Editor’s Note, Winter 2015

Dec 22nd, 2015 | By | Category: Editor's Note, Messages
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Karen Bleske

—Hello, CATESOL News readers. Happy New Year! I hope you find this latest issue of CATESOL News of interest as you move into 2016. CATESOL’s new president, Sydney Rice, introduces the theme of CATESOL’s next year as an organization, and TESOL’s president, Andy Curtis, writes about the power of language teaching for saving lives. Also in this issue, besides the wrap-up of CATESOL 2015 Anaheim, we have Jeff Frost’s report on the replacement in December of the No Child Left Behind Act with the Every Student Succeeds Act, which shifts power for assessment from the federal government to the states.

In other breaking news, the editors of The CATESOL Journal announce the publication of the latest issue, and the dates for the regional conferences have all now been set. Stay tuned to their respective websites as more information becomes available on those. Note also that proposal deadlines are quite soon for the LA and San Diego Conferences. The same is true for proposals for the Orange County Spring Workshop, which will address effective management strategies for the classroom. Also in chapter news, San Gabriel Valley and Steinbeck both held successful fall events; SGV focused on “Practice What You Preach,” while Steinbeck and the CSUMB College of Education screened the documentary film I Learn America—participants also shared their personal life journeys using just six words!

And last, the Features section for this issue focuses on the classroom, with Patrick T. Randolph’s article on how to use the body when teaching vocabulary to make the words tangible and physical, Ixchell Reyes on teaching students basic computer skills, Guohua Angela Fu on using mobile phones in the classroom, and finally, Ellen Lange, in a project with Jennifer Hsu, shares the two sides of the story regarding American teacher-Asian students’ interactions and what they both learned from the experience. I hope you enjoy this issue’s offerings.

Please keep sending in lesson plans and ideas that detail your experiences in the classroom, and do please send in stories and reports about your chapters, levels, and interest groups, along with anything else that might be of interest to members. As for length, 600-800 words is a good place to start, but shorter is fine too. Photos should be submitted as jpg files, as always. And new authors, please submit photos of yourselves to go along with your articles.

The deadline for the Spring issue is March 1, 2016. Please send your comments, questions, and submissions to http://catesol.org/contact_us.aspx. I look forward to hearing from you.

—Karen Bleske

 

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