Present at the AZTESOL 2016 State Conference

AZT2016 contest winner detailThe AZTESOL 2016 State Conference will take place in Yuma this year on Friday, October 21 (Roundtable discussion & reception only) and Saturday, October 22 (Keynote and all regular sessions). Proposals for presentations are now being accepted. The theme of this year’s conference is Literacy Across Ages and Languages. Click here to submit your proposal. The deadline for proposals is August 1, 2016.

Poster contest winner for 2016 State conference theme

AZT2016 contest winner detailCongratulations 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.

Become famous and influential…Join the AZTESOL board!

superheroesWell, famous among ESL practitioners in Arizona, at least, and the projects you help us run and the decisions you participate in will definitely have an influence on the English teaching profession in our state! This is an exciting time to get involved with the AZTESOL Board, with many new initiatives and partnerships in the planning stages and a membership that has increased dramatically in the past few years. We have six board positions that will be open this October:

  • Business Manager
  • Public Relations Chair
  • Rules & Resolutions Chair
  • Second Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer

You can find out what these positions entail on our Board Vacancies page on this website.  If you are interested in any of these positions, please e-mail a resumé and cover letter to our Nominations Committee Chair, Richard Bailey, no later than Wednesday, August 17. In your letter, please state which position you are interested in and explain your qualifications in these four areas:

  • Appropriate skills for the position
  • Ability to work collaboratively with our board
  • Commitment to AZTESOL
  • Reliability in communication and contribution to a volunteer organization

Don’t miss this chance to add some valuable leadership and networking skills to your development as an ESL professional. People will notice!

Assessment in the language classroom

UofAcampusOn 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.

Creative Writing for English Language Learners

Writing ToolsTESOL 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.

Returned mail? Please resend

pigeon-with-letterDue 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.

Using music in English language teaching

musical-notesTESOL International is currently seeking submissions for its forthcoming volume New Ways in Teaching with Music. The deadline for contributions is June 30, 2016. If you would like to submit an article for consideration, please click here to see the guidelines and send your article to Jean Arnold and Emily Herrick of TESOL.

AZTESOL awards free TESOL memberships

TESOL logoCongratulations to the following AZTESOL members who have each received a free one-year membership to our affiliated parent organization, TESOL International Association:

Mehtap Acar
Michelle Beach
Rebecca Haag
Chelsea Moreno
Nicole Schmidt

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.

Proposed Revisions to Constitution

LogoAlonePNGsmallThe 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.

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