SSTESOL Conference – Orlando 2012

Passport to Success:

Innovation and Collaboration in TESOL
Orlando, FL
Thursday – Saturday, May 10-12, 2012

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Guest Speakers


Plenary Speaker: Dr. Kate Kinsella

Thursday, May 10th – 9:00am to 10:00am

Kate Kinsella, Ed.D., is a teacher educator at San Francisco State University and a highly-sought after speaker and consultant to school districts throughout the United States regarding development of academic language and literacy across the K–12 subject areas. Her 25-year teaching career focus has been equipping children from diverse backgrounds with the communication, reading and writing skills to be career and college ready. Dr. Kinsella remains active in K–12 classrooms by providing in-class coaching and by teaching an academic literacy class for adolescent English Learners. Her extensive publishing career includes articles, chapters, English Learners’ dictionaries, and reading intervention programs.


Plenary Speaker: Dr. Keith Folse

Thursday, May 10th – 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Keith Folse is professor of TESOL at the University of Central Florida. He is the author of the successful GREATs writing series by Cengage and has taught all skill areas in the US and abroad for many years and is currently involved in establishing a new TEFL program for undergraduate students who want to see the world through TESOL.

Keynote Speaker: Richard Lederer

Friday, May 11th – 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Richard Lederer is the author of 40 books about language, history, and humor, including his best-selling Anguished English series and his current books,The Gift of Age, A Tribute to Teachers, and American Trivia. He has been profiled in magazines as diverse asThe New Yorker, People, and the National Inquirer and is founding co-host of “A Way With Words” on Public Radio.

Dr. Lederer’s syndicated column, “Looking at Language,” appears in newspapers and magazines throughout the United States. He has been named International Punster of the Year and Toastmasters International’s Golden Gavel winner.

Plenary Speaker: Randi Reppen

Saturday, May 12th – 9:00am to 10:00am

Randi Reppen is Professor of Applied Linguistics and TESOL at Northern Arizona University (NAU).  She has extensive ESL and teacher training experience, including direction NAU’s Intensive English program.  Randi is the author of Using Corpora in the Language Classroom and an author of the series Grammar and Beyond, both published by Cambridge University Press

Plenary Speaker:Edwidge Danticat

Saturday, May 12th – 1:30pm to 2:15pm

Edwidge Danticat was born in Haiti and came to the United States at the age of twelve. She is the author of several acclaimed works of fiction including Krik? Krak!; Breath, Eyes, Memory  and 2004’s The Dew Breaker. She is the editor of The Butterfly’s Way: Voices from the Haitian Dyaspora in the United States and The Beacon Best of 2000: Great Writing by Women and Men of All Colors and Cultures.  She is a 2009 MacArthur Fellow. She has also been a finalist for the National Book Award, the PEN/Faulkner Award, and is an American Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award winner, as well as the winner of the first Story Prize. She lives in Miami with her husband and daughter.

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