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May 10, 2011

'Tis The Season - For ESL Conferences

In the Northern hemisphere, it is definitely time to be thinking about ESL conferences. And as usual...

...there are many to choose from - or - if you are inspired, you can plan ahead for travel and conferences next year - or even the year after.

So I thought I'd share some websites that collect information related to conferences organized by several different organizations and are held all over the world.

The first one is courtesy of The University of Alabama at Birmingham. Most, if not all of these conferences are held across the South East section of the United States. If you live there, or if you've always wanted to travel there, this is your opportunity. You can check out schedules and conference information here - http://www.ed.uab.edu/esl/conferences.htm.

For a more exhaustive compendium of national conferences across the United States, you might want to start here - http://www.multilingualbooks.com/eslconf.html.

Multilingual Books also has a great collection of ESL related associations. You can see them here - http://www.multilingualbooks.com/eslassoc.html. There are regional, state, national and international associations to consider. To put it mildly, these are a great way to get to know people and make connections.

TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) of course, has a fabulous collection of all kinds of resources. You can see their index of conferences here - http://www.tesol.org/s_tesol/index.asp.

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.


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 May 10, 2011 10:25 PM


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