In addition to being a teacher, Dr. Folse is also a researcher and an author. With nearly 75 books in publication, and his most recent The Grammar Answer Key (University of Michigan Press) now available as an e-book, Dr. Folse is doing four talks at this year’s conference. He is giving two keynotes as well as leading two breakout sessions. Some of the content for these presentations comes from his new book The Grammar Answer Key (https://www.press.umich.edu/9848811/the_grammar_answer_key), which explains common English language problems that frustrate our learners. In his own words, this book is “the cheat sheet that I truly wish I had had access to when I started teaching almost 40 years ago.”
Dr. Folse has presented in many countries, and he is extremely happy to finally be presenting here in Alberta for the very first time.
KEYNOTE SESSION #1 (FRIDAY): The Key to Helping ESL Students with Seven Difficult Grammar Points
In this talk, we will look at seven difficult grammar topics for ESL students, including prepositions, verb tenses, and phrasal verbs. We will identify student errors, discuss how to explain the correction, and consider class activities or teaching techniques to address these particular grammar issues. This workshop is especially good for teachers who are not sure of how to explain why we say IN January but ON Monday, why we say "I HAVE EATEN SUSHI BEFORE" but not I HAVE EATEN SUSHI LAST NIGHT, or when we would prefer to say HE'LL CANCEL IT versus HE'LL CALL IT OFF (when CANCEL and CALL OFF are synonyms).
BREAKOUT SESSION #1: An Intro to Corpus Linguistics for Teachers (FRIDAY)
Early in my teaching career, I remember a student asking me "What is the difference between PERSUADE and CONSIDER? Are they the same?” Because of advances in corpus linguistics, how I answered that question then and how I would answer it in 2018 are very different. In today's talk, we'll look at what corpus linguistics is and how this can (and should) be a valuable resource for every teacher regardless of what subject you teach.
KEYNOTE SESSION #2 (SATURDAY): Best Vocabulary Teaching Practices
Vocabulary knowledge is crucial for all learners, but lack of vocabulary knowledge is especially important to ESL learners. While everyone pretty much agrees that vocabulary is important, very few programs do anything to address vocabulary on a consistent basis. This session will address key issues in teaching vocabulary such as: identifying words that students are not likely to know, explaining new vocabulary, and practicing new vocabulary. Teachers will leave with a new appreciation for the lexical plight that our learners face and take away specific classroom activities to help students with learning vocabulary.
BREAKOUT SESSION #2 (SATURDAY): Speaking Activities that Practice Grammar and Vocabulary
Months after secondary school and university ESL students have been exited into mainstream classes, these students are sometimes asked by their former programs (via surveys), “What do you now wish the English program had done for you when you were an ESL student?” Invariably, their answers revolve around 2 areas: speaking and vocabulary. These students want (1) more chances to speak English with native speakers who are their peers (e.g., age, student, etc.) and (2) more vocabulary. In this session, we will demonstrate how several speaking activities that require students to practice certain lexical and/or grammar points.
Interested in seeing Dr. Folse in person?! Come join us in person this November in Edmonton! The ATA ESLC Conference Program is being finalized and will be up soon! REGISTER & LOOK @ INFO HERE!