Dive Into Classroom-Management Strategies
at OC Chapter Workshop

Dec 22nd, 2015 | By | Category: Chapters, Orange County
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Carol Bander


—Please join CATESOL, Orange County Chapter, and Biola University’s ESL Program on Saturday , February 13, 2016, for a fun-filled and informative workshop at Biola University. Rob Jenkins will be addressing the topic “Effective Strategies With a Purpose.” Learn how to manage your classroom more effectively through making every minute count. Rob will help participants shift their perspective from a teaching focus to a learning focus. Experience activities that will liven up your ESL/EFL class while building a community of learners and encouraging critical thinking. Learn how to establish a framework for effective activities while participating as a student in this interactive workshop. Attendees will also learn various assessment strategies that will help tailor instruction to the needs of our individual students. Leave the workshop with 100 ideas for all skill areas adaptable for any level of ESL and have fun in the process. This will be a workshop in which participants will have as much fun as that we try to create for our own students in our classes. For those interested in publishing their own works, Rob will be available to chat during lunch about strategies on how to go about publishing your ideas.

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Rob Jenkins

Rob Jenkins is the ESL coordinator at Santa Ana College, School of Continuing Education, in Southern California. He also serves as the professional-development coordinator for the school. Rob has received several awards, including the prestigious Distinguished Faculty Award at Santa Ana College. He is the coauthor of the textbook series Stand Out: Standards-Based English, published by National Geographic Learning. In addition, he wrote the “Lesson Planner” for The Heinle Picture Dictionary, wrote an online course for Ed2Go, and was a writer and committee chair for the TESOL publication Standards for Teachers of ESL Adult Learners (2008). He is one of the series editors for Grammar Explorer, a new grammar series by National Geographic Learning, and is the series editor of the second edition of World English, also published by National Geographic Learning. His presentations include keynotes in Brazil, the Dominican Republic, Peru, Mexico, and many in the US. Rob’s interests include topics related to student-centered learning, grammar and communication, and professional development. Rob also has entertained us at past conferences with his musical jazz talents! He is just an inspiration to listen to, both for his saxophone and for his ideas.

Further events include a poster session coordinated by Jennifer Nolasco. The deadline for submitting ideas is Sunday, January 3, 2016. The proposal must include:

  1. Full name, affiliation, email address, and phone number;
  2. The title in 10 words or fewer;
  3. An abstract in 50 words or fewer (a brief description of your presentation to be included in the program);
  4. A paragraph summary of your poster presentation in 150 words or fewer. (Include the topic, audience, rationale, and central aim of your poster, and a clear description of the activities or information that you will present. If a reference list is needed, it will not count toward the word count and must be in APA format.)

Email your poster proposal to occatesolposters@gmail.com. Final decisions are based on double-blind readings. Accepted posters must be presented on freestanding 36×48 trifold display boards. Presenters preregister at a discounted rate of $30.

As an added bonus, there will be an opportunity drawing with prizes and books to round off a fun-filled day.

The workshop schedule runs 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and includes breakfast and lunch. Having attended in the past, I can vouch for the food! The rates are $50 for CATESOL members; $40 for student CATESOL members; $50 for student nonmembers; $30 for poster presenters. CATESOL nonmembers pay $60, but by joining CATESOL, you can take advantage of the CATESOL member rate. Normally, there is very little on-site registration available, so register soon. You can preregister at spring2016workshop.eventbrite.com. Catesol.org will also have a link to preregistration under “Chapter Conferences and Workshops.”

You will find ample time to look at publications, chat with the representatives, meet colleagues, have some coffee or tea and “schmooze.” This kind of intensive workshop is now limited to the Sunday morning talks at the CATESOL Annual Conference or at one of your chapter meetings. Here is your chance to delve into a topic and really have enough time to grasp it.

If you have questions, please contact Chapter Coordinator Helen Nam at catesolocchapter@gmail.com.

Carol Bander is professor of ESL and German at Saddleback College and former president of CATESOL.



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