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Title: Phonics: To Teach or Not To Teach? If so, how?

Time: 2:15 pm

Room: MacDonald 13

Name: Joan Johnston Nelson

Institution: ELL Trainer and Consultant

Co-presenters (if any): Naomi Hagen

Type: Informational Session (45 min)

Summary: Phonics instruction with English learners is once again coming into question in many schools. This session will address the benefits and challenges of phonics instruction with ELs, highlighting how and when this component of foundational literacy instruction for English learners can effectively be addressed.

Biography: Dr. Johnston Nelson has worked with English language learners since 1986, teaching adults and children alike in k-12, adult literacy, university, and overseas programs. She is an active advocate, teacher trainer, and consultant, as well as a frequent presenter at local, state, and international conferences. She obtained her Masters degree in TESL from Gonzaga University and earned her PhD in Language and Literacy Education through Washington State University in 2013. Her passion is for working with those considered on the margins, especially those in the refugee and immigrant communities and her own Native American community. Naomi Hagen is a dedicated teaching professional with 20+ years of experience in the field of education including teaching, administration, and teacher training. She has an MA in TESL from Gonzaga University. She has worked with ELLs in the United States from pre-school to university, and her international teaching experience includes teaching English in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia as well as working with K-12 teachers from bilingual programs in Colombia. She currently works for Spokane Public Schools as the ELD Title III K-12 TOSA and serves as an adjunct professor in the ESL endorsement programs at Whitworth and Gonzaga.

Topics addressed: Skills Development

Intended audience: Adult Refugee/Immigrant Programs,K-12 Settings,Teacher Educators

Thematic track: Skills Development


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