2013 WAESOL Conference Call for Proposals
The 2013 WAESOL Conference Committee invites you to submit a proposal. This year’s theme is Embracing & Enhancing
Multi-dimensional Learning. Deadline for proposal submission is August 15, 2013 at 10 p.m.
- Proposals may be submitted by any individual or association interested in the goals and purposes of WAESOL.
- Even if your proposal is accepted, you must still register for the conference and pay the conference fee.
- WAESOL will not reimburse presenters for expenses associated the conference, including travel, living expenses and the cost of producing visual aids and handouts (please bring enough handouts for your session).
- Submitters will be notified of acceptance by September 1.
- If a proposal involves more than one presenter, please include a biographical statement for each presenter on the form to follow. The presenter designated in the correspondence section of this form is responsible for notifying the other presenters of the proposal's status (e.g. receipt, acceptance or rejection, and, if accepted, scheduled time and location of presentation).
- As we try to ensure professionalism in our workshops and presentations, if applying to present a workshop, please keep in mind that this should NOT be seen as an opportunity focused on promoting and selling personal ESL materials. We gladly encourage you to use your materials; however, keep in mind that workshops are a chance for others to learn from your knowledge and experience in teaching and education.
- All sessions are open on a "first come first served" basis, the size of which is limited by room capacity and type of session.
- Please carefully follow the submission rules on the following page. You are advised to save your proposal on your computer, since our system does not include a "save" function on the submission form to follow.
Two types of Sessions
New! Pre-Conference Workshops on Friday October 18 (3 hours)
These are designed to provide opportunities to discuss and examine relevant topics and important issues in greater depth. These half-day workshop sessions will take place on Friday, October 18 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Highline Community College. Regular conference sessions will follow on Saturday, October 19.
Pre-conference workshops strive to:
- Provide opportunities to discuss/examine English language teaching questions and concerns
- Provide avenues for professional grow
- Share innovative ideas and practices in the field of TESOL
- Provide a networking and professional development forum with today’s leaders in the field of TESOL.
Regular workshops on Saturday, October 19, 2013
Demonstration (50 minutes)
A demonstration is used for showing rather than telling about a technique. Presenter’s statement of theory should take no longer than five minutes. The summary should include a brief statement of the central purpose and description of the demonstration.
Panel (50 minutes)
A panel provides both formal presentation and participant discussion. Panels generally have 10-15 minute presentations by panel members under the guidance of a chairperson who moderates the discussion period and summarizes the session at its conclusion. The organizer should submit a summary outlining the topic and objectives.
Interactive Workshop (50 or 90 minutes)
Session in which participants develop methods or materials, design research studies, analyze research data. Purpose is to confront and solve actual teaching or research problems. Workshops MUST provide participants with the opportunity to actively participate. Emphasis on providing hands-on experience rather than lecturing.
Paper / Report (50 minutes)
Papers or reports should be based on current research and theory. They should also provide a practical benefit to the audience.
Teaching Tip (20-25 minutes)
If you have a great teaching idea you would like to share, but you do not need 50 minutes to do so, we encourage you to submit a proposal for a 20-25 minute Teaching Tip session. These informal sessions are designed to offer participants a brief description of an idea or activity and the resources needed to take this idea and implement it in their own classrooms.
Discussion Session (50 minutes)
An opportunity to discuss a hot topic in TESOL with colleagues in a structured format. The discussion leader(s) should have a strong knowledge of the designated topic and should include the audience in the discussion. Handouts are expected.
Poster Session (75 minutes)
A poster session display allows for informal discussion between the participants and the presenter(s) during the time the exhibit is on display. The exhibit is presented on a large display board, which includes a title, the name(s)/affiliation(s) of the presenter(s), and a brief text with clearly labeled photos, drawings, graphs or charts. (4’ x 8’ max)
All classrooms for presentations at Highline Community College are technology equipped with an Internet enabled PC desktop computer, a projector, a document camera (or an overhead projector) and a blackboard or whiteboard. Presenters can bring their presentation on a CD or USB stick to use on the classroom computer or connect via a personal laptop. There is public Internet access available for personal laptops. Detailed Instructions to Presenters will be provided 3 weeks prior to the conference.
Notification of acceptance will be made via e-mail by September 1, 2013.
Click HERE to go to the Pre-Conference Workshop submission form after you have carefully read the information above.
Click HERE to go to the regular submission form after you have carefully read the information above.