Of Virginia Hosts Statewide Conference For Teachers Of English
As A Second Language
October 9, 2003 --
population of schoolchildren in Virginia who are non-native speakers
of English has exploded over the past few
years and schools
around the state are struggling to meet their needs, according
to the Virginia Association of Teachers of English to Speakers
of Other Languages. Add in the initiatives to raise scholastic
standards, such as Virginia’s Standards of Learning and the
federal government’s No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, and
the challenges facing English as a Second Language teachers in
financially strapped school districts are daunting.
are among the topics to be addressed at the annual VATESOL conference
Saturday, Oct. 11 at the University of Virginia.
Rescheduled to avoid Hurricane Isabel, the conference is being
hosted by the University’s Center for American English
Language and Culture from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Wilson Hall.
It is open
to the public for an on-site registration fee of $25, which covers
lunch and refreshments.
than 130 educators from around Virginia are expected to convene
in Charlottesville for the 2003 conference,
the theme of support for instructors and staff working with
English learners in regular classrooms.
Richardson, professor of education at Virginia Commonwealth University,
the keynote address, “Challenges
and Solutions: Working with ESL Students Who Have Special
Needs in Reading.” And Roberta Schlicher, ESL coordinator
for the Virginia Department of Education, will speak on the
of SOLs and Title III (No Child Left Behind legislation).
scheduled sessions include creating a course for scientific English,
developing an awareness of sexist language, and
designing a writing workshop that incorporates storytelling.
also will be a presentation on building community networks
by Paula Mehring, director of Virginia Migrant
Waynesboro, and on Virginia migrant education and the
Committee in Charlottesville, by Heidi Gordon, an ESL
instructor for the Charlottesville city schools and the International
Rescue Committee. The pair will share their recent experiences
an advocacy group for Hispanics in Waynesboro and a networking
group for organizations serving immigrants in Charlottesville.
Center for American English Language and Culture was conceived
by the Virginia 2020 Commission on International
and is funded by the Office of the Vice President and
two-fold mission is to provide national leadership
in intercultural communication and teaching English as a
and to help members of the U.Va. community attain the
linguistic and cultural
proficiency needed for academic success. All segments
Virginia education system are represented in VATESOL,
preK-12, adult and
migrant, college and university.
partners include the English Department, the McIntire School
of Commerce, the
School of Engineering
Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate
Studies, the School of Law, the Teaching Resource
Center, the Speech-Language-Hearing
Center, the International Studies Office, the International
Center, the Summer Language Institute, and the Office
of the Summer Session.
Charlotte Crystal, (434) 924-6858