Location

Online

Start Date

3-3-2021 2:30 PM

End Date

3-3-2021 3:30 PM

Description

The session will describe our efforts during Fall 2020 to keep our ESL Club social activities relevant for our changing student demographic (fewer international students, more domestic students with work and family responsibilities) and attract more students to attend virtual social events during a challenging time with so much fluctuation. The result was the creation of social activities that combined socialization with the means of enhancing learners’ metacognition, emotional regulation, resilience and motivation. Two of these events were a Newcomer Success Stories coffee chat and a forum presented by EAP students capturing their journey through the ESL Program. These events included activities that helped students activate their future selves (through visualization) and shape their perception of success through opportunities to interview potential role models. These interviews also enabled the learners to become familiar with emotional regulation strategies and ways of building optimism in the face of hardship. Overall, these events proved successful, showing a high turn out and high student engagement, and we plan to continue offering them on a regular basis to all students in the ESL Program.

Comments

SESSION ONE: Building Learning Communities

Teach Geek sessions were comprised of two 10-minute presentations. Each of the sessions ran twice. Once attendees finished watching the two sessions, they had the option to move to another two sessions. There was no official Q&A associated with Teach Geeks, each participant was encouraged connect with the presenters in the Networking 1:1 Booth or follow-up directly via email.

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Mar 3rd, 2:30 PM Mar 3rd, 3:30 PM

Building Resilience Through Social Activities in the ESL Program (Teach Geeks)

Online

The session will describe our efforts during Fall 2020 to keep our ESL Club social activities relevant for our changing student demographic (fewer international students, more domestic students with work and family responsibilities) and attract more students to attend virtual social events during a challenging time with so much fluctuation. The result was the creation of social activities that combined socialization with the means of enhancing learners’ metacognition, emotional regulation, resilience and motivation. Two of these events were a Newcomer Success Stories coffee chat and a forum presented by EAP students capturing their journey through the ESL Program. These events included activities that helped students activate their future selves (through visualization) and shape their perception of success through opportunities to interview potential role models. These interviews also enabled the learners to become familiar with emotional regulation strategies and ways of building optimism in the face of hardship. Overall, these events proved successful, showing a high turn out and high student engagement, and we plan to continue offering them on a regular basis to all students in the ESL Program.