Fall Tutoring Kickoff 2018

Saturday, October 27, 2018 - 8:30am to 12:00pm
Event Location: 
Open Door Learning Center - Lake Street
2700 Lake Street (above Denny's)
Minneapolis,, MN 55406

Join over 100 other tutors and teachers to share experiences and pick up new ideas for tutoring.

This free mini-conference will feature a variety of 50-minute sessions designed to give you practical ideas and activities. The sessions are appropriate for 1-1 tutors, classroom assistants and small group leaders.

(Please note that this event is intended for tutors who are working with ADULT students.)

8:30 - 9:00               Registration, bagels and mingle

9:00 - 9:50               Concurrent sessions

10:00 - 10:50           Concurrent sessions 

11:00 - 11:50           Concurrent sessions

11:50 - 12:00           Evaluation and Wrap Up

Session Topics as of 10/17/18 (subject to change):

9:00 – 9:50

Word-level Focus for Pre-Beginning and Beginning ESL Students
Mya Shaftel
Do you find yourself wondering how to practice a vocabulary list over and over without it getting tiresome for you or your learners? Try out three activities you can use to spice up your practice with any set of vocabulary words. The activities focus on recognizing word beginnings, isolating and substituting beginning sounds, and recognizing and producing rhyming words.

Let's Get Real - Bringing Authentic Texts into the ESL Classroom
Sheri Lear
Written and oral texts that are specifically geared toward ESL students are important, but it's crucial that our learners also get practice with functional material that they will encounter in their daily lives.  Discover ways to bring authentic material into our classrooms and help our learners navigate these more complex texts. Geared toward beginning and intermediate levels. 

Teaching Basic Computer Skills At All Levels
Patrick Smith
We will examine the recently updated Northstar Digital Literacy Standards to see what digital literacy skills students are expected to know for future college and employment goals. We’ll discuss ways to incorporate basic computer practice into all types of classes, from ESL to GED!

Realizing a Dream: Help Students Set and Meet Their Goals
Theresa Sladek
Help students break down communication, education and career goals into manageable, achievable chunks.  Research shows that adult students who set their own personal goals and see the relevance of learning to those goals are more likely to persist in coming to school on a regular basis. We will discuss ways you can help students identify long-term goals, and create sub-goals that are achievable in one-three months, as well as how to provide positive feedback on progress made.

Helping Students Build Reading Comprehension Skills
Sarah Corrigan
Despite being something we think of as a relaxing pastime, a closer look at reading reveals that it’s not a passive activity, especially when reading educational materials in the classroom.  Learners at all levels need to engage actively with reading texts to understand and retain what they read. This session will include written take-home instructions, demonstrations and a chance for participants to practice tutoring techniques in order to model them for students in the classroom.

10:00 – 10:50     

Learn from Videos: Speaking and Listening for Beginning Learners
Andrea Echelberger
It can be a challenge to teach speaking and listening skills at the very beginning levels, however those are the learners who need it most. In this workshop, participants will learn ways to promote listening and speaking skills by watching and reflecting on videos of experienced teachers working with pre-beginning level learners.

Racial Equity 101
Wendy Roberts, JennaRose Dahl
Join us for a presentation and conversation on racial equity. During this session, presenters and participants will discuss important terms including racism, white supremacy, white privilege and white fragility. We’ll also practice responding to instances of racism in various scenarios. Participants will leave with resources to address and dismantle racism. This is a great session for those who are newer to conversations on race or those who would like to share their knowledge and experiences with others. All are welcome!

Are There Any Questions?
Rob Podlasek
Questioning is a vital component of comprehension. This session will explore ways of getting students to ask and answer questions before, during and after reading.  Activities for students working on listening comprehension will also be discussed.

Feedback Session: Share your Ideas for the ESL Volunteer Curriculum Revision Project
Leah Hauge
Do you use the Minnesota Literacy Council’s ESL Volunteer Curriculum? We want to hear your thoughts and dreams as we prepare for a multi-year project to revise all four levels in the existing curriculum. We’ll start with an overview of the goals and vision for revising the curriculum. Then we’ll take look at few sample units to refresh your memory. You’ll have the opportunity to give feedback about the format, components and themes, as well as share any other ideas you have.

Error Correction
Seth Wester
In the infamous words of Miley Cyrus as Hannah Montana, "Everybody makes mistakes. Everybody has those days." Adult ESL learners often make errors in our classrooms in their reading, writing, speaking and listening. How do we know when and how to address these errors? In this presentation, we will discuss error correction strategies and tools that will help you address language mistakes in your classroom.

11:00 – 11:50

Integrating Pronunciation into ESL Lessons
Andrea Echelberger
English language learners are hungry for pronunciation instruction, but it is challenging for ESL teachers to find a teaching method that is effective without being too technical and confusing. During this workshop we will look at areas of pronunciation that will have the greatest impact on ESL learners’ intelligibility. We will explore how to tackle pronunciation at any instructional level and how to integrate pronunciation instruction into existing content-based curriculum and lesson plans.

Using Sentence Frames to Support Learners’  Language Production
Leah Hauge
Are you interested in helping your learners write and say more?  Sentence frames provide a language support system to students who might struggle to find the right words.  Also, they provide students with scaffolding to use more academic language.  Come and learn how to use and write sentence frames for any level!

Five (or so) Great Pre-Reading Activities
Rob Podlasek
Taking time to preview and pre-teach before jumping into a reading assignment is key to maximizing comprehension. Come learn a handful of quick and easy activities to get your students warmed up for their reading task.

Work Smarter, Not Harder: Help Students Learn Essential Test-taking Strategies
Theresa Sladek
As the saying goes, “You don’t know what you don’t know.”  Many of our ESL and GED students are at a disadvantage when it comes to taking the CASAS and TABE tests schools rely on for assessment, because they were never taught basic test taking strategies. We will discuss ways to help your students understand how to be an effective test taker. Learning these skills will also help with reading comprehension, identifying key information, and focusing on what is relevant.

Managing Madness
Seth Wester
Cell phones going off.  Tardiness. Learners falling asleep. Side conversations. Classroom madness has happened to us all. Come to this session for a refresher on classroom management techniques for the adult classroom.