call for proposals for 2017 conference

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From the President—
Now Is the Time:
Calling Everyone With Something to Share

By KAREN RUSSIKOFF —That time of the year is here again—and you won’t want to miss it! The Call for Proposals for the CATESOL Annual Conference is up and waiting for you to submit. (See more details about the conference toward the middle of the Featuring: Conferences section.) If you have never submitted to a
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Featuring: Conferences

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SD Attendee a Proud Member of the CATESOL Community—
A Community That Helps Us Strive and Thrive

By UNDARMAA MAAMUUJAV —The professional air, positive vibes, and friendly atmosphere of CATESOL regional and annual conferences have always made me feel proud of our thriving field of teaching English. These conferences have helped me to stay abreast of the new developments in research and practice. They have allowed me to sit in a student
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SD Regional Provides a Day
of Inspiration

By JOYCE CHAN —It was a pleasure to be the recipient of the CATESOL Education Foundation’s Regional Conference Stipend for the San Diego Regional Conference, “Supporting the Journey.” The stipend generously covered the registration fee, lunch, and mileage—even for my drive from Los Angeles for the conference, held on April 22, 2017, at Palomar College
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Northern Regional Conference Rides the Waves of Change

The Steinbeck Chapter, in coordination with the conference chair, Michelle Bagwell, hosted the Northern California Regional Conference in Pacific Grove on April 1. The theme for the conference, “Riding the Waves of Change,” addressed the constantly evolving landscape in the field of ESL. Through time, there have been shifts in student demographics, government funding, and
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CATESOL 2017 Highlights:
Speaker Lineup, K-12 Strand

By ALEJANDRA PULIDO —The Annual Conference planning is under way in Santa Clara and we have secured a group of wonderful speakers to contribute to the discussion, “The World Is the Classroom: 21st Century Teaching and Learning.” Additionally, one of the new and exciting additions to the conference is Friday and Saturday’s K-12 strand, which
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A Call for Proposals:
Seeking Submissions
for Special K-12 Strand

By JUDITH O’LOUGHLIN —As conference services adviser for CATESOL, I work with the regional and annual conference teams to build capacity and increase membership, as well as encouraging conference proposals to address the professional-development needs for California teachers. This year I am working with Kristi Ward, K-12 Level co-chair, to build a K-12 strand for
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Apply Now for 2017

Please Visit Site for All Details CATESOL and sponsors present a number of awards at the CATESOL Annual Conference—teacher recognition awards, travel stipends, student essay contests, and more. For all award descriptions, applications, and deadlines, please go to —Helen Nam Adult Level Awards Specifically, the Adult Level presents three awards. The Adult Level
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Education Foundation Seeking Annual Conference Sponsors

The 2017 CATESOL Annual Conference in October will be here before we know it, so the CATESOL Education Foundation has to start looking for sponsors now. If you have leads, email me, Gail Simons, at, and I will contact them. The Sponsorship Packet is available at If you have questions, just let me
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OC Chapter Updates Its Teaching With Technology

—This past spring, the OC CATESOL Chapter hosted its spring workshop, “Updating Your ESL Teaching Techniques With the Latest in Technology.” In total, the chapter was proud to offer six different presentations by up-and-coming innovators in the field of ESL. Interact, Engage, and Learn: ESL Activities for Mobile Devices With Susan Gaer By SAVYONNE STEINDLER
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Grateful Grad Student Welcomes Chance to Engage at OC Workshop

By ALICE CHIAMENTI —The CATESOL Orange County Spring Workshop in late April was entertaining, fun, and it offered a pool of information to participants about research topics and teaching techniques. This event gave the attendees the opportunity to spend a day engaging with fellow ESL instructors and graduate students coming from all over the Los
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“Coffee, Tea, and
Social Justice: ”

‘Being Heard. Being Valued. Being Supported. Being There for Them.’ By VALERIE OSEGUEDA —At CATESOL San Gabriel Valley Chapter’s latest installment of its “Coffee, Tea, and ____,” one in a series of thematic discussions, the exigent topic of social justice was an appropriate subject to kick off the year, and it proved to be a
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Important English Language Learner Bills Move Forward

By JEFF FROST —After years of efforts by education advocates trying to improve the opportunities of EL students through the legislative process, we are now making progress. With the language in the Local Control Funding Formula focusing on the improving the academic outcomes of EL students as a key accountability requirement, the growing participation of
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Nevada Looks to Expand ‘Zoom Schools,’
Introduce Promise Program

By LINDA GANNON —Nevada commenced its biannual legislative session in February, so it is a good time to share some updates that will affect our state’s second-language teachers and residents. We are now without CATESOL advocacy, but I had the opportunity to travel to Carson City recently and interact with members of the Senate and
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Register for AmazonSmile

Do you know that when you buy something on, your purchase can also benefit CATESOL? If you select the CATESOL Educational Foundation as your selected charity under AmazonSmile, a donation will be made to benefit our support of English learners and their teachers. There is no additional charge to take advantage of this contribution.
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In the Classroom

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The Dance of the English Verbs

By STEVEN L. WEST —The single most challenging aspect of grammar for English learners (ELs) is the coordination of the verbs within a dialog, a paragraph, or an essay. For years many ELs have memorized the tenses and can even use them effectively in reading, but a consistent, appropriate flow of verbs in speaking or
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Using Verbpathy and Emotion-Based Associations in Vocabulary Pedagogy

By PATRICK T. RANDOLPH —I. Introduction Learning vocabulary is about making connections with the soul of the word. To learn English lexical items (e.g., single-word terms, phrases, and idioms), students need to forge immediate and emotionally charged connections with the words. These connections should arouse the learners’ attention, lessen the abstract nature of the lexical
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PTE-IG Book Club Reviews Second Language Acquisition Myths

By COREY HEGGER Does your classroom instruction need a boost? Do you ever wonder why some teaching techniques are preferred over others? Or do you just question if what you’re doing in the classroom is actually effective? At Glendale Community College, a group of adjunct instructors met over winter break to read, discuss, and critique
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Editor’s Note

—Hello, CATESOL News readers. Summer is here, and that means it’s time to submit proposals for the CATESOL 2017 Annual Conference—the proposal deadline falls in midsummer, July 23. If you are hesitating, read CATESOL President Karen Russikoff’s message for some encouraging words. Conference liaison Alejandra Pulido offers a preview on two more of the conference’s
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Equanimity at a Glance

(aka First Aid for Freaking Out) By LYNN FRANCIS, MA, MS —Equanimity Noun Mental calmness, composure, and evenness of temper, especially in a difficult situation. Are you struggling with the political climate right now? Is it causing problems in your ability to concentrate, relate to others—left and/or right—in relationships at home and work? Are you
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The CATESOL Journal Seeks Reviewers, Especially K-12

We are seeking new members for our CATESOL Journal editorial board for their input on manuscripts. The board evaluates incoming manuscripts and provides feedback to authors as these authors go through the review process. If you are interested in serving on our editorial review board, we encourage you to contact us at We are
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