2014 MD-TESOL Conference

34th Maryland TESOL Annual Fall Conference

Valuing Diverse Perspectives in TESOL

Date: Saturday, October 25, 2014

Time: 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Location: CCBC, Essex Campus

Important Notice

The Fall 2014 MDTESOL conference is sold-out, and we have reached capacity!  Registration is now closed. There will be no onsite registration.       

 However, we are very pleased to announce that, for the first time ever, MDTESOL is granting online access to post-conference materials, including videos of Stephen Krashen's Keynote Speech, presenters' handouts, session PowerPoints and the Conference Program.  Access will be limited to MDTESOL members, but there will be no additional charge.

Post-conference materials will be posted and available to those who have current membership. You may register as a new member or renew current membership.


Announcing our Keynote Speaker!

The Development of Academic Language: The right way is the easy way

Dr. Stephen Krashen

I argue in this presentation that the development of academic language occurs in three stages, and all three are pleasant: (1) stories and read alouds; (2) recreational reading (3) academic reading. In all three of these stages, the input is COMPELLING, that is, extremely interesting. In stages two and three the reading is typically self-selected and narrow. I will also argue that there is no other way to develop academic language. It cannot be done by direct study: the system is too vast and complicated. Academic language can only be absorbed, or acquired, by reading.

Announcing Special Breakout Session with our Keynote Speaker!

Following the Keynote Address, Dr. Stephen Krashen will offer a breakout session, allowing for further interaction with conference attendees!

Breakout Session: The Common Core Standards

The Common Core is a bad solution to a problem that does not exist: The major problem in education in the US is not a lack of consistent and tough standards. It is poverty: The US now ranks 34th in the world out of 35 economically developed countries in child poverty: when researchers control for the effect of poverty, US international test scores are at the top of the world. The obvious path is to protect children from the impact of poverty: improve nutrition through school food programs, improve health care through investing more in school nurses, and improving access to books through investing in school libraries. Studies show, unsurprisingly, that children who are hungry, ill and have little or nothing to read, do not do well in school. Instead, the US government is investing billions in a tougher, more "rigorous" curriculum and instituting an astonishing amount of testing, more than we have ever seen on this planet. There is no evidence that any of this will help children. Susan Ohanian has provided an accurate description of the common core: “a radical untried curriculum overhaul” combined with “nonstop national testing."

Keynote Profile

Stephen Krashen is Emeritus Professor of Education at the University of Southern California. He is best known for developing the first comprehensive theory of second language acquisition, introducing the concept of sheltered subject matter teaching, and as the co-inventor of the Natural Approach to foreign language teaching. He has also contributed to theory and application in the area of bilingual education, and has done important work in the area of reading. He was the 1977 Incline Bench Press champion of Venice Beach and holds a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. He is the author of The Power of Reading (Heinemann, 2004, second edition). His recent papers can be found at http://www.sdkrashen.com

Maryland TESOL extends its warm welcome to our Keynote Speaker for the 2014 Annual Fall Conference!



2014 MD-TESOL Conference

34th Maryland TESOL Annual Fall Conference

Valuing Diverse Perspectives in TESOL

Date: Saturday, October 25, 2014

Time: 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Location: CCBC, Essex Campus

Important Notice

The Fall 2014 MDTESOL conference is sold-out, and we have reached capacity!  Registration is now closed. There will be no onsite registration.       

 However, we are very pleased to announce that, for the first time ever, MDTESOL is granting online access to post-conference materials, including videos of Stephen Krashen's Keynote Speech, presenters' handouts, session PowerPoints and the Conference Program.  Access will be limited to MDTESOL members, but there will be no additional charge.

Post-conference materials will be posted and available to those who have current membership. You may register as a new member or renew current membership.


Announcing our Keynote Speaker!

The Development of Academic Language: The right way is the easy way

Dr. Stephen Krashen

I argue in this presentation that the development of academic language occurs in three stages, and all three are pleasant: (1) stories and read alouds; (2) recreational reading (3) academic reading. In all three of these stages, the input is COMPELLING, that is, extremely interesting. In stages two and three the reading is typically self-selected and narrow. I will also argue that there is no other way to develop academic language. It cannot be done by direct study: the system is too vast and complicated. Academic language can only be absorbed, or acquired, by reading.

Announcing Special Breakout Session with our Keynote Speaker!

Following the Keynote Address, Dr. Stephen Krashen will offer a breakout session, allowing for further interaction with conference attendees!

Breakout Session: The Common Core Standards

The Common Core is a bad solution to a problem that does not exist: The major problem in education in the US is not a lack of consistent and tough standards. It is poverty: The US now ranks 34th in the world out of 35 economically developed countries in child poverty: when researchers control for the effect of poverty, US international test scores are at the top of the world. The obvious path is to protect children from the impact of poverty: improve nutrition through school food programs, improve health care through investing more in school nurses, and improving access to books through investing in school libraries. Studies show, unsurprisingly, that children who are hungry, ill and have little or nothing to read, do not do well in school. Instead, the US government is investing billions in a tougher, more "rigorous" curriculum and instituting an astonishing amount of testing, more than we have ever seen on this planet. There is no evidence that any of this will help children. Susan Ohanian has provided an accurate description of the common core: “a radical untried curriculum overhaul” combined with “nonstop national testing."

Keynote Profile

Stephen Krashen is Emeritus Professor of Education at the University of Southern California. He is best known for developing the first comprehensive theory of second language acquisition, introducing the concept of sheltered subject matter teaching, and as the co-inventor of the Natural Approach to foreign language teaching. He has also contributed to theory and application in the area of bilingual education, and has done important work in the area of reading. He was the 1977 Incline Bench Press champion of Venice Beach and holds a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. He is the author of The Power of Reading (Heinemann, 2004, second edition). His recent papers can be found at http://www.sdkrashen.com

Maryland TESOL extends its warm welcome to our Keynote Speaker for the 2014 Annual Fall Conference!