Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Composition and TESOL students were in high attendance at Three Rivers TESOL’s annual fall conference on Saturday, October 25, 2008, at Franklin Regional Middle School in Murrysville, Pennsylvania.
Three English faculty members, Dr. Gloria Park, Dr. Lisya Seloni, and Dr. Lilia Savova, were joined by more than twenty-five Composition and TESOL students, presenting on various topics within the field of TESOL.
Faculty presentations included “Engaging ESOL Student in Autobiographical Narrative Writing” (Dr. Park), “Effective Use of Textbooks” (Dr. Savova), and “Academic Literacy Socialization of Multilingual Students” (Dr. Seloni).
Graduate students in the Composition and TESOL program led conversations on topics, including the incorporation of multimodal theme-sets to facilitate literacy development among English-based Creole-speaking students, developing English proficiency through e-mail exchanges, and reading practices within the EFL classroom, as well as many other topics.
Janet Pierce, president of Three Rivers TESOL, ELL coordinator for Franklin Regional School District, and IUP doctoral candidate, hailed this event as a complete success, partly due to the high level of participation from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
For additional information regarding the Three Rivers TESOL’s 2008 fall conference or membership, visit the Three Rivers TESOL website.