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. Click here for full details. Proposals to present at this event are being accepted through March 5; please click here to download and fill out the proposal form, save a copy on your computer, and send it to the e-mail address indicated on the form. The registration fee for attendees will be $10 payable on-site only, but it is recommended that you pre-register at this link.
AZTESOL will be hosting a reception for members and friends at the International TESOL Convention in Seattle. Come join us in the Greenwood Room on the third floor of the Sheraton Hotel on Wednesday, March 22 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. We’ll connect with one another and enjoy some Mediterranean fare. Click here to download and print out a reminder to take with you.
The Arizona Association for Lifelong Learning will hold its 2017 Spring Conference on May 12 at the Yavapai College Main Campus in Prescott, Arizona. The theme for this year’s conference is “The Education-Vocation Connection.” Registration is now open, and proposals are being accepted through March 17. Visit the AALL website to download the proposal form or to register online.
We’re already busy planning our next state conference in Tucson in the fall. Our theme this year will be Connect, Learn, Grow @AZTESOL. Click here to see a list of keynote and featured presenters. Online and mail registration will begin in late summer. Circle October 20-21, 2017 on your calendar, and check this website for further announcements.
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!
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.