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Workshop - Preparing ESL Students for Writing Assignments: Teaching Synthesis

BC TEAL is pleased to announce a special workshop “PREPARING ESL STUDENTS FOR WRITING ASSIGNMENTS: TEACHING SYNTHESIS” with Carol Numrich, Senior Lecturer and Associate Director for Faculty Search, Development and Review at the American Language Program, Columbia University.

When: Saturday, October 22, 2016; 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

Where: Global Village English Centres – Vancouver

Cost: $45 for BC TEAL Members; $60 for non-members (fee includes coffee break)

Limit: 40  participants.  Online registration is closed. On-site registration will be available Saturday morning.

There will be a presentation followed by a Q and A session,  and then small group discussion in which participants work in groups and share their ideas on how they can apply the content of the workshop to their own situations. See LATEST UPDATES for more information.

All are welcome at this practical and interactive workshop. Register now as space is limited!


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Workshop Details

L2 learners, including those at lower levels and those entering higher education, are presented with many assignments requiring them to read multiple source texts and produce writing integrating those texts; thus, they need to become proficient in discourse synthesis writing. ESL instructors are well-positioned to provide instruction to develop students’ synthesizing skills. In this session, the presenter will first review the necessary skills for synthesis, highlight the biggest challenges learners face when completing synthesis tasks, and then share a lesson, adaptable to other content areas and/or proficiency levels, guiding the synthesis process. The presenter concludes with student comments that strongly support the lesson’s application to their content courses. Participants leave with a framework for synthesis instruction to use in their own contexts.

Dr. Carol Numrich is Senior Lecturer and Associate Director for Faculty Search, Development and Review at the American Language Program, Columbia University.   Over the years, she has led many teaching teams in the ALP’s Intensive Program, taught many part-time English courses at the university and traveled internationally to train and consult with language teachers. From 1993 to 1996, Numrich was Visiting Professor at Columbia’s Teachers College, where she directed the M.A. Program in TESOL and taught graduate courses in pedagogy. She helped to develop and coordinate the International Teaching Assistant Program at Columbia, in which she taught doctoral students in the sciences for several years. She also helped design the summer TESOL Certificate Program, in which she taught two of the required courses. Numrich has chaired and helped organize several committees for TESOL as well as co-edited a column from the TESOL Journal. She is the author of Face the Issues, Consider the Issues, Raise the Issues , textbooks written in cooperation with National Public Radio, and Tuning In.  She is also the co-editor for the NorthStar (Pearson Longman), which is now in its 4th edition. Numrich holds an Ed.D. and M.A. from Teachers College, Columbia University and a B.A. from S.U.N.Y at Buffalo.

Global Village English Centres - Vancouver 806 Homer St, Vancouver, BC V6B

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