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TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo

Aída Walqui, Director of the Teacher Professional Development Program at WestEd, will present in three sessions at the TESOL 2018 International Convention & English Language Expo, March 27–30, in Chicago, Illinois. View the session list below, and visit us at booth 258 to learn about our resources, research, and services.

Wednesday, March 28

Panel: Trends in K–Adult Education: Teaching Basic and Academic Oracy
Time & Location: 1:30-2:45pm / N127 (McCormick Place, North Building)
WestEd Participant: Aída Walqui
Description: This panel will focus on instruction in oral language and oral academic language among emergent bilinguals at different proficiency levels and time in English, from early childhood to adulthood. The presenters will highlight oral language teaching practices and perspectives, teacher theory of practice about teaching oral language, and useful tools for the classroom.

Thursday, March 29

Presentation: Developing Language Practices: Engaging ELs’ Sense of Social Justice
Time & Location: 7-7:45am / E451a (McCormick Place, Lakeside Center, East)
WestEd Presenter: Aída Walqui
Description: This presentation will report on the design and implementation of “high challenge/high support” units of study developed for Chicago Public Schools. The work prepares English learner students to be community, college, and career ready while growing their autonomy, voice, and agency. Guidelines for the construction of well-supported, stimulating lessons will be discussed.

Panel: Teaching Writing from a Biliteracy Perspective in K–12 Education
Time & Location: 1-2:45pm / E353a (McCormick Place, Lakeside Center, East)
WestEd Participant: Aída Walqui
Description: This session will explore the complex issues surrounding teaching writing in a new or additional language, aiming to promote biliteracy in today’s bilingual programs. Panel members will explain current research and theories, institutional and local challenges, and successful examples of biliteracy practices for the bilingual classroom.

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March 27–30th, 2018


Chicago, IL




Teachers, Teacher Educators, Administrators