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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.


Dice, Poker Chips, and Beach Balls

Friday, June 2, 2017 at 10:30 AM–11:15 AM EDT

Boost student talk time with hands-on games that use dice, poker chips, and beach balls. With a combined twenty years of experience in ESL classrooms, the presenters will teach 6 fun, foolproof activities to get students moving and speaking with greater fluency and accuracy about topics relevant to their lives. 

Session Type

Interactive Workshop (45 minutes)

Topic Strand

Best Practices in Instruction

Primary Audience

Private Language Institutes

Secondary Audience

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


Chris Elliott and Janelle Rivers, International Language Institute of Massachusetts
Biographical Statement

Both full-time ESOL instructors at the International Language Institute of Massachusetts, Janelle Rivers is also Activities Coordinator and Chris Elliott is IEP Coordinator.



Session Materials