Time is running out to send us a proposal for our next state conference in Tucson on October 20-21, 2017. Our theme this year will be Connect, Learn, Grow @AZTESOL. Click here to see the criteria and submit a proposal online. Proposals are being accepted through Monday, July 30, 2017. Click here to see a list of keynote and featured presenters. Online and mail registration will begin in August. Don’t miss your chance to share your ideas and expertise with fellow teachers. Submit an entry today!
AZTESOL’s Teachers of Refugees Interest Section will meet on Saturday, July 29 in Phoenix at the Refugee Focus office in the Phoenix Financial Center plaza. All educators, tutors, or community volunteers who are working with refugee-background students in any setting (formal or informal) are invited. There will be presentations about the special medical needs of refugee students, teaching listening, teaching literacy, and time for networking and discussion. The event will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 1:10 p.m. at Refugee Focus, 3443 North Central Avenue, North Rotunda, Phoenix AZ 85018. (Click here to see a map. Please enter the parking lot from Mitchell Drive to be closest to the entrance to the correct building.)
TESOL’s CALL Interest Section has issued a Call for Proposals for its 2018 Electronic Village Online (EVO), a virtual extension of the Electronic Village event at the annual TESOL convention. Click here to learn more about the EVO. Proposals are due by September 24, 2017 and may be on any topic relevant to the teaching of English to speakers of other languages. Click here to see the instructions on how to create a proposal page. A training session will be held for all moderators and co-moderators from October 22 to November 19, 2017, and the actual five-week EVO sessions will take place between January 14 and February 18, 2018. Click here to see what types of sessions were offered in the past.
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.
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.