Board-Sponsored Sessions for 2007 Convention

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Advocacy in TESOL: Issues and Strategies
The role of advocacy within TESOL has grown substantially in recent years. At this session, a panel will present an overview of TESOL’s advocacy activities and the major issues being addressed, along with resources and examples of advocacy at various levels.
Presenters: Elliot Judd, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Joyce Kling, Copenhagen Business School, Frederiksberg, Denmark
John Segota, Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc., Alexandria, Virginia, USA

Maximizing Your Professional Development Through TESOL
Many equate TESOL with its convention. However, membership in the organization provides educators with a wide and varied range of professional development offerings. Learn how to maximize your professional development in TESOL through participation in Symposia, Academies, online courses, Web-based resources, and publishing opportunities.
Presenters: Pam Williams, Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc., Alexandria, Virginia, USA
Christine Coombe, Dubai Men’s College, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Claire Bradin Siskin, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Julian Edge, University of Manchester, Manchester, England
Phil Quirke, Abu Dhabi Men’s College, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Mary Lou McCloskey, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Career Transitions Through Reigniting, Retooling, and Retiring
For seasoned professionals, the three “Rs” of education are reigniting (burnout), retooling (for new pursuits), and retiring (while remaining active in the field). Join this panel of ESL/EFL educators and a psychiatric social worker as they engage the audience in a discussion of vital personal issues involving professional impact.
Presenters: Joy Johnson, University of Illinois at Chicago, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Christine Coombe, Dubai Men’s College, United Arab Emirates
Liz England, Shenandoah University, Winchester, Virginia, USA
John Schmidt, Texas International Education Consortium, Texas, USA

Friday, March 23, 2007

Trends in TESOL/Applied Linguistics Journals
This session examines trends in academic serial publications in TESOL/applied linguistics and offers attendees the opportunity to hear selected journal editors describe how their publications are evolving in response to changes in the field. Presenters will also consider what implications these changes have for manuscript authors.
Presenters: Stephen Stoynoff, Minnesota State University, Mankato, Minnesota, USA
Lía Kamhi-Stein, California State University, Los Angeles, California, USA

Managing Collaborative Professional Development Projects: Managing Changes
Managing professional development projects means managing changes. It requires careful need analysis; sensitivity to local contexts and cultures as much as to communication and reflection; collaboration; and adaptation. In this colloquium, speakers will share their experience in managing collaborative professional development projects in Ukraine, Italy, Hong Kong, and Thailand.
Presenters: Anne Katz, School for International Training, San Francisco, California, USA
Denise Murray, Macquarie University, New South Wales, Australia
Chris Davison, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
Lucilla Lopriore, Università degli Studi Roma Tre, Rome, Italy
Suchada Nimmannit, Chulalongkorn University Language Institute, Bangkok, Thailand

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