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Winter/Spring 2016 Edition

WATESOL NEWS Connecting Teachers of ESOL in the Washington, DC Area

President’s Message

Membership News 2015-2016 WATESOL Board p. 2 Conference 2015 Reflections p. 3 Travel Grant Winners

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Meet-up in Baltimore

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Members presenting at TESOL 2016

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Articles Reflective Learning: The Unexpected Benefits of Learning Logs Kelli Rowedder & Anna Carroll p. 4 Financial Literacy for Adult ELLs DeAnna Coon & Miriam Burt. p. 7 How should kids learn English: through Old MacDonald’s farm or Ali Baba’s farm? Joan Kang Shin p. 9 Meeting the Unique Challenges of Saudi Learners in American IEPs Betsy Lindeman Wong p. 11 Teaching Writing using the ACCESS Rubric Darcy Scott

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First of all, a big thank you to all of you who attended the Fall Conference back in October. The 1.5 day conference was a new undertaking for us - one intended to replace the biennial spring conference - and overall we believe it was a success! We had a near record number of attendees, with almost 200 professionals from around the Washington, DC area coming to hear from our talented presenters. We also tried some new approaches with our exhibitors, as you might have noticed during the Elite Exhibitor presentations at mealtimes. After all these new pursuits and your feedback, we have plenty to reflect upon as we look ahead toward this year’s Fall Conference. We have more ideas up our sleeves that we’re excited to try out! One exciting development for 2016: we have partnered with TESOL to bring in an extra-special keynote speaker for our Fall Conference. Dr. Misty Adoniou is a Senior Lecturer in Language Literacy and Teaching English as a Second Language at the University of Canberra in Canberra, Australia. Her areas of expertise include multilingualism and multimodality, as well as writing skills and arts integration. We are very thankful to TESOL for helping us bring Dr. Adoniou all the way from Australia, and to Dr. Adoniou for making time in her busy schedule for WATESOL in October. Amid all of these new ideas and expansions, though, the core mission of WATESOL remains the same: providing professional development and community building to English language teachers and professionals in the Washington, DC area. With this in mind, I would like to encourage all of you to visit our website and re-familiarize yourself with the resources we offer. Your Special Interest Group (SIG) is also a great resource for professional development and community building - stay tuned for future SIG events in spring/summer of 2016. I look forward to this year of serving as WATESOL’s President. I am grateful to the Past-Presidents and other Board members who will support me over the next year. And of course, I am grateful to you, our members, who make WATESOL the fantastic organization that it is. Here’s to 2016! Sharla Branscombe de Rivera 2015-2016 WATESOL President

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