Michigan State University-National Geographic Conference on Content-Based Instruction

There’s still time to RSVP if you’re planning to attend this conference on Saturday, April 13th in Brody Hall at MSU. Email Angela Shields at angela.shields@cengage.com by Friday, April 5th. Below is session info for the MSU faculty presentations, as well as the conference schedule.


Leah Addis & Elizabeth Webster: Benefits of a Content Lecture Course in an IEP Curriculum

Presenters make the case for including a content-based lecture course using integrated skills at an intermediate level of an IEP curriculum. Based on two years of experience teaching such a course, presenters describe the development, implementation, and outcomes for both the students and the program.

Kimberly Benedicto & Carlee Salas: Using Sustained Content for Writing Classes
By sustaining one content focus throughout a writing class, students can explore large themes, acquire vocabulary, cite sources, and respond to a text with depth and understanding.  The presenters share their experience using full-length books in a writing class and show methods and activities that facilitate and support student writing.

Jim Desler: Cultural Anthropology as Content; Students as Cultural Anthropologists
Rather than teaching a typical content class in which students learn about American culture from a textbook, the presenter trained his students to be cultural anthropologists, sent them out to do their own research, and had them present their findings to one another in class.  The result:  improved English and a greater appreciation for cultural differences.  Besides describing his own project, the presenter introduces important considerations and steps in creating a new content class.

Collin Blair & Matthew Rynbrandt: Using Content in a Hybrid EAP Listening and Speaking Course
Presenters describe how a more traditional content lecture course evolved into an online/in-class hybrid course using the “flipped classroom” model, where students engage with content via note-taking assignments of online lectures, thus freeing up in-class time for interactive, productive activities.  Presenters share both the rationale for this type of course and best practices for using technology in and out of the classroom.

Michigan State University-National Geographic Event Agenda

Date:  Saturday, April 13th 2013                 Time:  8:30am-4:15pm

8:30am-9:15am   Welcome, Continental Breakfast, Book Display (Brody Auditorium, Room 112)

9:15am-9:45am Overview: Angela Shields, Larry Zwier, Vincent Grosso (Brody Auditorium)

9:45am-10:45am  Tim Samaras, National Geographic Explorer (Brody Auditorium) – Tim Samaras, severe-storms researcher, is on a dangerous mission: Predict the exact coordinates of an unborn tornado, arrive before it does, and place a weather-measurement probe directly into its violent path.



Room 134

Room 136

Room 138

10:55 – 11:40 Leah Addis & Elizabeth Webster Benefits of a Content Lecture Course in an IEP Curriculum  Sherrise Roehr Using National Geographic Content in the Publishing Process Jim Desler Cultural Anthropology as Content; Students as Cultural Anthropologists
11:40 -11:50

Short Break

11:55 – 12:40 Collin Blair &
Matthew Rynbrandt Using Content in a Hybrid EAP Listening and Speaking Course
Michael Huckaby Using Technology in the ESL Classroom Kimberly Benedicto & Carlee Salas Using Sustained Content for Writing Classes

LUNCH:                    12:35pm-1:30pm

1:30pm- 1:45pm Overview of National Geographic Resources: Michael Huckaby (Auditorium)

1:45pm – 2:45pm Trevor Frost, National Geographic Emerging Explorer (Auditorium) – Trevor Frost is an explorer, field biologist, photographer, and conservationist. He has spent the last 5 years working with scientists and conservation groups to save endangered wildlife and wild places.

2:55pm – 4:00pm Curricularizing Reading Fluency: Neil J Anderson, Reading Fluency Expert (Auditorium)

4:00pm- 4:15pm Wrap-up and Q & A:  Angela Shields, Larry Zwier (Auditorium)

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