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Saturday, October 19 • 8:00am - 9:15am
Welcome Address: Declaring Our Excellence and Theirs – Fostering Awareness of Learner Achievement

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Our field focuses on excellence, it always has—and yet so much of our work and our learners’ work often goes unnoticed and uncelebrated by the public at large. The 40th anniversary of ATESL is the perfect time to examine, declare and celebrate our excellence while ruminating on ways we can increase public awareness of what we and our learners achieve on a daily basis.
This interactive, lighthearted keynote begins with a look at the evolution of ELT excellence over the past 40 years and then asks us to consider our personal concept of excellence: How do we determine its presence in our teaching and our learners’ outcomes? How do we ensure that our learners see evidence of their achievements? In response to these questions, we will look at an array of no-tech, low-tech and high-tech tasks and projects our learners can do—from community gardens, to how-to videos, to public speaking on behalf of themselves and their communities—each an opportunity to increase learners’ belief in their self-efficacy and agency and each a platform from which they, and we, can declare our shared excellence.


Jayme Adelson-Goldstein

Lighthearted Learning
Jayme Adelson-Goldstein, Lighthearted Learning, is a curriculum consultant and teacher educator. Jayme works with adult school and community college agencies to help English language teachers’ maximize their learners’ outcomes using rigorous and contextualized instruction, aligned... Read More →

Saturday October 19, 2019 8:00am - 9:15am MDT
Grand Ballroom