AZTESOL is seeking a new Webmaster to join its volunteer board and manage its website. The Webmaster posts announcements, employment opportunities, and board meeting minutes; updates website pages and software as needed; backs up the site on a regular basis; helps build the registration site for our annual conference; manages the organization’s online repository of photos on our Flickr site; maintains our domain registration; helps manage the Google group that the board uses for its internal communications; and works with our web hosting service when necessary to resolve problems. This position requires little to no coding knowledge, only a willingness to learn the basics of using the WordPress platform. The time investment required varies from as little as one hour a week during slow periods to several hours a week in the autumn leading up to our annual conference. The Webmaster communicates frequently with all board members and must be reliable and timely in his/her responses. If interested, please send a resumé and cover letter outlining your desire and qualifications to Marjaneh Gilpatrick by February 28, 2018 (click on the name to send an e-mail message).
AZTESOL will hold a regional mini-conference for its central region members and guests on Saturday, February 10 on the campus of Arizona State University in Tempe. The theme of the conference is “Connect, Share, Innovate with AZTESOL.” Instructors, practitioners, and researchers working with English language learners of all ages and backgrounds are encouraged to submit proposals for presentations. Click here to download a copy of the proposal form, which should be filled out and sent to the e-mail address on the form no later than January 31. For more information, click here to see a copy of the conference flyer. Registration ($10) will be on-site only, but you can preregister online by clicking on this link.
Michael Karas, a PhD student at Western University, is investigating English language teachers’ confidence in their abilities to complete various English teaching tasks (self-efficacy) and invites you to complete an anonymous 20-30 minute online survey. At the end of the survey, you can also volunteer to be interviewed over Skype, but this is completely optional. If you are currently teaching English, or are enrolled in a teacher education program and wish to participate, please access the survey using this link:
If you have any questions, please contact Michael Karas or Dr. Farahnaz Faez (click on the name to open your e-mail client and get their e-mail address).
The complete program of the AZTESOL 2017 State Conference is now available. Click here to see the program and then select File → Download as… → PDF Document (.pdf) to copy the program to your laptop, tablet, or smartphone. Then take your device with you to the conference, and you won’t need to carry or flip through the print version. In addition to saving a tree, you can also save time by selecting in advance the sessions you plan to attend instead of scrambling at the last minute on conference day to read through all of the abstracts that interest you. Just remember that the schedule is subject to revision and that all changes, cancellations, and additions will be announced at the conference Welcome on the morning of Saturday, October 21.
AZTESOL is converting photos of its past events to an all-digital format and posting them online. You may remember flipping through our photo albums at a table in the lobby at many of our state conferences. To better preserve these images and make them available to the entire AZTESOL community, we are scanning those old snapshots and adding them to our Flickr page. We don’t have pictures of every conference, and some of the photos are showing their age (you may see parts of sticky labels that won’t come off anymore without damaging the images), but various board members and volunteers have helped us amass an impressive visual record over the years, and we want to share our long history with you. Check out our conferences going back to 1976 by clicking on the links on our Past Conferences page. We’ll be posting more photos over the next several months, so be sure to revisit our site soon.
AZTESOL has released a position statement on the recent Executive Order that restricts immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries. You can read the full text of the statement on the Sociopolitical Issues page of our website.
The Boston College Center for Human Rights and International Justice has compiled a free set of teaching materials called the ESOL Know Your Rights Tool Kit. The resource is composed of four units: Basic Human Rights; Knowing Your Rights in a Car Stop; Protecting Families in Case of Separation; and Understanding the U.S. School System. Each unit is appropriate for intermediate-level classes; the first two units also include versions for beginners. Units feature multiple, independent lessons with corresponding teacher’s guides, student handouts, and frequently-asked legal questions (FAQ) sheets. To explore or download the units, visit this website: https://goo.gl/forms/ItlRMqxBRmxy8uKx1
If you are currently an English language teacher and are at least 18 years old, you are invited to participate in a global survey about how American culture is taught to students. Bryan Meadows, an associate professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey, is surveying the content of culture teaching in the English language classroom when American culture is the topic of instruction. To take the 10-minute survey, click here. (You will see and need to agree to a disclaimer statement prior to the actual survey questions.) For more information, click here to contact Prof. Meadows.
To see photos from our recent AZTESOL State Conference in Yuma, go to the Past Conferences page on this website and click on the first link under the picture. (The link will take you to our external Flickr site where we store all AZTESOL photos.) AZTESOL would like to extend a special thanks to board member Lutfi Hussein for taking most of the photos!
Congratulations to Aileen Angulo, a student in the SEI II class at Kofa High School in Yuma, for her winning entry in AZTESOL’s contest to design a poster based on the theme of this year’s state conference, “Literacy Across Ages and Languages.” Click here to see Aileen’s complete poster. Runner-up entries were submitted by Yulissa Aldana, Monica Guzman, Edwin Macias, Manuel Manriquez, and Arletter Franco, all students at Kofa High School (in the Yuma Union High School District). Thanks to Kofa High principal Michael Sharp for encouraging participation in this contest with AZTESOL.