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April 14, 2011

Conferences, Resources and Much More

Looking for a job teaching English as a second (or third) language? How about attending a conference on language learning? Here are some...

...websites with all kinds of information that might help you.

First of all, here is a list of USA based national as well as international ESL associations - http://www.multilingualbooks.com/eslassoc.html. I highly recommend joining one of these associations. Local groups are good because you can get to know people close by and, perhaps, get a job close to where you are now. International groups are great because you can network with people who have connections all over the world. So either way they can be a major step forward.

Because of my teaching schedule, I rarely get to attend conferences, but I always enjoy them when I can get to them.

Here's one list of recent and upcoming conferences - http://www.multilingualbooks.com/eslconf.html.

Here's a calendar of coming events developed by TESOL - http://www.tesol.org/s_tesol/sec_document.asp?CID=23&DID=2145.

And, of course, you might want to join TESOL. You can see membership criteria, guidelines and benefits here - http://www.tesol.org/s_tesol/seccss.asp?CID=273&DID=1747.

And just in case you want to attend an ESL conference in Beijing, China (in the neighborhood where I used to live and teach) you can always look into this conference this coming July - http://www.tesol.org/s_tesol/sec_document.asp?CID=5&DID=13562.

As I mentioned, I like to attend conferences, but I also recommend giving a presentation at one of these events. It is a wonderful way to explore, express and share your passions, frustrations and unexpected experiences. Everybody loves to hear stories based on real events. Don't be afraid to share yours.

I've done it and I'd welcome the opportunity to do it again.

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.

Morf

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). 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 April 14, 2011 09:24 PM

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