Fall Webinar Series from NCTN

 The National College Transition Network is offering a webinar series, College Readiness for English Language Learners.

Registration for a single webinar is $49, and the discounted package price for registration for all three is $125.

 Short descriptions of each webinar are below but please see our website for full webinar descriptions with presenter bios.



Webinar #1: ESOL Transitions Framework


Presenters: Luanne Teller and Carey Reid, SABES, World Education Inc.

Date: Tuesday, October 2, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM [EDT]


The Life Skills, College, and Career Readiness Guide for ESOL Learners is a new resource collection of tasks that teachers can use in their classrooms to build the skills that students need to succeed in next steps. A good deal of the time in this webinar will be devoted to hands-on exploration of The Guide itself and ways that participants might use it.





Webinar #2: Academic Vocabulary Development 


Presenters: Rebeca Fernandez, Central Piedmont Community College, NC

Date: Tuesday, November 13, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM [EST]


In this interactive 90-minute session, participants will compare their own ideas about vocabulary knowledge and its development in adult ESOL students against current definitions and understandings in the field. After a brief examination of the research, they will be introduced to a variety of instructional strategies and digital tools that can be used to support students’ academic vocabulary development in intermediate and advanced adult ESOL courses that aim to provide them with an adequate foundation for postsecondary coursework and career training. Time will be set aside for experimentation with and discussion of these strategies and tools.





Webinar #3: Program Design and Implementation: Focus on El Paso’s experience


Presenters: Susan Tollefson and Norma Minjares, El Paso Community College

Date: Tuesday, December 4, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM [EST]


This interactive 90-minute webinar will begin with a brief history of El Paso’s transition program and what it looks like today. With input from participants, the presenters will identify and discuss some of the strengths and challenges similar to both native and non-native speakers of English preparing to transition to a postsecondary institution, as well as the strengths and challenges unique to ESOL adults. The main focus of the webinar will be to discuss how to meet the inherent challenges of building an instructional team that is strong in content and methodology, and whose members are willing to learn new skill sets necessary in an integrated, team-teaching model that builds student self-efficacy skills.