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Intensive Summer Workshop 2020 Using Technology to Support Academic English Language Learning

The increasing number of international students applying to universities in the US has created unique challenges for teaching academic skills to this population in intensive English programs, pathway programs, and courses for international teaching assistants (ITAs), among others. Because classes in these programs are often composed of students with different backgrounds, first languages, and proficiency levels, it can be challenging to prepare activities and assessments to meet students’ learning goals and individual needs in a relatively short amount of time. One way to meet the needs of this population is to leverage technology to develop opportunities for learning in and out of the classroom.  Drawing from literature in English for Academic Purposes (EAP) and Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL), this workshop will explore innovative ways of teaching academic reading, writing, listening and speaking, as well as grammar and vocabulary. We will focus on helping attendees select and develop activities and assessments for the EAP classroom using appropriate and accessible learning technologies and offer opportunities for interactive collaborative learning, reflection, discussions, and feedback. 

Ilka Kostka

Ilka Kostka, PhD, is an associate teaching professor in the NU Immerse and Global Pathways programs in the College of Professional Studies at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. She teaches ESL courses to undergraduate and graduate international students and contributes to course and program curriculum design. Her scholarly interests include academic writing instruction, using technology to support instruction, and the flipped learning approach. With Erik Voss, she recently co-authored a book titled, “Flipping Academic English Language Learning: Experiences from an American University,” published by Springer Nature. Ilka is an active member of TESOL International Association, having served as a member of the Publishing Professional Council and editor of SLW News, the official newsletter of the Second Language Writing Interest Section. She has over 15 years’ experience teaching in post-secondary settings.

Erik Voss

Erik Voss, PhD, is a Lecturer in Applied Linguistics & TESOL at Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City. He has taught ESL/EFL in China, Hawaii, Illinois, and Massachusetts, and TESOL courses in New York. His research interests include applications of natural language processing in applied linguistics, language assessment and technology, and language assessment validation research. Erik is an active member of the second language testing community and has served as webmaster for the International Language Testing Association (ILTA) and secretary of the Midwest Association of Language Testers (MwALT). He has been invited to speak and conduct workshops on language assessment and technology in China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Egypt, and Macau.

Workshop Components

Instructional component (all credit options): Friday-Sunday, June 26-28, 9:00am-5:00pm

Follow up component (3-credit option only):

In-class meetings dates: June 29 (Monday) and July 30 (Thursday), 5:30pm-8:00pm. In addition, there will be independent work and individual meetings with Dr Vinogradova (instructor of record): June 30 (Tuesday) and July 29 (Wednesday)

Registration Information

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2017: The Double Challenge: Teaching ESL & Emergent Literacy with Dr. Martha Bigelow and Dr. Patsy Egan

2016: Laugh, Joke, Learn: Teaching with Humor in the Second Language Classroom with Anne Pomerantz and Nancy D. Bell

2015: Exploring the Practices of Second Language Teacher Education with Karen E. Johnson and Paula Golombek

2014: Language and Identity with Bonny Norton and Christine Higgins

2013: Multiliteracies and Multimodal Communication in ESL/EFL Instruction with Mark Evan Nelson and Neil Johnson

2012: International Research and Practices in Bilingual Education with Carol Benson and Kendall A. King

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