WAESOL Online

Real Learning in a Virtual Space

At WAESOL, we want to encourage you in your continued efforts to support your students and develop as teaching professionals. To this end, we were honored to launch WAESOL Online in April, with more sessions to come in 2020 – 2021.

Did you know that WAESOL is still offering access to 42 recorded sessions from the annual conference? These are available to view and for clock hours through December 12. If you registered for the annual conference, the recordings are included. If you were not registered for the conference, you can still register to access the recordings. Visit HERE for more information.

Starting in January 2021, we will open the new year with more great WAESOL Online sessions!

Be sure to check back here for more information on the 2021 WAESOL Online Trainings and registration in the coming weeks.


Using H5P to Develop Interactive, Language-rich Activities

Saturday, January 16th, 2020, 1:00pm – 4:00pm

James Hunter, Gonzaga University 
Sara Hanson-Lynn, Gonzaga University

This hands-on workshop will familiarize participants with H5P, an open-source, web-based authoring platform that makes it easy to create, share, and reuse interactive content. There are currently over 30 activity types, including Course Presentation, Drag and Drop, Drag the Words, Fill in the Blanks (cloze), Find Multiple Hotspots, Flashcards, Image Hotspots, and Interactive Video. All of these can be used to create self-paced, self-grading, engaging activities that can be used in a flipped or traditional setting to encourage practice and authentic, deep learning. While a certain degree of comfort with technology is essential, H5P activities are intuitive to build and use, and represent a significant advance in the integration of instructional technology in language education.

This demonstration will start with hands-on exploration of a variety of activity types, all specifically focused on language/content teaching and learning. Participants will then be shown how to create H5P activities (using Moodle as an example Learning Management System), reuse existing content, and embed activities in other platforms as appropriate to their teaching context.

Content may be embedded in any platform that supports embedded content (iframes). H5P.com also provides integrations for LMSs like Canvas, Brightspace, Blackboard, Moodle and other systems that support the LTI standard. In addition, H5P has plugins for WordPress, Moodle, Drupal and several other publishing platforms. The second stage of the course will focus on using LMS and free websites to host H5P activities, with a focus on Weebly, an online platform that allows anyone to create a free website. This section will begin with a hands-on demonstration of building the website including themes, pages, and publishing. Then, useful features like buttons, links, and embedded content will be shown. Website instruction will be focused on building an organized site that makes class lessons and materials easily accessible, offers extension activities, and collects formative and summative assessment.

The demonstration will conclude with a discussion on how H5P can augment in-person or online language teaching and learning, and the best types of activity for a range of typical language-related activities, such as promoting noticing, developing pronunciation and grammar, and formative and summative assessment.

Presenter Bios

James Hunter has taught ESL/EFL for over 30 years and is the director of TESOL Programs at Gonzaga University. He has a PhD in Applied Linguistics from the University of Birmingham, UK, and his research interests include Second Language Acquisition, corpus linguistics, instructional technologies, and teacher development.

Sara Hanson-Lynn is currently completing her MA/TESOL at Gonzaga University. She has a BA in Spanish and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages certificate from Western Washington University and taught English for three years in Spain in K-12 and adult contexts. She currently directs the free Gonzaga Community ESL Outreach program.


Designing Lessons and Working with Community Partners to Provide Meaningful STEM Experiences for English Learners

This session qualifies for 3 STEM clock hours. 

Saturday, January 23, 2021, 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Shannon Brown, Spokane Public Schools
Kelly Marsh, Spokane Public Schools
Naomi Hagen, Spokane Public Schools
Dr. James Hunter, Gonzaga University

Abstract:  This session is presented by the co-facilitators of the SPS/GU Summer Language STEM Program, a partnership between Gonzaga University’s MATESL program and Spokane Public Schools ELD program. During the session, you will be introduced to the partnership STEM and language development program offered to K-12 students and families in Spokane each summer, and you will participate in key activities that are used with English Learners in this program. The presenters will walk you through the Engineering Design Process and explain key elements of designing an integrated STEM lesson that is accessible for English Learners and includes an integration of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. In addition, you will hear innovative options for introducing your students to the STEM careers by partnering with STEM careers in your community.

Teachers will need the following supplies on hand to participate in the session: 1 package of 100 3×5 index cards & measuring tape.

Presenter Bios

Shannon Brown has 5 years of experience teaching ELL students at Spokane Public Schools. He holds a Master of Initial Teaching Degree and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science as well as the following Washington State Teaching Certifications: English Language Arts, English Language Learner, and Social Studies. He currently works as an ELD teacher at Lewis and Clark High School in Spokane, Washington. Shannon has spent many summers working as a K-12 ELD Teacher and College Teacher Mentor for the Gonzaga University/Spokane Public Schools Summer Language STEM Program. 

Kelly Marsh is a National Board Certified teacher with 20 years of experience teaching ELL students in multiple districts in both California and Washington. She holds a Master’s Degree in Special Education, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology & Audiology as well as the following Washington State Teaching Certifications: Special Education, English Language Learner, Literacy, Elementary Education, and Early Childhood Education. She currently works as an ELD teacher at Cooper Elementary School in Spokane, Washington. Kelly has spent many summers working as a K-12 ELD Teacher and College Teacher Mentor for the Gonzaga University/Spokane Public Schools Summer Language STEM Program.  Additionally, Kelly is currently the Northeast Seat One WABE Board representative.

Naomi Hagen is a dedicated teaching professional with 20 years of experience in the field of education including teaching, administration, and teacher training. Naomi has also served on the WAESOL board as a member at large, assistant treasurer, treasurer, and secretary. She has a BA from Fresno Pacific University, an MA in TESL from Gonzaga University and holds teaching credentials in California and Washington with endorsements in Elementary Education, English, and English Language Development. She also holds certificates in TESOL and Differentiated Instruction training. She has worked with ELLs in the United States from pre-school to university, and her international teaching experience includes teaching English in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia as well as working with K-12 teachers from bilingual programs in Colombia. She currently works for Spokane Public Schools as the ELD Title III K-12 TOSA and serves as an adjunct professor in the ESL endorsement programs at Whitworth and Gonzaga.

James Hunter has taught ESL/EFL for over 30 years and is the director of TESOL Programs at Gonzaga University. He has a PhD in Applied Linguistics from the University of Birmingham, UK, and his research interests include Second Language Acquisition, corpus linguistics, instructional technologies, and teacher development.