Panels/Colloquium at KOTESOL 2015

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Panel Discussions & Colloquia are a new emphasis at the 2015 KOTESOL International Conference and English Expo, one of our own "Transitions in Education: Transitions in ELT."


Teaching Children and Teenagers Globally: Challenges and Opportunities

Invited Panel from the IATEFL YLT SIG

Sat   14:30


  • Kalyan Chattopadhyay, Bankim Sardar College (IATEFL YLT SIG)
  • Anna Loseva, Clark Memorial International High School, Tokyo
  • Virginia Parker, IATEFL YLT SIG
  • Barbara Hoskins Sakamoto, iTDi (International Teacher Development Institute)
  • David Valente, ELT Consultanst (IATEFL YLT SIG)

Teaching Children and Teenagers is a challenging as well as exciting engagement. Teachers often talk about challenges they face in teaching. Some, however, see many learning opportunities in them. We would like to share some of the challenges that we have experienced like managing learner behaviour in the class, meeting the variety of needs of learners with differing interests, abilities, learning styles etc., choosing learning materials, identifying and using technologies/web tools to support language learning, using assessment tools to present learner performance more accurately.  We would like to address how to create new learning opportunities and learning experiences in spite of the challenges.


Supporting ELL's In International Schools With The WIDA English Language Development Framework

Invited Panel from WIDA

Sat   15:30


  • Jon Nordmeyer, WIDA    
  • Bethany Martens, Yongsan International School of Seoul    
  • Mirela Matesan, Chadwick International School    
  • Madalena Elshoff, KIS - Jeju    
  • Barbara Wrightson, TCIS    
  • Kwangmi Shin, TCIS

Representatives from several International Schools in Korea will share how they have used the WIDA English Language Development Standards ( in the assessment and instruction of English. These tools help schools to integrate language and content learning, and support collaboration between English language and content-area teachers. Possible questions will include: How have you used WIDA assessments? How has the WIDA standards framework supported curriculum development? How do teachers collaborate using the WIDA resources? The panel will be moderated but will invite questions from the audience.


Beyond The Native Speaker Fallacy; Korean NNEST's Employment Struggles

Sat   16:30


  • Hyunsoo Hur, DLI, U.S. Military Base, Korea    
  • Jeong-Ah Lee, Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology    
  • Kara Mac Donald, Defense Language Institute, Monterey    
  • Kyung Ae Oh, Duksung Women's University, Seoul, Korea

Korea is attractive for NESTs for its lucrative and modern lifestyle. However, Korean NNESTs employment opportunities are not only limited by the Native-Speaker fallacy, but also by current governmental legislation reducing the potential for Korean NNESTs to obtain positions in higher education. The panel addresses the struggles and responses of  Korean NNESTs in a fiercely competitive market due to imposed quotas in spite of educational qualifications.


NEST's & NNEST's Meet Together: Creating A Collaborative Working Environment

Invited Panel from TESOL

Sun   11:00


  • Soonhyang Kim, University of North Florida, TESOL
  • Lizabeth England, Shenandoah University
  • Yingliang Liu, Wuhan University of Technology
  • Kyungsook Yeum, Sookmyung Women's University

Presenters provide a forum for native English speaking (NESTs) and non-native, English speaking teachers (NNESTs) to discuss challenges and opportunities for NEST-NNESTs working collaboratively. Included are: (a) moving away from the NES/NNES dichotomy, (b) NNEST-NEST collaboration, and (c) issues with hiring and working with NNESTs.


The 21st Century English Language Lesson: Approaches And Best Practices In ELT

Sun   10:00


  • Robert Berkley Griffin, Oklahoma City University    
  • Daniel Rueckert, Indiana University--Purdue University--Indianapolis    
  • Tony Terry, ESL Oklahoma City    
  • Jungmi Park, Oklahoma City University

Who is the 21st century learner and what language classroom is most suitable for him/her? From the SIOP Model to Educational Neuroscience to Gamification to the Flipped Classroom, several approaches have been promoted in recent years, suggesting enhancements to English Language teaching with the promise of 21st century educational know-how. This panel examines three questions: 1) The digital native as English language learner--Who is this student and what are the cognitive underpinnings of his/her learning? 2) What is gamification and how does that apply to the language learning process and 3) How can teachers use an 8-step model to incorporate the gamified classroom into a series of best practices, inspiring the 21st century English language learner? Materials will be provided to assist novice and experienced teachers as they consider transitioning from an often teacher- fronted class to the possibilities of new, structured classroom practices for the future of ELT.