The complete program of the AZTESOL 2016 State Conference is now available! Click here to download and save a copy of the program (in PDF file format) to your computer, 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 change and that all changes, cancellations, and additions will be announced at the conference Welcome on the morning of Saturday, October 22. (Note: A formatting issue is causing some tables in the program to break in odd places on some pages, but all of the information is there.)
Advance registration for the AZTESOL 2016 State Conference ended on Saturday, October 15, but you can come to the campus of NAU-Yuma on Friday, October 21 (Roundtable discussions & welcome reception) and/or Saturday, October 22 (Keynote presentation and sessions) and register at the door at our regular on-site prices. This year’s conference theme is Literacy Across Ages & Languages and our keynote speaker will be Dr. Okhee Lee of New York University. Click here to see our information page at http://aztesol2016.eventbrite.com (note that tickets are no longer for sale online). Please scroll down the page at that site and read the FAQs for complete information.
Proposals are now being accepted for the next Southeast Region AZTESOL Mini-Conference to be held on January 28, 2017 in Tucson. Click here to see the full conference flyer. The theme of the conference will be Contextualizing ESOL for College and Career. This conference will bring together practitioners and researchers working with students of all ages and backgrounds in various English language acquisition settings. Participants will share resources and best practices for working in refugee education, intensive immersion, adult education, and community programs. Click here for the proposal submission form, which you can fill out on your computer and e-mail to the conference organizer (the e-mail address is on the form). The deadline for submissions is January 13.
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.
On November 4-5, 2016, the University of Arizona will hold its first annual conference on Classroom Assessment for Language Teaching (CALT), sponsored by the Center for English as a Second Language. Proposals for presentations are being accepted through August 31, and registration for the conference is now open. For more information, please click here to visit the CALT 2016 website.
TESOL International is currently seeking submissions for its forthcoming volume New Ways in Teaching Creative Writing for the ELL Community. The deadline for contributions is October 1, 2016. If you would like to submit an article for consideration, please click here to see the guidelines and send your article to the co-editors, Patrick T. Randolph and Joseph I. Ruppert.
Due to a postal service miscommunication, AZTESOL’s post office box in Yuma was not accepting mail during the months of April and May this year. If you sent us any snail mail during that time and it was returned to you, please send it again (or contact us through our website). We are now able to receive mail again normally at our PO box address. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Congratulations to the following AZTESOL members who have each received a free one-year membership to our affiliated parent organization, TESOL International Association:
Check our website again early next year for the announcement and invitation to apply for these complimentary memberships that TESOL International makes available to us annually as their official affiliate for the state of Arizona.
The AZTESOL Board has proposed several revisions to the organization’s Constitution and By-Laws. These updates will help the document more accurately reflect how AZTESOL currently operates. All AZTESOL members who attend our State Conference in October will have the opportunity to vote on whether to accept or reject these changes. We are posting the proposed changes here on the website so that the membership has ample time to consider the revisions and, if desired, provide feedback. Click here to see or download the suggested revisions. Text that is struck through represents language that will be deleted, and replacement or new provisions are highlighted in blue or yellow.