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Pre-conference Workshops

Pre-conference Workshops will be held on Thursday 10 July 2014. Entry to the pre-conference workshops is not included in the conference registration. Entry is by ticket only and the entry fee is shown below. Spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first in basis.



Very Early Bird
Until 18 April 2014

Early Bird
Until 30 May 2014

From 31 May 2014

Pre-Conference Workshop TESOLANZ/CLANZ/ACTA Member

$95 each

$115 each

$135 each

Pre-Conference Workshop Non-Member

$115 each

$135 each

$155 each


If you would like to attend two or three workshops, you will receive a 30% discount off the second and third workshop ticket price.



Workshop: Teaching for L2 Reading Comprehension (10:00am – 12:00pm, 2 hours)

Presenter: William Grabe, Vice President for Research and Regents' Professor at Northern Arizona University


One of the interesting problems facing reading teachers is how to “teach” reading comprehension to students.  After all, comprehension is only something that takes place inside the heads of the students; we can only teach students to become better at comprehension indirectly through various activities and tasks.  Most often, reading comprehension in textbooks is carried out through post-reading comprehension questions and a few extension activities.  However, too often this activity becomes a passive, non-engaging student experience and comprehension skills are not enhanced.  The goal of this paper/workshop is to demonstrate alternative options for teaching reading comprehension.  Participants will engage in a series of interactive activities that show how comprehension skills can be taught and readily integrated into existing textbooks and teaching materials without disrupting an existing (and sometimes imposed) curriculum.


Workshop: Let’s Give Reading Fluency the Attention it Deserves (1:00pm – 2:30pm, 90 minutes)

Presenter: Fredricka L. Stoller, Professor TESL and Applied Linguistics, Northern Arizona University


Reading -fluency training is often neglected in our L2 classrooms, even though research has demonstrated that fluency contributes to students’ reading comprehension abilities. Teachers sometimes believe that they lack the time to devote to fluency training; others assume that students will develop fluency on their own over time; and many are simply unaware of the many activities that can be easily integrated into their classrooms to promote reading fluency. In this workshop, participants are introduced to the key elements of reading fluency (e.g., automaticity, accuracy, reading rate, word- and passage-reading fluency). Then we will explore the numerous ways in which reading fluency can be addressed in L2 classrooms with existing reading materials. Hands-on experiences with reading-fluency tasks will be central to the workshop.


Workshop: How Should You Deal With Vocabulary? (3:00pm – 4:30pm, 90 minutes)

Presenter: Paul Nation, Emeritus Professor in Applied Linguistics at the School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies (LALS) at Victoria University of Wellington


This workshop looks at how teachers should deal with vocabulary in their language classes. It stresses the importance of a principled approach and describes five principles to follow with their practical applications in the classroom. The principles cover the design of a vocabulary programme, testing learners’ vocabulary knowledge, training learners in strategy use, and vocabulary teaching.

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