Registration is now open for the AZTESOL 2017 State Conference! This major educational and networking event for ESL professionals in the American Southwest will take place in Tucson, Arizona on Friday, October 20 (Roundtable discussions & one featured speaker) and Saturday, October 21 (Keynote presentation, other featured speakers, and breakout sessions). This year’s conference theme is Connect, Learn, Grow @AZTESOL and our keynote speaker will be Dr. Fred Mednick, founder of Teachers Without Borders. Other featured speakers include Michelle Doherty (Arizona Educational Foundation’s Teacher of the Year) and Amber Akapnitis (Arizona 2017 PBS Digital Innovator). Click here to go to our online registration site at https://aztesol2017.eventbrite.com where you can purchase tickets at special low early-registration prices for a limited time only. Please scroll down the first page at that site and read the FAQs for complete information. Don’t miss out on the chance to keep up with what is happening in your field across the state of Arizona and beyond! Online registration ends shortly before midnight on Saturday, October 14.
AZTESOL is converting photos of its past events to an all-digital format and posting them online. You may remember flipping through our photo albums at a table in the lobby at many of our state conferences. To better preserve these images and make them available to the entire AZTESOL community, we are scanning those old snapshots and adding them to our Flickr page. We don’t have pictures of every conference, and some of the photos are showing their age (you may see parts of sticky labels that won’t come off anymore without damaging the images), but various board members and volunteers have helped us amass an impressive visual record over the years, and we want to share our long history with you. Check out our conferences going back to 1976 by clicking on the links on our Past Conferences page. We’ll be posting more photos over the next several months, so be sure to revisit our site soon.
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.