March 2019
Suzanne Bardasz, University of California, Davis, Davis, California, USA, and Larry Udry, Divine Word College, Epworth, Iowa, USA

 Suzanne Bardasz

From Suzanne

Hello CALL-ISers! We are pleased to share with you the latest edition of “On CALL”. After a great TESOL convention last year in Chicago, we are excited for this year’s TESOL convention in Atlanta. To prepare for this upcoming convention, we have letters about the CALL-IS leadership and how to present in upcoming TESOL conventions, including the Electronic Village (EV). We also have articles about tools such as Explain Everything as well as reviews on two listening platforms and Kindle in the classroom. All of these articles will help you think of other ways to engage and bring new life into your classroom.

We hope that this edition of the newsletter will inspire you to think of ways to incorporate technology in your classroom contexts and to get more involved in our IS. There are many ways that you can get involved in this IS and in TESOL such as writing an article, watching a webcast, or reviewing an app. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any ideas or suggestions for this newsletter. We look forward to hearing from you!


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Larry Udry 

From Larry

Hello CALL-ISers!

I hope you’ve had a chance to slow down and enjoy some time off this Winter. If you haven’t already, please make sure you see the sidebars in this issue for links to an advanced copy of the EV Program and signup sheet to volunteer in the EV. While there, please take time to take the poll. This poll is a revisit to a previous poll question from March 3, 2015. Suzanne thought it might be interesting to see if the results differ now. You can see the results from March 3rd, 2015 below. We’ll compare the results of these polls in our next edition.

Screen Shot from March 2015 (click image to enlarge)

As Suzanne mentioned above, a newsletter cannot be produced without the contributions, in ways big and small, of a lot of people. A big thanks to our far-flung Steering Committee headed ably by Dr. Christine Sabieh in Lebanon (Past Chair), and Maria Tomeho-Palermino in Boston and Jennifer Meyer in Tennessee ( Co-chairs). And joining the ranks after the conference will be Heather Benucci in Alaska and Abe Rashad in Athens, OH ( Co-chairs elect). Also thanks to all the contributors to this edition: Dr. Valerie Sartor of the TESOL Endorsement at the University of Akron; Waheeb Albiladi, a PhD student in the TESOL program at the University of Arkansas; Eric Bodin, an ESL Instructor University of Iowa City and Jose Franco of the University of Zulia in Venezuela. Last, but definitely not least is the Newsletter Editing Team, whose second set of eyes I’ve come to depend on (more than my own): Suzanne Bardasz (UC Davis), Grazzia Mendoza (Zamorano University- Honduras), Sandy Wagner (Defense Language Institute), Skip Gole (ESOL teacher Montgomery County Public School System- Maryland), and two newcomers from the University of South Florida: Patrick Mannion and Babak Khoshnevian.

Soon I will be handing the editorship over to the very capable Suzanne Bardasz. As I look back over the last ten years plus as editor, I have seen many changes in our IS. The most surprising thing to me thing that should come as no surprise is the IS’s vibrancy. Yearly, this IS is involved in so many projects that to mention a few would be to fail to mention some. The level of commitment and dedication to teaching and to professional growth is inspiring and has always prompted me to do more.

If there is something that you would like to see in our newsletter, or if you’d like to join the Newsletter Editing Team, contact either Suzanne Bardasz or Larry Udry.

Thanks and looking forward to hearing from you soon.


Suzanne Bardasz currently works at UC Davis Extension IEPP in Davis, CA, where she mainly teaches upper-level composition classes as well as classes in the English for Science and Technology (EST) program. She previously taught English at the Korea Advanced Institute for Science and Technology (KAIST) in Daejeon, South Korea for nearly 5 years.

Larry Udry works at Divine Word College, a small Roman Catholic seminary for missionaries in Epworth, Iowa. He has published the CALL-IS newsletter and has served on the CALL-IS Steering Committee since 2009. Recently, he published an environmentally themed ESL e-text with Kendall Hunt and is now working on a second edition. Prior to his position at Divine Word College, he worked in UT Martin for 11 years, where he published the TNTESOL Newsletter.