KATESOL is the professional organization in the state
of Kansas for ESL teachers and others who work with
English language learners from Pre-K to 12 as well as
adult and college intensive English programs. One challenge
for KATESOL has been to organize the annual conference
so that topics and issues of relevance to all constituencies
are reflected in the conference program.
The 2004 KATESOL Conference, March 12-13, in Hays,
Kansas, will come very close to achieving this goal. In
addition to a number of sessions of interest to public
school teachers and administrators, there are also
presentations of relevance directly to the important
work done by adult educators and those who teach
in intensive programs at universities throughout the
It is hard to imagine anyone who has not heard of
Dr. Stephen Krashen, who speaks at Friday's opening
ceremony, on the evening of March 12th. Dr. Krashen's
research and tireless efforts on behalf of language
learners are an inspiration to every ESL, foreign
language and regular classroom teacher, instructor
Read Dr. Krashen's Achievement Profile Interview on ESL MiniConference Online!
Saturday's keynotes and concurrent sessions run
all day, starting at 9:00 a.m. and ending at 4:00 p.m.
Every time slot includes at least one and often
several sessions pertaining to the needs of adult
and university ESL learners.
At 9:00, Dr. Eada Arbab Jenab and Melissa Renfrow,
both of the Applied English Center at the University
of Kansas, will present "Adaptable speaking activities
for advanced students," demonstrating advanced
speaking activities that can be used with any course
Also at 9:00, Mary Giles, of Harvard University's National
Resource Center for Russian, East European and Central
Asian Studies, presents "Speak out! Culture and student
self-expression," using video clips to discuss ways students
can be helped to raise their voices creatively to benefit
themselves and their classmates, American and international.
At 10:00, Dr. Bill VanPatten, of the University of Illinois-Chicago,
presents a keynote address, "The fundamental similarity
hypothesis and the contextual difference hypothesis," where
he will argue that the processes of child first language
acquisition and adult second language acquisition are
not fundamentally different from each other. Dr. VanPatten
is the Director of the Basic Spanish Language Program
at the University of Illinois-Chicago, and author of many
very popular Spanish-learning as well as language education
Read Dr. VanPatten's Achievement Profile Interview on ESL MiniConference Online!
At 11:00, Peggy Hull, of Dodge City Community College, will
speak on "Letting our learning inform our teaching," sharing
insights she has gained from reflecting on her own
continued language learning experiences, and how these
reflections, seen through the lens of current language
learning research, can help tailor instructional approaches.
Read Peggy Hull's Achievement Profile Interview on ESL MiniConference Online!
Both the lunchtime keynote address, by Jacqueline Boyd,
a teacher educator at Haskell Indian Nations University,
and the panel discussion on the conference theme,
"Advocating for Language Learners in the Era of
No Child Left Behind," will be equally relevant to
the work of public school educators and adult or IEP
instructors. Ms. Boyd will discuss "An American
Indian Perspective on Diversity and No Child Left
Behind." The keynote panel will include participation
from Stephen Krashen, Joy Reid, Bill VanPatten,
Jackie Boyd, Rebecca Kopriva, and facilitator
Lupe Martinez, from Metro College of Denver.
At 2:15, Dr. Joy Reid, of the University of Wyoming,
will give a keynote address, "Ear learners and learning
styles," in which she will discuss how ESL teachers
can bridge the gap between learning style preference
and successful language learning. Dr. Reid is the
author of numerous ESL classic texts on the teaching
of composition. She is retiring after this spring, following
a distinguished career in which she has contributed
immensely to the knowledge base of the TESOL profession.
Read Dr. Reid's Achievement Profile Interview on ESL MiniConference Online!
At 3:15, Mary Giles, of Harvard University, will present
a second session, "Mind my manners!: Culture and student
etiquette," will explore ways that ESL teachers can help
students to prevent, process and even enjoy cultural
differences in etiquette as part of their education, both
in school and in their social lives.
Also at 3:15, Alejandro Sanchez-Aizcorbe, of Fort Hays
State University's Modern Language Department, will
present "Spanish vowels and English vowels: Opposite
worlds?," suggesting that students whose mother tongue
is English should be trained in the contextualized production
of Spanish dipthongs and triphtongs, so as to avoid frustration
and improve their acquistion of the Spanish language.
These Saturday sessions make it clear that the teacher
of adult and college ESL students will find a lot of useful
information and refreshing exchanges at KATESOL 2004.
In addition to the academic sessions, there are exhibits
and representatives from the following companies:
Cambridge University Press
Glencoe West Applied Group
Lakeshore Learning Materials
National Resource Center for Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies
New Readers Press
Pearson Learning Group
Wright Group McGraw-Hill
Complete conference information, including registration forms,
is also available online at: http://www.fhsu.edu/katesol/spring2004 .
Article by Robb Scott
2004 ESL MiniConference Online