intended audience: Elementary Ed

Description: This workshop provides nuts-and-bolts practical advice on how to develop a highly functioning ESL program that serves students, families, campuses, and districts alike. 'Habits' is solution-based, and a great primer for administrators and educators who struggle with underfunding and lack of resources, but retain the increased accountability for achievement of English Language Learners.

TITLE #4: The Migrant Education Program: Who is a Migrant Child?

PRESENTER: Mary Speyrer, Migrant Education Program

Type of presentation: Practice-Oriented Presentation

Location: Magnolia Room 210

Intended audience: K-12

Description: What is the Migrant Education Program (MEP)? The MEP is Title 1, Part C of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The purpose of the Louisiana MEP is to provide supplemental educational and support services to migratory children in the state. During this session, attendees will learn about the migratory lifestyle in Louisiana, what makes these migratory children eligible for the MEP and the subsequent identification and recruitment of these children into the MEP.

TITLE #5: Find the Fake News

PRESENTER: Katelyn Howard, UL Lafayette

Type of presentation: Practice-Oriented Presentation

Location: Shadows Room 212       

Intended audience: Adult Ed

Description: How can students learn to distinguish the difference in the many different websites and articles that they read each day? Throughout the multiple sources of literature that our students read, they must be equipped to sort through the fake news and reach the articles that have substance. This interactive workshop will demonstrate some of the activities you can use to in order to teach your students how to recognize bias in ‘fake news’.

Thank You to Our Exhibitors

1.      Cambridge University Press                    Janet Reyes                 jreyes@impacts.net

2.      Okapi Educational Publishing                 William Eastman        bill@mokapi.com

3.      Holmes Educational Consultants            Dee Dee Holmes         holmes.deedee@gmail.com

4.      Calcasieu Parish Schools                          Nancy Burnham         nancy.burnham@cpsb.org


1.                    Gail Acree, 1980-81, Louisiana State University

2.                    Edith Babin, 1981-82, Louisiana State University

3.                    Mary Ruetten, 1982-83, University of New Orleans

4.                    Mary Ann Lennon, 1983-84, Delgado Community College

5.                    Julia Barnes, 1984-85, Jefferson Parish Public Schools

6.                    Joan Fields, 1985-86, University of Southwestern Louisiana

7.                    Linda Blanton, 1986-87, University of New Orleans

8.                    Bonnie Keller, 1987-88, University of New Orleans

9.                    Joan Kelly, 1988-89, Louisiana State University

10.                 Joel Phillips, 1989-1990, Jefferson Parish Public Schools

11.                 Karen Lewis, 1990-1991, Louisiana Tech University

12.                 Kathleen Carlin Kilborne, 1991-92, O. Perry Walker High School

13.                 Eleanor Howes, 1992-93, Louisiana State University

14.                 Robbie Phillabau, 1992-93, Louisiana State University

15.                 Barbara Gaffney, 1993-94, University of New Orleans

16.                 Elin Epperson, 1994-95, Louisiana State University

17.                 Margaret Fremin Burkart, 1995-96, Jefferson Parish Public Schools

18.                 JoAnn Robicheaux, 1996-97, Southeastern Louisiana University

19.                 Cathy Cake, 1997-98, Tulane University

20.                 Yadira Diaz, 1998-99, Delgado Community College

21.                 Lia Kushnir, 1999-2000, University of New Orleans

22.                 Georgette Ioup, 2000-01, University of New Orleans

23.                 Carolyn Sanchez, 2001-02, Jefferson Parish Public Schools

24.                 Brian Ary, 2002-03, University of New Orleans

25.                 Susan Ary, 2003-04, University of New Orleans

26.                 Jeanne Stacy, 2004-06, Baton Rouge Community College

27.                 Mary Klaus, 2006-07, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

28.                 Mark Honegger, Ph.D., 2007-08, 2009, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

29.                 Robert Connor, 2008-09, Louisiana State University

30.                 Denise Marceaux, 2009-10, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

31.                 Gretchen Shotwell, 2010-11, Jefferson Parish Public Schools

32.                 Elizabeth Anderson, 2011-12, Our Lady of Holy Cross College

33.                 Kimberly Navarro, 2012-13, Delgado Community College

34.                 Karen Seamans, 2013-14, Livingston Parish Schools

35.                 Robert Connor, 2014-15, Tulane University

36.                 Esther Perez-Zemmels, 2015-16, Jefferson Parish Public School System

37.                 Jody Garcia, 2016-17, Delgado Community College

38.                 Christina Endovina, 2017-18, University of New Orleans

39.                 Carolyn Jones, 2018-19, Tulane University

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