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Notices of Local and Global ESL Meetings

This spring has been a very active month for ESL professionals around the world. Here are but a few of the events for April, according to notices received at ESL MiniConference Online.

The OK TESOL Spring Fling

It’s that time again. OKTESOL invites you to its annual Spring Fling.

Saturday, April 23, 2005
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Union Public Schools
Sixth and Seventh Grade Center
10100 E. 61st Street
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74133-1507


CALL, Lifelong Learning , Higher Education/Applied Linguistics, Elementary/ Secondary/Bilingual Ed, Intensive English

More info?

Can't make it to Tulsa?

Another OK TESOL Spring Fling!
For educators in central and western Oklahoma

Come and enjoy the Make-It, Take-It sessions as well as receive information and great ideas on how to end the school year with your English Language Learners!

Saturday, April 30, 2005

Roosevelt Middle School
3233 SW 44th
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

More info?
yfu@okcps.org or tpayne@putnamcityschools.org


Omiya JALT Chapter Meeting

"The Illusion of Synonyms"

Presenter: Andy Boon, Takushoku University

Time: 2:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M., Sunday, April 17, 2005

Place: Sakuragi Kominkan see map at www.jalt.org/chapters/omiya

Description: this presentation questions the synonymic relationship between bias and prejudice. firstly, the two terms are compared using their entries in the new oxford English dictionary. secondly, the investigation examines bias and prejudice as they occur in a corpus to discover points of overlap and departure. finally, the presentation discusses a number of implications for vocabulary teaching.

Cost: members free; "one-day members" 1000 yen

More info: Roberto Rabbini, Omiya JALT VP

One-Day Mini Area Conference (ODMAC)

On Saturday, April 30th, 2004, the New York City Region at NYS TESOL will hold an ODMAC at Pace University’s New York City campus, for the third consecutive year. Co-sponsored by the Pace University English Language Institute and English Department, the theme of this year’s conference is “Exploring and Engaging in ESL.”

Among the day’s events will be a plenary address given by Dr. John McWhorter, a well-known linguist specializing in Creole languages, a Professor of Linguistics at the University of California, Berkley, and a Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute. The author of ten books, Dr. McWhorter’s plenary talk is entitled, “How do you say that it smells like a rose? Learning a language versus learning grammar.” In addition to the plenary, conference participants will have an opportunity to choose from among many presentations to attend.

Registration begins at 8:00am. Breakfast and a hot lunch are provided. The cost for a NYS TESOL member is $40 on site, $45 for non-members, and $30 for students. Those who become members of NYS TESOL at the conference are eligible for the on-site member registration rate. For more information about this New York City area event, please contact Brian Hickey, Chair, New York City Region, at Bhickey@pace.edu or go directly to the NYS TESOL website, at www.nystesol.org.

IATEFL 2005 in Cardiff

April 5-9

More info:
Nik Peachey
Manager Teaching Websites
British Council ELT Group

Session Reports at:

Direct links:

1: Plenary - Amy Tsui: Language and identity

2: Eda Isik Tas: Exploiting students' own culture in EFL reading materials

3: Susmita Pani: Hornby Regional Project on Effective Use of ELT Materials

4: Hisham Abdulla,Khudhair Ali: The Role of the New ELT Development Team in Iraq

5: Plenary - Alison Wray: Idiomaticity in an L2

6: Nicky Hockly: Group dynamics and dynamic groups

7: Plenary - Rod Bolitho: British ELT and the mainstream

8: Jeremy Harmer: Just words? Helping students to learn and remember

9: Professor Doctor Ms.Birsen Tutunis: Multiple intelligences and puppet show

10: Plenary - Suresh Canagarajah: Globalization of English

11: Ronald Carter: What is a frequent word?

12: John Fields: Listening styles in second language learning

13: Myles Holloway: Reversing colonial legacies

14: Modupe Alimi: Aspects of the Setswanalisation of English in Botswana

15: Richard Rossner: Social responsibility and ELT

To share your upcoming or recent ESL/EFL event on the ESL MiniConference Online, please send a note to: events@ESLminiconf.net . "Keeping the conference spirit going all year around!"

Compilation from Event Notices

2005 ESL MiniConference Online