“I attended the Maryland TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) Conference at WAC, which is a state conference of instructors and scholars who currently work with students who are non-native English speakers. There were introductions by President Bair and the administrators of the conference and a wonderful keynote speech delivered by Eli Hinkle, a professor in ESL (English as a Second Language) and applied Linguistics.
I attended three presentations- one on ‘Removing Limitations in a Classroom,’ which detailed the ways teachers limit their students’ learning in classrooms via unsuccessful directions and group work; the second on ‘The Writing Process- Reimagined,’ where the presenters gave us a series of writing tasks and put us into ESL students’ shoes to understand how best to cater to their academic needs; and the third by the keynote speaker on the importance of vocabulary and grammar.
It was intimidating being, possibly, the only undergraduate student participating in workshops full of accomplished professors and graduate students. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the conference and listened to brilliantly intelligent people speak on issues and topics that I didn’t realize were so important.
I also discovered that I love lemon Danish (which was served for breakfast and dessert at lunch… and I ate one at both times!)”
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