Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Professional Development Day: Tuesday, November 1

There are no morning or afternoon classes next Tuesday - instead we will meet for a faculty and staff Professional Development Day. Please RSVP if you haven't already. The agenda is below.

Plenary 1
9:00am – 10:30am
Lesson Share
Creative and effective teaching happens in our school every day, but we do not often have the chance to see outside of our own classrooms and into those of our colleagues. In this lesson sharing plenary, four teachers will share favorite lessons designed for various levels and skills. We will then break into small groups to share lessons of our own. Each attendee should come prepared with a favorite lesson to share.

Neil Applebaum, Monica Courtney, Jeanine Efthimiou, and Mary Nance-Tager

Room C334
Plenary 2
10:45am – 11:30am
The New CUNY Contract
Please join PSC representatives as they clarify how the recently ratified contract will affect Adjunct instructors. Topics will include retroactive pay, two- versus three-year contracts, adjunct rights and benefits, and issues with CUNY First. Bring your questions!

Sam Rasiotis, PSC Organizer
Young-min Seo, PSC Adjunct Liaison to LaGuardia Community College
Stan Wine, PSC Adjunct Grievance Counselor and Adjunct Lecturer, Baruch College and Hunter College

Room C334
Session 2
11:45am – 12:30pm
Using Creative Tasks to Enhance Language Learning and Promote Student Autonomy in The Classroom and Beyond
How can we manipulate tasks to scaffold learning, enhance communication, and assess linguistic outcomes? This workshop will encourage you to reflect on the ways in which ESL teachers can harness the affective and cognitive elements of creativity in order to create meaningful and dynamic tasks that motivate students and shape them into autonomous learners. Teaching ideas based on the narrative in addition to other modes of argumentation will be discussed. Practical suggestions will be made that illustrate how Task-based Instruction (TBI) can be adopted in multiple levels to promote learners’ oral fluency, elaboration, and critical thinking, as well as to develop their linguistic repertoire.

Jason Chiu and Jordan Van Horn

Room C334
What Levels Mean
In the last year, we have heard from faculty that there is a desire to discuss placement, promotion and how we define levels at TELC. In this session, we will revisit some of the topics we discussed in the Conversation about Social Promotion (in particular, what criteria teachers use for promotion) and will also look at tools we have for defining levels.

Kate Baldus

Room C332
2nd Floor Lobby

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