March 2019
Jennifer Meyer, Edmondson Elementary School, Brentwood, Tennessee, USA, and Maria Tomeho-Palermino, EFL/ESL consultant, Massachusetts, USA

Jennifer Meyer

Maria Tomeho-Palermino

Greetings CALL-IS community,

We are excited about seeing you at the upcoming TESOL conference in Atlanta! We wanted to take this opportunity tell you a little about the special sessions we have organized with the Adult Education Interest Section, Video PLN, and the EEIS-K12 Interest Section. As our Primary Session, we are pleased to offer an InterSection Panel on Open Educational Resources (OERs) with the EEIS-K12 Interest Section. This session will take place on Thursday, March 14, from 9:30am -11:15am in Room A315 in the Georgia World Congress Center. This panel will feature professionals from CALL, Elementary, and Secondary Educational settings, discussing how OERs can be most effectively utilized, both in instructional as well as administrative settings. Next we have our panel with the Adult Education Interest Section and the Video PLN on Blended Learning, which will take place on Thursday, March 14, from 4:00-5:45 pm in Room A315. In this session, you will learn about Blended Learning models, advantages and disadvantages of blended learning programs, and pathways towards implementation. Finally, we are pleased to announce our collaboration with the Video PLN to bring you an Academic Session panel on SMALL (Smart Mobile-Assisted Language Learning) instructional and administrative applications. This session will take place on Wednesday, March 13, from 1:00-2:45pm in Room A315.

All of our InterSection Panels and Academic Sessions will take place in room A315 and will be webcast via our YouTube Special Sessions channel. Please visit our site starting early March to find more information about our webcasting schedule for TESOL 2019. In addition to the sessions in Room A315, we will also be webcasting selected sessions from the Technology Showcase and Electronic Village, both located in the Expo Hall. Come by and visit us live to watch panels, learn more about CALL, receive hands-on webcasting training or experience webcasting live in our “open seat” at the webcasting table.

Speaking of webcasting, if you are interested in learning how to webcast or joining our webcasting team, no previous experience is necessary.To learn more about what webcasting is and how we do it, you should stop by the Technology Showcase in the Exposition Hall and learn what webcasting is all about. We will begin webcasting Wednesday, March 13 in the morning, and this will continue until the end of the conference. You may even want to consider assisting when you visit. We hope to see you there! Please send an email to receive information about viewing a recorded version of the training or for any questions about how you can volunteer for webcasting or other information about the CALL-IS.

We look forward to collaborating and learning with you in Atlanta.

Jennifer and Maria,
Your CALL-IS CoChair Elects

Jennifer Meyer is an ESL teacher at Edmondson Elementary School in Brentwood, TN, USA. She has been teaching ESL/EFL in the USA and Europe for 20+ years. She is currently pursuing a PhD in literacy studies at Middle Tennessee State University. Her research focuses on professional development for general education teachers working with ELs, EL students with special needs, and K-12 CALL applications.

Maria Tomeho-Palermino is a lecturer in Global Pathways at Northeastern University where she teaches matriculating undergraduate and graduate students. She has been teaching and doing teacher training for well over 30 years. Currently, she is also doing consulting and is developing online materials for business professionals.