Indiana Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages

INTESOL 2023 Session Descriptions: 1:00

You can find session descriptions for 1:00-1:45 below

1:00 - 1:45




Interest Section


Navigating the U.S. Language Policy

Vikrant Chap, Wayne Wright, & Brenda Sarmiento-Quezada – Purdue University

This session addresses U.S. language policy through the nation’s history of language policies, particularly indigenous and immigrant languages. Legal regulations and census data are analyzed to conceptualize K-12 education, bilingual education, and biliteracy. We argue for equitable policies that ensure inclusivity and language rights for linguistic minorities and multilingual learners.

Advocacy, K-12

Salon A

Support Elem. ML's in Content Area

Kim Miller, Vista Higher Learning

This session will share ideas for educators to collaborate on strategies to scaffold content area lessons in an elementary setting for multilingual learners. Participants will understand the means of providing equity in academic content to all learners regardless of background or heritage language.

Elementary Education, Intensive English Program

Salon B

MLs: Left Out of the Science of Reading?

Allison Segarra Hansen – Marian University

Effective July 1, 2023, House Bill 1558 shapes Indiana's science of reading curriculum. 'English language learners' are mentioned once (HB 1558, 2021, p. 16). With 83,000+ students in this subgroup (IDOE EL Guidebook, 2023, p. 4), their equitable inclusion is crucial for universal educational success. Join us in advocating for their rightful place in this statewide initiative.


Salon C

Asian ELLs in ESSA Accountability

Chen Li – Purdue University

This study utilized interpretive (qualitative) policy analysis and delves into Illinois ESSA test-based accountability to explore how the administrators at the state level and a local school understand, interpret, negotiate, and (re)create English Progress to Proficiency component and its implementation from the lens of language policy.

Advocacy, Applied Linguistics, Elementary Education, K-12, Teacher Education

Salon D

Inclusivity in Communication Instruction

Xin Chen – Indiana University

This presentation emphasizes the significance of cultivating cultural sensitivity and awareness in language and communication instruction. We advocate for a pedagogical approach that embraces diversity and empowers language learners to communicate confidently and respectfully. As educators, we work to prepare our students to succeed in a diverse and interconnected society.

University/Higher Education

Salon E

Linking Literacy to Family Empowerment

Grace Pigozzi & Debra Hollingsworth-Pratt -

Purdue University Northwest

A family literacy program launched at a city library was borne as a response to a library staffer’s request for help supporting Spanish-speaking patrons facing difficulties communicating in English. To expand families’ access there and with many other community resources, this study used stakeholder input to enrich language development. Findings show how the process rapidly impacted family literacy practices, thereby supporting future educational success.

Adult/Community Programs

GB 1-2

Teacher Questioning Strategies in EMI

Jiangshan An – Purdue University Fort Wayne

This study examines the relationship between teachers' use of higher order thinking constructivist questions, wait time and the student output elicited in English medium instruction science classes in international high schools in China taught by native speakers of English to understand factors impacting the level of classroom interaction.

Applied Linguistics, Secondary Schools

GB 3

Digitalize Afghanistan Education system

Nahid Sharifi – Indiana University

This study examines digital media's impact on Afghanistan's education system, emphasizing its role in Teacher Training College. It aims to predict digital technology's future role, employing Constructivism, CTML, and Diffusion of Innovation theories for educators' innovative teaching through quantitative research.

Teacher Education, Technology, University/Higher Education

GB 4

Critical Thinking Done Right

Sponsored Presentation

Annette Acosta – Cambridge University Press

Today’s students need a wide range of academic skills. They need to analyze data, formulate their own opinions, and express themselves clearly. The presenter will demonstrate an approach that uses teaching the language of higher order thinking skills as the foundation for academic success.

Intensive English Program, Secondary Schools, University/Higher Education

GB 5

Using Black Mirror in ELL classes

Safia Diarra – Earlham College

For instructors who have struggled to keep their students engaged and excited to participate in the classroom, try incorporating the popular Netflix series Black Mirror! In this session, I will provide specific examples of lessons using Black Mirror, readings/TED talks related to the episodes and group discussion questions.

University/Higher Education

Zoom 1

Using Open Educational Resources

Leslie Gabriele – Indiana University

This workshop will introduce participants to Open Educational Resources (OERS). The presenter will share ongoing work in adopting and adapting materials as a fellow in the IU Libraries Course Material Fellowship Program. Participants will learn what an OER is, why they should consider using OERs, and how to find resources.

Adult/Community Programs, Intensive English Program, Teacher Education, University/Higher Education

Zoom 2

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