Pre- and Postconvention Institutes

Practical Workshops for English Language Teaching Professionals

Pre- and Postconvention Institutes (PCIs) offer in-depth, hands-on professional development at the TESOL convention. Selected by the Professional Development Committee, these workshops are designed and led by experts in the field. The topics address the professional development needs that convention planners and past PCI participants have identified. Topics this year include content-based instruction, computer-assisted language learning, pronunciation, writing, material development, and much more.

Preconvention: Tuesday, 27 March and Wednesday, 28 March
Postconvention: Saturday, 31 March

Fees (includes handouts)
Half-day PCIs
$125 TESOL members
$155 nonmembers
Full-day PCIs
$175 TESOL members
$205 for nonmembers

Space is limited, so register early—and take advantage of early registration  prices. After 1 February prices will go up!

You do not have to register for the convention to participate, but you must register for each PCI you plan to attend. 


Tuesday, 27 March
Full Day, 9 am–4 pm

1. Working With Literacy-Level Adult English Language Learners
Presenters: Sharon McKay and Lynda Terrill, Center for Applied Linguistics, Washington, DC, USA

2. How to Change, Improve, or Create an ESL/EFL Curriculum
Presenters: Grant Eckstein, Norm Evans, James Hartshorn, Troy Cox,
Ben McMurry, Marisa Lee, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, USA

3. Teaching Pronunciation: Focus on Comprehensibility
Presenters: Shirley Thompson, Washington, DC, USA; Karen Taylor, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

4. Energizing Language Skills Through Process Drama
Presenters: Gary Carkin, Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester, New Hampshire, USA; Shin-Mei Kao, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan; Leslie Sapp, University of Arizona, Tacoma Park, Maryland, USA; Jessica Davis, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona, USA; Fernanda Molla, El Buen Ayre School, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Susan Hillyard, Ministry of Education, Buenos Aires, Argentina

5. Facets of Testing L2 Writing Ability
Presenter: Cynthia Wiseman, CUNY BMCC, New York, New York, USA

Half Day, 1 pm–5 pm

6. Integrating Grammar in Competency-Based, Life-Skill Instruction
Presenters: Donna Moss and Emily Becketti, Arlington Education and Employment Program, Arlington, Virginia, USA

7. Engaging Students in Diverse, Exciting Ways Through Short Story Analysis
Presenter: Sybil Marcus, University of California, Berkeley, California, USA

8. Microsoft Office Productivity Tools for Teachers
Presenters: Thomas Robb, Kyoto Sangyo University, Osaka, Japan; Deborah Healey, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon, USA

9. An Integrated Media Approach to Social Justice With ESOL Students
Presenters: Mary Romney, University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut, USA; Sylvia Sanchez and Shelley Wong, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, USA

10. Using Authentic Video to Teach English
Presenter: Christopher Stillwell, Sojo University, Kumamoto, Japan

Half Day, 5 pm–9 pm

11. How to Establish a Newcomer Program
Presenters: Brenda Custodio, Columbus City Schools, Columbus, Ohio, USA; Judith B. O’Loughlin, Language Matters Education Consultants, LLC, San Ramon, California, USA

12. Technology Integration for Beginning-Level English Language Learners
Presenters: Michele Cona and Nancy Ferguson, Arlington Education and Employment Program, Arlington, Virginia, USA

13. Scaffolding Instruction for English Language Learners
Presenter: Nadia Bourouba, Graduate School for International Training, Brattleboro, Vermont, USA

14. Using Improv to Develop Oral, Visual, and Cultural Literacy
Presenters: Amy Suzanne King, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri, USA; Randy Heitmeier, North Kansas City Schools, Kansas City, Missouri, USA

Wednesday, 28 March
Full Day, 9 am–4 pm

15.Essentials of Teaching Pronunciation
Presenters: Linda Grant, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA; John Levis, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, USA; Donna Brinton, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, USA; Carolyn Quarterman, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA

16. Building an Excellent English Language Program
Presenters: Mary Reeves, Commission on English Language Accreditation (CEA), Alexandria, Virginia, USA; Bruce Rindler, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Teresa O’Donnell, Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA), Alexandria, Virginia, USA; Christine O'Neill, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

17. Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Intervention for English Language Students
Presenter: Catherine Collier, CrossCultural Developmental Education Services, Ferndale, Washington, USA

18. What’s Different About Teaching Reading to English Language Learners?
Presenters: Lisa Tabaku and Betty Ansin Smallwood, Center for Applied Linguistics, Washington, DC, USA

19. Teaching and Learning in Times of Great Change in Higher Education
Presenters: Debbie East, Chair, Higher Education Interest Section, Columbus, Indiana, USA; Earlene Gentry, Fulbright Commissioner, Retired, Cairo, Egypt; Heather Robertson, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, USA; Rob Clément,
Oman; Dani Brandon, Ivy Tech Community College, Columbus, Indiana, USA

20. How to Test a Test—Evaluating Classroom Assessment Tools
Presenter: Eddy White,
University of Arizona, Center for English as a Second Language, Tucson, Arizona, USA

21. Intercultural Communication Strategies for TESOL Professionals
Presenter: Chia-Ying Pan, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA;
Kyoung-Ah Nam, American University, Washington, DC, USA

Half Day, 8 am–12 pm

22. Games for Grammar and Pronunciation: Effective and Engaging
Presenters: Christina Cavage,
Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Georgia, USA; Kristi Bergman, and Gwen McIntyre, Atlantic Cape Community College, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA

23. Four Web 2.0 Tools to Enhance Writing and Speaking
Presenters: Grazzia Maria Mendoza and Jose Sosa, Zamorano University, Tegucigalpa, Honduras

24. Teaching Critical Academic Literacy Skills to Adolescent English Language Learners
Presenters: Judah Lakin, KIPP King Collegiate, San Lorenzo, California, USA; Nancy Cloud, Rhode Island College, Providence, Rhode Island, USA

25. Mediating Online Teaching Learning: Challenges and Opportunities
Presenters: Gabriel Diaz Maggioli and Lesley Painter-Farrell, The New School, New York, New York, USA

Half Day, 1 pm–5 pm

26. Building Reading Skills Using Authentic Materials
Presenters: Miriam Burt, Center for Applied Linguistics, Washington, DC, USA; Blaire Willson Toso, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania, USA

27. Successful Content Instruction for Middle and High School English Learners
Presenters: Judie Haynes,, Wyckoff, New Jersey, USA; Debbie Zacarian, Center for English Language Education, the Collaborative for Educational Services, Northampton, Massachusetts, USA

28. Beyond the Basics: Building the Capacity of Content-Area Teachers
Presenters: Kia McDaniel and Mamiko Nakata, Prince George's County Public Schools, Adelphi, Maryland, USA

29. Fostering a Community of Teachers Using Learners’ Lives as Curriculum
Presenters: Allegra Elson, Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Adjua McNeil, Mayor's Commission on Literacy, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Jubi Williams, Northern Manhattan Improvement Company, New York, New York, USA

30. Authoring With a National Virtual Language Lab (ANVILL)
Presenter: Jeff Magoto, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon, USA;
Benedita Santos, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon, USA

Saturday, 31 March
Half Day, 2 pm–6 pm

31. Blending TESOL PreK-12 and Common Core Standards for Academic Success
Presenters: Lynore Carnuccio, The Language Company, Edmond, Oklahoma, USA; Judith B. O’Loughlin, Language Matters Education Consultants, LLC, San Ramon, California, USA

32. Collaborative Approaches for Positive ESL/EFL Student Outcomes
Presenters: Maria G. Dove and Andrea Honigsfeld, Molloy College, Rockville Centre, New York, USA

33. Building Second Language Academic Literacy: Tasks for Content Learning
Presenter: Doreen Ewert, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, USA

34. Fostering Authentic Student Voice in Academic Writing
Presenters: Jennifer Kobrin, Foundations, Inc., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Sheila Mayne, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

35. ADDMAP: Multilevel, Multimodal Instruction for Young English Learners
Presenters: Lynne Diaz-Rico and Julie Ciancio, California State University, Bernardino, California, USA; Karina De La Pena, Palo Verde Unified School District, Blythe, California, USA; Min Sun Cha, Kangnampoly Institute, Seoul, Korea



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