Saturday, May 01, 2010


Teaching and Learning in a Global Community, the theme of CATESOL’s 41st Annual State Conference is particularly resonant with our adult education field as we are facing unprecedented budget cuts and program downsizing. Suddenly, many of us are found in a position to look for other employments and think of possible other ways to apply our skill and experience in teaching. Tapping into more global audience as our potential learners may just be the answer we are looking for. From April 22 to 25, 2010 in Santa Clara, a much smaller than usual number of attendees discussed ways to teach and lean in a global community. Here’s a list of what our TIMACers shared in their presentations:

Suzanne Ludlum, Oakland Adult & Career Education

Assessment Can Be Fun!

Suzanne Ludlum, Oakland Adult & Career Education

Demonstration A

9:45-10:30 a.m. Hyatt Cypress

Use handheld responders “clickers” to generate excite­ment and full-participation in class assessments. Receive immediate feedback about your students’ learning and track student outcomes.

Greening Our Classrooms and Healing Our Planet

Suzanne Ludlum, Oakland Adult & Career Education

Demonstration A

4:15-5:00 p.m. Convention Center 204

As we face global climate change and resource deple­tion – we will all have to be part of the solution to save our planet. Join the “Green Guerrilla Girl,” as she dem­onstrates how to integrate ecological principles and the 4Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Rot) into ESL/CBET classrooms

Suzanne also participated in the Electronic Village Software Fair. Here’s a video in which Suzanne talks about her student’s projects about recycling.

Kathleen Bywater, Riverside Adult School

Kathleen was the Coordinator for Nonnative Language Educators’ Issues (NNLEI) Interest Group in 2008/09.

Plumbing your own Depths as an Intercultural Educator: An Affair of the Heart

Lynne Diaz-Rico, CSU San Bernardino

Francisco Ramos, Loyola Marymount University

Megan Brown, Riverside Adult School

Workshop IC, E, S, A, CC, IEP, C/U, NNLEI

10:00-11:30 a.m. Grand Ballroom A

Explore your own complexities as you learn about and share experiences in a format that situates your growth as an educator in a framework of intercultural develop­ment. Bring a friend or make a friend as you acquire a toolkit of intercultural communication skills in an ambience of humor, honesty, and humility.

Intercultural Communication: What does it mean to you? How do you use it?

Kathleen Bywater, ICIG Co-Coordinator

Francisco Ramos, ICIG Co-Coordinator

4:00-4:45 p.m. Grand Ballroom E

What does “intercultural communication” mean? This presentation, by the co-coordinators of the Intercultural Communication Interest Group, will revolve around the meaning of the two words from which the group takes its name. Definitions by renowned authors in the field, as well as those from members of the interest group will be shared with attendees.

Francisca Wentworth, Jefferson Adult School

Electronic Village Internet Fair

Francisca Wentworth, Organizer


Friday, 10:00 – 11:30 am

Convention Center Great America Ballroom J

The Internet Fair features educators who use particular websites for language learning and teaching. They will use the presenter station and address the whole group in the room. The presenters each have 10 to 20 minutes to demonstrate their material. Presentations are informal and conducive to questions and answers. Handouts are provided.

Using Technology to Enhance Teaching and Learning in a Global Community

Marsha Chan, Mission College; Sunburst Media

Susan Gaer, Santa Ana College

Jose Lopez Mercedes, TELL IG Coordinator; Santa Ana College

Branka Marceta, TELL IG Webmaster; OTAN

Francisca Wentworth, Jefferson Adult Education

4:00-4:45 p.m. Grand Ballroom H

A panel of English teachers will present information about integrating the latest technology into the language-learn­ing classroom. Participants will learn how to use mobile technologies, social networks, online videos, and other online tools to enhance teaching and learning in a global community.

Create Dynamic and Interactive Lessons Using a Smart Board

Francisca Wentworth, Jefferson Adult Division

James Wu, San Mateo Adult School

Workshop TELL

8:00-9:30 a.m. Great America Ballroom J

Many schools have Smart Boards but teachers have not received proper training in how to use them effectively. In this workshop, participants will see how to create lessons from materials they already have.

Susan Gaer and Kristi Reyes (who had just had a baby a week before) participated virtually trough Skype and Adobe Connect.

Also spotted were Rebecca D’Harlingue of Castro Valley Adult School and Annie Cho of The English Center.

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