Monday, October 28, 2013

TIMAC at CATESOL Annual Conference 2013

Many TIMACers were presenters and attendees at the 47th annual conference for this fine professional organization that represents teachers of English language learners throughout California and Nevada, promoting excellence in education and providing high-quality professional development. But did you know that some of our colleagues volunteers literally months of their personal time to put this successful event on.

Engage students in grammar instruction with technology tools
Kristi Reyes, MiraCosta College
ESL teachers have a plethora of technology options, from hardware and software to web-based resources, for use at all stages of a grammar lesson. Actively participate using free, on-line tech integration possibilities, designed by the presenter, that engage students and assist them to retain what they learn.

Two websites to build vocabulary: and
Cindy Wislofsky, San Diego Continuing Education, San Diego Community College
All conference participants, New Teachers, Technology Enhanced Language Learning If you haven’t used or with your students to develop and practice vocabulary, this technology tip session exposes you to these two free useful websites. One is a picture dictionary with sound and exercises; the other is a spelling program to support your class spelling words

Create WORD Projects to Serve as Language Aids
Cindy Wislofsky, San Diego Continuing Education, San Diego Community College
Don’t know what to do with your students in the computer lab? How about creating small projects using Microsoft Word that summarize and/or encourage further language practice? Whether students are conducting interviews, researching, or reviewing vocabulary, use Word to make tables, label pictures, create family trees, and more.

Adding an online component to your classroom
Blair Roy, Outreach and Technical Assistance Network
Moodle is an open-source course management system giving teachers great control for providing online information, activities, and assessments to students. An open discussion will be encouraged to discuss implementation strategies, answer specific questions, and see example ESL courses, including OTAN repository courses for advanced ESL and USA Learns.

Into, Through, and Beyond the ESL Computer Lab
Jim Brice, San Diego Community College District
Participants will learn how to prepare themselves and their students for a successful visit to an ESL computer lab. The presenter will demonstrate how to integrate popular ESL software, web sites, and student made projects, such as web quests, into traditional ESL units. This presentation is especially designed for teachers new to computer assisted language learning.

Also spotted were many TIMACers attending.

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