English as a Second Language (ESL) Teacher Training Workshops

Since 2004, The Latin American Association (LAA) has offered Teacher Training Workshops with the emphasis of developing competent teachers for other organizations and to promote the best practices in ESL teaching.

Our ESL teaching curriculum is designed to demonstrate the best methods through 10 subject-focused training sessions, which are held one Saturday of every month from January to October. The ESL Teacher Workshops have proven to be a successful precursor into the profession of English teaching for those who lack formal training but demonstrate expertise in the English language. The teacher training workshops are for volunteer ESL teachers, new ESL teachers, as well as experienced ESL teachers looking for increased training to improve their skills. Over the years, the participants in this teacher training initiatives have represented various institutions and organizations across Georgia, such as: Asian-American Resource Center, Emory University, Fulton Public Library, International Rescue Committee, Kennesaw State University, Refugee Family Services, and World Relief.

The LAA’s teacher workshops are taught by qualified ESL teachers, teacher educators, and visiting instructors from colleges and universities. These qualified ESL educators maintain high proficiency in the English language, aptitude as a teacher and are knowledgeable of trends and research in similar fields, such as applied linguistics and cross-culture communication, and the impact these have on instructional execution and performance in an academic environment.

Personnel:

Lana Gavrilov
Adult Education Director
lgavrilov@thelaa.org
(404) 638-1802

Workshop Location:
Latin American Association
2750 Buford Hwy.
Atlanta, GA 30324


2018 Schedule

Classes take place on the following Saturdays between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Saturday, January 27: Principles of Second-Language Acquisition

Understanding the principles and implications of second-language acquisition can help teachers better meet students’ needs as English-language learners. In this workshop we will briefly revisit key concepts before exploring theories addressing off-target language production, group dynamics and anxiety through participant-driven activities and sample classroom lessons.

Saturday, February 24: Speaking and Listening Practice in the ESL Classroom: 

To be able to interact with the broader community, immigrants must become competent in speaking and understanding spoken English. Building this competence requires a great deal of practice in a safe, comfortable environment. This workshop focuses on creating opportunities for students to practice through a communicative approach to language learning. Participants will look at the difference between fluency and accuracy, as well as strategies for encouraging speaking/listening practice in the classroom.

Saturday, March 24: Integrating Vocabulary Instruction in the ESL Classroom: 

This workshop will focus on the place of grammar and vocabulary in language teaching. Grammatical competence occupies a prominent position in communicative competence. Issues about how to teach grammar will be discussed in this workshop. Some techniques for teaching grammar, as well as current practices in teaching vocabulary, will be presented.

Saturday, April 21: Technology in the ESL Classroom:

This workshop will focus on the benefits of integrating technology in an ESL setting. Instructional technology tools can reshape your curriculum, or they can be a way to reinforce concepts and address gaps in language skills. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss how the technology tools can individualize and customize curriculum, promote cooperative group work, and impart English skills while also providing technology skills essential for 21st century learners.

Saturday, May 19: Integrating Pronunciation in English Language Instruction

What constitutes “pronunciation”? What is needed for “good pronunciation”? Many English teachers find it particularly challenging to teach pronunciation. More often than not, teachers are forced to depend mainly on their own intuition. In this workshop, we will 1) provide opportunities to think about what our goals should be and what we should prioritize in teaching pronunciation and 2) discuss main topics in pronunciation such as supra-segmental (rhythm, stress and intonation) and segmental (consonants and vowels). Useful classroom activities will be demonstrated, including practical tips on how to teach pronunciation.

Saturday, June 30: The Communicative Teaching Approach in the ESL Classroom: 

This workshop will focus on viewing language as a medium of communication and will show the benefits of teaching oral interaction, hearing and reading comprehension. The approach refers to the way students can learn to communicate with real experiences and viewpoints. By emphasizing the social purpose of language, this method focuses on meaningful interactions and authentic exchanges of information. The workshop will discuss tactics for teachers to engage their students in exercises that will develop skills in authentic, real-world situations.

Saturday, July 28: Beyond the Textbook: Pictures and Other Visual Materials for Developing Conversational Skills: 

Language teachers often try to help their students develop not only as individuals but also in their ability to relate to others. It is not enough for students to have a competent ability in a language if they cannot develop a conversation or discussion. In this sense, language teachers have an additional role as communication teachers. It is important for them to have a wide range of resources in the classroom, such as pictures and other visual aids. In this workshop we will discuss how language teachers can help develop a student’s oral communication skills, as well as how to utilize visuals aids.

Saturday, August 25: The Multilanguage/Multilevel ESL Classroom: 

In multilevel ESL classes, teachers face the challenge of having to use a variety of materials, activities and techniques to engage the students to help them reach their educational goals. To ensure some success for all the students in the multilevel classroom, teachers must determine what each learner needs and wants to learn. Teachers can do this in a variety of ways, including group separation and self-assessment. This workshop focuses on the methods by which a teacher in a multilevel ESL classroom can develop the necessary skills to successfully help students at varying levels of understanding. 

Saturday, September 22: Teaching English to Low Beginners: 

This hands-on, highly interactive workshop is geared to helping English-language learners who are beginning readers move on beyond memorizing the alphabet and into learning how to read. We will learn creative strategies for helping students develop critical skills needed for reading, including the sounds that go with letters and letter combinations, blending, strategies to construct meaning from print and incorporating these in a multilevel classroom. Come ready to role-play and practice being both a student and a teacher in an adult ESL classroom!

Saturday, October 27: Integrating Culture and Language in ESL Classrooms: 

In this interactive, hands-on workshop, we will explore practical, research-based teaching techniques for integrating language and culture in adult ESOL classrooms. We will focus on current frameworks of intercultural training such as the 3 P’s (ACTFL 2004) and the D.I.V.E. model. Participants will leave with strategies to apply immediately in their classrooms – and new ways to think about the role of culture in ESOL instruction in general. Come ready to practice and play!