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  1. Attention, California English Teachers – Our CATESOL Conference Opens Thursday!

    April 15, 2009 by Chimayo Press
    Chimayo Press

    Time flies – especially when focusing on taxes, grading papers, and browsing the internet!

    Somehow, the calendar reads April 15. Everybody knows that this is America’s tax day. Yet California English teachers might also remember that April 16 marks the opening of our annual CATESOL conference too.

    For better or for worse, that also means I have less than 60 hours before presenting my workshop for ESL teachers too. Time to review the worksheet materials and update my presentation to include insights gained interviewing English teachers and students in Vietnam. Curious about my presentation?

    Here is the CATESOL program description:
    Techniques and Practices for a More Democratic Classroom
    Eric Roth, USC
    Demonstration C/U
    11:00 – 11:45 a.m. Convention Center 207
    A more democratic classroom encourages student speech, features student created content, allows student choice of assignments, reflects student interests, and includes peer evaluations. Democratic classrooms create autotelic, or self-directed, students where everyone learns by stumbling and making “good mistakes.” Includes handouts.
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    If you are visiting Pasadena or Los Angeles, teach English, and want to discover new teaching ideas and find the latest ESL materials, please consider attending the 2009 CATESOL convention this week.
    http://www.catesol2009.org/confprogram.html
    Consider me psyched.

    By the way, a smile crossed my face while reading through the detailed CATESOL 2009 conference program. CATESOL, and the ESL field, continue to attract many dedicated teachers and ESL professionals who enjoy sharing their insights and teaching experiences. As so often before, I will learn a great deal. One presentation title, however, caught my eye. How to be a Benevolent Dictator! Naturally, it’s lead by a friend and fellow USC instructor.

    As so often in live, variety adds spice. Perspectives differ – especially among friends and English teachers!

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