Editor’s Note, Fall 2016

Sep 24th, 2016 | By | Category: Editor's Note, Messages
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Karen Bleske

Karen Bleske

—Hello, CATESOL News readers.

I hope this issue finds you well! Now that summer is over and the fall season is under way, be sure to check out the preview of CATESOL’s big event of the year. The 2016 annual conference, with the theme of “Embracing the Past—Planning the Future,” is to be held this year in San Diego. Among other valuable information, the preview offers a look at this year’s plenaries and free Sunday workshops. One of this year’s plenary speakers and workshop leaders, Andy Curtis, the past president of TESOL, is back for this issue, reflecting on his 1,000 days of learning leadership lessons in the time he spent leading up to and serving as TESOL’s leader.

Speaking of TESOL, Judith O’Loughlin reports on her and CATESOL President Sydney Rice’s trip to Washington this past summer for the TESOL Advocacy and Policy Summit, where they spread the word on Capitol Hill about the needs of K-12 and adult education. And CATESOL’s legislative advocate Jeff Frost updates us on bills in the legislature that have the potential to improve opportunities for English learners; CATESOL supports the bills. Adult education for English learners uses many tools to assess learning; Yucheng Cao offers her take on the Tests of Adult Basic Education (TABE).

The Orange County Chapter of CATESOL is planning a special format for its fall workshop. This one will feature five speakers. Read Femia Scarfone’s preview of what to expect at the full-day session. The Inland Empire Chapter met this summer and is also planning a special event this fall—an Iron Chef–style competition to design a team ESL lesson. May the best team win and all the field will benefit. In other get-togethers, the Part-Time Educators Interest Group will meet this winter to discuss Second Language Acquisition Myths, and the San Gabriel Valley chapter will pursue stepping stones to success.

This issue is packed with contributions to the In the Classroom section. Rogers Walker offers two lessons, one on ways to ensure that group discussions are effective and inclusive, and the other on negotiating the community values that will govern classroom behavior. Regular contributor to the In the Classroom section Patrick T. Randolph is back with a discussion of how teachers can use current research on mirror neurons to enhance their interactions with students in the classroom. Paulette Koubek-Yao describes in detail how her ESL students produce a regular and very successful campus newsletter, and Lynn Francis’s Inner News offers insights into dealing with the feelings that arise when rules and what’s right conflict.

The Education Foundation is sponsoring the Gordon Johnson Memorial Mini-Grant, which is meant to reward creativity in the ESL classroom. The deadline for applying is near, so don’t delay if you have a proposal to share. You can read all the details on the Foundation website.

The CATESOL Journal is also seeking proposals, in this case for guest-edited theme sections for next year’s issues. And if you’d like to learn more about academic publishing, the Journal‘s editors are looking for a submissions editor. Last, if you have any questions about how to write for this publication, be sure to check out “Submission Guidelines” on the top menu bar, which tells you all you need to know about submitting to the CATESOL News, along with copy deadlines and publication dates.

I hope you enjoy this issue’s offerings.

—Karen Bleske


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