Sessions / Combined SIG AGM/Forum
Our forum will include short talks about each of our programs (Bangladesh, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Philippines, & Vietnam). At our AGM, we will receive reports from each officer and country coordinator.
In this annual general meeting, members of the Teacher Development (TD) SIG will report on the recent activities of the group. Officers will share information and news about the SIG’s events, membership, publications, and other related matters. This will be followed by a forum which addresses both the challenges and opportunities for teacher development during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. Current and potential SIG members are encouraged to come along to this session.
This presentation will review some basic findings from decades of research into the effectiveness of extensive reading. This body of research highlights some main areas still unexplored which still need investigating. Some suggested research designs will be put forward, and suggestions made to ensure robust designs. Some of the major pitfalls in ER research will also be explained. We will close with a call for research in extensive listening, followed by the SIG AGM.
Listening SIG Forum #2338
The forum, divided into three parts, will first showcase the Listening SIG. This will include outlining our communication, events, and publication initiatives. The second part will consist of a guest speaker presenting recent research conducted in the area of listening. The third part will be convened as an annual general meeting and then a panel discussion for both SIG members and guests to share their own experiences and accounts of research developments.
The first half of the session will consist of the Annual General Meeting of the Business Communication SIG. The AGM will include officer reports and an election for officer roles. Given the uncertain current status of the SIG, it will be important for all members to participate and have their ideas and opinions voiced. The second half of the session will consist of a BC- and BE-themed forum.
The brain’s natural tendencies to seek patterns, form emotions, make stories, predict, and obsess on the social world are closely connected to learning. The presenters will invite you to share ideas for using these powerful learning tools. Then, our panel of experts will reveal the reason why our brains have these tendencies—a highly active network in the brain that used to be thought of as just daydreaming! Join the panel in learning collaboratively.
The move to online learning forced teachers to reconsider their pedagogies and how to provide equal educational opportunities for all learners. The virtual classroom created both challenges and opportunities for accommodating diverse needs. This forum provides a platform for discussions regarding accessible language learning in the post-pandemic classroom. Topics include special needs, learner diversity, universal design, and accessible LMS pedagogies. The goal is to raise awareness of learning differences and build an accessibility support network.
The Bilingualism SIG consists of a diverse group of members with a wide range of academic interests and specializations. It includes families raising multilingual children within the Japanese context, alongside researchers interested in issues such as identity, language acquisition, and bilingual education. At our forum this year, we will review some of the literature and research that’s recently been included in our three publications. The Annual General Meeting (AGM) will immediately proceed. Please join us!
The Teaching Younger Learners SIG Annual General Meeting and Forum. The first part of this forum will be devoted to SIG business and the AGM. We will explain each officer role and open the floor up for questions. The second part, depending on time, will focus on questions from our membership and how to better build a community with the SIG. We will offer ideas for activities and suggestions moving forward with professional development using a hybrid format. We look forward to seeing your there.
In the slightly more than half a century of TESOL’s existence there have been a cascade of methods and innovations that teachers have been challenged by. The move to an online pedagogy due to the pandemic accelerated trends while forcing all of us to reevaluate fundamentals. In this forum, prompts (both visual and textual) will be provided to elicit discussion on where we’ve been on our journey as language teachers and where we’re headed.
This is an information session for the Vocabulary SIG and Annual General Meeting. The Vocabulary SIG provides a forum for focused research and discussion in regard to vocabulary acquisition. We offer both teachers and researchers a place to connect regarding how learners improve vocabulary knowledge, how to test their knowledge, and how these theoretical aspects connect to classroom practice.