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2017 Conference

June 1–2, 2017

Framingham, MA

MATSOL 2017 Conference Program

A link for materials will show if a presenter has uploaded handouts. 

Thursday Keynote: Jeff Zwiers - Keynote presentation slides
Friday Keynote: Jean-Michel Dissard
- see I Learn America website:

Pre-Conference Institute materials will be emailed to participants.


Unsilenced: Engaging Beginner ELs and SLIFE in Rigorous Academic Discourse

Thursday, June 1, 2017 at 10:30 AM–11:15 AM EDT

The language needed to engage in academic discourse can seem out of reach for beginning ELLs and SLIFE. This session aims to demonstrate how the effective use of sentence stems at the secondary level can be integrated into rigorous interactive activities that facilitate academic language acquisition.

Session Type

Interactive Workshop (45 minutes)

Topic Strand

Listening, Speaking, Pronunciation

Primary Audience

High School (9-12)

Secondary Audience

General (of interest to PK-12, adult, and higher education)


Christi Cartwright-Lacerda, International High School Lawrence
Biographical Statement

Christi Cartwright-Lacerda is an ESL teacher at International High School in Lawrence, MA.