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Randall's Presentations at TESOL 2013

This week, I will be presenting at International TESOL Convention in Dallas, Texas, March 21--23. Here is my schedule at the conference. All of these sessions will be held in the Electronic Village, Ballroom A1. Feel free to stop by and say hello, ask questions, and share ideas on our profession.

Date: Thursday, March 21, 11:00-11:50 a.m.
Title: Google Voice + Cell Phones = Effective Speaking Assessment

Summary: Assessing studentsí speaking skills can be a challenge for many teachers because (1) they may be unfamiliar with effective assessment design and (2) they often feel overwhelmed by the daunting logistics of administering speaking tests. As a result, many speaking classes simply don't have speaking tests. In this session, discover some practical and concrete ideas on how to evaluate your students' speaking progress in specific and measurable ways using cell phones and online services such as Google Voice.

Date: Friday, March 22, 3:00-3:50 p.m.
Title: Beyond "Googling": Research Techniques for ESL Students

Summary: Although students (and teachers) tend to gravitate toward Google for gathering information, many of the best online tools for finding quality information go unexplored, including visual search engines. The presenter will demonstrate a variety of Web-based services to help students learn how to dredge the Web better.

Date: Saturday, March 23, 11:00-11:50 a.m.
Title: Online Listening: Tricks, Tools, and New Directions

Summary: This session highlights some of the best and newest innovations in online listening content and tools for enhancing comprehension practice, and describes the features of each. The presenter concludes by explaining basic guidelines on how to use these multimedia resources in pedagogically-sound ways.

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