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2014 Conference

May 8–9, 2014

Framingham, MA

MATSOL 2014 Conference: Online Program

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Academic Conversations: Engaging students and promoting achievement

Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 4:30 PM–5:15 PM EDT
Grande North
Session Abstract

Academic conversations impact student achievement and increase student engagement. Our school-wide initiative to teach academic conversations has led to significant gains in the areas of speaking and listening. Now, we will give you a glimpse into one bilingual classroom as students transfer these powerful skills into their writing.


Session Length

Practice-Oriented Presentation (45 minutes)


All Audiences

Topic Strand

Listening, Speaking, Pronunciation

Lead Presenter

Sara Hamerla, Ed.D., Framingham Public Schools
Biographical Statement

Sara Hamerla is the Elementary ELL Coach in the Framingham Public Schools. She enjoys conversations!



Ms. Jennifer M. Johnson, Framingham Public Schools
Biographical Statement

Jen is currently an ELD teacher at Brophy School in Framingham. Previously, Jen taught at the Barbieri School as an English instruction in their dual immersion program.

Ms. Gabriella Tagliaferro, Framingham Public Schools
Biographical Statement

Gabriella is currently a second grade bilingual teacher at the Brophy Elementary School. She has previously worked as a middle school bilingual teacher.

Session Materials