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March 02, 2010

TESOL’s 44th Annual Convention & Exhibit - Boston

Yes, it's that time of year again - if you can get yourself to Boston later this month.

TESOL’s 44th Annual Convention & Exhibit will be held March 24-27, 2010 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center
in Boston, MA, USA.

No matter what level of learners you work with....

...you can find fellow teachers and learners.

Whether your focus is Higher Ed, K-12 or Adult Ed, you will find more than 1,000 educational sessions at TESOL 2010.

I can't make it this year, but I always love the World-class networking possibilities - nothing beats connecting with your peers. This is an opportunity to catch up with previous acquaintances and establish new contacts.

And don't forget the exposure to the latest technology. Here's a snippet from the website;

"TESOL 2010 is the premier venue to help you learn about and leverage the latest tech-based resources for language teaching and classroom learning. It all starts with the Electronic Village, where you can see the latest in multimedia learning from all angles -- cutting edge presentations, applied technology demonstrations, new software applications, web-based CALL innnovations, hardware integration, hands-on workshops and lots more!"

Here are the details on the Electronic Village http://www.tesol.org/s_tesol/convention2010/tesolev.html.

One of the plenary speakers, who I would love to see, is Howard Gardner, who will be addressing the issues raised by his latest book Five Minds for the Future on Wednesday, March 24, 2010 from 5:30 pm–7:00 pm.

Here's an excerpt from the website;

"In the future, it will be important to develop five kinds of minds: disciplined mind, synthesizing mind, creating mind, respectful mind, and ethical mind. Dr. Gardner discusses the developmental sequence and the ways in which the five types of mind may conflict with or complement one another."

"Howard Gardner is Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is a leading thinker about education and human development and has studied and written extensively about intelligence, creativity, leadership, and professional ethics. Dr. Gardner’s latest books include Good Work, Changing Minds, The Development and Education of the Mind and Multiple Intelligences: New Horizons, and most recently, Five Minds for the Future."

For information about the conference, click here http://www.tesol.org/s_tesol/convention2010/index.asp.

If this is your first TESOL convention, click here for essential information for first-timers http://www.tesol.org/s_tesol/convention2010/conventionhighlights.html#firsttimers.

I love gatherings like this. They energize me to keep slogging though the difficult times and remind me that many are alongside me one way or another.

It is good to remember that we are all always learning. And it is always more fun to learn together. We can learn as much from the past as from the present.

Let me know what it is about English that you find confounding, infuriating or endlessly intriguing.

Listen, read and speak. Make your new language your own.

My best to you as you make your way through this intriguing , constantly shifting linguistic landscape.


About the author of this entry:

Morf has a B.A.from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington and an MAT (Master's in Teaching English) from the University of Washington (Seattle). Morf prefers international and independent films, foods he can't pronounce, music no one else has heard of and riding his bicycle in foreign cities.

Posted by mmorf at March 2, 2010 09:03 PM

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