The Double Challenge:
Teaching ESL & Emergent Literacy
About the Workshop
This interactive workshop focuses on adult and adolescent English learners with limited first language literacy. Such students are learning to read for the first time in an unfamiliar language. We’ll discuss guiding principles of teaching English to pre- and low-literate adults through an assets lens which seeks to recognize and use the tremendous resources they bring to the learning process. Concrete examples will be presented to immediately see these principles put into practice, with a particular focus on whole-part-whole literacy instruction. Likewise, participants will consider how to integrate learners’ home languages in developing basic print concepts and ways of making instruction multi-modal, kinesthetic, aesthetic, student-centered, and culturally relevant.
Instructional component (all credit options):
Friday-Sunday, June 23-25, 9am - 5pm
Follow-up component (3-credit option only):
In-class meetings: June 26, 5:30-8:00pm; July 27, 5:30-8:00pm
Independent work and individual meetings with instructor of record: June 26-July 27
Dr. Martha Bigelow is Professor in Second Language Education at the University of Minnesota. She has been engaged in community-engaged and school-based research with East African youth for more than ten years on the intersections of literacies, language learning, schooling and (racial, religious, gender) identities. She has published numerous journal articles and two books related to her work with adolescent Somali refugees in the United States: Literacy and Second Language Oracy (2009, Oxford University Press) with Elaine Tarone and Kit Hansen and Mogadishu on the Mississippi: Language, racialized identity and education in a new land (2010, Wiley Blackwell). She is currently working on an edited book with Doris Warriner entitled Relationships, reciprocity and research with minoritized communities: Methodological meta-reflections on power and equity (Multilingual Matters). See also: Dr. Bigelow Profile at University of Minnesota.
Dr. Patsy Egan is the Director of ATLAS, the Adult Basic Education Teaching & Learning Advancement System (www.atlasABE.org). Located at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota. ATLAS is the main professional development provider for adult educators in Minnesota. Patsy holds an MA in Teaching English as a Second Language and a PhD in Education: Curriculum & Instruction, both from the University of Minnesota. Her research focuses on literacy development and teacher education for adult learners, with a particular interest in teaching adult immigrants and refugees with limited first language literacy. In her role at ATLAS, she directs professional development initiatives around teaching transitions skills, literacy, numeracy, and ESL in adult basic education. Please see also: Dr. Egan profile at Hamline University.
Previous Summer Workshops
2016: Laugh, Joke, Learn: Teaching with Humor in the Second Language Classroom with Anne Pomerantzand 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
2012: International Research and Practices in Bilingual Education with Carol Benson and Kendall A. King
2011: Doing Action Research in the ESL/EFL Classroom with Sue Garton and Anne Burns
2010: Addressing Pragmatics in your Language Instruction with Noriko Ishihara, Noel Houck, and Heidi Vellenga
2009: Teaching Readers of English: A Multidisciplinary Perspective with John Hedgcock and Dana Ferris
2008: Working with Multilingual Writers: A Multidisciplinary Perspective with Paul Kei Matsuda,Dana Ferris and Christine Tardy