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InterSection - AE-IS with CALL-IS and Video PLN

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InterSection: AE-IS with CALL-IS and Video PLN 

The Blended Learning Classroom

and the ESL Teacher


4:00 - 5:45pm EDT

Thursday, March 14

GWCC, Room A315

Live broadcast link: http://tinyurl.com/call-is-specialsessions



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During this InterSection, a panel of experts from CALL, AEIS and V-PLN will explore the concept of Blended Learning by first looking at its origin and then explaining best practices in multiple adult education settings. V-PLN will put a capstone on the presentation with short video clips of students giving testimonials of how this new concept has affected their learning.



The ESL community is constantly seeking more effective and efficient ways to deliver instruction to its students. Even though the teacher will always be an essential part of this equation, the integration of technology into the classroom is fundamentally revolutionizing how teachers deliver instruction and how students interact with the curriculum. This new teaching methodology is called Blended Learning; it doesn’t replace the teacher, but it extends learning. The main thrust behind Blended learning is that it gives the students some degree of control over time, pace, and place of their learning. By allowing students some control over their learning students have more time to work through and master the material.

To spread the word among the ESL community, the Adult Education Interest Section (AEIS), the Computer Aided Language Learning Interest (CALL) Section, and the Video Professional Learning Network (V-PLN) will collaborate on an entry-level presentation consisting of a panel of experts. The expert presenters will explore the concept of Blended Learning by first looking at its origin and then explaining best practices in multiple adult education settings. Finally, V-PLN will put a capstone on the presentation by presenting short video clips of actual adult education/ESL students giving testimonials about how Blended Learning has affected their learning.

Expected Outcomes. After this InterSection participants will:

  • Know the origins of the Blended Learning concept,

  • Understand the concept of Blended Learning and where it fits in the ESL/Adult Education classroom,

  • Know best practices for Blended Learning in different teaching contexts (high school, adult education classroom, college intensive programs),

  • Understand the pros and cons of Blended Learning,

  • Get perspective from real students who will give testimonials about how Blended Learning has affected their learning and outlook on school (this is something participants will want to know and constitutes the “so what” of this presentation),

  • Engage in a 15-20-minute question and answer period with panel experts

In short, the concept of Blended Learning is a very timely subject for TESOL 2019. Technology is an important tool in delivering quality education and an increasingly important adjunct to the teacher. Its importance grows by the day. Moreover, this subject matter is 100% consistent with the TESOL International Associations “Action Agenda for the Future of the TESOL Profession” and its FY2019-2021 Strategic Plan.





Time  Presenter  Title  Description  Materials 
10 min  Nicholas Hadden Introductory Remarks/Moderator   
15-20 min 

Andrea Lypka, University of South Florida, USA

Blended Learning Historical Context: Where, who and why? How did it all get started? Implementation Issues

 Blended Learning overview, examples, implementation issues
15-20 min Christine  Bauer-Ramazani, Saint Michael's College, Colchester, Vermont, USA Blended Learning Best Practices  Integrating technology into learning and teaching in a college Intensive English Program Link to the materials on my wiki page 
15-20 min Suzi Lee, Georgia Tech Language Institute, USA Video Best Practices / Testimonials of actual students stating how Blended Learning has affected their learning    
15 - 20 mins

Christine Sabieh  

Notre Dame University

Beirut, Lebanon

Blended learning practices - strengths and weaknesses - role responsibility in teaching, learning and assessing 

* identifying strength & weaknesses

* addressing role responsibility   

C. Sabieh - final - Blended learning panel - A Twofold Exercise - stregnth weaknesses role resp.pptx  
15 min Panel of Experts  Q & A     




Name/Email Biography
Nicholas Hadden:  nick_01072017@outlook.com Nicholas Hadden is currently the Co-Chair of the Adult Education Interest Section. He has been a member of TESOL International Association since 1997 and served in several leadership positions. He has traveled extensively and taught ESL in several foreign countries.

Christine Sabieh:  sabieh@hotmail.com

Dr. Christine SabiehProfessor at Notre Dame University, is an American who lives in Lebanon. Through her teaching, administrative posts, and research, she keeps up her interest in Language teaching, assessment, education, teacher training, Educational Technology and Educational Psychology. An advocate of CALL and a Certified On-Line Instructor/Trainer, she does education consultancy, conducts workshops, publishes, and participates in conferences on a national, regional and international level. She is a member of TESOL, serving as the CALL-IS Chair 2018-19. She also is an active contributor to national and international publications. 
Christine Bauer-Ramazani:  cbauer-ramazani@smcvt.edu  Christine Bauer-Ramazani, a native German, is Director of English Language Programs, as well as a teacher and teacher trainer at Saint Michael’s College in Vermont, integrating technology into teaching and learning. Passionate about CALL, she has designed and taught online graduate courses for her college and TESOLco-founded the Electronic Village Online of TESOL, and chaired the CALL-Interest Section of TESOL, receiving the D. Scott Enright Award for service. Publications and presentations include book chapters, articles, international presentations, keynotes, and invited workshops on technology and strategic planning. 

Suzi Lee: suzi.lee@pe.gatech.edu



Suzi Lee is a Senior Lecturer and Instructional Designer at the Georgia Tech Language Institute. She teaches advanced level learners in the Intensive English Program. In the past several years her main focus has included developing online programs including teacher training courses on technology as well as MOOCs for adult learners hosted on Coursera. She Suzi also provides faculty and staff with instructional technology solutions through training. She has over 13 years of teaching experience in various programs in the US, Canada, the UK, and South Korea.


Andrea Lypka: alypka@mail.usf.edu 

Andrea Lypka, a native Hungarian, is a Ph.D. candidate in the Second Language Acquisition and Instructional Technology program at the University of South Florida and an English for Academic Purposes adjunct instructor at Hillsborough Community College. She serves as co-editor for the TESOL's Intercultural Communication Interest Section Newsletter, editor for the Environmental Responsibility Professional Learning Network, and a member of the Publishing Professional Council for TESOL International. Her interests include developing online teacher training courses as well as implementing service learning and participatory digital research and instructional methods in multiple adult education programs. 



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