Indiana Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages

INTESOL 2023 Session Descriptions: 2:00

You can find session descriptions for 2:00-2:45 below

2:00 - 2:45




Interest Section


Shifting Teacher Mindsets

Kelsey Pavelka – Muncie Community Schools,

Lynne Stallings, Ball State University

A shifting landscape in the refugee population has created a cultural exchange over the last three years unlike anything Muncie has experienced previously. We address how schools can leverage university resources and expertise to equip stakeholders to teach and support our growing numbers of refugee, SLIFE, and newcomer students?

Advocacy, Elementary Education, K-12, Refugee Concerns, Secondary Schools, Teacher Education, University/Higher Education

Salon A

Do you Know how Smart I am in Spanish?

Rehab Morsi - IUPUI

During their eight weeks in an IEP at a university in the Midwest, 10 multilingual students shared their funds of knowledge and used their full linguistic repertoire in a Writing course. The teacher created spaces for translanguaging practices to shift the discourse from a deficit to and additive model.

Intensive English Program

Salon B

How Far I’ll Go: Navigating Past Teaching

Dinorah Sapp – Broadview Learning Center, MCCSC

Teaching adults the necessary language skills they need to succeed while at the same time meeting your program’s objectives can often feel like you are stuck on an island.  This presentation will focus on facilitating activities beyond language teaching that support student’s interests and their emotional well-being.

Adult/Community Programs, Refugee Concerns

Salon C

Examining EFL Student Questioning

Samarnh Pang – Purdue University

This study investigates Cambodian EFL students' attitudes towards classroom questioning, filling a research gap on verbal interaction in this context. Utilizing mixed-methods, the research addresses how attitudes differ by gender and identifies challenges students face. Findings aim to enhance pedagogical strategies for EFL classrooms in Cambodia.

Applied Linguistics, Intensive English Program

Salon D

Enhancing SOR for MLs in grades K-4

Carlotta Holder & Lauren Perkins – Enlace Academy

In May of 2023, the Indiana House enrolled Act #1558, the ‘science of reading law’ mandating research-backed literacy instruction. Enlace Academy got ahead of schedule and began implementing the science of reading in 2022 with best practices for multilingual learners and will share their instructional methods.

Advocacy, Elementary Education, K-12, Teacher Education

Salon E

Dual Language Challenges and Initiatives

Jan Dormer, David McGinness, & Genesis Mendez Reynoso – Taylor University

Dual language programs are growing in Indiana. However, many programs face challenges in implementing best practices. This session provides an opportunity for discussion on the challenges and initiatives to address them, facilitated by a professor of bilingual education, a director of student teaching, and an emerging bilingual student teacher.

Advocacy, K-12, Teacher Education, University/Higher Education

GB 1-2

Partnerships to Promote Literacy

Ginger Kosobucki, – Immigrant Welcome Center,

Julia Lohla – Pathways to Literacy,

Sakura Fuqua, Indianapolis Public Libraries

Indianapolis Public Library has collaborated with Immigrant Welcome Center’s Pathway to Literacy program to host classes focused on adult English Language Learners with limited formal schooling. Hear how partnerships can be powerful tools to promote literacy among adult ELL emergent readers, and discover resources for literacy-level learners.

Adult/Community Programs, Refugee Concerns

GB 3

Adult ELL instruction through Indy Reads

Trent Moore – Indy Reads

This discussion focuses on presenting the services that Indy Reads offers to the adult ELL community in Indianapolis. Volunteer engagement, family and community programming, and data from our last impact reports, as well as applicable activities to engage adult ELLs through reading, role-playing, and writing will be addressed.

Adult/Community Programs

GB 4

Boosting Engagement with Ventures

Sponsored Presentation

Acosta – Cambridge University Press

Learn about the best practices for engaging your students using communicative activities and new technology tools and resources to energize your classes and make your teaching even more impactful.  Join us as we look at Ventures, our six-level integrated skills course.  

Adult/Community Programs, Refugee Concerns, Technology

GB 5

Connecting Culture and Newcomers

Anne Garcia – Purdue University

An Instructional Coach and an ENL teacher worked together to create a new introductory unit for high school or middle school to support newcomers to this country/culture.  The list will be shared and discussed by the presenter and the participants.

K-12, Secondary Schools

Zoom 1

Translanguaging: Culturally Responsive

Melinda White – Purdue University

Translanguaging empowers non-native English speakers in the use and maintenance of their first language while learning English.  Support for their home language will increase overall linguistic ability. Opposition and prejudice against the use of languages other than English should be examined and rooted out for the racist ideology it is.

Advocacy, Refugee Concerns

Zoom 2

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