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  • 1.  PAIS Webinar

    Posted 25 days ago
    Dear Colleagues,

    Please join us for the following webinar -

    PAIS Webinar: Innovating and Adapting Programs and Materials When Everything is Changing
    When: Jul 20, 2020 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM (ET)
    This webinar is intended for language program administrators in a variety of contexts, as well as materials writers.

    Topic: In a changing field suffering from decreasing enrollment, language programs must innovate to stay profitable and adapt to varying student needs.

    Consequently, course materials must adjust as well. Learn from program administrators and materials developers about innovations in programmatic
    models and course materials and leave with concrete ideas for implementation.
    Rosario Giraldez is the Academic Director at the Alianza Cultural Uruguay-Estados Unidos, Binational Center in Montevideo. She has performed several roles, among others the coordination of the Binational Centers in Uruguay, the coordination of Teacher Education Programs, and Bilingual English Programs in Schools. Her main areas of interest are evaluation and curriculum design and she is a frequent presenter at national and international conferences.

    Daniel Towner Brengel is a life-long learner, lover of languages and literature, and passionately dedicated educator with diverse experience in both on-ground and online environments. Since obtaining a master's degree in Linguistics with a specialization in Language Arts Education, he has been working as an instructor at various higher education institutions, teaching courses in ESL, introductory linguistics, first-year writing, business writing, research writing, and education. Daniel's current role as an English Language Specialist for the Oakland University ESL Institute in Rochester, MI includes teaching, advising, recruiting, curriculum development, and other administrative duties. Areas of research and interest are grammar instruction for native and non-native speakers, faculty perceptions of academic voice, and student support for writing across the curriculum.

    Pamela C. Smart-Smith, MPA, MAEd has over 29 years of experience as a TESOL educator and administrator in the US and overseas. She has taught all levels of English from elementary school through post-secondary level. Additionally, she has taught graduate level courses in teacher education and research methods. She has lived and worked in Spain, Germany, Poland, England, and South Korea. Currently, Pamela serves as the Program Director of the AdvantageVT-Master's Program. Previously, she has worked for the VTLCI overseeing the Intensive English Program. She is also a PhD Candidate in Social Foundations of Education at Virginia Tech.

    Eric L. Moore, MA, is the Interim Intensive English Program Director and the Testing and Assessment Coordinator at the Virginia Tech Language and Culture Institute. He has been working in English as a Foreign/Second Language for twenty years in the United States, Taiwan, and China. He has taught learners from the kindergarten to postgraduate levels. He has most recently made presentations on the assessment of spoken language, intercultural communication, language pragmatics, learner equity and inclusion,  and L2 testing anxiety.

    Michael Joseph Ennis, PhD, is the Didactic and Scientific Coordinator for the Eng­lish Language at the Language Centre of the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano in Italy. Over the past eighteen years, he has taught German and English as a foreign language at universities in the United States, Germany, and Italy. During that time, he has given numerous presentations and published widely on his interests in cultural studies, English for specific and academic purposes, Content and language integrated learning, learner motivation, and intercultural language teaching. In recent years he has become interested in applying data analytics and data science to reflective practice in language teaching. Two of his most recent publications are the edited volumes Teaching English for Tourism: Bridging Research and Praxis (Routledge, 2019) and Approaches to English for Specific and Academic Purposes: Perspectives on Teaching and Assessing in Tertiary and Adult Education (BU Press, 2020).

    Jessica Hill is an ESL educator with an MA in applied linguistics and more than 10 years of experience teaching and creating materials for second language learners at universities in China, Lithuania, and the United States. She has taught in intensive English programs in Ohio and Pennsylvania, coordinated a pronunciation tutoring program, and taught graduate level writing and English skills courses at a seminary, where she also coordinated language assessment and generated materials for English learners in demanding graduate programs in history, philosophy, and theology. She is currently an instructor in the English Language Institute at Arcadia University in Glenside, PA. Her primary areas of research interest are listening, speaking, and pronunciation instruction and language assessment.

    Online Instructions:

    Lleij Schwartz
    PAIS Co-Chair, 2020-2021
    Assistant Professor of TESOL
    Curriculum and Instruction Coordinator, Institute for Language Education
    School of International Engagement
    Southern New Hampshire University