Advocacy from TESOL

This post was first published on Beth Evans’ personal blog.

Today I stumbled across a letter on the TESOL.org website, penned by the Maureen Costello, director of Teaching Tolerance, and Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers.

The letter entreats Donald J. Trump to denounce hate from his bully pulpit. And I am thankful today that TESOL International, NEA, AFT and Southern Poverty Law Center, along with dozens of others, signed on.

I’m so happy that I can be a card-carrying member of organizations that are taking a stand and pushing forward for peace, love and understanding.

Trump’s Thanksgiving message was delivered on Twitter, where he said, “It’s my prayer that on this Thanksgiving we begin to heal our divisions and move forward as one country strengthened by shared purpose and very, very common resolve.”

Let’s hope so.

–Beth Evans, NNETESOL president

Refugee Wellness Guide

The National Partnership for Community Training is pleased to present the

Refugee Wellness Country Guide:
Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
Click here for the Guide.

The number of refugees resettling to the U.S. from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has steadily increased for the past few years.1 The DRC has faced substantial internal and external conflict for decades, which have weakened the country’s public health care and mental health care services and caused severe trauma-related consequences for the people of DRC. High rates of mental health disorders2, such as post-traumatic stress disorder and major depressive disorder, among refugees from DRC illustrate the need to prioritize culturally appropriate education, assessment, and intervention. This Refugee Wellness Country Guide will provide historical background, practical insights, and everyday applications for resettlement workers, mental health providers, and physicians. It can also be utilized as an outreach or educational tool for those community partners working with individuals resettled from DRC.

One Week to Apply to Present!

There is only 1 week left to submit proposals for the 2017 Electronic Village! Don’t delay, submit today!

For more information about submitting a proposal, see below. If you have any questions about submitting a proposal, contact the Electronic Village Coordinator, Stephanie Korslund, at ev@call-is.org.

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The TESOL CALL-IS is pleased to present the Call for Proposals for the Electronic Village and Technology Showcase at TESOL 2017.  Please re-post and re-share the following Call for Proposals to all interested parties:

TESOL 2017

March 21-24, 2017

Seattle, Washington, USA

Electronic Village Special Events:

Call for Proposals

Deadline for Submissions: November 15, 2016

http://www.call-is.org/ev/

You are invited to submit a proposal for participation in the CALL Interest Section’s Electronic Village (EV) Special Events. More than one proposal from the same individual may be accepted based upon space availability.

Proposals are being accepted in one of the 7 following events:

1. EV Technology Fairs     http://call-is.org/ev/#fairs

  • Presentation Time: 50 minutes total
  • Format: Presenters demonstrate their technology applications in two consecutive 25-minute sessions on one computer station in a presentation format similar to a poster session. After 25 minutes, the session is repeated. Participants attend sessions of their choosing and drop in and out of demonstrations. Demonstrations are informal and preclude highly structured presentations.
  • Event Summary: In the Technology Fairs, teachers or teacher-developers share their use of technology-based and/or Internet-based resources. These resources can be software; Web sites; Mobile devices  or other hardware. Demonstrations may highlight student projects, activities, or curriculum created for students or educators.
  • Proposal Information: 50-word summary for program book and a 100-word abstract

2. Mini-workshops     http://call-is.org/ev/#workshops

  • Presentation Time: 90 minutes
  • Format: After a brief demonstration, presenters guide participants in “hands-on” practice. Space is limited to 20 participants. Workshop duration is 90 minutes.
  • Event Summary: Presenters provide experience in adaptation of software and/or hardware for CALL purposes and create products for teaching and learning in a meaningful context relevant for each individual participant. Facilitators provide subject mater expertise and guidance.
  • Proposal Information: 50-word summary for program book and a 100-word abstract

3. Developers’ Showcase     http://call-is.org/ev/#showcase

  • Presentation Time: 8-12 minutes of presentation plus 5 minutes of question-and-answer time
  • Format: Presenters have 8 to 12 minutes to demonstrate and/or operate their software and explain its features and applications. A question-and-answer session follows each presentation.
  • Event Summary: The Developers’ Showcase features a variety of unique computer programs and websites specifically designed for English language learning and addresses a variety of skills and strategies ranging from speaking and listening practice to lesson planning and administrative matters.  This event only accepts proposals that are non-commercial and presents original work by the presenter. Unique features, functions, and content are required. Uses of existing software will not be accepted. All submissions must be original work by the presenter and be fully functioning.
  • Proposal Information: 50-word summary for program book and a 200-word abstract

4. Mobile Apps for Education Showcase     http://call-is.org/ev/#mobile

  • Presentation Time: 8-12 minutes of presentation plus 5 minutes of question-and-answer time
  • Format: In a “lecture” format, presenters will have approximately ten minutes to demonstrate their “off the rack” application and explain its uses for ESOL classrooms. A question-and-answer session follows each presentation.
  • Event Summary: Foursquare? Twitterific? Yelp? Evernote? Mobile apps turn any handheld device into a language learning tool. Which ones are good for the classroom and how can we best use them? Educational uses of these programs will be demonstrated in the Technology Showcase room.
  • Proposal Information: 50-word summary for program book and a 100-word abstract

5. Classroom of the Future     http://call-is.org/ev/#classroom

  • Presentation Time: Sessions will be either 20 or 45 minutes long
  • Format: The format for the Classroom of the Future is varied. Presentations will be either 20 minutes or 45 minutes in length. Presentations should give attendees a glimpse into the future of classroom technology for both traditional and non-traditional settings. The sessions should make every effort to include interactivity, giving attendees opportunities to participate and sample the technology. 
  • Event Summary: The Classroom of the Future is a special TESOL initiative started in 2013. The Classroom will be located in the Exhibition Hall and will include a showcase of the future of classroom design, technology, and pedagogy. The sessions may reflect what might be already happening in classrooms across the globe, but have not gone mainstream yet. However, proposals that focus on what might be happening for ELT teaching 5 or 10 years from now are highly encouraged.
  • Proposal Information: 50-word summary for program book and a 200-word abstract

6. Hot Topics     http://call-is.org/ev/#hot_topics

  • Presentation Time: 10-20 minutes presentation time plus 10 minutes at very end for questions
  • Format: Presenters will have 10-20 minutes to share their research (time is dependent on how many presenters are assigned to a panel). Panels will include 3-5 presenters. A short question and answer session will follow after all presenters on a panel have shared their research.
  • Event Summary: Hot Topics panels cover topics that are current in the field of CALL. Panelists will share research around a common theme with discussion time left at the end of the panel.
  • Proposal Information: 50-word summary for program book and a 200-word abstract

7. On the Cutting Edge: Graduate Student Research Panels     http://call-is.org/ev/#graduate

  • Presentation Time: 15-20 minutes presentation time plus time at very end for questions
  • Format: Presenters will have 15-20 minutes to share their research. Presenters will be grouped into threes to form a panel. A short question and answer session will follow after all presenters on a panel have shared their research.
  • Event Summary: New this year, these graduate student research panels provide graduate students with the opportunity to showcase their research.  Participates will be grouped into similar themes for the panels.
  • Proposal Information: 50-word summary for program book and a 200-word abstract

Stephanie Korslund

2017 Electronic Village Coordinator

ev@call-is.org

Thanks for a great conference!

Hello, all!

Thanks to all of you who made the 2016 conference a great success.

First, a matter of business: We’d like to ask you to take a few minutes to fill out the conference evaluation. When you finish, you can print out a certificate of attendance. This will only be available until November 17, so please make sure you do this quickly! We’re looking for your honest feedback to make this conference one that you are proud to be part of.

Our keynote speaker wrote on Sunday and said she had a lovely time with all of us. She said she loved interacting with participants. She had never been up to Maine, so she was happy to spend the morning with NNETESOL members.

If you are looking for handouts from presenters, check the schedule to find links. If you went to a great session, let that person know. We all get up in front of students every day, but sometimes when you’re presenting to a jury of your peers, it’s not the easiest thing.

For next year’s conference, we’re planning to have a few online workshops to reach out to those of you who think you might have something worth sharing, but you’re not quite sure how to do it. We think everyone has something to share. And we’d love to see you at next year’s conference in Burlington, VT.

Thanks again for helping us make this year’s venture a success.

Beth Evans, NNETESOL president

 

 

 

Free TESOL Resource Kit: ELs and ESSA

Have you seen this? There’s a TESOL resource kit with an “in-depth analysis of the portions of ESSA most pertinent to teachers of English learners (ELs) in K–12 schools across the United States that receive federal funds.”

Click on the below link for the kit!

ELs and ESSA Resource Kit

 

Fall Conference Countdown

A Message from Northern New England TESOL:

Hello, friends! We’re counting down to NNETESOL’s fall conference in Gorham, ME, on Saturday, and we’re so pleased you’re planning to be with us.

We have a great lineup with lots of choices from all levels of instruction. For veteran attendees, we’re starting a bit earlier this year so we could get more sessions on the docket. Of course, we have an outstanding keynote in Margarita Calderón, and we also have WIDA trainer Terri Mossgrove with insights to the changes in ACCESS 2.0 and how to best design instruction based on assessment data.

We have a few new things we’re trying this year, and we’ll be looking for your feedback after the conference to determine if we should continue to evolve our offerings.

  • To begin with, we have a dozen 25-minute sessions alongside our regular 45-minute sessions. And, instead of the 3 concurrent sessions we have offered the past few years, we’ve extended it to 4. It’s our hope that you will be able to find a plethora of topics to expand your learning.
  • Have an overabundance of professional books? We’ll have a spot in the publisher’s room to drop off your old books and maybe pick up a new volume or two. We’d like to ask that they be only gently used and relevant to our profession.
  • We’re launching a storytelling challenge called #whyIteach. Watch for posters at the event to find out more!
  • We all know that the best conversations happen around lunch with new and old friends. So we’re scheduling roundtable discussions back-to-back with lunch so you can meet up with people interested in similar issues.

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday! For directions, check out the link here. Parking is free; find a spot anywhere except in student lots.

See you soon!

TESOL award deadline is Nov. 1

The deadline to apply for TESOL Awards and Convention Grants & Scholarships is approaching quickly. Apply before it’s too late!
 

Need help with travel expenses to attend #TESOL17 in Seattle? Apply for a Convention Travel Grant or Scholarship.

The Albert H. Marckwardt Travel Grants are available to graduate students currently enrolled in a TESL/TEFL program and include US$500 and a free convention registration.

The Ruth Crymes TESOL Academies Fellowships are available to classroom teachers, teacher trainers, or teacher supervisors. Awardees receive US$500 to be used toward registration, room, board, and travel expenses.

The University of Pittsburgh Travel Award for IEP Instructors is available to practicing ESL instructors working in intensive English programs (IEPs) in the United States. The awardee receives US$1,500 to help with travel, accommodations, and registration fees.

View all available Convention Travel Grants & Scholarships
 

TESOL also offers awards to honor excellence in service to the field and research. Apply for an Award for Excellence and Service.

The TESOL Award for Distinguished Research is available to authors who have completed an empirical research project and a subsequent scholarly paper that was published in a peer-reviewed scholarly journal. The recipient receives US$1,000, a complimentary registration plus round-trip airfare and hotel stay for the TESOL Convention, a 1-year TESOL membership, and more!

The D. Scott Enright TESOL Interest Section Service Award acknowledges outstanding and extended service to and leadership in TESOL Interest Sections. Nominate a colleague or yourself today!

The Mary Finocchiaro Award for Excellence in Unpublished Pedagogical Materials is available to TESOL members who have created original and innovative materials specific to English language learning. The awardee receives US$500 and a complimentary TESOL Convention registration.

The TESOL Virginia French Allen Award for Scholarship and Service recognizes outstanding service to a TESOL Affiliate. The awardee receives a 3-year TESOL membership and subscription to TESOL Quarterly.

View all available Awards for Excellence & Service
 

Hurry! Applications are due 1 November 2016.

NNETESOL 2016: Detailed Program & Presenter Bios

programLooking for detailed session descriptions and presenter bios so you can plan your day at the November 5th conference? Your wait is over! Check out the 2016 Schedule page on our web site. We now have both a summary schedule and detailed program available there!

Can’t wait to see you in Gorham!

Missed the deadline to present at TESOL? Apply in the Electronic Village!

TESOL 2017
 
March 21-24, 2017
 
Seattle, Washington, USA
 
Electronic Village Special Events:
Call for Proposals
Deadline for Submissions: November 15, 2016

You are invited to submit a proposal for participation in the CALL Interest Section’s Electronic Village (EV) Special Events. More than one proposal from the same individual may be accepted based upon space availability.

Proposals are being accepted in one of the 7 following events:

1. EV Technology Fairs     http://call-is.org/ev/#fairs

  • Presentation Time: 50 minutes total
  • Format: Presenters demonstrate their technology applications in two consecutive 25-minute sessions on one computer station in a presentation format similar to a poster session. After 25 minutes, the session is repeated. Participants attend sessions of their choosing and drop in and out of demonstrations. Demonstrations are informal and preclude highly structured presentations.
  • Event Summary: In the Technology Fairs, teachers or teacher-developers share their use of technology-based and/or Internet-based resources. These resources can be software; Web sites; Mobile devices  or other hardware. Demonstrations may highlight student projects, activities, or curriculum created for students or educators.
  • Proposal Information: 50-word summary for program book and a 100-word abstract

2. Mini-workshops     http://call-is.org/ev/#workshops

  • Presentation Time: 90 minutes
  • Format: After a brief demonstration, presenters guide participants in “hands-on” practice. Space is limited to 20 participants. Workshop duration is 90 minutes.
  • Event Summary: Presenters provide experience in adaptation of software and/or hardware for CALL purposes and create products for teaching and learning in a meaningful context relevant for each individual participant. Facilitators provide subject mater expertise and guidance.
  • Proposal Information: 50-word summary for program book and a 100-word abstract

3. Developers’ Showcase     http://call-is.org/ev/#showcase

  • Presentation Time: 8-12 minutes of presentation plus 5 minutes of question-and-answer time
  • Format: Presenters have 8 to 12 minutes to demonstrate and/or operate their software and explain its features and applications. A question-and-answer session follows each presentation.
  • Event Summary: The Developers’ Showcase features a variety of unique computer programs and websites specifically designed for English language learning and addresses a variety of skills and strategies ranging from speaking and listening practice to lesson planning and administrative matters.  This event only accepts proposals that are non-commercial and presents original work by the presenter. Unique features, functions, and content are required. Uses of existing software will not be accepted. All submissions must be original work by the presenter and be fully functioning.
  • Proposal Information: 50-word summary for program book and a 200-word abstract

4. Mobile Apps for Education Showcase     http://call-is.org/ev/#mobile

  • Presentation Time: 8-12 minutes of presentation plus 5 minutes of question-and-answer time
  • Format: In a “lecture” format, presenters will have approximately ten minutes to demonstrate their “off the rack” application and explain its uses for ESOL classrooms. A question-and-answer session follows each presentation.
  • Event Summary: Foursquare? Twitterific? Yelp? Evernote? Mobile apps turn any handheld device into a language learning tool. Which ones are good for the classroom and how can we best use them? Educational uses of these programs will be demonstrated in the Technology Showcase room.
  • Proposal Information: 50-word summary for program book and a 100-word abstract

5. Classroom of the Future     http://call-is.org/ev/#classroom

  • Presentation Time: Sessions will be either 20 or 45 minutes long
  • Format: The format for the Classroom of the Future is varied. Presentations will be either 20 minutes or 45 minutes in length. Presentations should give attendees a glimpse into the future of classroom technology for both traditional and non-traditional settings. The sessions should make every effort to include interactivity, giving attendees opportunities to participate and sample the technology.
  • Event Summary: The Classroom of the Future is a special TESOL initiative started in 2013. The Classroom will be located in the Exhibition Hall and will include a showcase of the future of classroom design, technology, and pedagogy. The sessions may reflect what might be already happening in classrooms across the globe, but have not gone mainstream yet. However, proposals that focus on what might be happening for ELT teaching 5 or 10 years from now are highly encouraged.
  • Proposal Information: 50-word summary for program book and a 200-word abstract

6. Hot Topics     http://call-is.org/ev/#hot_topics

  • Presentation Time: 10-20 minutes presentation time plus 10 minutes at very end for questions
  • Format: Presenters will have 10-20 minutes to share their research (time is dependent on how many presenters are assigned to a panel). Panels will include 3-5 presenters. A short question and answer session will follow after all presenters on a panel have shared their research.
  • Event Summary: Hot Topics panels cover topics that are current in the field of CALL. Panelists will share research around a common theme with discussion time left at the end of the panel.
  • Proposal Information: 50-word summary for program book and a 200-word abstract

7. On the Cutting Edge: Graduate Student Research Panels     http://call-is.org/ev/#graduate

  • Presentation Time: 15-20 minutes presentation time plus time at very end for questions
  • Format: Presenters will have 15-20 minutes to share their research. Presenters will be grouped into threes to form a panel. A short question and answer session will follow after all presenters on a panel have shared their research.
  • Event Summary: New this year, these graduate student research panels provide graduate students with the opportunity to showcase their research.  Participates will be grouped into similar themes for the panels.
  • Proposal Information: 50-word summary for program book and a 200-word abstract
Stephanie Korslund
Past Chair, CALL IS – TESOL
Director, Language Studies Resource Center
Department of World Languages and Cultures
3102G Pearson Hall
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011
(515) 294-4105

The Grading Playlist

piano-keys-1090984__180Stephanie N. Brown

How many hours do you spend grading each night? Each week? Each semester? Honestly, I didn’t think I could ever keep track of how much, and how often I grade student work. Sometimes it feels like I am caught in an endless loop of grading. One trick I have to grading is to create a special grading playlist. I do this for a few different reasons. A playlist of good songs can be motivational, and this is important when grading seems to take forever. It also helps to keep track of the amount of time spent grading. Grading is not the biggest part of teaching, and therefore it can’t take all of our energy. Keeping track of my time grading prevents me from taking time out of my personal life (as many teachers experience).Lastly, I personally do well with a routine and having specific songs helps me to create a grading routine.

My playlist is music for two full hours. Grading for more than two hours seems to be too much for me mentally and physically. My playlist is rather upbeat to keep me motivated, and I tend to have songs with few lyrics (or lyrics in a different language). For me, lyrics can be distracting and I find myself wanting to sing along and not grade papers. Also, I have woven in a few slow songs that help me signal when I can take a tea or coffee break. I generally like a break every 30-45 minutes. Having signal songs helps me to maintain this routine and not take extra Facebook or texting breaks.

I find Spotify to be a great resource for playlist making. I can make playlists with any song (even if I don’t own the song). You can also pay for usage of Spotify and sync playlists to all devices. This means that I have my grading playlist no matter where I am working (home, a cafe, or work).

Here are my top few grading songs…. Enjoy and happy grading!

Songs: Jekyll & Hyde

Artist/Band: Marcus Miller

Album: Renaissance

Song: Akhar Zaman (This Moment)

Artist/Band: Bombino

Album: Azel

Song: Heretics

Artist/Band: Andrew Bird

Album: Armchair Apocrypha

Song: Happiness

Artist/Bands: Built to Spill

Album: Ancient Melodies of the Future

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