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Title: Building a Community ESL Program: Pragmatics in Action

Time: 10:15 am

Room: MacDonald 10

Name: Angela Forwood

Institution: Spokane Public Library

Co-presenters (if any): Virginia Hoefler and Robert Forwood

Type: Informational Session (45 min)

Summary: Learn about the challenges and joys of building a community based ESL program designed to help language learners use English more effectively in their everyday lives through our non-traditional approaches. Student led learning objectives can challenge our teaching skills, but the results are awesome.

Biography: Angela Forwood is an ESL instructor with 10 years of language teaching experience in the U.S, Australia, Fiji and Colombia. She has a MA/TESL from Gonzaga University and an MBA from National University. Virginia Hoefler has an ESL teaching certificate, A MA/TESL from Gonzaga University and MEd from the University of Utah. She has many years of experience tutoring English language learners and currently teaches in a project-based learning high school. Robert Forwood is an ESL teacher with an International Diploma In English Language Teaching (IDELT). He has taught ESL in many environments. He has a BA in Political Science (Global Affairs) from Washington State University and plans to attend the University of Washington in September to study for a master's degree in Education Policy.

Topics addressed: Instructional Strategies

Intended audience: Adult Refugee/Immigrant Programs,Developers of Materials/Curriculum

Thematic track: Instructional Strategies

Non-commercial

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