ESL Symposium

The University of Arkansas presents the 11th annual ESL Symposium set for Friday, Feb. 22, 2019, in Fayetteville.

The symposium is sponsored by the College of Education and Health Professions and will take place at the Hilton Garden Inn, 1325 N. Palak Drive.

2019 Save the Date Flier

Program Title:

Language Learning Progressions: Formative Assessment in Action

Formative assessment is a planned process in which teachers and students use evidence to adjust teaching and learning to improve student achievement. This session will provide an overview of formative assessment, including differences between formative assessment and other assessment types and elements of formative assessment. Participants will be introduced to Language Learning Progressions, which examines key features in academic language development and assessment for English learners. Additionally, participants will view examples of formative assessment in action, begin to plan formative assessment lessons, and learn about resources to support implementation of formative assessment in classrooms for EL students.

Sandy Chang, UCLAFeatured speaker:

Sandy Chang, Ph.D.

Project manager, Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards and Student Testing (CRESST), University of California, Los Angeles


Hotel Accommodations

The University of Arkansas ESL Symposium has three hotels and room rate options this year. These hotels, one of which is hosting the symposium, are located together off the Wedington exit of Interstate 49 in Fayetteville. The ESL Symposium special room rate has been extended to Friday, Feb. 8. Please note that ESL Symposium room rates are only available until Feb. 1, 2019. Afterward, the rates will increase. Reservations may be made through the individual hotel of your choosing:

Holiday Inn Express
1251 N. Shiloh Drive
Fayetteville, AR 72704

Homewood Suites By Hilton
135 N. Palak Drive
Fayetteville, AR 72704

Hilton Garden Inn
1325 N. Palak Drive
Fayetteville, AR 72704
479-856-6040  Dial "0" and ask for "ESL Symposium" block rate.

There is adequate parking in and around the hotels. Registration will be in the Hilton Garden Inn.

Schedule of Events

  • 7:30-8 a.m. Receive registration packets and enjoy a continental breakfast.
  • 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Program

Teachers will receive a certificate for 6 hours of Professional Development and Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) Assurance Number upon completion of a survey.

Online registration deadline is Feb. 14, 2019. If you would like to register for the symposium after Feb. 14, please contact the registrar at For more information on the 11th annual ESL Symposium, please contact either Diana Gonzales Worthen, Ph.D., at or Janet Penner-Williams, Ed.D., at

2019 ESL Symposium Rates

  • Current Full-Time Student, $70
  • Professional Educator, $140

⟶ To register for the ESL Symposium, visit the secure Online Registration page by Feb.14, 2019.