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11th Annual Professional Development Conference Schedule
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8:15 AM to 9:00 AM 


Registration and Exhibitor Set Up

Coffee & light breakfast



9:00 AM to 10:00 AM 


Using Canvas as a Repository and Sharing Resource for the IEP Curriculum

Leslie Gabriele, Intensive English Program, Indiana University


Custom, Short-Term Programs: Innovation, Implementation, Organization

James Stakenburg and Lisa Kraft, English Language Institute, Pace University


Experiential English in the Sciences: Aquarium Project

Kurt Smith and Marco Devera, Intensive English Program at The University of Mississippi


Collaborating with University Faculty on International Student Success

Sherry Warren, International Accelerator Program, University of South Carolina; Sandra Reno, University of the Pacific


Listening Skills Essentials: Innovative Evidence-based Strategies for Processing Aural Input

Marnie Reed, Boston University


Motivation to Study Abroad: A Qualitative Case Study on Chinese EFL Students

Yang Gao, San Jose State University; Hua Li, Kent State University; Ziyang Zhang, MYoung Education



10:10 AM to 11:10 AM


Developing ESL Courses for Graduate Students

Amy Cook and Jennifer Majorana, Saginaw Valley State University


Turning Continuing Orientation into a First Semester Experience

Laura Vaughn, The Intensive English Program, The University of Mississippi


Best in Stats: Improving IEP Assessments Using a Wright Map

Brandon Decker and Phil Bridges, English Language Institute, Missouri State University


Do You See What I See? Collaborating to Resolve Pain Points in IEPs

Alan Broomhead, Showa Boston, Showa Women's University; Sasha Bogdanovskaya, International School of Advanced Learning


Academic Reading Circles: Encouraging Critical Thinking, Collaboration, and Personal Responsibility
Heather Ditzer, English for Academic Purposes Program, Columbia College


Digital Marketing

Rachel Durcan and Ross Holmes, ICEF



11:20 AM to 12:20 PM 


Which Way is the Exit?

Nan Clarke and Catherine Condon Madden, Intensive English Program, North Carolina State University


How can you grow your IEP marketing programs through your branding & advertising?

Jenny Fennelly, Study Travel Ltd


Cultural Transition in the IEP

Gretchen M. Dee, ELS Chicago, Dominican University


Advocacy 101: Building Confidence to Approach Your Congress Members

Mackenzie Kerby, ELS Language Centers/Boston-Downtown


Back to Basics:  Lessons from an Initial Teacher Training Course

Jennifer Johnston and Phil Bridges, The English Language Institute, Missouri State University


An Analysis of Rehearsed Speech Characteristics on the Oral Proficiency Interview—Computer (OPIc)

Gwyneth Gates, Divine Word College



12:30 PM to 1:30 


Lunch & Table Topics



1:40 PM to 2:40 PM 


Short-Term Programs - A Guide to Revitalizing Your Revenue and Enrollment

Lance Lee Noe, Troy University ESL Program; Annie Percy, Troy University


IIE and IEPs: Ways to Engage with the Broader International Education Landscape

Katie Courvoisier, Institute of International Education (IIE)


Walking the DSO (Designated School Official) Labyrinth

Mathelda Molina, Gwendolyn Elder, Anna Iskandarian, ELS Language Centers


Leverage WeChat to Maximize your Reach in China

Luna Jiang, Study in the USA


How to Provide Individualized Grammar Feedback Without Wasting Time

Braden Chase, Intensive English Language Institute, Divine Word College


Insights into Academic Integrity Violations by International Students

Alisha Biler, International Accelerator Program, University of South Carolina



2:50 PM to 3:50 PM 


Sharing Best Practices across the Membership

Lisa Besso and Emma Tudor, EnglishUSA


Trends in Demand and Best Recruitment Methods for IEPs

Mrs. Gabriela Zelaya, U.S. Commercial Service, U.S. Department of Commerce


Tips and Tricks for Setting Up an Effective IEP Tutoring Program

Jennifer Brown Edwards and Anita Culler, Intensive English Program, North Carolina State University


Sustaining the Heart: SEL Plans for Educators

Melanie Witt, University of Denver


The Empathetic Trainer

Gwendolyn Elder and Anna Iskandarian, ELS Language Centers; Anna Iskandarian


Connection Between the Writing Prompt and Student Writing

Irina Parker and Kristine Mook, English Language Center, Rochester Institute of Technology



3:50 to 4:10 PM


Coffee Break in the Exhibit Hall



4:10 PM to 5:10 PM


Widening your recruitment funnel; Agents and Onshore opportunities

Lisa Besso, EnglishUSA; Mike Finnell, American International Recruitment Council (AIRC); Rachel Durcan, ICEF


The Role of IEPs in Students' Journeys to University Admittance

Sarah Grosik, University of Pennsylvania


Assessment and Feedback in Oral Communication Classes: Using Adobe Spark Videos

Jacqueline M. Gianico, Penn State University


A New Perspective on Managing and Motivating Multilevel ESL Classes.

Nichole Lucas, University of Dayton


Motivating Better Vocabulary Acquisition by Modeling Parallel Processing

Mark Wynn, INTO, Oregon State University


When Smart Teachers Do Stupid Things

Haviva Parnes and Sarah Glinski, EC English Language Centers



5:30 to 7:30 PM


Reception at Stafford House International. Hors d’oeuvres, beer/wine, assorted beverages. Sponsored by Study in the USA.






9:00 AM to 10:00 AM 


Facilitating Student Integration into the Campus and Community

Melissa Meisterheim, ESL Programs, University of Iowa


The Secret to Moving Student Perceptions from Dissatisfaction to Gratitude

Jerry Archer, INTO Oregon State University


Implementing Effective Curriculum Review for Maintaining IEP Standards

Adriana Treadway, Spring International Language Center, University of Arkansas 


Writing English-Language Proficiency Test Questions: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Marian Crandall, Educational Testing Service (ETS)


Assessment & the American Sitcom: An Intensive English Programming Innovation

Torin Shriver and Nicholas Santavicca, University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth



10:10 AM to 11:10 AM


Teacher Leadership and Student Outcomes in a University IEP:  Towards More Effective Leadership Practices

Rachel DeDeyn, University of Denver


Effect of X-Word Grammar and Traditional Grammar Instruction on Grammatical Accuracy

Sue Livingston, LaGuardia Community College – CUNY


Creating A Rock Star Student Orientation

Rhianna E. Weber, Riverdale College of Mount Saint Vincent, ELS Language Centers


Increasing Student Learning Outcomes through Transparency, Technology, and Teacher Continuing Professional Development

Courtney Walters, Embassy English


Leveraging Your Network

Sandra Halladey, Study in the USA



11:20 AM to 12:15 PM


Coffee, Exhibitors & Poster Sessions


A Fresh Look at Listening Journals

Peter Sexton, Intensive English Language Center, University of Nevada, Reno


Embracing Tech: Integrating Technology into Lessons Seamlessly

Rhonda Yates, State University of New York College at Plattsburgh


Assignment Design for an ESL Writing Course

Anita Seralathan, American Language Institute, San Francisco State University (SFSU) 


Using Authentic Graduate Writing Assignments to Inform EAP Instruction

Erin Karl, English Language Center, Rochester Institute of Technology


Techniques for encouraging shy students

Marcia Broadway, Embassy English San Diego


Ready, Set, Go! Supporting Long-term ‘ESL Marathon’ Students to the Finish Line

Kate Nikolaeva, EF-Miami


Intentional Student Life

Caroline Coy, University of Miami, Intensive English Program



12:15 PM to 1:15 PM 


Lunch & Table Topics



1:30 PM to 2:30 PM 


Assignment Design for an ESL Writing Course

Anita Seralathan, American Language Institute, San Francisco State University (SFSU)


Partnering with a Third-Party Pathway Program: A Three-Year Reflection

Ken Janjigian, American University


Validating Your English Language Program on a University Campus

Tracey McGee, English Language Services, Illinois Institute of Technology; Jill Fox, Intensive English Language Institute (IELI), Creighton University


Creating a Protocol to Measure Teacher Beliefs of Oral Corrective Feedback Strategies Regarding Pronunciation

Jessica Raczkowski, Wilkes University


Progress for All in the Mixed Ability Classroom

Sara Davila, Pearson


Integrating Artificial Intelligence into English Teaching and Learning

Lewis Johnson, Alelo 



2:40 PM to 3:40 PM 


EducationUSA Academy: Principles and students' perceptions of a college preparation program

James Badger, Center for Language Education, University of North Georgia


Step Outside Your ESL Comfort Zone: Teaching Domestic Students in Rwanda

Paul Mart, Intensive English Program, Western Washington University


Building (not just testing) Good Habits of Readers

Jennifer Rice and Korey Rice, American English Institute, University of Oregon


Yes, And: Using Improv in the IEP Classroom

Jacqueline M. Gianico, Penn State University


Western Civilization Literacy

Terry Barakat and Crystal Young, The English Language Institute, Missouri State University



Contact Us


2900 Delk Road

Suite 700, PMB 321

Marietta, GA  30067
Tel: 404-567-6875