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MSUM to host symposium, teaching English language

Minnesota State University Moorhead is hosting the TEAM Work Symposium: Teaching ELLs with Academics in Mind on Sept. 19-20.

The theme is "Braiding the Strands for English Language Learners." All events are open to educators in elementary, high school, and higher education, and anyone who works with ELLs.

Sylvia Linan Thompson, associate professor at the University of Texas, Austin, is the pre-conference trainer and keynote speaker on Friday, Sept. 19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The focus will be on oral language and reading interventions for ELLs. The conference begins Friday at 5:30 p.m. with Linan Thompson giving the keynote on "Instruction for English Language Learners: Looking back and looking forward."

Linan Thompson has developed and examined reading interventions for struggling readers who are monolingual English speakers, English language learners, and bilingual students acquiring Spanish literacy.

She has authored numerous articles, chapters and two books on these topics.

Concurrent sessions will be held Saturday, Sept. 20, which will be divided into three categories: Getting Started Teaching English Language Learners, The Transition to Higher Education, and Advanced Scholarship and Education for ESL Teachers.

Conference attendees will have the chance to win a trip to the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages conference March 26-28, 2009 in Denver, Colo.

Two trips for higher education faculty and two trips for K-12 faculty will be given away.

Cost for the pre-conference and conference is $85, which includes the Friday evening dinner and lunches.

One undergraduate or graduate credit is available at an additional cost for those who attend the both days.

An assignment will be due after the conference. Continuing Education Units are also available.

For more information or to register, go to the web site, contact MSUM's Continuing Studies at 218.477.5862 or e-mail