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  2015 Annual Conference 

Inclusion and Integration:

Contextualizing Culture, 

Communication, and Community

Christopher Newport University

Newport News, VA

October 10, 2015

To register, click here.

Registration types and prices:

                          Regular Member                $85

                          Regular Non-member       $100

                          Student                                 $50        


Registration Deadline: Friday, October 2nd


Please note:  There will be no on-site registration.  We apologize for any inconvenience.


Conference Schedule

Friday, October 9th

5:00pm-7:00pm - Exhibitor Check-in (McMurran Hall, CNU Campus)

7:00pm-9:00pm - Welcome Reception and Early Check-in (The Cove Tavern)

Saturday, October 10th

7:00am-8:00am - Check-in/Breakfast (McMurran Hall Foyer)

8:15am-8:45am - General Session Conference Welcome (101 McMurran Hall)

9:00am-9:45am - SIG Workshops (McMurran Hall, Rooms TBA)

10:00am-10:45am - Breakout Sessions (McMurran Hall, Rooms TBA)

11:00am-11:45am - Breakout Sessions (McMurran Hall, Rooms TBA)

12:00pm-1:15pm - Lunch and SIG Meetings (Freeman Center)

1:30pm-2:15pm - Plenary Speaker (101 McMurran Hall)

2:30pm-3:15pm - Breakout Sessions (McMurran Hall, Rooms TBA)

3:30pm-4:15pm - Breakout Sessions (McMurran Hall, Rooms TBA)

4:30pm-5:00pm - General Session Conference Closing and Raffle (101 McMurran Hall)

Breakout Session Titles

  • A Corpus Analysis of Lexical Verbs in Professional Resume Writing
  • A Multidisciplinary Toolbox for Motivating Diverse Students
  • Awakening the Reader Within
  • Blending the Classroom Environment
  • CC-TV as a TESOL Tool
  • Contextualizing Content Outside the Classroom: Our Experience and Yours
  • Differentiating Instruction for K-12 English Learners [*Featured Presentation, Elementary SIG*]
  • Enhancing Academic Language and Critical Thinking through Films
  • Improving Academic and Social Success of International Freshman through Pre-Collegiate Programs [*Featured Presentation, Program Administrators*]
  • Incorporating Action Research into a TESOL Teacher Preparation Program
  • Integrating Reading Metacognitive Strategies in ESL Classrooms: Not an Option
  • Life after COMPASS: ESOL Placement at Virginia's Community Colleges
  • NBC Learn: Using Audio News Logs to Build Academic Skills [*Featured Presentation, Secondary SIG*]
  • Research Paper in the ESL Classroom: A Metacognitive Experience
  • Service Learning in the ESL Community: A Symbiotic Relationship
  • Teach Abroad with the English Language Fellow Program 
  • Understanding the Redundancy Effect: Brain-Friendly Teaching [*Featured Presentation, Higher Ed SIG*]
  • Using Collaborative Tools in an ESL Classroom [*Featured Presentation, Adult Ed SIG*]
  • Visual Literacy for Language Learners
  • When East Meets West: Narrowing the Cultural Gaps
  • Who's the Boss? Classroom Management and Discipline within an IEP

Conference Parking

Free and open parking will be available on the CNU campus: 

 Lot C (next to the Freeman Center)

 Lot D (behind Luter Hall)

 Lot M (next to McMurran)

Please click here to access the interactive CNU Campus Map.

Friday Evening Welcome Reception

Time: 7:00pm-9:00pm

Location: The Cove Tavern, 711 Lakefront Commons, Newport News 23606 (Click here for Google Map directions); 8 minutes from the Hampton Inn

Parking: Street parking (not free) and garage parking (free) are available

Cost: Free with paid conference registration

Early Check-in will be available at the reception. Appetizers and one drink ticket for beer or wine will be included; RSVP required. Additional food and beverages will be available for purchase.

Bonus: Stick around for live music at The Cove Tavern; we hear it begins around 9:30 or 10pm every Friday night!

For more information, click here.

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