Announcement: Pitch Perfect Employment Event – Humber College, Toronto, Canada

Pitch Perfect Employment Event

April 27, 2017 – 6 pm to 8:30 pm

Tune up your job search!…

Perfect your pitch! First, join Katina Deichsel, a renowned and dynamic Speed Networking Trainer, for a brief seminar on crafting the perfect Elevator Pitch.

Meet the employers in the Field of Dreams!

Following the seminar, take your turn to shine during our “Field of Dreams” Job Fair and Networking Event. Meet and greet representatives and mentors from across the field of English Language Teaching.

Registration information to be announced – March 2017.



Joan Bartel

Professor, Humber College

Author, Office Soft Skills

Toronto, Canada


Call for Public Comments on Proposed TESOL/CAEP P-12 Teacher Education Program Standards Revisions!

The TESOL/CAEP P–12 Teacher Education Program standards address the professional expertise needed by ESL educators to work with language minority students. The Commission for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) uses these performance-based standards for national recognition of teacher education programs and can be used to assess programs that prepare and license P–12 ESL educators, as well as other teacher educator programs. The current set of TESOL/CAEP Standards for P–12 Teacher Education Programs were last revised in 2009 and are currently being updated.

TESOL now invites your feedback on the current draft of proposed standards. Please visit our webpage for more information, a copy of the proposed standards revisions, and a link to our survey where you can submit your comments and feedback.

All feedback must be submitted through the online survey no later than 11:59 pm EST on 1 March 2017.


Michelle Kim

Professional Learning Coordinator

TESOL International Association


A Message from TESOL International

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

“In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”

These words by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., sound more relevant than ever to the TESOL community, as we witness with increasing dismay the impact of the Trump administration’s latest decisions. Friends and colleagues, we cannot and must not be silent.

Last week, the President of the United States issued a series of executive orders that have a direct impact on TESOL professionals, their students, and their communities. One set of executive orders authorizes constructing a U.S.-Mexico border wall, eliminating federal grant money to sanctuary cities, hiring 5,000 more border patrol agents, and ending “catch-and-release” policies for undocumented immigrants. Another executive order imposes a 120-day suspension of admissions to the United States for people who have been granted refugee status and visas, and a 90-day ban on travel to the United States from citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries: Iraq, Iran, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, and Sudan.

The immediate effect of these orders has been devastating to the populations we serve, in particular international students, immigrant students and their families, and our own TESOL community. The spirit of these orders goes against the core values that guide our work as an organization:

  • Professionalism demonstrated by excellence in standards, research, and practice that improve learning outcomes
  • Respect for diversity, multilingualism, multiculturalism, and individuals’ language rights
  • Integrity guided by ethical and transparent action
  • Commitment to life-long learning

TESOL International Association has issued a public statement strongly opposing these executive orders. Although the impetus for this statement has been the events unfolding in the United States, we recognize that policies aimed at marginalizing immigrants and excluding refugees are becoming increasingly commonplace worldwide. To help you respond to and learn about these issues, we have  provided a comprehensive list of tools and resources on the TESOL website, that you may use or adapt to ensure equitable treatment of your students and their families.

Please rest assured that TESOL International Association will actively oppose any proposed policy that seeks to discriminate, diminish, or weaken our communities of English language learners and educators.

To this end, the association is taking the following steps:

  1. We have set up a special discussion group in myTESOL called “Impact of U.S. Travel and Immigration Changes,” where we encourage you to share stories about how these recent executive orders have affected your ability to promote quality English language teaching. We also hope that you will use this group as a venue for sharing constructive actions teachers can take.
  2. We are exploring possibilities for joint action with other organizations serving English language learners and educators, including the filing of an amicus brief as part of lawsuits challenging the executive orders.
  3. We are organizing informational events as well as discussion forums as part of the upcoming TESOL International Convention in Seattle, 21-24 March. These events will address this unacceptable climate of hostility and celebrate Seattle as a sanctuary city. More information will be forthcoming in the myTESOL group mentioned above, and on the Convention website.

We encourage you to speak up whenever possible about these issues through public forums, blog posts, online comments, and opinion pieces. We also encourage you to become involved locally and support organizations that defend equal treatment under the law. It is important that we as professionals not be “silent friends” to those we serve and work with.

Dudley Reynolds

TESOL President

Rosa Aronson

Executive Director


Call for Proposals! St. Michael’s College Student Conference on Linguistics and Language Teaching (04/08/2017)

St. Michael’s College Student Conference on Linguistics & Language Teaching

Call for Proposals Due: Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Conference Date: Saturday, April 8th, 2017, 8:30 am- 3:00 pm


Keynote Speaker

Thomas Farrell, PhD

Professor of Applied Linguistics

Brock University, Toronto, Canada


Meeting Description

The goal of this conference is to bring together a group of individuals that share a common interest in language teaching. We hope to expand and develop participants’ understanding of second language acquisition, while also enriching our ability to be effective teachers. We have the pleasure of hosting Thomas Farrell as our keynote speaker.


Call for Papers:

The graduate students of St. Michael’s TESOL program are looking for anyone interested in presenting, informing, and sharing ideas related to language teaching and learning. Areas of interest may include but are not limited to the following:


  • Second Language Teaching
  • Linguistics
  • Reflective Teaching Practices
  • Classroom Engagement Methods
  • Promoting Classroom Interaction
  • Generating Engaging Material

All proposals must be submitted online here.



Each session lasts 45 minutes long with 35 minutes for presentations and 10 minutes for questions and discussions. Presenters may share research or demonstrate best practices. Rooms are equipped with computers, sound, internet, and projectors.


Registration will be complimentary for all presenters.

Announcement: University of Vermont College of Education and Social Services Diversity Conference

Conference Title: Vermont Aware: Confronting Bias and Discrimination at the Intersection of Identities

Date/Time: Thursday, February 9, 2017, 3:30pm-6:30pm

Location: University of Vermont, Davis Center, Grand Maple Ballroom

Keynote Presenters: Muslim Girls Making Change (for more info, go to

This is an annual conference based on collaboration between community partners and the College of Education and Social Services. The focus of this conference is to explore issues of bias and intersectionality. We will also highlight student voice. Admission is free.

For more information about the conference, please contact Cynthia Reyes (

Free Professional Development! Really!

The following post was originally posted on Beth Evans’ blog.evoline4

It’s time!

If you haven’t already enrolled for Electronic Village Online, do it now!

Here’s the scoop from the people who are running the show:

For five weeks in January and February, TESOL experts and participants from around the world engage in collaborative online discussions or hands-on virtual workshops of professional and scholarly benefit.These sessions bring together participants for a longer period of time than is permitted by land-based professional development conventions and allow a fuller development of ideas than is otherwise possible.

Sessions are free and open to anyone around the globe. It is not necessary to be a TESOL or IATEFL member or to attend the TESOL Convention in order to participate. All you need is access to the Internet.

We invite you to choose a session from this year’s offerings, listed below.  And please inform your colleagues about this unparalleled professional development opportunity!

The EVO 2017 Coordination Team

Minecraft, gaming, Moodles, online assessment…there are a lot of offerings.

Check it out and sign up here.

It’s a wonderful opportunity to connect to people across the globe around teaching English Language Learners.

Advocacy from TESOL

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

Today I stumbled across a letter on the 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


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

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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




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