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Second Language Educators Conference

                                                                               Twenty-Fourth Annual

                       Second Language Educators Conference

                      was held Saturday, September 27, 2014

Second Language Educators Conference (SLEC) is a professional development platform for Second Language teachers and teachers-in-training.  The annual event is open to students and all area Foreign Language, Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), and English as a Second Language (ESL) colleagues.

The free event is held on the SUNY Cortland campus.  The conference fosters an environment of socialization, education, and professionalism.  The program presents: a keynote speech delivered by a distinguished member of the Second Language community, a variety of classroom workshops that have ranged from titles such as "Oral Proficiency Exams" to "Connecting with Culture" offered through mid-day, culminating the conference with brief closing remarks.                        

                                   Please register by September 25th if you plan to attend

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                                                      2014 PROGRAM THEME:

  "Foreign Language and English as a Second Language: Getting to the Common Core of Communication"

 Conference hours:   8:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

 Keynote Speaker:    Marisol Marcin,  Spanish/ESL Teacher - Sidney Central Schools                                      Photo - 2014 SLEC Keynote Speaker

                        Keynote Presentation: "WE ARE ALREADY THERE !"

      Teachers are being told that we need to implement "common core", a miraculous cure to the aches and pains of education.  I truly believe that most of this common core is in reality common sense and that good teachers, the kind that take time to plan, reflect and do professional development to keep up to date, already do it.  We will talk about what common core is and how it happens in the ESL and LOTE classrooms.  We will also get psyched about the great opportunities we have available to help our students and our own possibilities to grow professionally.

Workshop topics:

  • ACTFL's 5Cs vs. the Common Core
  • "What are you asking me?" : Helping English language learners find success through understanding the language of the Common Core
  • Writing as a bridge to oral communication: Approximating speech
  • What are you doing for your high reactive students?
  • The Common Core standards for reading and writing and the Academic Literacy Skills Test:  What should future ESL teachers know and be able to do?
  • Making the walls in your classroom disappear
  • Pair and group activities in the LOTE classroom: Some guiding principles and sharing of ideas
  • Tried and true, hip and new: Technology and projects for language educators
  • Deaf students as ESL learners

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Conference Coordinators

Patricia Martinez de la Vega Mansilla,  Lecturer of Spanish, SUNY Cortland
Paulo Quaglio,  Ph.D.,  Associate Professor: TESOL & Applied Linguistics, SUNY Cortland

Hosted by

Modern Languages Department of SUNY Cortland

Sponsored by

Auxiliary Services Corporation (ASC)
International Programs Office of SUNY Cortland