AZTESOL will hold a regional mini-conference for central Arizona on Saturday, February 25, 2017 on the campus of ASU West in Glendale. The theme of the conference is “TESOL for the Modern World: Strategies for Student Success.” 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 February 10. For more information, click here to see a copy of the conference flyer. Registration ($10) will be on-site only, but you can pre-register online at: https://goo.gl/forms/5Z3bmrPBTMf9InF02
AZTESOL will be partnering with the Graduate Student Association of Applied Linguistics (GSAAL) at Northern Arizona University to present a Northern Area mini-conference and roundtable on Saturday, April 8, 2017 in Flagstaff. Details will be posted here in February, so please check back with us at that time for more information.
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!
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.
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.)
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.