Steinbeck Chapter Unites With Multitude of Events

Sep 22nd, 2014 | By | Category: Chapters, Steinbeck
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Dana Ferris Workshop, Foreign Language Education Symposium, Potluck Picnic, Sharing Session, and Panel Unite Steinbeck Chapter Community


—The Steinbeck Chapter of CAthree-author article: netta avineri, cameron chien, ondine gageTESOL began 2014 by collaborating on January 24 with California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB), which generously hosted UC Davis Professor Dana Ferris, who provided a hands-on workshop for teaching reading strategies to support college-level L2 students’ writing. Participants gained specific techniques for facilitating reading skills and strategies through integrated reading and writing instruction. A key element was how instructors can facilitate reading comprehension and critical responses to reading. Steinbeck CATESOL thanks member Becky Rosenberg, who retired from CSUMB in May, for her generous support of CATESOL and our chapter events. We wish her a very happy retirement!

CATESOL Steinbeck Chapter members also participated in the Third Annual Monterey Bay Foreign Language Education Symposium (FLEDS), held on May 3, 2014, where they celebrated foreign language education with this year’s theme “Real Language, Real Life,” at the Monterey Institute of International Studies (MIIS). Keynote speaker 2012 ACTFL Teacher of the Year Yo Azama’s electric energy jump-started the Saturday morning audience with his invigorating charisma and passion. Attendees had the opportunity to participate in a variety of thought-provoking presentations focused on language education for 21st-century learners with topics including “Tips for Designing and Promoting Technology Integration Into Foreign Language Speaking Activities,” “The ‘Like’ Gap: Attitudes and Awareness of Discourse Marker ‘Like’ in Use,” and “Don’t You Lecture Me: Service Learning, The Latino Community, and the Heritage Speaker.” The presentations were headlined by proud students, teachers, and language specialists from the Monterey County area, underscoring the local community’s passion for language education. The event was attended by more than 100 participants from various local institutions, including the Monterey Institute of International Studies, Defense Language Institute, California State University, Monterey Bay, and surrounding high schools from the Salinas area. Concluding the night was a lively reception that promoted networking and the start to many new friendships. This year’s FLEDS was met with praise from its participants for its “highly professional” execution for its preparation, structure, content, and staff. The FLEDS staff is excited to meet the expectations from its attendees and continue the event’s promotion of effective foreign language education during its 2015 conference. For more information, please visit the FLEDS website:

Other events enjoyed by Steinbeck CATESOL members have been a Potluck Picnic for Language Educators held at Toro Park, in Salinas, California, on September 13, 2014. Steinbeck members shared food and games and contributed items for the Steinbeck Chapter Themed Basket, which will be raffled at the CATESOL Annual Conference’s Saturday Nite Sizzle (to support the CATESOL Education Foundation). Future Steinbeck Chapter events include a post-CATESOL sharing session 6-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 5, at MIIS. Come and join us!

Save the Dates
Saturday, February 7, 2015 Panel on Intercultural Communication in the Classroom (MIIS)
Saturday, April 18th, 2015 for FLEDS (MIIS)

For more information about Steinbeck Chapter activities please contact incoming Steinbeck Chapter Coordinator Netta Avineri at

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