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The English as a Second Language Council of the

Alberta Teachers' Association proudly presents

2022 Staying Ahead of the Curve
May 6 - 8, 2022
The Malcolm Hotel by Clique, Canmore AB
Friday, May 6th, 2022 Registration, Key Note and PM Breakout Sessions
Saturday, May 7th - Registration, Key Notes and Breakout Sessions
Sunday, May 8th - Mother's Day Wellness Sessions
Program: Click here for the Program 
Teaching and Learning Vocabulary:
Insights from Research and Practice
Dr. Marlise Horst
Teaching learners of English the vocabulary they need to know may seem overwhelming. There are so many words and so much to know about each one! This plenary presentation focuses on ways of making classroom vocabulary learning as efficient and effective as possible. First, I will discuss ways of selecting the high-value words that primary, secondary and adult learners most need to know. Then I draw on classroom-oriented research to answer the following questions: What strengths do learners of English bring to the learning process and how can we build on these assets? What kinds of word knowledge are important to teach? What can we do to make sure the words we teach stick in memory? Finally, how can our students become autonomous vocabulary learners? Since only a portion of the many words they need to know can be taught in class, empowering them with strategies for advancing their own vocabulary learning is critical.
Dr. Marlise Horst is Associate Professor Emerita of Applied Linguistics at Concordia University in Montreal. Her teaching and research focus on second language vocabulary acquisition. In 2019, she authored Focus on Vocabulary for the Oxford Key Concepts series. She recently also completed an ESL course book for Maison de l’amitié,  a community centre in Montreal where she once trained intern teachers and now gives a class herself one evening per week. Her career has taken her to Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Hong Kong, Canada, and most recently to Tokyo, where she enjoyed teaching a graduate course.
Winnie Yeung
Winnie has been an English teacher for over ten years. Homes is her first book and received extensive critical acclaim. It was shortlisted for both the Governor General’s Literary Award for Nonfiction and the Writers’ Trust Shaughnessy Cohen Award for Political Writing. Homes was also a finalist on CBC’s Canada Reads. Homes was awarded the Wilfrid Eggleston Award for Nonfiction and named the Alberta Book Publisher Non- Fiction Book of the Year. When she is not teaching, writing, or reading, Winnie likes to spend her days cooking, baking, and playing with her black pug, Zoe. Edmonton, Canada is her permanent home, but her writing retreat/tiny home (named, The MiniWinnie, of course) is on Vancouver Island. For more information or free teaching resources, visit WinnieYeung.ca.
Homes: A Refugee Story, written by Winnie Yeung, chronicles the life of her former student, Abu Bakr al Rabeeah. In 2010, the al Rabeeah family left their home in Iraq in hopes of a safer life. In a strange twist of fate, they moved to Homs, Syria. Abu Bakr, one of eight children, was just ten years old when violence broke out in the streets around him. Homes is his remarkable true story of growing up in a war zone and ultimately finding safety in Edmonton, Canada. Based on interviews with Abu Bakr and his relatives, Winnie Yeung has woven their stories into a heart breaking and hopeful book about one family's journey to find a new home.
Dorothy Zemach
Dorothy Zemach taught English, French, and Japanese for over 25 years in Asia, Africa, and the US. She holds an MA in TESL from the School for International Training in Vermont, USA. An author of over 20 textbooks, she now concentrates on writing and editing English language teaching materials and conducting teacher training workshops. In 2012, she founded a micropress (visit at http://wayzgoosepress.com) that publishes fiction, non-fiction, and educational materials. Her areas of specialty and interest are teaching writing, teaching reading, business English, academic English, testing, and humor. She is a frequent plenary speaker at international conferences, and a blogger for Teacher Talk at Azar Grammar. Her personal website is http://dorothyzemach.com.
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