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FEBRUARY 3, 2018

CATESOL Bay Area Winter Conference

College of Alameda



March 18, 2017

The 10th Annual ESL Colloquium

City College San Francisco


50 Phelan Avenue, SF  – Multi-Use Building (MUB) Room 140

The ESL Colloquium is a small conference where CCSF ESL faculty comes together to share their research and findings of the field of study of English as a Second/Foreign Language. It is also an academic exchange of pedagogies, theoretical practices, policy, and all things related to English language acquisition.  This event is open to ESL professionals.

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March 18, 2017   RSVP HERE
Check-in: 8:30 am to 9:00am , Room 140
Presentations: 9 am to 1 pm
Parking $3.00/day. Look for ticket machines at MUB Parking Lot. Use the machine to purchase day pass. Display day pass on dashboard.
PUBLISHERS: Cambridge, Cengage, Pearson, SunMedia




2017 CATESOL Northern Regional Conference

April 1, 2017  (No Joke!)  8 AM – 4 PM


Pacific Grove Middle School

835 Forest Avenue-Pacific Grove-California-93950

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“Riding the Waves of Change”, addresses the constantly evolving  landscape in the field of ESL. Over time, there are shifts in student demographics, government funding, and academic expectations that ESL professionals must navigate and accommodate seamlessly into their professional lives. By taking advantage of opportunities such as the Northern Regional California CATESOL conference, those who work in ESL are seizing the chance to learn from and teach others useful and practical findings that they have learned through research and/or experience.

CATESOL Member: $55

Non-Member: $65

Lead Presenter: $40

Student/Aide/Instructor from Mexico: $45

Exhibitor: $200 (add $10 for lunch)

 Conference registration includes lunch: Subway sandwich (veggie or turkey), drink, and chips


January 28, 2017

CATESOL Bay Area Chapter
Annual Winter Conference

“Pathways in the Field of TESOL”

9:00am – 2:00pm
College of Alameda

555 Ralph Appezzato Memorial Parkway, Alameda CA

This year’s CATESOL Bay Area Chapter professional development event will offer a full-circle experience, offering fresh ideas on how to leverage your teaching practice and help students.  Beginning with a special interactive session on applying the latest brain science to teaching, offering a choice of workshops, and a panel discussion on the future of teacher preparation in the field of TESOL, the day’s events will have meaningful opportunities whether you work in K-12, adult ed, intensive, or academia. Looking for a job?  Learn more about the various paths available in the field of TESOL.  There will be social networking time, including a light breakfast and lunch, which are included in the cost of registration!

Special Guest Presentation:  Applying the Science of Learning in Language-Focused Practice;  an experiential workshop by  Joshua Kurzweil, Teacher at the International Education Center at Diablo College, and a Teacher-Trainer with  SIT/World Learning.


Cristin Boyd  –  “Academic Discussion Skills for Intermediate Adult Learners”


Presentation will support teachers in providing strategies in working with adult   students for authentic academic experiences to be well-prepared for required participation through speech and conversation.

Doreen Ewert, USF –  “Using observations and lesson plans for changing jobs”

Lesson plans can be a powerful tool for presenting your philosophy of teaching, your practical pedagogical knowledge, and your commitment to language learners and learning. In this session, participants will analyze and revise some example lesson plans to best represent themselves for use in a teaching portfolio.

Judith O’Loughlin – “Planning Science Lessons & Experiments for English Learners”

Addressing the Next Generation Science Standards for ELLs with informational text in visuals and narration of picture books supports the comprehension of technical vocabulary, discipline-specific concepts, and provides opportunities for hands-on practice.  The presenter models the National Science Teachers Association 5E lesson plan, including hands-on experiments, using picture books.

Gregory Keech, Chair, Department of English as a Second Language, City College of San Francisco

“Teaching at a community college: How do you feel about teaching Literacy at 8:00 a.m. and advanced composition at 10:00 a.m.?”

Community colleges offer a wide array of programs to all kinds of students. Some colleges focus on credit instruction; more and more are offering both credit and noncredit. City College of San Francisco is one of the latter, and this session will familiarize you with our ESL hiring process and our concept of the ideal candidate. If your answer to the title question was “Great!” we want to hear from you.

David Wiese, USF  –  “Forget the war on cell phones: How to engage students with technology-based tasks”

Research shows instructors are fighting a losing battle against the use of cell phones in class. Some advocate harsher deterrents, but there is a more peaceful – and pedagogically effective – approach. In this workshop, learn how instructors can convert students’ electronic devices into tools of engagement and education with technology-based tasks.

George Irving, Lincoln High School  –  “Managing Workload in the Composition Classroom”

ESL composition teachers often feel overwhelmed by the workload involved with writing assignments. This presentation will give an overview of how to set up a classroom climate that allows processes of student involvement and accountability for their own learning while simultaneously practicing composition, grammar, and oral skills. An acute awareness of  every aspect of the writing process is arrived at with reduced assessment  time as a consequence.


PANEL DISCUSSION –  The future of teacher education and preparation in TESOL


Lisa Gonzalves, Instructor, Alameda Adult School, University of California, Davis

Rayne Lardie, Professor, English as a Second Language Department, City College of San Francisco

Karah Parks, Professor, College of Alameda

Melissa Potts, Academic Director, ELS Language Centers/Berkeley

Maricel Santos, Associate Professor of English, San Francisco State University

Brett Yokom, Instructor, Coordinator, CATESOL Bay Area Chapter Emeritus







Teaching Language in Context: A Peace Linguistic Approach to Pragmatics­ Focused Instruction

Thursday, October 6 from 3:30 to 5 pm 

San Francisco State University, 1630 Holloway Ave, San Francisco, CA 94132

Humanities Building, Room  485 

About Our Presenter: Noriko Ishihara, Ph. D. teaches EFL/TESOL at Hosei University in Tokyo  and is currently a visiting professor at the University of California Davis. She leads professional development courses in instructional pragmatics at various institutions in Japan and the U.S.  Her research interests include pragmatics and discourse, identity and language learning, language teacher development, and peace linguistics. She is a co­-author of Teaching and Learning Pragmatics: Where language and culture meet (2010/2014, with Andrew D. Cohen) and its second edition in Japanese (2015).


3:30 – 4:00 p.m.: Networking mixer

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.: Presentation from Dr. Ishihara

Please share this message and feel free to invite friends and colleagues to this exciting event!  Everyone is welcome!

For questions or comments regarding TESOL Talk,  please contact Cheryl Eccles or Sin Yee Chau at


CATESOL 2016 Annual Conference

November 17-20

San Diego

Conference web site
Town and Country Resort & Convention Center
San Diego, CA | November 17-20, 2016


Friday, Sept 9, 2016

Theater as a Weapon of Knowledge:

Increasing agency, effectiveness, and critical consciousness
in language learning through embodied, problem-posing education

1 to 5:30 pm

The CATESOL Bay Area Chapter and the SFSU M.A. TESOL Student Association are pleased to invite you to the first TESOL Talk event of the 2016-2017, a free, engaging and interactive special workshop event featuring Prof. Jiwon Chung:

In the J. Paul Leonard Library, Room 121 on the SFSU campus
1630 Holloway Ave, San Francisco, CA 94132

Theater is one of the most potent tools for learning and teaching language: it engages the whole body, stimulates thought and action in context, engages the senses, imagination, and feelings, explores character & identity, and is a laboratory for communication, relationship, and power. In this interactive workshop, Professor Jiwon Chung will share a wide set of tools and concepts for language acquisition from Applied Theater and Theatre of the Oppressed. This will show how the critical, dialogical approach of Theater of the Oppressed, and its embodied, constructivist, problem posing approach empowers learners to construct and relate to the world as effective learning agents through language. Interactive games, imaginative and sensory exercises, body sculptures/tableaux, zero scenes, theatrical problem-posing, intention gap exercises, storytelling, devising, power analysis, and other dynamic, embodied, theatrical tools will be shared and explored. Participants should come away with a dynamic set of tools and approaches to use with learners and to reenergize their classes, as well as an understanding of how to apply critical and popular pedagogies in curriculum development.

The workshop is free, but we ask that you preregister online, as space is limited.

For questions or comments regarding TESOL Talk, please contact Cheryl Eccles or Sin Yee Chau at


Developing Connections

Bay Area CATESOL Chapter
October 2016 Social Event

Saturday, October 15
2-4 pm

The CATESOL Bay Area Chapter invites you to be a part of a Fall Social scheduled for Saturday, October 15th, from 2:00-4:00 pm.  The event will be an opportunity to get acquainted with other members, meet the local chapter board, and discuss your interests and goals for the year.


WHEN:              Saturday, October 15th, 2016

WHERE:           Telegraph Hill Neighborhood Center, 660 Lombard Street, San Francisco, CA

Please email the CATESOL Bay Area Chapter at with any questions about the event.  We hope to see you there!

Everyone is invited!
Refreshments will be served.  The event is free, but please RSVP so we know how many to prepare for.

For more information:


Saturday, December 5, 2015

‘Developing Connections, Connecting To Develop’
San Francisco, CA

Kaplan International
149 New Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA 94105

This CATESOL Bay Area Chapter offered a full circle experience focusing on establishing and building professional networks while providing tips and methods for incorporating professional development into a busy teaching schedule. Designed by the chapter Board with direct contributions from members, the sold-out event engaged attendees through professional, academic, and social activities. Attendees left the event with a better understand of how to build community networks for ongoing professional development with colleagues. The event wrapped up with a constructive networking lunch to close the development and connections loop.


Saturday, May 17th, 2014
‘Best of TESOL & CATESOL Northern Regional’
Santa Clara Adult Education Center
Santa Clara, CA

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Building and Enhancing Pronunciation Proficiency

Alliant International University, San Francisco

A half-day mini-conference for ESL teachers at all levels focusing on the teaching of pronunciation, with an added focus on how to use technology in this instruction. Concurrent workshops and presentations on teaching pronunciation and combining it with technology will take place every hour.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

CATESOL Northern Regional Conference

The Bay Area Chapter assisted with the planning of the CATESOL Northern Regional Conference at the Loma Vista Adult Center in Concord. Visit the official website of the Northern Regional for more information on what took place at the conference.


Saturday, November 10, 2012

Multi-level Instruction

with Sue Pon, Family Literacy Program Coordinator, Oakland Unified School District

This event was an opportunity to learn about multi-level instruction. There is a password-protected page with handouts and materials from the day.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Sharing What We Learned at CATESOL 2012

for K-12 and adult level ESL teachers

We hosted a workshop at the Berkeley Adult School reviewing some of the things we learned at the CATESOL 2012 annual conference the previous month in Oakland.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Empowering English Learning Communities

for K-12 and adult level ESL teachers

Click to see the December 2011 conference program

This workshop focused on a number of topics of interest to teachers and others working with members of English learning communities, based on the results of a member survey. There is a password-protected page with handouts and materials from the day.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Getting “Smart” with Interactive White Boards

This hands-on workshop led by five practitioners focused on using interactive whiteboards in the classroom. This workshop was designed for K-12 and adult level ESL teachers, and it was appropriate for all levels of knowledge and experience with interactive whiteboards, from novice to advanced. You can download a copy of the April 2011 workshop flyer for more information.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Transforming Teaching with Wikis and Blogs

Blogs and wikis are easy-to-use technology tools that can help move your teaching in new directions. In this hands-on workshop, we covered the basics of blogs and wikis and how these Web 2.0 tools can be woven into your teaching practices. Participants viewed sample blogs and wikis, collaborated on a sample wiki, and worked on short projects.

May 8, 2010

Launching Independent Word Learning in the Language Classroom

Workshop Followed by a Reception in Honor of Teachers!

by Cheryl Boyd Zimmerman, Ph.D.

Associate professor and TESOL Coordinator at CSU Fullerton

This was a hands-on workshop held at Alliant International University in San Francisco, directed to all teachers interested in word learning, demonstrating:
•    Word Learning Strategies
•    Applying Vocabulary Learning to State Standards
•    Fostering Learner Autonomy

In this workshop, teachers learned how to foster learner autonomy by encouraging students to become independent word learners. You can read about the workshop on page 13 in the Summer 2010 edition of CATESOL News.

February 20, 2010

Using Stories for Learner-Centered Practice

Visit, the collaborative website produced during this all-day event at San Francisco State University! Read about ideas shared during the event and add your own contributions!

Dr. Gail Weinstein

San Francisco State University and the Center for Immigrant and Refugee Community Literacy Education (CIRCLE)

This day-long institute included a keynote presentation by Professor Weinstein, workshop, networking lunch, small-group collaboration by level, and a closing reception. It was targeted towards teachers with interests in academic and non-academic adult ESL, secondary ESL, and EFL contexts.

Participants explored possibilities for using learners’ own stories to help them master the mechanics of language, create meaning through conversation and writing, elicit new stories, and build community within and across classroom walls. Teachers were encouraged to bring learner-centered principles and project-based learning into their teaching, curriculum, and program design.

May 30, 2009

Community, Collaboration, and Connections

A Half-Day Spring Conference

Almost 90 participants attended this mini-conference at Alliant International University in San Francisco where the theme was pairing presentations on similar topics for a more in-depth look at subjects in English language teaching. The culmination of the event included a reception with a variety of international finger foods and wine, as well as a raffle of wonderful gifts from the publishers. Here is a copy of the May 2009 mini-conference schedule for more information.

December 6, 2008

Food For Thought: A Multicultural Experience

A Half-Day Fall Conference

More than 70 attendees came to this mini-conference with a wide variety of presentations at Alliant International University in San Francisco. Participants also enjoyed the publishers’ exhibits and networking. The culmination of the event included a reception with a variety of international finger foods and wine, as well as a raffle of wonderful gifts from the publishers. Here is a copy of the December 2008 mini-conference schedule for more information.