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“The World Is the Classroom: 21st Century Teaching and Learning”

By ALEJANDRA PULIDO —The CATESOL Annual Conference, Santa Clara, is less than two months away and the Annual Conference Committee keeps the magic coming with new events, speakers, and socials! A limited number of hotel accommodations are still available at the conference site. The Hyatt Regency Santa Clara venue has three restaurants and bars; it’s
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Featuring: In the Classroom

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Tapping Into Discoveries From Neuroscience to Help ELLs in the Prewriting Process

By PATRICK T. RANDOLPH —Introduction Getting English language learners (ELLs) to write, let alone write well, and feel comfortable and confident in the process is no easy task. Teaching writing and getting students to enjoy it is perhaps one of the most challenging and complex realities of the English language teacher’s world. And yet, there
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Inspiring the Critical Mind: Introducing the One-Point Multiskills Analysis

By PATRICK T. RANDOLPH —Editor’s Note: A version of this article was first published in TESOL’s SLWIS News (February 2016): Modified and reprinted with permission. English language learners (ELLs) often struggle with writing university-level research papers because of a lack of analytical tools and techniques to probe the inner complexities of a topic. This
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Anytune Slows Down Sound Tracks for Language Practice

By MARSHA J. CHAN —Editor’s Note: A version of this article was first published as Chan, M. J. (2017). Anytune slows down sound tracks for language practice. In M. O’Brien & J. Levis (Eds), Proceedings of the 8th Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching Conference (pp. 191-194). Ames: Iowa State University. This version has
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Have Native Speakers on Campus? Then Get Your ESL Students Out of the Classroom

By CHRISTINE SO —Whether you are teaching vocabulary, pronunciation, listening, speaking, culture, history, or composition, send your students out on campus to approach at least one American student for a quick one-question interview. A positive experience using the target language generates confidence in using it, which in turn creates more motivation to learn it (Clement,
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Introducing a Hybrid ESL Class

By PAULETTE KOUBEK-YAO —Our Hybrid ESL 33B, which is an advanced reading and writing class, has one face-to-face class per week and one asynchronous online class per week focusing on academic language. The ESL Department at Pasadena City College began offering the Hybrid ESL 33B in the fall semester of 2015. I have taught it
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The Well-Being Room at Work

By LYNN FRANCIS, MA, MS —A magical room at Mid City, the site where I work, is increasingly capturing my interest and imagination. Surrounded by walls with no windows, it sits on the first floor of a three-story building. It has been organically, naturally growing through time with kindness and beautiful intentions to become the
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The Vibrant English Verb:
A Review

By DANIEL HALFORD —I have been teaching ESL for 37 years, first in Germany and now in California at the City College of San Francisco. I try to be creative in finding ways to make grammar, especially verb meaning and usage, comprehensible for my students, and giving them visuals goes a long way to help.
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News and Events

Karen Bleske

Editor’s Note:
Final Edition

—Hello, CATESOL News readers. Fall is finally here, and that means it’s time for the CATESOL 2017 Annual Conference. It’s also time for a transition. As you may know, the Board has decided to end the CATESOL News with this Fall 2017 edition, because a new opportunity has arisen for CATESOL and it is time
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Trump Administration Begins Rollback of DACA Program—What Happens Now?

By JEFF FROST —On Tuesday, September 5, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program would be ended with a six-month delay to allow the Congress time to act on a replacement. The DACA program was begun in 2012. Under the administration’s action, the Department of Homeland Security will
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Pronunciation Operator on Duty: What’s Your Emergency?

By MARSHA CHAN —Do you teach pronunciation to your ESL students? Have you ever faced a pronunciation teaching conundrum? Wondered about prioritizing skill activities? Felt stumped by a student or teaching situation? Want to try to stump pronunciation authors? Or have ideas to share? Come to this Board-sponsored Teaching of Pronunciation Interest Group (TOP-IG) session
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OC Chapter Presents Margi Wald and Jan Frodesen:
“Context Is Key”

By FEMIA SCARFONE —The CATESOL Orange County Chapter is proud to announce that its half-day Fall Workshop will feature Margi Wald and Jan Frodesen addressing the topic “Context Is Key: Vocabulary and Grammar Instruction for Academic Reading and Writing.” The workshop will be held Saturday, September 16, 2017, at the University of California, Irvine. How
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OC Chapter Celebrates
Nam’s Service

The CATESOL Orange County Chapter honored Helen Nam for her work as chapter co-coordinator at its August 2017 meeting. Nineteen board members in attendance at the home of Carol Bander, former CATESOL president, applauded Helen’s years of service to CATESOL OC and her attention to details. Helen will be serving on the CATESOL Board of
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What’s New With Steinbeck?

By ONDINE GAGE —The Steinbeck Chapter of CATESOL is energized after the 2017 Northern Regional Conference last spring in Pacific Grove, California. Kara Mac Donald continues in her excellent leadership as coordinator. We are organizing three exciting events for the 2017-2018 year. Our very successful film nights, which have featured I Learn America (Fall 2015)
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Inland Empire Announces Fall Workshop: “Games and Gamification for Learning”

The Inland Empire Chapter of CATESOL asks: Who has a Monopoly on the Risks of Life in the classroom? We’ll give you a Clue! in the Fall workshop “Games & Gamification for Learning,” to be held 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on October 7, 2017, at California Baptist University in Riverside. The inclusion of gamelike experiences in the classroom is a great way to
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Optimizing Existing Resources in Education to Find Stability in the Middle East: An Opinion

By TAMARA ZÚÑIGA-BROWN —In the piece that follows, a version of which was published as a special report to the National Security Forum of Northern Nevada (NSF), I discuss the power of the ESL/ELC (English Language and Culture) profession to build international bridges of peace and cross-cultural understanding, this time on the ground in Iraq.
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Case Study: SLA Theories and the Role of Social Interactions

By ZHAOYU WANG —In this case study, I used classic ethnographic methods to analyze a focus student, including her language skills, learning environment, and learning needs. This case study inspired me, in my future teaching, to not only pay attention to the classroom, but also to consider what is happening outside the classroom. Culture, family,
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