Upcoming Chapter Conferences and Workshops


Steinbeck Chapter


Saturday, February 7th @ 8:30 - 12

Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, MacGowan 102**

This event will provide approaches, skills, strategies, tools, and resources for language educators working with students with various identities and from a variety of cultural & educational backgrounds. Panelists will discuss ways to value multiple cultures, create course materials & activities that highlight students’ backgrounds, demonstrate sensitivity to students’ various & shifting identities during class discussions, and manage conflicts in the classroom.

8:30 – 9:00 am Coffee & Light Refreshments

9:00 – 10:05 am Welcome, Panel (Panelist Bios & Summaries below)

Dr. Barbara Birch, Fresno State University: The English Language Teacher as Agent of Social Change

Dr. Carolina Serna, CSU Monterey Bay: Valuing cultural and linguistic diversity in our classrooms

Piper McNulty, DeAnza College: “You’ve Changed!”: Authenticity and Blended Cultures

10:10 – 11:40 am Breakout Sessions with Panelists (focused on domestic/local & international contexts)

11:45 – 12 pm Q. & A. & Discussion

Pre-register at: Online Registration

On-site registration also available

$5 student CATESOL member

$10 student non-member

$15 CATESOL member

$20 non-member

For more information contact Steinbeck Chapter Coordinator Netta Avineri at Steinbeck Chapter Email

Join us on Facebook:Steinbeck Chapter Facebook

** Campus Map: MIIS Campus Map

San Gabriel Valley Chapter

February 28, 2015
Workshop: "Creative Classroom Collaboration"
Mt. San Antonio College
1100 N. Grand Ave.
Bldg 66, Room 130
Walnut, CA

In this field, we see the same students day after day; we teach the same classes each semester, or year, or decade; and we sometimes get into a routine. That might be what makes newness feel thrilling. When we (a group of TESOL enthusiasts varying from graduate students to seasoned instructors) met in a high school classroom on a Saturday morning in October, there was more excitement than there should be that early on a weekend. By the end of our meeting, we had established the leadership of the new San Gabriel Valley Chapter of CATESOL, along with a plan for our first event. We would love for everyone to join us for our first workshop, “Creative Classroom Collaboration,” to be held 9 a.m.-noon on February 28, 2015, at Mt. San Antonio College (Mt. SAC) to reinvigorate our routines with new ideas.

For more information, contact us at sgcatesol@gmail.com or browse to the CATESOL San Gabriel Valley Chapter Facebook page.

Conference flyer with description and rate information

Campus parking guidelines: Vehicles must display a valid parking permit at all times. If you do not have a Mt. SAC parking permit, be sure to purchase a one-day permit on the day of the training prior to checking in. The cost of the one-day permit is $3.00 (CASH only - single bills or quarters). You will be able to park in Lot H or Lot F, which are the closest parking lots to the Language Center - building 66. Do not park in metered stalls or in Staff lots. Please note that if you do not display a valid parking permit, you will receive a parking citation. Please see the campus map showing where the parking dispensers [P] are located.

Online Registration via Eventbrite

San Diego Chapter

March 7, 2015

Workshop Series at the 2015 San Diego Regional Conference:
"Disrupting Apathy"

-- Part 1: Student Panel: Student Motivation from the Point of View of the Student

-- Part 2: Dr. Noriyuki Inoue, University of San Diego: Student Motivation from the Perspective of Contemporary Theories and Research on Language Learning

-- Part 3: Members of the CATESOL San Diego Chapter: Practical, Everyday Activities that Effectively Engage and Motivate Students in the Classroom (Middle School to College/University & Continuing Education)

Online Registration for the San Diego Regional Conference
(Includes these three Chapter Workshops

Capital Area Chapter

April 11, 2015

Watch this site for more details

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.

For inquiries regarding poster sessions, please contact: CATESOL OC Posters Email

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.

Click for Online Registration via Eventbrite