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Affiliate News: February 2010

Affiliate News (Summer 2008)

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A Message... From the Editor

Welcome to this edition of the Affiliate Newsletter. My name is Misty Adoniou and as the newest member of the Affiliate Leadership Council it is my task to put together a newsletter that aims to keep TESOL’s affiliates in touch with each other and with TESOL itself.

In this edition I’ve focussed on providing information that will help remind affiliates and all their members understand the huge global community they are a part of as a result of their affiliation with TESOL. Teaching English must surely be the single largest teaching discipline in the world and its terrific to know that through TESOL we can share experiences, resources and challenges. Please send this newsletter onto your membership in your own association and let’s share the feeling of belonging to a global profession.

From the Chair

Ismael Garrido,

We left the TESOL convention in New York with a positive feeling of having offered all affiliate leaders something interesting, challenging, and stimulating through the different activities organized by the Affiliate Leadership Council (ALC). We want to thank our Past Chair Yilin Sun for her four years of hard work and dedication to the ALC. We would also like to give a warm welcome to Misty Adoniou as our newest member of the ALC.
The ALC has set the following goals for 2008-09:

  • Continue ongoing communication with affiliate leaders
  • Continue planning for the 2009 TESOL Convention in Denver, Colorado, USA
  • Decide on a feature article for the affiliate newsletter (with focus on one affiliate, one member of the board of directors, or one affiliate leader)
  • Continue promoting international representation of the ALC
  • Continue promoting the fulfilment of TESOL-specific goals through affiliates
  • Develop and administer a survey to gather input/feedback on the ALC’s services to affiliates, including ways to provide professional development activities, leadership training, and advocacy. The ALC will share the results with affiliate leaders via the ALC newsletter and through a workshop at the 2009 TESOL Convention.

    Finally, we encourage our affiliate leaders to advise us as to what the ALC can do to serve them better.

    On behalf of the ALC, I would like to wish everyone an enjoyable and safe summer!

    Ismael Garrido

    Announcements 2007-8 Affiliate Leadership Council

    The 2007-08 Affiliate Leadership Council at the New York Convention

    The role of the Affiliate Leadership Council (ALC) is to ensure the board of TESOL is well connected with the issues of interest to its 102 affiliates around the world. The ALC provides a communication nexus between the affiliates and the board and thus plays an important role in maintaining TESOL’s global identity. The council has four voting members—the past chair, the chair, the chair-elect, and member A—and each has designated responsibilities and roles. For 2008 and 2009 the members of the council are as follows:

    Elke Apelbaum Savoy, past chair of the ALC, has been an ESL educator for over 30 years, serving English language learners as a teacher, grant writer, and professional developer. She currently works for the New York City Department of Education as an education administrator. She has served on the executive board of New York State (NYS) TESOL as chair of the Professional Concerns Committee and was president of NYS TESOL from 2002 to 2003. She continues to volunteer for NYS TESOL as cochair of the Nominations Committee.

    caption – Elke Apelbaum Savoy

    Ismael Garrido, chair of the ALC, has been involved in TEFL for over 20 years. At present, he is a full-time professor at the BUAP, Mexico (Autonomous State University in Puebla). He is the founding president of ANUPI-TESOL, an association for English teachers at university level in Mexico. He has presented at language-teaching conventions in Mexico and Latin America. His areas of interest are applied linguistics, teacher training, and testing and evaluation.

    caption – Ismael Garrido

    Don Weasenforth, chair-elect of the ALC, has been a member of TESOL since 1987 and a member of various affiliates, including Illinois TESOL, CATESOL, and WATESOL. He is currently past president of TexTESOL V, the North Texas affiliate, and served as the executive director of the Council of Presidents. At Collin County Community College, he has served as chair of ESL and developmental writing and is currently professor of ESL and English composition. Instructional technology and second language writing are his main areas of research interest.

    caption- Don Weasenforth

    Misty Adoniou, Member A of the ALC, has been working in ESL and EFL for 25 years. Currently the president of the Australian Council of TESOL Associations, she has also served as president of TESOL Greece. In Australia she lectures in literacy and TESOL in the undergraduate teacher education programs at the University of Canberra, while continuing to maintain her strong links with the EFL field by presenting regularly at conferences in Asia and Europe. Her current research interests include the role of popular culture in identity formation and language acquisition, and grammar in communicative language teaching.

    caption – Misty Adoniou

    How to Become a Member of the Affiliate Leadership Council

    Before the end of the year a call for nominations for the position of Member A will go out—and you or your colleagues should consider applying. Some things to think about:

  • It is a fantastic way to be more involved with TESOL the organization and TESOL the profession and to ensure the voices of affiliates and their members around the world are heard.
  • It is a four-year commitment. Member A will move to chair-elect the following year, become the chair during the third year, and serve as the past chair during the fourth year of service.
  • Interested candidates must be TESOL members in good standing for at least five years and be a past president of an affiliate. They must have attended at least two annual TESOL conventions in the past five years and be familiar with the TESOL organization.

    Feel free to contact members of the current Affiliate Leadership Council if you’re thinking about nominating yourself but would just like to talk it through a little more.

    Conference Announcements

    Alabama-Mississippi Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (AMTESOL) will host the 2008 Southeastern Regional TESOL (SETESOL) Conference in Birmingham, Alabama, September 24-27. SETESOL is a consortium of TESOL organizations from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. This conference is a wonderful way to provide professional development to educators working with English language learners. The 2008 SETESOL Conference will have special days that focus on content-area teachers who work with English language learners and special education for English language learners.

    Celebrating Commonalities, Cultivating Connections
    September 25–27, 2008, in Birmingham, Alabama

    Argentina TESOL, ARTESOL, announces its 21st annual convention, with the theme “Building Communities of Inquiry, Practice and Creativity: Voices of the South”
    October 3-4, 2008, at the Universidad Nacional del Nordeste, Resistencia, Chaco, Argentina
    Call for proposals and related information are available at

    Arkansas TESOL, ARKTESOL, announces its annual conference.
    October 10, 2008, at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Arkansas

    New York 2008 Affiliate Leaders' Workshop

    caption Affiliate leaders at the leaders’ workshop

    The affiliate leaders’ workshop always provides a wonderful opportunity for affiliates to connect with each other prior to the hectic schedule of convention itself. It’s also an opportunity for TESOL board members to address affiliate leaders and reiterate just how important the affiliates are to the TESOL organization. Both the current and past presidents Sandy Briggs and Jun Liu made the time to come and share the appreciation for the work that affiliate leaders do.

    caption Sandy Briggs caption Jun Liu

    TESOL board member and the appointed liaison for the Affiliate Leadership Council and the board Dr. Deena Boraie from the University of Cairo also addressed the gathered leaders.
    caption Dr. Deena Boraie

    A number of breakout sessions were held:
    1. Policy Promotion for the Profession
    2. Professional Development and Worldwide Professional Participation
    3. Organizational Sustainability and Growth
    4. Manage your Affiliate Using Technology: A Review of the Software

    These sessions were very well-received by attendees, and brief reports of sessions 3 and 4 have been provided by the presenters.

    Organizational Sustainability and Growth:
    LaTESOL Shares Its Experience With Handling Disasters and the Unexpected
    Robert Connor,

    I had the pleasure of presenting some of the lessons learned from LaTESOL’s (Louisiana TESOL) experience with Hurricane Katrina. In the growth and sustainability workshop, we had representatives of Haiti, Venezuela, Italy, Macedonia, and Israel among many others.

    In the workshop, I shared that focusing on four core issues improves an organization’s sustainability: core needs, improved networking, centrality to the community, and institutional memory. Here is a short summary of what we discussed. The core needs of TESOL are what TESOL affiliates need to continue to function effectively. Because we are a social and political entity, our core needs are social and political: connections, information, and development. We are more sustainable if we have improved networking that allows us to know what is occurring in our state and how we can influence that process. Through advocacy, we can properly position the profession as central to employers and the community. To function effectively, we need a continuous institutional memory; the history and the future of the affiliate are entwined and vital to support.

    Each affiliate representative contributed an account of how he or she has dealt with these issues. Notably, TESOL in Venezuela shared their insights on surviving during the recent political upheaval while TESOL in Macedonia shared how they stretched their budget. TESOL in Israel (ETAI) also shared how the military conflict has affected their organization. Everyone left with a few good ideas to keep our organization running smoothly.

    Managing Your Affiliate Using Technology
    Lisa Hutchison

    This session was presented by Helen Solorzano, MATSOL membership secretary, Suffolk University; Lisa Hutchison, MITESOL president, Lamphere Schools, Madison Heights; Carol Wilson-Duffy, MITESOL past president, Michigan State University, English Language Center.

    Affiliate leaders from around the world face similar issues when organizing directories, communications, and events with their members. Three affiliate leaders presented the ways in which their affiliates are using technology to manage these organizational challenges. MATSOL used Idealware ( and TechSoup ( to research available software. They chose Memberclicks (, an integrated online membership system, to manage their Web site, membership directory, broadcast e-mail, convention registration, dues payments, and calendar of events. This comprehensive service charges a set-up fee as well as monthly maintenance fees and processing fees for financial transactions. MITESOL uses Acteva (, an online registration and payment system, to handle its membership dues payment and conference registrations. Acteva charges a one-time set-up fee for a new event (i.e., conference or workshop) as well as processing fees based on the cost of the event. In addition, MITESOL uses a custom-built program to handle proposals for its annual conference (e-mail for more information). They paid a consultant to create the original program and then pay for any additional modifications. The program allows online proposal submission, review and scoring, conference scheduling, and communication with presenters. All of these technologies save their organizations time and enable them to better serve their memberships.

    Note: Also, a free, open-source conference management program is available from the Public Knowledge Project (

    Affiliate Colloquium

    Yilin Sun,

    At the 2008 TESOL Convention, the Affiliate Leadership Council (ALC) organized two very well attended colloquium sessions with speakers representing both regions and research fields.

    The affiliate colloquium, entitled “Classroom-Based Action Research-Trends, Successes and Debate,” had six panelists: Anne Burns, Macquarie University, Australia; Ismael Garrido, State University of Puebla (BUAP), Mexico; Suchada Nimmannit, Chulalongkorn University,Thailand; Arieh (Ari) Sherris, Center for Applied Linguistics, USA; Don Weasenforth, Collin County Community College, USA; and Yilin Sun, past chair of ACL, who served as organizer and moderator.

    Action research is assuming an increasingly prominent role in policies, programs, and practices in English language teaching. Panelists addressed issues such as challengability, creativity, and sustainability of action research from political, theoretical, and practical perspectives using their research and practice.

    Caption - Affiliate Colloquium: Classroom-Based Action Research-Trends, Successes and Debate


    1. Anne Burns, Macquarie University, Australia
    2. Ismael Garrido, State University of Puebla (BUAP), Mexico
    3. Suchada Nimmannit, Chulalongkorn University,Thailand
    4. Arieh (Ari) Sherris, Center for Applied Linguistics, USA
    5. Don Weasenforth, Collin County Community College, USA

    The second session, an Interconnection session, was entitled “Research-Development Across TESOL Entities—Actions, Impact, Future-Directions.” Panelists from affiliates, interest sections, and caucuses shared research in several major areas including the role of nonnative English speakers in today's globalized world, the global role of English, and the ascendance of critical languages. Trends of TESOL affiliates in research and development, and the survey of worldwide employment conditions were also discussed.

    Panel members were Prof. Denise Murray , past president of TESOL, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia; Deena Boraie, TESOL board member and ALC liaison from the American University in Cairo, Egypt; Keiko Abe-ford from CALA, Seigakuin University, Japan. Jane Orr from TEAL, Arlinton represented the interest sections; caucus representatives were Lucie Moussu from Ryerson University, Canada, and Liz England from Shenandoah University, Virginia, USA.
    Dr. Yilin Sun, past chair of the ALC, served as organizer/moderator.

    Affiliate Booth

    The Affiliate Booth is a great way to showcase your affiliate’s newsletters, journals, and upcoming conventions and the Puerto Rican affiliate really showed how to put on a good show at the booth!

    Affiliate Editors’ Workshop The Editors workshop provided an opportunity to hear how other affiliates run their newsletters – questions such as online vs print and copyright issues were discussed as well as a plug for this newsletter! Remember to send your contributions for the next affiliate newsletter by the end of November 2008.

    Affiliate Assembly meeting

    Misty Adoniou,

    TESOL President Sandy Briggs began by greeting the Assembly delegates and presented a plaque for 25 years of affiliation to the delegate from Oklahoma TESOL.

    Also on hand were TESOL Central Office staff, including TESOL’s Executive Officer Chuck Amorosino

    And of course that most important person in the Central Office for the affiliates, Valerie Borchelt

    Following reports from TESOL’s numerous standing committees, this year’s travel awards were presented by incoming ALC Chair Ismael Garrido.
    The recipients were as follows:

    Solange Espina de Annuitti, Uruguay

    Nataliya Smila, Ukraine

    Svitlana Radziievska, Ukraine

    Christel Broady, Kentucky, USA

    Delia Maria Farias, Paraguay

    Affiliate News Affiliate Benefits

    TESOL supports its affiliates’ professional development, advocacy, and networking activities. It also provides organizational support and promotes the support of individual affiliate members. TESOL also serves as a clearinghouse in terms of referring professional organizations seeking ESL expertise to local affiliates. Below are specific ways in which TESOL provides these general benefits to affiliates.

  • TESOL affiliation facilitates local professional development

    - Worldwide Calendar of Events – Affiliates announce activities, including conferences, on TESOL’s online calendar.
    - Speaker Request Program – Funding is available by request for a TESOL board or staff member to present on a timely topic at affiliate conferences.
    - Mailing Addresses of TESOL Members – To help affiliates recruit new members and announce meetings to TESOL members in a specific locale, complimentary mailing labels are provided once a year upon request.
    - Best-of-Affiliates Sessions – Affiliates are invited to send their best presenters to the annual TESOL convention. The presenters are guaranteed a place in the program; affiliates and/or presenters pay all costs.
    - TESOL Academy – TESOL holds one Academy each year, providing excellent professional development and leadership opportunities to local affiliate members.
    - Symposia – Affiliates work with TESOL to provide professional development and leadership opportunities to local affiliate members.

  • TESOL affiliation facilitates local advocacy

    - Advocacy Action Center – Affiliates have access to the Advocacy Action Center, which provides information about local representatives and media.
    - Speaker Request Program – Affiliates can request TESOL’s Advocacy and Professional Relations Manager John Segota to speak at local events.

  • TESOL affiliation facilitates local and global networking

    - TESOL Connections, Affiliate News – Online newsletters allow affiliates to announce events and achievements. They also prompt networking among affiliates.
    - TESOL Partnership Agreement – TESOL promotes and facilitates partnership agreements among affiliates.

  • TESOL provides organizational support

    - Affiliate Leadership Council – The members of the ALC support affiliates through provision of advice, facilitating communication among affiliates, informative sessions at TESOL conventions, and publication of Affiliate News, the online newsletter for affiliates.
    - Leadership Volunteer Opportunities – Affiliates benefit from affiliate leaders’ development of leadership skills through volunteering on TESOL councils, interest sections, committees, and the board.
    - Affiliate Web site – TESOL offers limited advice for running an affiliate through documents posted on the affiliate Web site.

  • TESOL provides financial support

    - Affiliate Travel Grants – Affiliates may apply for an affiliate travel grant to help fund the travel and accommodation expenses for one affiliate delegate to attend the annual TESOL convention.
    - Global Memberships – TESOL supports affiliates by making TESOL membership more affordable to English language teaching professionals in countries where the gross national income is US$15,000 or less, as identified by the United Nations.

  • TESOL promotes affiliate membership support

    - Professional Recognition – TESOL provides professional recognition through the Virginia French Allen Award, the award that goes to an affiliate member who has provided outstanding service to the affiliate.
    - Complimentary TESOL Memberships – Affiliates recruit and retain members by offering free 1-year TESOL memberships to affiliate members who have never before held TESOL memberships.

  • TESOL leverages expertise of affiliate leaders

    - Referral of Professional Organizations – Affiliates benefit when TESOL refers to affiliate organizations seeking professional ESL/EFL advice.

    From the Global Issues Standing Committee

    Julio Prin, Venezuela, chair,

    The Global Professional Issues Committee (GPIC), a standing committee on policy, was formed in August 2006 with seven members from around the world (Pakistan, Venezuela, Russia, China, Italy, Croatia, and Canada). The committee, focused specifically on addressing worldwide issues and trends, complements TESOL’s U.S.-oriented advocacy and aids in advancing TESOL’s global initiatives.

    As a global entity, TESOL’s mission includes increasing the organization’s awareness of issues that affect the field of English language learning and teaching worldwide. TESOL is also interested in increasing its effectiveness in dealing with these issues to the extent possible, considering political and cultural implications and restrictions.

    The GPIC is currently developing a survey, TESOL Survey on Global Issues in English Language Teaching, with a more widespread dissemination than its initial pilot survey to go out to professionals worldwide. After analyzing the results, we will recommend action in the area of professional development to the TESOL board. Our goal is to pinpoint specific needs in particular regions and assist local TESOL organizations in meeting those needs.

    In addition to the survey project, we periodically review and revise existing TESOL position statements and resolutions, and draft new statements to reflect a more global perspective for TESOL.

    News from TESOL's Global Diversity Committee

    Melva Lowe de Goodin

    The members of the TESOL Standing Committee on Diversity are as follows:
    Shelley Wong, president of TESOL (2008–09)
    Sonja Franetta, committee chair, Oakland, California
    Gabriel Diaz Maggioli, board liaison, Montevideo, Uruguay
    Pam Williams, TESOL Central Office staff liaison, Alexandria, Virginia
    Ahmar Mahboob, University of Sydney, Australia
    Dorothy Forbin, Cameroon’s TESOL affiliate, Africa
    Federico Salas-Isnardi, from Houston and Austin, Texas
    Javier L. Alfonso, from Florida
    Martha Clark Cummings, City University at Hunter College, New York
    Melva Lowe de Goodin, Republic of Panama (Panama TESOL and University of Panama)

    These members represent diverse professional interests, racial and ethnic groups, sexual orientation, and religious preferences, and they bring a global perspective on many of the issues that have come to the forefront in TESOL in the past decade or more.

    The TESOL Standing Committee on Diversity has the following charge:

    A. To focus attention on valuing diversity within the global profession of TESOL and inclusiveness throughout the association. Diversity shall include, but is not limited to, the following: race, ethnicity, religious belief, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic class, disability, cultural and linguistic background, national origin, and age.
    B. To identify internal and external strategies, concerns, and recommendations to ensure the participation of underrepresented and marginalized populations within the global profession of TESOL and integrate inclusiveness within the TESOL association.
    C. To align TESOL’s strategic plan with inclusiveness.
    D. To monitor/evaluate diversity efforts and bring any issues or concerns to the board’s attention.

    From the Awards Committee

    The members of the TESOL Awards Standing Committee review applications and nominations for the various awards and coordinate the respective adjudication processes. They are responsible for presenting the awards at the plenary sessions, at the TESOL awards reception, and at featured speaker sessions, all held at the TESOL annual convention. Each committee member coordinates a particular award. The adjudication process involves TESOL members who volunteer to be readers of the applications for a particular award or grant and then give their input to the award coordinator.
    TESOL awards and grants fall into two major categories:

  • those awards and grants for which candidates must apply
  • those awards for which candidates must be nominated

    Although the TESOL association has a membership of several thousand, some years there are very few applications/nominations for the various awards. The TESOL Awards Committee asks that TESOL affiliates promote the awards and encourage their members to apply. Refer to the Awards and Grants page in the Career section of the TESOL Web site at for a complete list of awards or visit

    From the Standards Committee

    Supreet Anand, chair

    The Standards Committee was established in 2002 to oversee TESOL's work in standards. The Standards Committee serves as the umbrella for all standards-related activities and projects. In that capacity, it oversees the development of content, program, professional, and employment standards, with input from and feedback to TESOL members, and provides guidelines to ensure uniformity across projects. The mission of the Standards Committee is to ensure that all of TESOL's standards projects serve the needs and interests of a broad spectrum of TESOL members and reflect positively on TESOL within the academic and educational communities. The Standards Committee's six specific charges or responsibilities are to direct, monitor, evaluate, and otherwise oversee all standards initiatives that support TESOL's mission and the needs of its members; approve authors/editors to develop standards appropriate to those plans; oversee the development of standards that meet a set criteria; oversee the approval, dissemination, and ongoing implementation of standards; work with the Publications Committee to develop needed companion products and report on the progress of the standards under development to membership; work with the Professional Development Committee to develop training opportunities for use of TESOL standards; work with other organizations/associations who may be involved with the approval and implementation of TESOL's standards (e.g., National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education); and identify and prioritize future standards projects.

    In addition to standards that have been developed for North American contexts, TESOL is also developing standards for a global audience, such as Technology Standards for English Language Learners and Teachers. In addition, TESOL has published EFL standards for use in China, and the Standards Committee is currently researching EFL standards in other contexts.

    Conference Reports & Articles From new Affiliates...Senegal

    From Class to Community: A Plea for the Integration of Collaborative Learning in the EFL Class
    Association of Teachers of English in Senegal English Language Day
    8 March 2008 / ELI, Suffolk University
    Mamadou Mountagha Diop, National Pedagogic Advisor
    (In-Service Training)

    The Senegalese EFL context: Little room for effective learning

    Lecturing is the prevalent method of teaching despite the adoption of a curriculum based on Communicative Language Teaching
    Typical classroom layout: Classroom arrangement is essentially teacher-centered.

    Typical classroom arrangement in Senegal, not conducive to teacher/student interactions (from the work of French educator Andre de Peretti)

    Teacher as sole information provider

  • Teachers view themselves as sole information-givers.
  • Students expect teachers to do the talking and the explaining and view themselves as listeners and note-takers.
  • School administrations and parents share the same views.
  • Materials (textbooks) are designed to reinforce dependence on teachers.

    How students relate to each other

  • Students are isolated learners: “We are all islands till comes the day we cross the burning water” (Joan Baez)
  • Students compete against each other to reach personal goals.
  • Students do not work toward a common goal for the class: They work together separately.
  • Students share very little about what they learn and how they learn and are even forbidden to talk to each other.
  • Students do not benefit from each other and from the group.
  • Teachers know very little about how individual students learn, the strategies they use, what works and what does not.

    What they expect from the teacher as voiced by students I’ve interviewed:

  • To provide a maximum of explanation during classes
  • To behave fairly with students
  • To communicate clearly
  • To be open
  • To be tolerant

    What they expect from colearners

  • To not disturb
  • To respect the teacher
  • To keep quiet
  • To contribute ideas
  • To ask questions

    How students see their own roles as learners

  • To answer the teacher’s questions
  • To ask the teacher questions
  • To be able to express views not necessarily the same as the teacher’s

    Typical interaction pattern

    This graphic from André de Peretti demonstrates how students are limited when interacting in a classroom context, with no student to student interaction, just teacher to students

    Overall Learning Environment

  • Large classes: Most teachers are not ready to handle them.
  • Individualism and competition
  • Material resources: inaccessibility, scarcity, lack of guidance
  • High rate of failure: a national average of about 60% at national exams

    Institutional obstacles to collaborative learning

  • Loi d’orientation
  • Subject curricula: Sharing and collaboration among students not given expected treatment
    – English curriculum: The word collaboration appears only once in the document.
    – Esprit de coopération is among the goals pursued by the teaching of English.
  • Teacher training

    Partial conclusions

  • What is true for English is true for other school subjects.
  • A feeling of helplessness noticeable among many teachers: Students are “dumb,” standards are going down, etc.
  • Teachers are unmoved by high rate of failure at tests.
  • Some teachers even punish or humiliate students asking questions.
  • There is a need to look at other strategies.

    From new Affiliates...India

    FORTELL’s Annual Report

    One of the major activities of FORTELL has been to publish three issues of its newsletter on time. Each issue carries articles, interviews, book reviews, reports of its activities, profiles, language games, and activities—all on issues connected with ELT. Only members are permitted to publish their contributions/materials in the newsletter.

    A five-day ELT workshop was held at Vidya Bhawan Society, Udaipur, from Feb. 26 to Mar. 2, 2007. The workshop was conducted by A.L. Khanna on capacity building of instructors teaching village children at Vidya Bhavan’s activities centers in and around Hazira (Gujarat)

    An orientation workshop for textbook development for rural and semi-urban children in classes 1-8 was conducted from Mar. 26 to Apr. 1, 2007, at Vidya Bhawan Udaipur by Prof. R.K. Agnihotri and A.L. Khanna.

    Mukti Sanyal of Bharati College, University of Delhi, attended the Educational and Cultural program in Los Angeles and 41st Annual TESOL Convention in Seattle, USA, March 2007.The visit was funded by the Regional English Language Office, U.S. Embassy, New Delhi.

    A five-day intensive course (Mar. 6-10, 2007) on teaching English language and literature was given by Diane Harley, University of Pennsylvania, USA, at Bharati College, University of Delhi.

    A two-day orientation program on development of language skills for master trainers was given by Diane Harley, University of Pennsylvania, USA, Apr. 26-27, 2007, RPVV KishanGanj, Delhi.

    A workshop on business English was conducted by Diane Harley, University of Pennsylvania, USA, on Apr. 2, 2007, at SPM College, University of Delhi.

    A workshop on effective reading strategies and resources was given by Dr. Neil J. Anderson from Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, USA, on May 15, 2007, at Maharaja Agrasen College, University of Delhi.

    An ELT workshop was conducted at Vidya Bhawan Society, Udaipur, Aug. 23-26, 2007, by AL Khanna and Falguni Chakravarty.

    A two-day national level seminar on materials production for developing aural-oral skills at the primary and secondary levels was offered by the Kolkata Chapter of FORTELL Aug. 27-28, 2007, at the Ramakrishna Institute of Culture, South Kolkata.

    An English language capacity-building workshop for nonformal education center instructors was conducted by A.L. Khanna and Falguni Chakravarty Oct. 23-28, 2007, at Kaya Training Centre, Udaipur.

    A talk by Sandra J. Briggs, president of TESOL, on “Developing As ELT Professionals: Teaching and Learning Strategies in ELT” was held Feb. 14, 2008, at Ram Lal Anand and College, University of Delhi.

    A scholarship was awarded by the Regional English Language Office, U.S. Embassy, New Delhi, to Dr. A.L. Khanna, secretary of FORTELL, to participate in the TESOL convention Apr. 2-5, 2008, in New York.
    FORTELL’s nominee Dr K. Lakshminarayana was selected for the TESOL 2008 Global Advocacy Recognition Award.

    From new Affiliates...Morocco

    About the Moroccan Association of Teachers of English

    MATE (Moroccan Association of Teachers of English) was created in 1979 and has regularly organized an annual conference. MATE aims to

  • contribute to the improvement of the teaching of English in Morocco
  • encourage contacts among teachers of English in Morocco and teachers in other countries
  • encourage research in the field of teaching English as a foreign language in Morocco

    MATE regularly organizes the following activities:

  • study days (all over the country)
  • annual conferences
  • regional mini-conferences
  • SIG (special interest group) colloquia
  • colloquia on nongovernmental organization management, quality of services, etc.
  • participation in regional and international conferences
  • publishing of a quarterly newsletter, proceedings, books, Web site, etc.

    MATE Contact Information:

  • Address: B.P. 1270 Alqods, Khouribga, Morocco
  • Tel: +21223560039, +21262052344
  • E-mail:
  • Web site:

    Affiliate Partnership: Michigan TESOL and the Association of Teachers of English of the Czech Republic

    Affiliate Partnership: Michigan TESOL and the Association of Teachers of English of the Czech Republic
    Lisa Hutchison, President MITESOL Hutchison, HutchisonL@LAMPHERE.K12.MI.US

    Michigan TESOL has been a sister affiliate with the Association of Teachers of English of the Czech Republic (ATECR) since February 1993. MITESOL proudly offered ATECR’s representative, Treasurer Zuzana Urbanová, a travel grant to attend the 2008 TESOL Convention in New York. Zuzana was an honored guest at the MITESOL reception in New York City where she met her Michigan colleagues.

    MITESOL also dispersed a $750 travel grant to MITESOL member Marian Gonsior to attend and present at the ATECR annual conference in Èeské Budìjovice in South Bohemia, Sept. 12-14, 2008.

    For the past 15 years, the MITESOL-ATECR partnership has maintained three main goals:

  • Education – to work with and learn from another TESOL affiliate, and to provide opportunities for MITESOL members to make contact with and establish projects with teachers in the Czech Republic;
  • Assistance – to encourage professional interactions with a TESOL affiliate in central Europe;
  • Internationalization – to enhance international activities of MITESOL and ATECR through conference connections, joint projects, and newsletter contributions.

    MITESOL has been privileged to partner with the ATECR in promoting high standards in English language instruction

    In other MITESOL news:

    Michigan TESOL Receives MDOE Grant

    In the spring of 2007, MITESOL received a grant from the Michigan Department of Education (MDOE) to provide professional development for K-12 educators working with English language learners. MITESOL used the grant funds to present eight workshops in seven different counties to general education staff, ESL staff, and para-educators. Over 150 teaching professionals throughout the state of Michigan were reached. Offered at a minimal cost to participants, these workshops centered on applying Marzano’s research-based instructional strategies when teaching English language learners. MITESOL is pleased to have received this grant for a second year. This summer our statewide offerings will focus on differentiating K-12 curriculum, instruction, and assessment for English language learners as well as writing standards-based curriculum for level 1 and 2 ESL courses.

    Caption: Lisa Hutchison at MITESOL’s PD session

    The Power of Collaboration

    The Power of Collaboration
    Don Weasenforth, immediate past president TexTESOL V, DWeasenforth@CCCCD.EDU

    Every fall, one of the five affiliates of Texas TESOL takes on the challenges and opportunities of hosting the statewide TexTESOL State Conference. Addressing the professional development needs of thousands of ESL professionals in a region as large as Texas without a doubt poses a number of challenges, but it also offers some of the richest opportunities for collaboration—within the host affiliate as well as among affiliates in Texas and surrounding states.

    This year’s state conference, “Teachers of English: Stars of Texas,” will be hosted by TexTESOL V, the affiliate serving North Texas. Scheduled for November 6 through 8, this year’s conference celebrates the stellar achievements of teachers of English across the Lone Star State.

    Collaboration of past and present state conference planners led to the identification of a perfect conference location. The Dallas Richardson Renaissance Hotel and the Eisemann Center for Performing Arts are unquestionably beautiful facilities. Next-door neighbors to each other, both facilities could not be located more conveniently.

    Many hours of collaboration among conference planners and area ESL professionals have yielded an enticing slate of speakers, most of national or international reputation. International humorist and writer Rose-Mary Rumbley will provide entertainment with a local flair. North Texas ESL experts will facilitate engaging preconference workshops for those who want to get a day’s advance start on the conference.

    By reaching out to other affiliates—including Colorado TESOL and Michigan TESOL—TexTESOL V identified an online registration system that has allowed the affiliate to streamline registration for the state conference. Thanks to the results of this collaborative effort, TexTESOL V will manage registrations much more easily and benefit from more accurate records.

    Productive collaboration among TexTESOL V Board members resulted in the initiation this past spring of the affiliate’s new, personalized Web site (, an invaluable tool in publicizing, marketing, and managing the upcoming conference.

    Finally, by collaborating with the four other Texas affiliates as well as Oklahoma TESOL, Arkansas TESOL, Louisiana TESOL, TESOL Central Office, state educational institutions, and other professional organizations, TexTESOL V hopes to serve over a thousand ESL professionals this November.

    To witness the many fruits of years of collaboration, visit TexTESOL V’s new Web site at If possible, join us in Richardson, Texas, this November for a stellar TexTESOL State Conference.

    News From VATESOL Virginia

    Kieran Hilu, VATESOL President

    At our fall conference, we spoke of “Connections”—teacher to student, teacher to teacher, students to students. Presentations ranged from the larger picture, with Shelley Wong addressing how we must connect with our legislators on political concerns, to how students can connect to each other using a variety of multimedia forms. I hope attendees found it to be useful and inspiring in many ways.

    I have been working with the VATESOL board on a couple of exciting projects that focus on making such connections on a larger scale. These projects are important for the future of the organization, and I want to share them with you. First, the board has decided to join the Southeast TESOL Association. This organization is composed of the Carolinas, Georgia, Alabama-Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee, Kentucky, Florida, and Arkansas. Its mission is to collect and disseminate information about developments in the teaching of English as a second language and to stimulate professional development by arranging for regional annual conferences. These conferences are very well attended with internationally known key speakers. Our purpose in joining is to benefit from the shared expertise, and by hosting a conference, gain new membership and funds (the Carolinas conference brought in $88,000). Of course, this is a way to connect regionally, but more important, with additional funds we can offer more services to our members. VATESOL has been selected to host the 2011 SETESOL conference in Williamsburg, Virginia. I am excited about the venue and all the possibilities that can help us to grow. But, it is also a major undertaking. So, I am connecting with each of you to ask for your help when we begin planning.
    If many lend a hand, we can do it!

    Our second project is connecting to TESOL in a pilot project that will make joining TESOL + VATESOL a one-step process that gives a significant discount on both memberships. This project is still in the development phase, and it will be a couple more months before the TESOL organization has it up and running. We are excited that it gives our members discounts and makes it easier to join. We are also moving to an online payment system so that joining and renewing your VATESOL membership will be easier for members (and for us!). We will update you on these projects in the next newsletter.

    And finally, not as exciting but more satisfying for me was the input I had from our vice president. Her comment really struck a chord and reminded me of the most important “connection.” As she discussed our recent meeting and her plans for the upcoming fall conference, she said how enjoyable it was to get together with everyone, that it was always fun to work with such special people.
    And that is what all of our members are—we go beyond being teachers, social workers, counselors. We are very caring people and we are fun to be with! That said, give us input for a mini-conference you want to see in your region and definitely plan on being together October 4 for our fall conference—for our most important connection is to each other.

    News From NNETESOL

    News From NNETESOL (Northern New England TESOL)

    Within the past 2 years the board has tried to implement better use of technology to solve some of the problems that had arisen. These problems included

  • lengthy board meetings—sometimes lasting over 2 hours
  • long drives to get to the board meetings—over an hour at least for the Maine and Vermont contingent
  • heavy expenses to reimburse board members for their driving
  • limited productive time at the board meeting

    To solve these problems we decided to implement conference calls for our two board meetings that do not occur the night before the conference. (We have four board meetings each year, two the night before the conferences.) The reports from the board members would be solicited 2 weeks before the call and sent by e-mail to the president, who presides over the meeting. The reports would then be distributed to the board members and they could download them or read them on their computers before the meeting. It was suggested that members who live near each other meet in a central location and discuss the reports before the call. The call consisted of talking about the reports and voting on items that needed to be addressed.

    The amazing results of using conference calls were that the meeting was much more focused, people had to listen more carefully to each other as only one person talked at a time and the rest listened by speakerphone, and transportation costs went down. People were so enthusiastic about this new way of conducting board meetings that even at our board meetings the night before the conference we have already received the reports and do not have to take time to read them there. This has shortened all the board meetings, a definite improvement.

    We have also decided to stop producing a newsletter because it was just a repetition of the items on our Web site, With the savings here, we bought our webmaster a new laptop.

    We have also implemented online registration for the conference and payment by credit card. We are using ACTEVA, which has been used by other TESOL affiliates, and we are very happy with the results. The first time we used this for registration we also sent a postcard to our mailing list members to remind them that registration was taking place on the Internet. There were a lot of complaints, ironically through e-mails, about using computers rather than snail mail, but we have forged ahead and our membership has seemed to adjust. Now we need to use SurveyMonkey for our evaluations, but we are not there yet.

    We continue to have two conferences a year, one in the fall in New Hampshire and one in the spring alternating between Maine and Vermont. Our spring conference keynote speaker was Donald Freeman who spoke on teacher perspectives of English language learners and how this affects instruction. The attendance was as expected and St. Michael’s College in Vermont was our host. It was a splendid time of getting together and learning about different aspects of teaching English language learners.

    News From INGED, Turkey

    A. Suzan Oniz, INGED board member, web page person, and editor,

    It was a pleasure meeting other editors at the past TESOL convention in New York. For me, it was an even greater pleasure just being in Manhattan but that’s another story. Here’s the latest about INGED, the English teachers’ association in Turkey.

    INGED Afternoons and INGED Events
    Our association organizes 2-hour workshops with one guest speaker, open to all teachers who wish to attend, members or not. These are our INGED Afternoons, although, depending on the availability of the speaker, we have held them in the morning as well. We also organize INGED Events, which are one-day mini-conferences with several presenters who deliver workshops and talks based around one main theme. These require careful planning and coordination with the host institute to make sure a large hall suitable for ELT activities is available and to make arrangements for advance registration. INGED Events are mainly for members, who pay a symbolic fee and receive certificates of attendance, which they can use in their schools for yearly academic development points. Teachers who are not members usually join the association to benefit from these events.

    An INGED Afternoon in Istanbul
    The latest INGED Afternoon, a practical workshop mainly for secondary teachers, was held in Istanbul on April 18. The presenter was Raymond Kerr, the teacher development manager at the British Council in Istanbul, who showed the enthusiastic participants how to use total physical response (TPR) in their classes, namely how TPR activities can be adapted so that they relate to the language or the theme in a unit: total clothes response, total adjective response, or total food response. He involved the audience and had them experience the activities so that they could develop a feel for them. The teachers left this lively INGED Afternoon with a lot of ideas that they could adapt for their classes.

    The Second INGED KONYA Event
    Three years ago, our annual international ELT conference was held at Selcuk University in Konya. This was the spark that got the INGED Events started there. The instructors at Selcuk University showed great interest and asked for another conference. The following year, we held our first INGED KONYA Event there. We had no idea there would be a second one. The teachers invited us back this year and we held the second INGED KONYA Event on May 10 with five speakers delivering workshops and presentations entitled “A Free Web Source: The Online Concordancer” by Dr. Suzan Oniz; “A Sample English Lesson for Young Learners” by Dr. Aydan Ersoz; “What can INGED do for you?” by Dr. Neslihan Ozkan; “Empowering Learners in ELT Classes” by Fatma Ataman; and “Listening Activities: Testing or Teaching?” by Serper Tumer.

    The INGED Events are a success mainly because of the three parties involved: The instructors at Selcuk University are highly motivated and are looking for self-development opportunities; the INGED board members are open to ideas and willing to spend a lot of extra time outside their full-time jobs and home responsibilities organizing events and sharing their expertise; and the active, eager, and inspirational coordinator, Assistant Professor Dr. Ece Sarigul from Selcuk University, has endless energy and is wonderful at organizing people. Without her, this event could never have taken place. This, then, is the formula for the success of the INGED KONYA Events: People! It always boils down to the good intentions of the participating people. With motivated people who are enthusiastic about learning and sharing, all works out well.

    The 10th INGED Drama Festival
    Every year, we organize a drama fest for primary students in Ankara in the month of May. Schools can participate in a short 20-minute dramatization of a whole or part of a play and/or in storytelling. The jury gives out awards for a variety of categories including best actor/actress, most promising actor/actress, best stage management, and so forth. This exciting and fun festival for primary schools was held on Sunday May 25 at Maya Private Schools, Ankara, this year. We will post the results and photos in the June issue of News On-Line at
    Some parts require a password so please contact me if you wish to have the password.

    The First Global INGED-Franklin-TESOL Spelling Competition
    Franklin Electronic Publishers and TESOL have kindly invited INGED to participate in the First Global Spelling Competition, for which details are being discussed. This exciting event will be open to students 15 years of age and under. The finals will be held in New York, and Franklin and TESOL will sponsor the finalists in this event.

    The 12th International INGED ELT Conference
    On October 23–25 this year, we will be in Eskisehir for our annual conference. The deadline for submitting proposals is June 16, 2008. We will be very happy to see you among us!