The TESOL International Convention is happening in my own backyard, and I can’t participate as I am working in Qatar. I hope that my fellow TESL Ontario professionals have the ability to attend and participate in the massive spectacle that is the annual TESOL Convention.
I have had the good fortune to attend three conferences in person and a few more online. My favourite part of the conference, after the professional and personal networking, is the Computer-Assisted Language Learning Interest Section (CALL-IS) TESOL Electronic Village. It is a place where one can meet practitioners of computer assisted language learning, CALL researchers, and others who are curious about using technology with their teaching. I know this place as both a presenter and as a delegate. It is always a great way to grow and learn.
It is also a great venue to see how others are using technology resources with their staff and students. I found that since it is a casual event, it is an appropriate place to spend time discussing development, pedagogical, training, and design issues. It is casual but scheduled. The schedule includes presentations and quite a few open rooms, which allow the delegates to tour a room with devices and computers staffed by experts who are there to demonstrate, discuss, and explain a digital resource or teaching technique or two.
Since 2001, the Electronic Village at the TESOL Conference extends the experience of the Electronic Village Online (EVO), which occurs online for 5 weeks in January and February. The Electronic Village Online offered 13 courses this year. Many of the course leaders and some participants will be available to discuss their experience and the foci of the courses with TESOL International delegates.
As you can see from the list below, not all of the courses focus on technology. If possible, drop into the Electronic Village this March to learn, share, and imagine.
Short courses offered at the EVO in 2015 were:
If you want to have a look at the Electronic Village online surf to http://evosessions.pbworks.com/w/page/10708567/FrontPage
Pre-registration for TESOL International is available until February 27 at http://www.tesol.org/convention2015/register
Do you think you might go this year?