TESOL 2020 Exhibitor Program

We work together with professionals around the world to understand how to help learners of all ages reach their goals, investigate tough challenges, and explore exciting solutions.

Wednesday, April 1

Putting English to Work: StartUp

Presenter: Dr. Ken Beatty, Anaheim University

Theme: Employability skills

When & Where: 1:00 PM, Room 705

Adults learn English for many reasons, most importantly to improve employability. Challenges in teaching employability include addressing job skills from many disciplines, while recognizing that students progress through various jobs over time. A solution is to focus on soft skills that combine communication, critical thinking, collaboration, and creativity. 

From Stress to Success: Supporting Rigor in the Transitions Classroom

Presenter: Lia Conklin, Hamline University

Theme: Adult Education

When & Where: 2:00 p.m., Room 705

If ever there were a place for rigor, it is the transitions classroom, the last station along the track to college and career. How do we provide the rigor and support students need for the journey?  Explore transitions-level methods and materials that move rigor from a source of stress to success.

Thursday, April 2

Building 21st Century Academic Skills with University Success

Presenter: Christina Cavage

Theme: English for Academic Purposes

When & Where: 2:00 PM, Room 705

Mastering academic English is a determinant of university success. How do we build language skills while building academic skills as well? Participants see how rigorous scaffolded academic language with systematic skill development closes this gap. Participants explore how several effective practices, to leverage course content and prepare students for success.

Next Generation Language Assessment – Integrated Skills and Artificial Intelligence

Presenter: David Booth, Pearson

Theme: English Assessment

When & Where: 3:00 p.m., Room 705

Innovative test design has, to a large extent, stalled, with test publishers unable or unwilling to develop and deploy state of the art technology in high stakes assessment. This presentation examines a test of English proficiency which endeavors to meet the challenges inherent in developing new assessment and scoring methods.

Friday, April 3

Digitalized Assessment in the Classroom: Formative & Interim Assessment Practices

Presenter: Bill Bonk, Pearson

Theme: English Assessment

When & Where: 7:00 AM, Room 703

A good combination of formative and interim assessment practices is a winning formula for making sure your students are getting the most out of class time. This presentation explores how they work together to provide optimal learning opportunities, positive washback, and see how greater focus leads to higher proficiency. 

Brain-Based Research:  Practical Tips for Language Teachers

Presenter: Stacy Hagen, Azar Associate

Theme: Research-informed grammar teaching

When & Where: 10:30 a.m., Room 703

Advances in brain research are shedding new light on ways to practice language more effectively.  Of particular interest to teachers are findings in the following areas: repetition, cognitive load, exercises, low-stakes testing, and stress.  Included in this presentation are suggestions for a variety of exercise types.

Academic Sessions

Our authors, consultants, and experts are also presenting academic sessions during the 2020 TESOL Convention.

Building Reading Skills Across Levels: Text Structure and Citation Strategies

Presented by Ronna Magy and Lisa Gonzalves

April 1, 2020 | 11:30 a.m. | Room 503

Research indicates that applying strong academic reading skills can lead to adult ELL student success in college and career transitions. In this workshop, participants explore explicit strategies to teach analysis of text structure and citation of evidence with ESL Literacy through Advanced level students.

Increasing Rigor for Academic and Workplace Success

Presented by Ronna Magy

April 1, 2020 | 3:00 p.m. | Room 503

How can adult ESL teachers increase instructional rigor to prepare ELLs for the demands of college and careers? In this presentation, participants engage in rigorous tasks which lead students to acquire some of the academic language, strategies, and critical thinking skills necessary for success.

Adapting Textbooks – Customizing Content to Target Learner Goals

Presented by Sara Davila

April 2, 2020 | 7:00 a.m. | Room 401

Student Mental Health:  Teachers as First Responders

Presented by Stacy Hagen

April 2, 2020 | 4:00 p.m. | Room 608

As student mental health is receiving more attention, teachers are often the first contact. Their response is critical, and the ability to validate is key. An emotional connection with just one adult can positively affect learning and behavior. Specific validation techniques that better quip teachers to respond are offered.