BC Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages

BCTESOL PSA Fall Virtual Conference 2022

Constructing, Conversing, and Communicating to Learn

 October 21, 2022
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Keynote - Constructing, Conversing, and Communicating to Learn

This interactive keynote with Jeff Zwiers focuses on ways to inspire more authentic use of language and thinking per minute for every student. Participants will analyze classroom videos and build up key engage in instructional activities that help them to understandings and make logical decisions on two-sided topics.

There will be an emphasis on using structured interactions and conversations scaffolding to fortify literacy and language development and vice versa. Participants will be able to use the specific strategies the next week and apply the overall enhancement theory to all of their other teaching activities.



  • Jeff Zwiers

    I am a senior researcher at the Stanford Graduate School of Education and the director of professional development for Understanding Language, a research and professional learning project focused on improving instruction and assessment of all students, with an extra emphasis on serving the needs of linguistically and culturally diverse learners. I consult for national and international teacher development projects that promote language, literacy, lesson design, and formative assessment practices. My current research focuses on developing classroom instruction that fosters rich communication and productive academic conversations across disciplines and grade levels.