Upcoming Chapter Conferences and Workshops


Capital Area Chapter

April 11, 2015

Sacramento County Office of Education
10474 Mather Blvd.
Mather, CA 95655
(Mather is near Rancho Cordova.)

9:00am - 12:00 noon (Breakfast & Registration at 8:30am)

Yi Guan Presents: Listening Strategies to Improve ESL Students’ Listening Comprehension

Explicit instruction in listening strategy can positively impact ESL students'listening comprehension performance. Attendees learn listening strategy activities that can be applied in any listening class immediately, and the presenter discusses the effectiveness through classroom based research.

Dr. Guan obtained her Doctoral Degree in International & Multicultural Education with a concentration in Second Language Acquisition from the School of Education, University of San Francisco. She is currently teaching ESL courses at the California State University East Bay and College of Alameda. Her current research interests include: strategy-based instruction, second language acquisition, and instructional technology integration.
Registration Rates:

$15 CATESOL Members, $20 Non-Members, and $10 Students
(Non-member students will need to show a current class schedule).

The Eventbrite Online Registration Link available here.

Registration at the door will be on an "as available" basis.

Watch this space for more details and registration information.

Orange County Chapter

CATESOL Orange County Chapter will be hosting a full-day Spring Workshop on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at Biola University.

The speaker, Dana Ferris, will address the topic: Responding to Multilingual Writers—Effectively AND Efficiently. Dr. Dana Ferris is Professor of Writing at the University of California, Davis, where she directs the second language writing program. She is the author or co-author of eight books, including Language Power: Tutorials for Writers (Bedford St. Martin's, 2014); Teaching L2 Composition (with John Hedgcock, 3rd Ed. Routledge, 2014), and Treatment of Error in Second Language Student Writing (2nd Ed. Michigan, 2011), and numerous articles and chapters on second language writing. Her research has focused extensively on response to student writing, including specific considerations for language/error correction.

Giving feedback to student writers can be the most time-consuming and frustrating part of a teacher's job. In this practical, hands-on workshop, we will discuss principles of effective feedback on students' ideas and language and strategies for making response both manageable for instructors and helpful for students.

For this event, the OC Chapter is bringing back a full-day workshop from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Registration includes a delicious breakfast and lunch, workshop presentation, poster sessions, and publishers’ displays. The cost is $45 for CATESOL members with reduced rates of $35.00 for CATESOL student members and $45.00 for non-member students. The cost for poster presenters is $25. CATESOL non-members pay $55, but if you join CATESOL, you can take advantage of the CATESOL member rate. You can join or renew your membership at CATESOL Membership Page.

On-site registration is discouraged, but will be available at a surcharge of $15.

The pre-registration deadline is Friday, April 24.

We are always looking for new chapter council members and volunteers. If interested in joining the group and volunteering, or for any other inquiries, please contact our Coordinator, Femia Scarfone, at: CATESOL OC Chapter Email.

Call for Poster Presenters. For inquiries regarding poster sessions, please see CATESOL OC Posters

For information regarding exhibits, please contact: CATESOL OC Exhibits Email.

We hope you will plan on attending the workshop to gain valuable insights into teaching writing, to peruse the publishers’ exhibits, to learn from our poster sessions, to catch up with old colleagues, and make new friends.

Be sure to follow us on Facebook at: CATESOL OC Facebook Page

For the exact location, parking information, and a map, please see our Workshop Flyer.

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Inland Empire

Saturday, May 16, 2015, 9:00 am-1:00 pm
California Baptist University, Riverside, CA

Helping Students Find their Voice in English: Speaking Exercises to Improve Fluency and Clarity

Presenters: Eric H. Roth & Mark Treston

Speaking skills in English remain crucial for the academic and professional success. Although many English teachers want their students to speak more, many English language learners have limited opportunities in crowded ESL classes to improve their fluency and clarity. This workshop demonstrates some flexible techniques to help English teachers get their students speaking more in and out of the English classroom - and with greater fluency and clarity. The three-part workshop will focus on search and share exercises, simple pronunciation exercises to address common mistakes, and learner-centered methods of evaluating speaking skills from conversation, discussion, and presentation activities.

Register on-line through Eventbrite at IE Online Registration

CATESOL member: $45 Non-member: $50 CATESOL student member: $25 Student non-member: $35 On-site registration: add $5 Discount available for groups of 5 or more; e-mail catesolIE@gmail.com Parking is free. For more information, please visit IE Chapter Website