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ESL Library Virtual Conference

Empowering Teachers in the Digital Age

Sep 17–Sep 18, 2021
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9 am–4:45 pm (CDT)

Join ESL Library and leading English language experts for a free two-day virtual conference to explore current teaching trends and the future of education technology. Connect with organizations and teachers, share your experiences and expertise, and help shape the future of English language education.

Free!

Meet the Speakers

We are pleased to introduce this year's speakers:

Russell Stannard

Founder, TeacherTrainingVideos.com

Russell is a multi-award-winning educational technologist known for his work in using technology to enhance feedback, online teaching, and blended or flipped learning. Russell currently works as a consultant on educational technology for Kings' College London and as an associate trainer for NILE's MA program. His YouTube channel has more than 60,000 subscribers.

Learn more about Russell on our blog!

Details to come

Dr. Margaret Malone

Director of Assessment and Research, ACTFL

Margaret holds a PhD from Georgetown University and has more than three decades of experience in language education. Her expertise includes the development of language tests and materials, teacher training, data collection, and program evaluation. Her current research focuses on language assessment literacy, the influence of the Seal of Biliteracy on language teaching and learning, and the development of shortcut proficiency measures.

Learn more about Margaret on our blog!

Details to come

Dr. Katie Welch

Educational Consultant, Welch Education

An active contributor in the TESOL community, Katie has amassed a lengthy dossier in preparing ESL teachers for both adult and K–12 classrooms. She currently provides professional development to language educators through partnerships with institutions like the US Department of State and Cambridge University Press. Katie holds a BA in Spanish from Baylor University and a PhD in Linguistics from The University of Texas at Arlington.

Learn more about Katie on our blog!

Details to come

Robyn Brinks Lockwood

Lecturer in English for Foreign Students Program, Stanford University

Robyn is an active member of the international TESOL organization, a past chair of both the Materials Writers Interest Section and the Publishing Professional Council, and a frequent presenter at TESOL conferences. She has edited and written numerous textbooks, online courses, and video programs for second language learners and teachers. Her areas of specialty include academic writing and speaking, critical thinking, and flipped learning.

Learn more about Robyn on our blog!

Fely García López

Educator Innovation Lead, Flipgrid

Before her current role, Fely taught ELAR and ESL for 15 years and worked as an educational technology integration strategist. She is a fierce advocate for equity and inclusion in every classroom and learning community. Fely believes in “relationships before curriculum” and is dedicated to empowering every teacher and student to reach their fullest potential.

Learn more about Fely on our blog! To contact Fely, you can send her an email.

Ben Buckwold

Founder and CEO, ESL Library

After teaching in Tokyo, Japan for five years, Ben launched ESL Library in 2002 as a subscription-based resource site to help language instructors teach a better class, every class. ESL Library is now one of the leading content platforms for English language teaching, with subscribers in more than 10,000 schools worldwide.

Tara Benwell

VP of Publishing, ESL Library

Tara has been with ESL Library for 14 years. She manages a publishing team of writers, editors, artists, designers, and assistants. She also writes and revises materials for many sections, especially material aligned to the Canadian Language Benchmarks.

Tanya Trusler

Director of Language Development, ESL Library

Tanya oversees the editors and proofreaders at ESL Library, writes and edits materials, and produces language videos. Tanya has an extensive background in English language teaching, having taught learners of all ages and levels in Canada and New Zealand. Her specialities include grammar, pronunciation, and curriculum development.

Tammy Wik

Marketing Director, ESL Library

Tammy manages outreach and teacher training at ESL Library. She is an English language professional with experience as a teacher, teacher trainer, test developer, and school director. She is an active member of the TESOL community and enjoys sharing her work through conference presentations and her co-authored article in the TESOL Journal.

Ann Dickson

US Editor, ESL Library

Ann is an Adult Ed English language teacher and ESL Library’s US editor. She has worked extensively in ELT in both teaching and publishing. Ann works closely with ESL Library's writers, editing their print and digital materials as well as site and marketing copy. She also writes materials and blog posts and adapts lessons for their digital platform.

Program

Join us for two days of live sessions and networking opportunities.

Join us for live sessions and networking opportunities.

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Friday, September 17, 2021
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9:00 am
9:30 am
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CST

Coffee Talk with ESL Library: Making Grammar Fun and Relevant

Grammar doesn't have to be boring! Grab a beverage and join a few of ESL Library’s writers and editors for a chat about the evolution of grammar teaching. Gain insights and tips and discuss how to make grammar fun and engaging in your classroom.

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Tara Benwell
Tanya Trusler
Ann Dickson
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Friday, September 17, 2021
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9:30 am
10:00 am
CDT
CST

Welcome Session: The Future of English Language Teaching

Join ESL Library's founder and CEO in reflecting on how language teaching has evolved over the years. This welcome session offers a glimpse into how improved technology will make language materials more adaptive, accessible, and relevant as we move into the future.

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Ben Buckwold
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Friday, September 17, 2021
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10:15 am
11:15 am
CDT
CST

Making Our Lessons More Connected: What Blended Learning Really Means

Discover the key principles of blended learning and gain practical ideas for the classroom from language technology expert, Russell Stannard. This hour-long session highlights Russell's personal approach to organizing and delivering blended-learning lessons. Russell will also share ideas from engaging tools and technologies to show how and why every lesson should be connected to maximize the impact on student's learning.

Details TBA

Russell Stannard
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Friday, September 17, 2021
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11:30 am
12:15 pm
CDT
CST

Flipgrid and the Language Domains

With a high number of English learners in our classrooms, it is vital to design activities that target both academic and language needs. In this session, teachers learn how to get started with Flipgrid and create discussion topics that incorporate best practices for second language acquisition.

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Fely García López
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Friday, September 17, 2021
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12:30 pm
1:15 pm
CDT
CST

Lunch & Learn: Teaching Online with ESL Library

More than 10,000 schools worldwide trust ESL Library's digital teaching platform and materials. Join teacher trainer, Tammy Wik, for a quick overview on how to use the site and navigate its features: organize materials, teach online classes, assign digital homework, and see student progress in real time. This session is especially useful for anyone new to ESL Library or teaching online.

Details TBA

Tammy Wik
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Friday, September 17, 2021
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1:30 pm
2:30 pm
CDT
CST

Assessment in the Digital Age: Maximizing Technology to Improve Relationships

The pivot to online learning has created both opportunities and challenges for developing and implementing assessments through media. This session describes ways to administer assessments in digital settings that maximize instruction and the connections between testing and learning while also fostering instructor-student relationships.

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Dr. Margaret Malone
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Friday, September 17, 2021
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2:45 pm
3:30 pm
CDT
CST

Digital Speaking Tasks for Assessment & Engagement

Learn about ESL Library's speaking tasks and how they can be used for student placement and assessment, in-class debates and discussion, and speaking practice outside the classroom.

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Tammy Wik
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Friday, September 17, 2021
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3:30 pm
4:30 pm
CDT
CST

Social Hour & Speed Networking

Connect with educators worldwide by joining a themed discussion table or participating in one-on-one speed networking. This session is an excellent opportunity to learn what other teachers are doing and share your own classroom experiences. Clever, Flipgrid, and ESL Library will have tables available to answer any questions you have.

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Friday, September 17, 2021
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4:30 pm
4:45 pm
CDT
CST

Wrap-Up

Join us in reflecting on what we've learned at today's sessions.

Details TBA

Ben Buckwold
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Saturday, September 18, 2021
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9:00 am
9:30 am
CDT
CST

Coffee Talk with ESL Library: Social-Emotional Well-Being

Let’s check in with each other and focus on our mental health! Please come and share your own thoughts and insights about building emotional resilience in our students and ourselves. We’ll explore our new Social-Emotional Learning collection and take requests for new materials related to mental health and well-being.

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Tara Benwell
Tanya Trusler
Ann Dickson
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Saturday, September 18, 2021
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9:30 am
10:00 am
CDT
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Welcome Session: Celebrating & Supporting English Language Educators

Join ESL Library's founder and CEO in recognizing and celebrating the importance of language teachers in a global community and learn about ESL Library's mission to support English language educators.

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Ben Buckwold
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Saturday, September 18, 2021
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10:15 am
11:15 am
CDT
CST

SEL in ESL: How to Incorporate Social-Emotional Learning into Adult ESL Classrooms

Maximize human connection and mitigate Zoom fatigue by incorporating social-emotional learning (SEL) into your ESL lessons. Attendees will learn how to structure online and face-to-face lessons around three signature practices for adult learners and will leave with a variety of practical, easy-to-implement SEL ideas.

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Dr. Katie Welch
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Saturday, September 18, 2021
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11:30 am
12:15 pm
CDT
CST

Panel Discussion: Elevating Teachers' Voices & the Future of English Language Education Technology

Join our panel of industry experts for a discussion on trends in the English language education, publishing, and technology spaces. Our experts will share their perspectives on how best to incorporate these trends and teachers' voices into the future of English language education materials and technology.

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Robyn Brinks Lockwood
Tara Benwell
Ben Buckwold
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Saturday, September 18, 2021
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12:30 pm
1:15 pm
CDT
CST

Lunch & Learn: Teaching Online with ESL Library

More than 10,000 schools worldwide trust ESL Library's digital teaching platform and materials. Join teacher trainer, Tammy Wik, for a quick overview on how to use the site and navigate its features: organize materials, teach online classes, assign digital homework, and see student progress in real time. This session is especially useful for anyone new to ESL Library or teaching online.

Details TBA

Tammy Wik
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Saturday, September 18, 2021
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1:30 pm
2:30 pm
CDT
CST

Creating & Using Flashcards in the Language Classroom

Flashcards are a useful tool for teaching all language learners—from pre-school to business school! Join this session for ideas on how you can use ESL Library's printable and digital flashcards for assessment, classroom discussion, and introducing or reviewing vocabulary.

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Tammy Wik
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Saturday, September 18, 2021
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2:30 pm
3:30 pm
CDT
CST

Social Hour & Speed Networking

Connect with educators worldwide by joining a themed discussion table or participating in one-on-one speed networking. This session is an excellent opportunity to learn what other teachers are doing and share your own classroom experiences. Clever, Flipgrid, and ESL Library will have tables available to answer any questions you have.

Details TBA

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Saturday, September 18, 2021
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3:30 pm
3:45 pm
CDT
CST

Wrap-Up

Join us in reflecting on what we've learned at this year's conference. Let's discuss how we can best support educators moving forward.

Details TBA

Ben Buckwold

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