Karen Russikoff, Kimberley Briesch Sumner, and Sydney Rice at CATESOL 2017

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CATESOL 2016 San Diego: Embracing the Past, Planning the Future

Karen Russikoff (from left), Kimberley Briesch Sumner, and Sydney Rice enjoy CATESOL 2016 at the President’s Luncheon. They are all presidents of CATESOL. Karen Russikoff is the 2016-2017 president, Sydney is now past president, and Kimberly is now the past past president! Read our new president’s reflections on CATESOL 2016, first entry under “Messages,” and
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Gratitude: A CATESOL 2016 Annual Conference Reflection

By GLORIOUS FEALING —I had the pleasure of attending the 2016 CATESOL Annual Conference held November 17-20 at the Town and Country Resort in San Diego, California. The jaw-dropping event helped me tremendously with my students. Of particular note was the presentation by Dr. Jin-Suk Byun and Ms. Soo Min Lee of Alliant International University:
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members of San Diego's Bollywood troupe perform at CATESOL 2016 Saturday Night Sizzle.

Saturday Night Sizzle—
Or Bollywood?

If you had a chance to attend the 2016 CATESOL Annual Conference and stayed Saturday evening, you were in for a real treat. This year’s Saturday Night Sizzle was Bollywood themed and featured many different forms of entertainment. The room was decorated with lotus flowers and elephants. Attendees were given bangles and bindis to wear
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sadae iwataki 2016 winner John Liang and former winners

CATESOL Honors John Liang for Outstanding Service

CATESOL congratulates John Liang, the 2016 winner of the Sadae Iwataki Award. The award, often called a lifetime achievement award, honors outstanding service to CATESOL. Pictured with John are former awardees (from left, front row) Judy O’Loughlin, Susan Gaer, Natalie Kuhlman, the winner John, Katheryn Garlow, and Lydia Stack; (back row) Karen Dennis, Dan Fichtner,
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CATESOL Presents Host of Awards to Members, Teachers, Students

—In addition to the Sadae Iwataki Award, CATESOL and its levels presented a number of awards at CATESOL 2016. See below for the complete list of winners and sponsors. The CATESOL Education Foundation has also announced a new award for the 2017, the Ron Lee Technology Award. See right-hand column, Inside CATESOL, for details or
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CATESOL 2016 Awards: The List

Award for CATESOL Members Rick Sullivan Stipend Sponsored by CATESOL Award Recipient: Ninet Aghasatourian, graduate student at California Polytechnic University, Pomona Awards for ESL Teachers Adult Level Kareen Kjelstrup Professional Development Scholarship Sponsored by Cambridge University Press Award recipient: Karen Lang, West Contra Costa Adult Education Award recipient: Susana Wani, West Contra Costa Adult Education
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Cheryl Boyd Zimmerman and Jun Li at CATESOL 2017

Education Foundation Awards CSUF Leadership Grant

Jun Li (right), winner of the CATESOL Education Foundation’s CSUF Leadership Grant, presented at CATESOL 2016 with Dr. Cheryl Zimmerman, and she went on to present three other times during the conference. The Foundation is proud of Jun and all the other CSUF awardees! The leadership grants were started as a long-term professional-development project by
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past presidents at CATESOL 2017

Past Presidents Gather at the President’s Luncheon

CATESOL past presidents are (from left, first row) Nina Ito, Natalie Kuhlman, Sydney Rice, Katheryn Garlow, Kimberley Briesch Sumner, and Karen Dennis; (second row) Dan Fichtner, Belinda Braunstein, Lynne Díaz-Rico, Lynn Savage, Ellen Lange, Margaret Teske, and Lydia Stack.  

Virtual Photo Albums: Video Highlights From the CATESOL 2016 Annual Conference

If you missed the conference or want to revisit the event, take a look at … Picture Collage of the Conference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qv8RGLkIJwI Saturday Night Sizzle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=upYUEKSVUL4 Interviews With Attendees: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8vw9skn2TE


Karen Russikoff

From the President

My Conference Reflection By KAREN RUSSIKOFF —I was headed off campus and encountered a colleague who asked where I was running. Even though I responded with my typical conference enthusiasm that I was on my way to CATESOL, I was met with her question about using my whole weekend for “that.” Because the moment was
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Margi Wald

An Invitation to the 2017 TESOL International Convention
TESOL 2.0: Engage, Enrich, Empower

By MARGI WALD —Join the international community March 20-25, 2017, in Seattle, Washington, for the TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo, our 51st annual gathering. Experience what makes TESOL and its affiliates unique: present and future teachers, administrators, researchers, and advocacy leaders engaging in conversation about language education and policy; enriching their knowledge, networks,
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Editor’s Note

—Hello, CATESOL News readers. Happy New Year! I hope this issue finds you well. It is even more jam-packed than usual, with news and photos from CATESOL’s big event of the year, the annual conference, held in November in San Diego. CATESOL’s new president, Karen Russikoff, offers her reflections on the event, “Embracing the Past—Planning
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Governor Signs CATESOL-Supported Bills

By JEFF FROST —In the late evening of September 30, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. completed his actions on the bills that reached the governor’s office before the 2016 legislative session ended. During the course of 2016, 1,059 bills reached Governor Brown, and he signed 898 of them. The governor vetoed 159 bills, and he
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The Shades of Bicultural Identity: A Narrative

By ESRA ALSUHAIBANI —I will never forget the moment when I made an identity choice. It was probably the most important time in my life. It was a time when I had overcome a major obstacle in my life. It was a time when I had the chance to come to the US and learn
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Regula Schmid

Fostering Multilingualism at Home

By REGULA SCHMID —“Multilingualism is the natural potential available to every normal human being (Paradowsky, 2010).” Every child is born with the ability to acquire more than one language just as well as he or she is able to acquire one language. All that is needed is input, that is, hearing the language. To build
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The Future of Education in a Post-Truth, Pro-Trump America

Editor’s Note: The views in this opinion piece reflect the concerns of the author, and they are not an official position of CATESOL. I welcome other opinion pieces on this issue or on other controversial issues of concern to readers of the News.—Karen Bleske By ANDY CURTIS —As CATESOL News readers know, the theme for
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Ana Wu

Of Race and the Ownership of a Language

By ANA WU —My relationship with culture, language, and race has become intriguing since I moved to the US more than 10 years ago. At the recent CATESOL Annual Conference during breakfast, I sat at a table with two other instructors. Previously, the common questions that I had been asked were, “I see you are
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Hedieh Najafi

Reallocation of Resources for Teaching English to
Syrian Refugees in North America: A Note of Caution

By HEDI NAJAFI —With the Syrian war in its fifth year, millions of Syrians have become displaced inside and outside Syria. Just in 2015, 1.2 million Syrians were pushed out of their homes (Rodgers, Gritten, Offer, & Asare, 2016). Out of the millions of displaced Syrians, thousands have found refuge in English-speaking countries. Already there
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5 Speakers the Highlight at
OC Chapter’s Fall Workshop

—Attendees were fortunate to welcome five speakers at the CATESOL Orange County Chapter’s fall professional-development workshop: Bruce Rubin, the plenary speaker, followed by featured speakers Dave Coleman, Roger Dupuy, Laura Jacob, and Meg Parker. The workshop was held Saturday, December 10, at California State University, Fullerton. Bruce Rubin: “Critical Thinking in ESL: Sequence, Substance, Style,
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Meet Steinbeck Chapter’s Vibrant New Leadership

By ONDINE GAGE —Under vibrant new leadership, the Steinbeck Chapter of CATESOL has hosted a film event and a conference-share potluck, and it is gearing up to hold the Northern Regional Conference at Pacific Grove Middle School on April 1, 2017. SAVE THE DATE!!! Special thanks to Netta Avineri as outgoing chapter coordinator! Evening of
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IE’s First Iron Educator Conference Produces Champion Lessons

By ROBERT OROZCO —The Inland Empire Chapter successfully piloted its new and innovative fall conference, “The Iron Educator,” on Saturday, October 8, in Riverside. Iron Educator attracted a number of talented teachers throughout the Inland Empire and beyond to participate in this pressure-filled workshop opportunity. The goal was to come together and make a team
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In the Classroom

Patrick T. Randolph

Applying Elements of Embodied Cognition to ELL Poetry Read-a-Thons

—By PATRICK T. RANDOLPH I. Introduction One of the inspiring aspects of English language teaching is that the pedagogy is in a constant state of evolution in an attempt to make the teaching methods more effective, creative, and useful for all levels of learners. This article will focus on one such method—applying ideas in embodied
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Deb Grove

The 300Gardens Project: Teaching Business English, Benefiting Public Gardens Worldwide

By DEB GROVE —Ample pedagogical literature suggests and concludes that real-world projects to solve real-world problems result in higher-quality assignments from students. Not surprisingly, after international students in my class visited public gardens in the San Francisco Bay Area, they wanted to support plant conservation. That was part of the impetus behind the creation of
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Christine So

Why Use Digital Class Games in Teaching ESL?

By CHRISTINE SO —From neuroscience we know now that arousing emotions increases memory. Dopamine, that neurochemical released when people laugh—or do drugs—is the key. John Medina, director of the Brain Center for Applied Learning Research at Seattle Pacific University, writes, “Emotionally arousing events tend to be better remembered than neutral events. … When the brain
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On the Bookshelf

Virtual Photo Albums: Video Highlights From the CATESOL 2016 Annual Conference

If you missed the conference or want to revisit the event, take a look at … Picture Collage of the Conference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qv8RGLkIJwI Saturday Night Sizzle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=upYUEKSVUL4 Interviews With Attendees: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8vw9skn2TE

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The CATESOL Journal’s Past Issues Now All Online

The CATESOL Journal is pleased to announce that all former issues of the journal, beginning with Volume 1.1 • 1988 and running through Volume 28.1, are now available for viewing or download at http://www.catesoljournal.org/past-issues/. The current issue of the journal, Volume 28.2, is available at http://www.catesoljournal.org/. ~~~~~~~~~~~~ The CATESOL Journal is also soliciting proposals for
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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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