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Lead Story

Join Us at the 47th CATESOL Annual Conference

Embracing the Past—Planning the Future By SHERRY SCHAFER —It’s that time of the year again—time to get ready for the biggest CATESOL event of the year! The 47th CATESOL Annual Conference is set to take place November 17-20 at the gorgeous Town and Country Resort & Convention Center in San Diego. With a full schedule
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Featuring: In the Classroom

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Within the Silences: Facilitating Effective Group Discussions

By ROGERS WALKER —One day after class, I noticed a normally upbeat student with his head hanging somberly in his hands. When I asked him what was wrong, he explained that he was frustrated because classmates had been interrupting him during group discussions. Group conversations are a common source of conflict in the English language
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Active Learning: Producing a Student Newsletter

By PAULETTE KOUBEK-YAO —With the start of Apple Macintosh and its desktop publishing in the late 1980s, student newsletters became an uncomplicated way for student writing to be read by larger audiences. Since that time, the accessibility of graphics and unique fonts has grown tremendously along with the students’ expertise in using the various programs
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Harnessing an Awareness of Mirror Neurons
for English Language Teachers

By PATRICK T. RANDOLPH —I. Introduction Have you ever watched a romantic scene in a film, perhaps one in which a couple is holding hands on a beach, and felt your heart swell with genuine love and deep emotion? Have you asked yourself why it is that you cry or at least tear up when
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Classes That Thrive: Negotiating Classroom Community Values

By ROGERS WALKER —Too often in teaching we focus on encouraging students to conform to behavioral norms, as opposed to helping them explore and develop a system of values that can drive optimal classroom performance. Addressing behavior only when disruptive incidents arise is akin to a game of whack-a-mole: New behaviors and situations will emerge
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Guilt and Shame

By LYNN FRANCIS, MA, MS You are teaching in the class and there is a rule never to leave the class without a teacher present. You have diarrhea and need to head to the bathroom. You have an appointment and need to leave 10 minutes early. If you ask the answer might be no. You
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From the President

Join Us in Volunteering! Every Little Bit Counts By SYDNEY RICE —When in class, few things are worse than asking a question and having no one respond. In the wake of the deafening silence, many questions start rolling around in the teacher’s head. Does no one know the answer? Perhaps the class didn’t understand the
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Karen Bleske

Editor’s Note

—Hello, CATESOL News readers. I hope this issue finds you well! Now that summer is over and the fall season is under way, be sure to check out the preview of CATESOL’s big event of the year. The 2016 annual conference, with the theme of “Embracing the Past—Planning the Future,” is to be held this
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1,000 Days of Learning Leadership Lessons

By ANDY CURTIS —In the Fall 2015 issue of the CATESOL News, I wrote a piece titled “Learning Leadership Lessons Along the Way: Part 1,” which followed up on a piece titled “Learning to Lead in Language Education,” which appeared in the Fall 2014 issue of the CATESOL News. A number of CATESOL members emailed
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CATESOL Goes to Washington for 2016 TESOL Summit

By JUDITH B. O’LOUGHLIN —Judy O’Loughlin, CATESOL K-12 Advocacy Chair, and Sydney Rice, CATESOL president, representing Adult Education, joined approximately 75 other TESOL educators and members of TESOL International Association on June 19-21, 2016, in Washington, DC, for the 2016 TESOL Advocacy & Policy Summit. The program featured two full days of issue briefings and
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New Legislation a Positive Step
for Making Progress on EL Policy

By JEFF FROST —As I have reported earlier this year, the 2016 session of the State Legislature has produced two bills that should have significant impacts on improving opportunities for English learners. CATESOL is supporting both of these measures. AB 2350 (Patrick O’Donnell, D-Long Beach) would prohibit English learners (ELs) in middle and high school
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A Critique of the TABE Assessment

By YUCHENG CAO —Introduction The teachers in my placement school (LA Technology Center) all use Tests of Adult Basic Education (TABE) to assess the skills and knowledge of their adult learners. In the evidence-based reading instruction (EBRI) class that I have been observing, the host teacher employs the reading test of TABE 9&10 to assess
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OC Chapter to Feature 5 Speakers in Special Fall Workshop

By FEMIA SCARFONE —The CATESOL Orange County Chapter is proud to announce a very special format for its full-day Fall Workshop on Saturday, December 10, 2016, at California State University, Fullerton (CSUF). The workshop will feature Bruce Rubin of CSUF as the plenary speaker, followed by featured speakers Dave Coleman, Roger Dupuy, Laura Jacob, and
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IE Events: A Summer Rendezvous,
and Iron Chef Meets ESL Lesson Design!

—Seventeen members of CATESOL’s Inland Empire Chapter participated in a brief end-of-summer imaginary getaway to France by gathering for lunch on August 28 at Le Rendez-Vous Café in Colton. Members enjoyed French cuisine and competed for prizes based upon their knowledge of French culture. It was also a great opportunity to network with some recent
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SGV Presents Fall Workshop: Stepping Stones to Success

CATESOL San Gabriel Valley Chapter’s fall event, Stepping Stones to Success, will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 1, at Mt. San Antonio College (Mt. SAC), where we will share our ideas for making our diverse students and instructors successful. Visit our Facebook page ( or our website (, and
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On the Bookshelf

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PTE-IG to Welcome Participation in Next Book Group Session

In the San Gabriel Valley part of Los Angeles County, Corey Hanson-Hegger and Jennifer Van Hyning, the Part-Time Educators’ Interest Group coordinators, are planning to conduct a book group during the winter intersession. We will be reading and discussing Second Language Acquisition Myths: Applying Second Language Research to Classroom Teaching by Steven Brown and Jenifer Larson-Hall
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The CATESOL Journal Needs You!

The CATESOL Journal is now soliciting proposals for guest-edited theme sections for the Spring 2017 and Fall 2017 issues of the journal. If you have a topic in mind that might be of interest to the CATESOL readership, please contact Mark Roberge, Co-Editor, at ~~~~~~~~~~~~ The CATESOL Journal is also looking for a Submissions
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Call for Lesson Plan Submissions

Book Editors Seek Ideas for New Ways in Teaching Creative Writing for the ELL Community —We are seeking contributors with exciting and effective lesson plan ideas for using creative writing in the English language classroom. Our book, New Ways in Teaching Creative Writing for the ELL Community, will be published in the TESOL Press New
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