LA Regional Aims to “Innovate, Transform, Inspire”

Mar 13th, 2015 | By | Category: Conferences, Regional
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Sharin Jacob

Sharin Jacob

—The Los Angeles Regional CATESOL Conference is coming to California State University, Los Angeles on Saturday, April 25, 2015! This year’s theme, “Innovate, Transform, Inspire,” evokes the benefits of continuously developing and adapting our pedagogy to an ever-changing educational environment. At the LA Regional CATESOL Conference, educators will collectively explore the role of new technologies and instructional methods, introducing a broad population of TESOL professionals to new approaches in language instruction. Through refining our craft as educators, we can inspire today’s language learners to meet the challenges of tomorrow.cropped logo for la 2015 regional for feature

The planning committee is excited to announce Luciana C. de Oliveira as this year’s plenary speaker. The title of her plenary address is “Innovate, Transform, Inspire: Examples From Practicing Teachers.” Dr. de Oliveira is an associate professor of Language and Literacy Learning in Multilingual Settings in the Department of Teaching and Learning at the University of Miami, Florida. She has published widely on diverse topics such as systemic functional linguistics, teacher preparation, and is series editor of The Common Core State Standards and English Language Learners. Her new book, Focus on Grammar and Meaning, is part of the Key Concepts for the Language Classroom book series. Dr. de Oliveira, who is originally from Brazil, is always thrilled to participate in CATESOL conferences because her leadership experience began with CATESOL. She is a member of TESOL’s Board of Directors.

The committee is also delighted to announce this year’s featured speakers, all of whom are widely published authors and outstanding teacher educators well known in the CATESOL community. Donna M. Brinton will do a featured presentation “Dispelling Pronunciation Myths: Best Practices for Teachers.” Cheryl Boyd Zimmerman’s featured presentation, “Writers as Word Learners,” will examine the characteristics of word knowledge and show how to optimize this relationship through all stages of the writing process. Marguerite Ann Snow will present “English for Academic Purposes: Research-Based Activities for Reading and Writing,” providing an overview of research in academic reading and writing and demonstrating strategies that teachers may use at all levels to help students with academic literacy.

Because this year’s theme is “Innovate, Transform, and Inspire,” the conference will integrate several new features. For example, we will offer a strand designed for novice professionals who are transitioning from graduate school into their teaching careers. This strand will provide novice TESOL professionals guidance on résumé building, interviewing skills, survival on the job, and more. The conference will also offer a Mobile Village, featuring mobile technology that can be used in the language classroom. An additional highlight features several breakout sessions in which educators share engaging pedagogies on the academically enriching genre of storytelling.

Call for Volunteers! Volunteers are still needed for the planning stages and the day of the conference. Please show your support by going to our conference website,, and signing up. We truly appreciate all the help of our wonderful volunteers!

Preregister online until Monday, April 13, by 11:59 p.m. (on-site registration available thereafter). Continue checking the conference website and follow us on Facebook (, Twitter (, and Instagram (CATESOLLA) for the most up-to-date information.

If you have any questions on the conference, please contact Lía Kamhi-Stein, conference chair, at For questions on the program, please contact Nairi Issagholian, program chair, at
See you on April 25!

Sharin Jacob is publicity coordinator for the 2015 LA Regional CATESOL Conference.


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