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Regional Conference Season Opens: Grad Student Awardee Revels in Inspiration at
LA Regional

By JOHN PERVEZ —I attended the CATESOL Los Angeles Regional Conference on March 4, 2017, as a stipend awardee, volunteer, and presenter. Enabling me to go, the CATESOL Education Foundation made the experience delightful. There is nothing better than speaking with and working alongside like-minded people who all hold the same educational values. As a
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Featuring: Conferences

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Awardee’s Path Leads Her to Riveting Day at LA Regional

By MICHELLE MIRELES-BAGWELL —I began my teaching career in 1995 when I graduated with an English degree and a secondary single-subject teaching credential. For the next 16 years, I taught English at nearly every level, from high school AP classes to middle school Language Arts and everything in between. I enjoyed teaching, and because of
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Creating Memories at CATESOL Los Angeles Regional 2017

By DENISE CEDILLOS —I attended the CATESOL Los Angeles Regional Conference 2017 (“Sharpening Skills to Shape the Future”) held at Mt. San Antonio College. This was my third time attending a CATESOL LA Regional Conference, yet I continue to be impressed by the caliber of presentations, organization, and professionalism. This sentiment was echoed by one
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Northern Regional Conference:
Riding the Waves of Change

—Conference Chair Michelle Bagwell and the Steinbeck Chapter are collaborating to host the 2017 Northern Regional Conference 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 1, at Pacific Grove Middle School in Pacific Grove on the beautiful Monterey Peninsula. The keynote speaker is Elfrieda “Freddy” Hiebert (PhD, University of Wisconsin), who has a long career
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Looking Forward:
CATESOL 2017 Coming Soon
to Northern California

By ALEJANDRA PULIDO —Calling all TESOL teachers from California and Nevada! Our fall annual conference is nine months away, but in a moment it will be around the corner! Now is the time to begin planning for our yearly trip and prepare to head to Santa Clara to join friends and colleagues from the Gold
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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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Adult Level Looks to Form
New Interest Group

At the 2016 CATESOL Annual Conference Adult Level Rap Session, there was great interest in and energetic discussion about the instructional challenges facing Adult Level students with low formal education. To continue the discussion and to develop an avenue to network and share ideas and strategies, we are in the process of forming the Low
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NNLEI-IG Hopes to Welcome
New Members!

By ANA WU —As the co-moderator of the electronic discussion list for the Nonnative Language Educators’ Issues (NNLEI) Interest Group, I would like to invite members to join our community by clicking here. Our interest group is open to all, native and nonnative English speakers, graduate students, experienced ESL/EFL instructors, researchers, and administrators who are
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Karen Bleske

Editor’s Note

—Hello, CATESOL News readers. I hope this issue finds you well and ready for spring. Spring kicks off CATESOL’s Regional Conference season, and this issue features reports on the LA Regional from three winners of the Education Foundation stipend that is intended to help students attend the conferences. Reports on April’s Northern Regional and the
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The CATESOL Journal Seeks Guest Editor Proposals

The CATESOL Journal is now soliciting proposals for guest-edited theme sections for future 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 pleased to remind readers that all former issues of the
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Know Your Score … Card

By SYDNEY RICE with KATHY WADA —According to, success is defined as “the favorable or prosperous termination of attempts or endeavors; the accomplishment of one’s goals.” If we apply this definition to education, we notice two distinct pieces. The first is gaining a degree or certificate. The second is accomplishing what a student, individually,
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My Name, My Identity

By JUDITH O’LOUGHLIN —What’s in a name? Each of our names is tied to our identity, our family history, our culture, our language and, essentially, who we are. When you pronounce students’ names accurately, you are acknowledging and respecting each of the students in your classroom. Your classroom, your school, and your community of learners
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State Budget Update: Proposals Address Decline in Revenue

By JEFF FROST —Budget Overview On January 10, Governor Jerry Brown released his 2016-2017 budget proposals. The governor began his press conference by reporting that state revenue collections over the past six months indicate the “tide has begun to turn.” More specifically, while state revenues continue to increase, “the trajectory of General Fund revenue growth”
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Improving Reading Engagement
Through the Use of ELL Perceptions
Toward Instructional Strategies

By MARYANN HASSO —Low reading-engagement skills of English language learner (ELL) students are a barrier to academic and vocational progress. Improving reading engagement in an academic setting can improve reading skills. This summary consolidates perceptions of ELLs regarding reading instructional strategies and support to determine what practices may encourage increased engagement. The approach was a
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One Student’s Motivating Experience
at the OC Chapter Fall Workshop

By ALISSA WOLTERS —The first time I heard about CATESOL was in a job interview. Usually, job interviews are the last place I would want to be caught off guard, and this was no different. Amid a series of questions regarding my teaching methodology, my future supervisor, Jennifer Nolasco, asked if I participated in or
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Updating your ESL Teaching Techniques
With the Latest in Technology

Orange County Chapter to Host Spring Workshop By FEMIA SCARFONE —The CATESOL Orange County Chapter will be hosting a full-day Spring Workshop on Saturday, April 29, 2017, at North Orange County Community College District’s Anaheim Campus, 1830 West Romneya Drive in Anaheim. The chapter is featuring a brand-new format in which participants can choose to
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IE Chapter Celebrates Chinese New Year

By ROBERT OROZCO —On January 28, the Inland Empire Chapter hosted its Chinese New Year Celebration Gathering, which involved multiple interactions with dozens of TESOL students and teachers from the Inland Empire and beyond. As the guests entered the room, with its ambience of Chinese New Year decorations such as paper lanterns, traditional Chinese New
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The Inland Empire Chapter celebrates the Year of the Rooster at its Chinese New Year party.

The Year of the Rooster: Food, Drink, and TESOL


In the Classroom

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Between the Pauses: Tools for Supporting
Balanced Student Participation

By ROGERS WALKER —A familiar sight for many teachers is the “quiet” student who avoids eye contact to escape being called upon to talk. Also familiar is the student who talks constantly and seems to view the class as a private tutorial with the teacher to the detriment of less assertive classmates. These issues represent
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Observation Journals: Inspiring ELLs
to Embrace a Life Worth Living

By PATRICK T. RANDOLPH —I. Introduction The Red Wheelbarrow so much depends upon a red wheel barrow glazed with rain water beside the white chickens. —William Carlos Williams It is all about noticing, observing, being aware of the countless ordinary and extraordinary moments that make up a day. This magic is reflected in the refreshing
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Ana Wu

Phonetic Spelling Alphabet—
A Pronunciation
Lesson Plan

By ANA WU —Level: Low and High-Beginning Time: 30-40 minutes Topic: Spelling Your Name Rationale: As students need to interact with native speakers of English and speakers of other languages, it is important that they spell out their names clearly, especially when dealing with law-enforcement officers, financial-institution customer services, and medical front-desk clerks. Learning Objectives:
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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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