TESLing Spring Forum 2018



  Every year the Spring Forum tries to improve and expand itself to offer more to its attendees and become a stronger conference. This year we are proud to announce that we are offering FREE training to all conference attendees! The training will be lead by ESOL teacher, trainer, and course developer, Alice Savage, and will consists of FOUR slots each 30 minutes long, for a total of TWO full hours of free training! We wish to thank Cambridge University Press for sponsoring this training and supporting the Spring Forum this year! Two sessions will be offered in the morning, while the other two sessions will be offered right after lunch. You have the freedom to attend any number of modules. Please consult the program for more details once it becomes available. 


"Building a Better Writing Class"


Session 1: Designing (and tweaking) writing prompts

When a writing assignment works well, it engages students and instructors in a conversation around the topic. Students invest in communicating ideas and teachers looking forward to reading the papers. How can we have more of this? In this session, participants will review approaches to prompt design and discuss ways to increase student motivation, scaffold for success, and minimize the urge to plagiarize.

Session 2: Helping students write better sentences: a lexicogrammatical approach

Sentences are like buildings. They rarely appear alone, and the sentences that are side by side affect each other and the reader’s experience. In this session, participants look at lesson plan options for constructing relationships across sentences and discuss the strategy of frontloading a writing lesson with useful sentence patterns and frames.

Session 3: The art of paragraphing

Good writers understand that paragraphing is much more than unity and coherence. In fact, decisions about length, support and where and how to start a new paragraph are essential for clear writing. Participants in this session will explore level-appropriate approaches to paragraphing and discuss strategies that support both clarity and creativity.

Session 4: Learning to love feedback

While many teachers love teaching writing, few say they love marking papers. In this session, participants will explore different forms of assessment, match them to purpose, and discuss strategies for supporting multilingual writers efficiently. Approaches include written corrective feedback, rubrics, conferences, and schemes.




Alice Savage has an M.A. in teaching from The School for International Training in Vermont. Currently, she is an ESOL teacher, trainer, and course developer at Lone Star College System in Houston, Texas. Alice is also an author for Cambridge University Press and many other publishers. For more information and teaching materials, you can find her work on CUP’s Grammar and Beyond newsletter and English Endeavors, a blog for English language teachers.