Getting Ready for TESOL 2016

TESOL_2016_50_Years_001_001“The very first official gathering of the field took place in Tucson, Arizona in 1964 and was organized by the five founding associations of TESOL. The second and third gatherings were in San Diego, California and New York, New York. It was at the New York gathering that TESOL International Association was founded. The first convention of the new association was in Miami Beach, Florida in 1967. From those humble beginnings, the international convention has grown to be the largest gathering of ESOL professionals in the world, with more than 6,500 attendees from more than 75 countries representing all areas of the field”  (TESOL conference program).

Community College Day

“This one-of-a-kind event is designed exclusively for community college educators and features sessions on a variety of topics such as curriculum redesign, formative assessment, teaching grammar, literature in academic writing, working with ELLs with special needs, and much more” (TESOL conference program).
The presentations are organied STRAND A: Curriculum Redesign STRAND B: Technology STRAND C: Assessment STRAND D: Writing STRAND E: Sociopolitical Issues

Join Me for a Chat

I  will be presenting a workshop for 75 minutes on April 4, 2016 from 10.00-11.15 at the COMMUNITY COLLEGE DAY An interactive 1-day program for teachers and  administrators of  community college programs.

You will find me under STRAND B: Personal Devices in the Classroom: Distraction or Engagement? Nellie Deutsch, Atlantic University, Canada

Computer Assisted Language Learning Intersection and Electronic Village

Special Events The Electronic Village (EV) and the Technology Showcase are hosted by the Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL) Interest Section. Conference attendees can explore computer-based and other technology resources for language teaching and learning in face-to-face classrooms and online. Highlights include the latest in CALL technology and teaching, such as presentations and demonstrations by teachers, software and web designers, curriculum specialists, CALL authors, and other CALL practitioners. Topics include multimedia, Internet-based resources, hardware, and mobile technology devices and applications.

Electronic Village Hilton Baltimore, Holiday Ballroom 5

  • CALL for Newcomers Learn CALL basics from experts and enhance your teaching with computer resources in this 90-minute hands-on introduction to CALL. COORDINATORS: John Madden, Deborah Healey
  • Ask Us: Free Advice for CALL The EV is open to all attendees who wish to explore and learn about using technology, computers, software, and websites, or practice what they’ve learned in Pre- and Postconvention Institutes and EV workshops. Our CALL expert volunteers are available to answer questions and share expertise incorporating CALL into the ES/FL curriculum. COORDINATORS: Deborah Healey, Tom Robb
  • Electronic Village Technology Fairs Explore ways to use CALL in your classroom from presenters who are stationed around the EV computer lab space. Discover how your colleagues use the online materials and the latest technologies. Ask questions and get hands-on experience. This event offers multiple presentation times focusing on presentations of interest to specific interest sections. EV Technology Fair Themes include mobile devices, classroom use, and self-access. COORDINATORS: Claudio Fleury, José Antônio da Silva
  • EV Technology Fair Classics EV Fair Classics are repeat performances of outstanding presentations from past EV Fairs. Explore tried-and-true ways to use CALL in your classroom or extended classroom. Several presentations will be webcast from the EV Technology Fair Classics. COORDINATORS: Christine Sabieh, Maria Tomeho-Palermino
  • Electronic Village Miniworkshops Get hands-on practice with small groups and an instructor who specializes in using a particular application or Internet-based resource. Space is limited, so stop by the EV early to sign up (no cost to attend). COORDINATORS: Sandy Wagner, Katie Mitchell

Technology Showcase Events Hilton Baltimore, Ballroom 4 The Technology Showcase features the CALL-IS Academic Session as well as Inter Section sessions and a theme-based series of Hot Topics. These sessions will also be webcast on the Internet.

  • CALL Academic Session Project-based learning (PBL), a dynamic learner centered approach to active exploration of real-world problems and challenges, promotes the use of authentic resources, critical thinking skills, collaboration, and other beneficial strategies for English language proficiency development. New possibilities abound when PBL is facilitated in online, mobile, and blended learning environments. COORDINATOR: Jack Watson
  • Mobile Apps for Education Showcase This session provides ESOL teachers with the opportunity to demonstrate pedagogical uses for their favorite mobile applications. COORDINATORS: Tom Robb, Audra Hilterbran
  • Developers’ Showcase Discover the latest ideas in applied technology for ESOL educational settings, including standalone software and Internet-based applications. Attend this presentation to see unique and original creations designed by teachers and researchers. COORDINATOR: Andy Bowman

Hot Topics Sessions

  • Online Course Development in MOOCs
  • Free Online Tools for Teachers and Learners
  • CALL in K–12

Let’s Meet

I will be at the Electronic Village and Technology Showcase area for most of the conference.  You’re invited to come see me at the Visit Holiday Ballrooms 4 & 5 (2nd Floor Hilton Baltimore) for Ideas on Technology and Language Learning!

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