Upcoming Chapter Conferences and Workshops


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

Saroyan Chapter

March 14, 2015

9am - 12 noon (Coffee Service Provided)

Fresno Pacific University, BC Lounge, North Hall.
1717 S. Chestnut, Fresno, CA 93702
Map (Enter by seminary parking lot.)

Co-sponsored with Fresno Pacific University, Cengage Publishing, and Person Longman Publishing:

David & Yvonne Freeman: "Developing Academic Language for Emergent Bilinguals

Online Registration Pre-register here and save.

$25 CATESOL Member
$35 CATESOL Non-Member
$10 CATESOL Student Member
$15 CATESOL Student Non-Member
(Registration at the door will incur an additional $5 fee)

Capital Area Chapter

April 11, 2015

Speaker & Topic: TBA

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

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

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