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2019 Conference

May 28–31, 2019

Sheraton Framingham Hotel and Conference Center, Framingham MA

MATSOL 2019 Conference Online Program

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Scaffolding Academic Discussion: On Refugees, Migrants, and Immigrants

Friday, May 31, 2019 at 2:30 PM–4:00 PM EDT add to calendar
Session Abstract

This interactive presentation introduces participants to the work of the United Nations High Commisioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the writings of Viet Thanh Nguyen, and ways to scaffold and foster academic discussion in the classroom using Anticipation Guides (Zweirs, 2004), Word Analysis, Active Listening, and Accountable Talk (Michaels et al. 2011).

Session Type

Interactive Workshop (90 minutes)

Topic Strand

Academic Language in the Content Areas

Education Sector
PK-12 Education
Teacher Preparation/Education
University Intensive English Programs (IEPs)
Community College ESOL
PK-12 Focus
Upper Elementary
Middle School
High School


Michael Murphy, Watertown Public Schools
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