The "Wow" Effect
Carolina Conference Planners Show Imagination and Vision
There is a very exciting TESOL opportunity
in South Carolina this coming September 22-25,
"Voices By the Sea," the Southeast Regional
TESOL Conference. There is a star-studded
line-up of special invited speakers, but
perhaps readers will also be interested in
this poetic message from the online brochure:
Just after summer's end,
tumbling azure waves
gently foam and lap
onto shining sands
as the keen of gulls
sharpens the salt air.
Overlooking the surf,
dunes capped with sea oats
are shaped by warm breezes.
Within the landscaped grounds
of the resort, we gather together
to hear the voices of some greats
of the ESL field. Here by the sea
we have planned for you a time
of peace and growth and energy.
Please join us.
James Asher to Speak on TPR!
Just this one presenter would make any conference
a great success and well worth the travel and time
expended. The name of his plenary is going to be:
"How to Be a Prize-Winning Language Instructor."
And he is also leading a workshop, "How to Apply
Total Physical Response for the Best Results."
According to the information posted on the
Carolina TESOL Web site (www.carolinatesol.org),
participants will learn:
How to apply TPR for best results with students of all ages
Why TPR is a powerful tool at every level of second language instruction
Why TPR is successful with students of all ages and all languages including the sign language of the deaf and the language of mathematics
How TPR is an example of "brain compatible" instruction that helps students acquire instant understanding of any target language
Why TPR is a self-confidence builder for both students and instructors
Elsa Roberts Auerbach, Former Auto and Electronics Factory Assembler!
Dr. Elsa Auerbach, of the University of
Massachusetts at Boston, is interested in
"participatory curriculum development,
family literacy, and English for immigrant
workers," according to her bio at the Carolina
TESOL Web site (www.carolinatesol.org).
Her plenary is titled "English in a Globalizing World: Sharing Experiences,
Constructing Knowledge, and Joining Voices."
Judy Gilbert, Bilingual Educator and Author of "Clear Speech" (Cambridge University Press)!
Judy Gilbert, of the University of California-Davis, will
give a plenary, "Teaching Spoken English: Seven Essential
Concepts," as well as a pre-conference workshop, "Simplicity
is the Key: Priorities for Teaching Pronunciation at
All Levels." Professor Gilbert is interested in kinesthic
and visual approaches to teaching pronuncation, according
to her bio, posted at the Carolina
TESOL Web site (www.carolinatesol.org).
Dave Sperling, Creator of Dave's ESL Cafe!
Wow! Dave Sperling very nearly eclipses in popularity
even stellar ESL/EFL figures such as James Asher,
Betty Azar, and Stephen Krashen! Sperling's "Dave's
ESL Cafe" is absolutely the most interesting place
on the Web for teachers and students to find relevant
lessons, ideas, and activities to use for English
learning. He has written three books, including "The
Internet Guide for English Language Teachers." Web-meister
Sperling's plenary is titled "The Power of Using the
Internet in English Language Teaching," and he will
also be running a workshop, "Elements of a Successful
Internet EFL Activity." Wow. Wow. Wow.
Walt Wolfram, Pioneering Research in Sociolinguistics of Diverse Communities!
Dr. Walt Wolfram, according to the Carolina
TESOL Web site (www.carolinatesol.org),
"is particularly interested in the effective dissemination
of information on language variation to the American public,"
and he worked on "the award-winning documentary American
Tongues....[and]also served as the linguistic
consultant for the Children's Television Company."
His plenary is titled "Southern-Bred TESOL: The Significance
of Dialects in TESOL," and he is also giving a pre-conference
workshop, "Dialects of the Carolinas."
The Visionary Leaders of Southeast Regional TESOL 2005!
The conference chair for this imaginatively conceived
event is Larry Savage.
Program chair is Kathy Powell.
Registration chair is Meriam Brown.
And publishers' liaison is Rosemary Schmid.
Again, there is a lot more information about what promises
to be a stupendous conference at: www.carolinatesol.org/regional/index3.htm.
I think that out of this event will likely come an
enhanced awareness of the contributions being made to
the TESOL profession nationally and globally from educators
in the Carolinas. It is an extremely well-envisioned event
and anyone within flying, training, busing, driving, or
bicycling of the 2005 Southeast Regional TESOL Conference
ought to make it a point to go!
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Article by Robb Scott
2005 ESL MiniConference Online