March 2014
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LETTER FROM THE CHAIR
Ana Carolina Behel, ESL Facilitator/Teacher, Florence City Schools, Alabama USA

Dear EEIS Colleagues and Friends,

Greetings from Florence, Alabama! I hope that you have had a very good year so far and are already making plans to attend the 2014 convention, which will take place March 26–29 in Portland, Oregon! The theme for this year’s TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo is “ELT for the Next Generation.”

If you have never attended a TESOL convention, you should consider putting it on your calendar this year. Attending the convention will enable you to stay abreast of the latest trends in the English language teaching field and to connect with new and old colleagues and friends from around the world. In my experience, the most challenging part of attending the conference is deciding which sessions to attend—there are so many excellent sessions to choose from, many offering practical teaching tips and ideas that you can take straight to your classrooms. Examples of the various activities that you do not want to miss, in addition to the fabulous concurrent sessions, include the K–12 Dream Day on March 25, the Academic and InterSection Sessions sponsored by the EEIS, the EEIS Open Business Meeting (and dinner), as well as the inspiring keynote addresses by invited speakers.

Thanks to everyone who submitted proposals on current and emerging issues impacting English language teaching at the elementary level, ranging from the Common Core Standards, to collaboration, to early childhood education. Hats off to all the dedicated volunteers who read and rated all the proposals over the summer! As a result of all their hard work, we all can look forward to a convention filled with top-notch sessions presented by our peers. This year, we were allotted 23 concurrent sessions, 4 poster sessions, and one 1 roundtable discussion.

Last fall, the EEIS held its annual election. Please join me in congratulating the following individuals who have been elected to join the leadership of the EEIS in 2014–2015: Joy Brown, chair-elect; Karen Nemeth and Teresa Ferguson, Steering Board members; Jessica Burchett, secretary; and Christel Broady, Leslie Kirshner-Morris, Margaret McKenzie, and Kelly Hill, Nominating Committee members. The EEIS is looking forward to a great year under their leadership!

In case you are unable to attend the 2014 convention, remember that you can still participate in TESOL virtual seminars and sessions year-round. It is my pleasure to announce that the Computer-Assisted Language Learning Interest Section invited us to sponsor three professional development sessions during January and February: “Using Technology for Content and Language Integrated Learning,” “Developing Mentoring Skills,” and “Teaching English to Young English Learners and Teenagers.” These 6-week-long sessions were open to members and nonmembers alike and were free of charge! I sincerely hope that you take advantage of the wealth of resources offered by TESOL.

I would also like to remind you that you do not have to wait until we see each other at the convention to network with your colleagues. We are only an e-mail, tweet, or message away. Become an active participant on our Listservby posting questions and/or offering advice. Joining a Twitter chat (#ELLCHAT) led by our colleagues Judie Haynes and Karen Nemeth is a great place to start meeting and discussing topics of interest to ESL educators. Subscribe to a good blog. Broadyesl.wordpress.com was created by our own Dr. Christel Broady, our past EEIS chair. You can subscribe to her posts and stay abreast of current events affecting English language learners and immigrant students.

As the TESOL convention approaches, make sure that you check your e-mail regularly for updates, reminders, and invitations for you to be involved in other ways as well, including by stopping by the EEIS booth, attending our Open Meeting, and joining us for our annual dinner. Can’t wait to see you in Portland!

Yours,

Carol
Ana Carolina Behel
2013–2014 EEIS Chair

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