Bilingual/ESL Conference

Welcome to the Bilingual/ESL Conference

The 38th Annual Bilingual/ESL Conference

Dynamic Language Learning at Any Age
Friday, December 7, 2018 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

William Paterson University
1600 Valley Road Wayne, NJ 07470


Over the course of its 38 years, this Conference has been highly recognized as one of the most stimulating language education forums in the U.S. This success stems from its commitment to exploring the best ways of meeting the educational needs of language-minority students. The Conference continues to offer access to in-depth, applied research, and up-to-date pedagogical techniques. Topics and thought-provoking plenary sessions sharpen the language professional’s mind for pedagogical insight.

8:00 am – 9:00 am Registration, Coffee Service
9:00 am – 10:15 am Concurrent Session I
Supporting English Learners with IEPs for Life After High School
D. Nicole Deschene and Rachel Elizabeth Traxler, New York University
Presentation
Language Samples from Bilingual Learners: Considerations for Valid Assessment
Betty Kollia, CCC-SLP, Megan Perry, Dara Bassin, and Melissa Pana, William Paterson University
Presentation
Utilizing Learning Targets and Formative Assessments with English Learners
Kimberly Moreno, Passaic Academy for Science & Engineering, Passaic Public Schools
Presentation
Transnational Child Migration: Impact on English Language (Re) Learning and Cultural (Re) Integration
Aminata Diop, City University of New York Graduate Center and City College of New York School of Education
Presentation
Freedom through Constraint: Oulipo, Erasure, & Flarf as Poetic Prompts for English Learners
Elizabeth Estella, New York University
Presentation
10:30 am – 11:45 am Plenary Session (location: V1012)
Keynote Speaker:  Dr. Diane Larsen-Freeman, University of Michigan
Old Enough (to Learn Grammar)
11:45 am – 12:15 pm Lunch   Location:  Valley Café 
12:30 pm – 1:45 pm Concurrent Session II
Bilingualism and Autism Spectrum Disorders
Stella Kyprianou, CCC-SLP, Brooklyn College, CUNY
Presentation
Writing in a Second Language from Kindergarten to college: Challenges and Strategies on the Road to Bi-literacy
Miriam Eisenstein Ebsworth, New York University
Timothy John Ebsworth, The College of New Rochelle
Presentation
Teaching Grammar in the Bilingual/ESL Classroom via Google Suite Applications
Mary Bonitatibus-Garrity, Paterson Public Schools
Presentation
Content-based Lessons: An Effective Approach for Securing Comprehension of Language Forms and Functions
Mary Carpenter, New York University and the City College of New York
Presentation
Twelve Ways to Support English Learners in the Mainstream Classroom
Annamarie Altomonte and Vicky Santana, Parsippany-Troy Hills Public Schools
Presentation
2:00 pm – 3:15 pm Concurrent Session III
Culturally Responsive and Sustaining Pedagogy: Revisiting Approaches to Multicultural and Diversity Education
Fernando Naiditch, Montclair State University
Presentation
Advocacy of, for, and by English Learners: Taking it to the Next Level
Jeannette Sosa, Paterson Public Schools
Presentation
Engaging English Learners within a Sheltered Instruction Classroom and School Community
M. Annette Bicksler, North Plainfield Public Schools
Presentation
Cross-Language Effects and Acquisition of English as a Second Language
Mahchid Namazi, CCC-SLP, Kean University
Presentation
Motivate the Heck out of them! Get ELLs to Speak, Read, & Write!
Jason Valente, Paterson Public Schools
Presentation