Register Now for the AZTESOL 2016 State Conference

AZTESOL2016 poster smallOnline registration is now open for the AZTESOL 2016 State Conference! The premier educational and networking event for ESL professionals in the American Southwest will take place in Yuma, Arizona on Friday, October 21 (Roundtable discussions & welcome reception) and Saturday, October 22 (Keynote presentation and sessions). 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 go to our online registration site at where you can purchase tickets at special low early-registration prices for a limited time only. Please scroll down the page at that site and read the FAQs for complete information. Don’t miss out on the chance to keep up-to-date on what is happening in your field across the state of Arizona and beyond!

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.

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.

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.

New Community College SIG

AZTESOL is forming a Special Interest Group (SIG) for community college teachers! If you teach ESL or a related subject at any community college in Arizona, or if you are interested in discussing issues of importance to this sector of our field and networking with other community college ESL teachers and administrators, we want to hear from you. Please visit this site on the web to show your interest in the AZTESOL Community College SIG and to keep informed of events, opportunities, and other news relevant to this group.

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