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March 30, 2011

TESOL 2011, Anyone? Beijing or Qatar.

It's been a long time since I've mentioned some of the major ESL/TESOL events. There are some great events coming up later this year. Two of the best are...

...the two TESOL conferences scheduled for this summer and fall.

The first is the TESOL Symposium titled "Sustainable Teacher Development Through Innovative Teaching and Research" which will be hosted by Beijing Normal University on July 8–9, 2011. The primary focus of this gathering is primary and middle school English teachers, university English teachers and those working with ESL/ELT teacher development research.

Featured speakers at the symposium include Donald Freeman, Wang Qiang, David Graddol, Cai Jigang, Peter Grundy, Jun Liu, David Nunan, Cheng Xiaotang, and Christine Coombe.

This meeting would be most appropriate for those who have - or intend to - work in China.

For details on the cost, schedule and accommodations click on the website here - http://www.tesol.org/s_tesol/sec_document.asp?CID=5&DID=13562If you have any specific questions, contact jdonaldson@tesol.org.

You could also attend the TESOL Conference on Putting Research into Practice 1 – 3 October 2011 at the Qatar National Convention Centre, Doha, Qatar. Featured speakers include Alister Cumming, Norbert Schmitt, Kassim Shaaban, Annamaria Pinter, Martin Bygate, Deena Boraie, Brian Paltridge, Bill Grabe, Maggie Hawkins, and many more.

For further details, check out the website at - http://www.tesol.org/s_tesol/seccss.asp?CID=2094&DID=13421.

If you have a idea for a presentation, get it to them by May 1.

I've always thought it would be fun to do a presentation at an event like one of these. If someone asked me, I just might do it...

Send us any links or other resources that you think any teachers, students or even just regular people might find interesting or useful. Let us all know about words that make you crazy, aspects of language and expression you find challenging, and be sure to let us know what it is about English and language learning 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, USA and an MAT (Master's in Teaching English) from the University of Washington (Seattle, WA, USA). Morf is currently a radio host (http://www.tacoma.fm/) a newspaper columnist and a teacher of English at the college level. And, as much as Morf loves writing this blog, he is always open to other opportunities either blogging or teaching. You can contact him at mmorf@mail.com.

Posted by mmorf at March 30, 2011 10:42 AM


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