While I was in grad school I went to my first professional conference, and it changed the way I think about the field of TESOL and my place within it. So many people came together in one place to share their ideas about teaching and learning English and thinking about them all was mentally invigorating. I felt like I had a professional community and I decided to attend as many conferences as was feasible. Now, when I present at conferences, I strive to balance theory and praxis, to ensure that my work is both academically sound and practical for working teachers.
Below are some conference presentations I’ve given, with abstracts and links to my slides and handouts.
Music and Movement in the English Classroom: Practical Implementation Strategies
This highly interactive session will provide teachers with the tools they need to integrate music and movement into their English classes. Participants will examine theories of embodied cognition and practice adapting familiar songs to teach both vocabulary and grammar points, leaving with specific strategies for classroom implementation.
- Workshop presented at the 2017 TESOL International Convention, Seattle, WA.
- Workshop presented at the 2016 MATSOL conference, Framingham, MA.
- Learning Lunch presented at SIT Graduate Institute, Brattleboro, VT.
Expression through Drama: Linking Prosody, Embodiment and Emotional Awareness
Drama activities give students opportunities to practice expressing embodied emotions in a safe space. Focusing on emotional expression helps students make connections between the suprasegmental components of pronunciation and the meanings they carry. Participants will experience these exercises and learn strategies for implementing them in their own classrooms.
- Workshop presented at the 2016 Sandanona Conference, Brattleboro, VT.