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Affiliate News: February 2010

Affiliate News (February 2009) Conference Reports & Articles: MexTESOL, Mexico TESOL News

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MexTESOL, Mexico TESOL News

Ulrich Schrader, MexTESOL-TESOL Liaison

From October 16 to 19, 2008, 2,400 participants celebrated MexTESOL’s 35th Anniversary in León, Guanajuato, Mexico. The theme of the convention was “New Ways for New Needs” and the academic program consisted of 7 plenary speakers; 13 keynote addresses; 50 workshops; 50 demonstrations, papers, and in-progress reports;and 50 exhibitor sessions and poster sessions, as well as MexTESOL special interest sessions.

The event was attended by teachers from all corners of Mexico (including, of course, substantial participation from our 17 local chapters) and also ELT professionals from abroad. MexTESOL has a diverse membership that includes teachers at all levels and from all educational institutions throughout the country. We are fortunate that possible host cities for our conventions are interested in having our events in their communities and enthusiastically welcome us. The annual MexTESOL International Convention is the largest ELT event to take place in Mexico and the Exhibition Area has the largest concentration of ELT publishing companies and providers of related educational products and programs in one place and at one time in Mexico (37 in 2008).

We are particularly pleased that a large number of attendees are students in university ELT programs and other young professionals entering the field of ELT. The teaching and learning of English in Mexico is an important, growing field and we are proud to be able to contribute to the professional development of so many Mexican ELT professionals. In addition, our publications, particularly the MEXTESOL Journal , a bilingual Spanish/English journal, provide a forum for researchers, classroom teachers, and administrators in which they can share their work with MexTESOL members.

Aside from our strong academic program at the convention, two examples of our typical Mexican hospitality are the small gifts we provide each of the academic speakers and the social event, usually a fiesta with dancing to Latino sounds, which is free for all convention-goers.

In addition to our recent successful 35th Annual Convention, MexTESOL is very pleased to be one of the five TESOL affiliates invited to participate in the first Franklin/TESOL Global SpellEvent. The “local” national event will be held in Mexico City on April 25, while the final international event will take place in New York City in August 2009.

For those of you who might like to participate in our upcoming conventions we are already preparing for the 36th International Convention, “Social Echoes of ELT,” to be held October 22-25, 2009, in Monterrey, Mexico, and we will be celebrating our 37th International Convention in conjunction with the 10th Caribbean and Central American Convention in Cancun, Mexico, November 4-7, 2010. (More information is available at http://www.mextesol.org.mx.) Come join us!