2017 Ohio TESOL Conference Call for Proposals!!!

We are pleased to announce that the call for proposals for the 2017 conference is now open. Please read the below (also attached) information thoroughly before proceeding with submissions. Please also share this opportunity with colleagues and encourage them to submit a proposal of their own. 

Ohio TESOL Conference

in Conjunction with the Lau Resource Center

at the Ohio Department of Education


40 Years of Excellence in English Language Education

Call for Proposals

 October 27 and 28, 2017  |  Greater Columbus Convention Center  |  Columbus, OH

 Ohio TESOL welcomes proposals for sessions at its 2017 conference.  Proposals are being accepted for non-commercial sessions.  Please read this entire page before submitting.

 This Call for Proposals form is for submissions that are non-commercial in nature (if you wish to submit a commercial presentation, please do so through the sponsor website at http://ohiotesol.org). 

 You should submit your general proposal electronically at http://tinyurl.com/otesolg2017.  Ohio TESOL appreciates the work that goes into putting together a high-quality presentation. To thank you, one presenter per session will receive a discounted registration of $25. Submissions are peer-reviewed blindly (i.e., without names) by a panel and results will be announced in August. Proposals are due June 2, 2017.   Deadline is extended to June 11, 2017.

Proposals are accepted for the following types of sessions:

Demonstrations / Workshops (Practice-Oriented Presentation): These 50-minute sessions provide participants with practical information. Demonstrations might give hands-on experience in developing methods and materials, analyzing research data, or solving a specific research/teaching problem.  The demonstration and workshop sessions are frequently interactive. For example, you might present ideas on how to help students prepare for the AIR state assessments or instructional activities that promote authentic, meaningful language use.

 Papers (Research-Oriented Presentation): Paper sessions present original research or pedagogical practices related to TESOL.  These 50-minute sessions usually consist of a 40-minute presentation and 10 minutes for discussion and questions.

Panel Discussion:  These 50-minute sessions typically consist of 3-4 panelists and feature substantive discussion with the audience. The panel should pursue one topic with a facilitator to introduce speakers, summarize panelist statements, and facilitate discussion with the audience. Submissions should include a clear description of the discussion topic, contents of the discussion, and a list of the panelists. Topics can include research or practice. For example, with respect to research, a panel could offer several points of view on a controversial subject such as the pedagogical value of explicit grammar instruction.

 Technology Fair: This 50-minute session features several concurrent, interactive demonstrations of technology-assisted teaching and learning. Participants move from presenter to presenter throughout this session. Any TESOL-related educational technology can be presented, such as software, Web 2.0 tools, and mobile apps.  Share the tools you use to facilitate language learning. This session is not for commercial exhibitors.

 Poster Presentations: Posters presentations are displayed during a time to be announced later. Presenters are expected to remain at the poster (a bulletin board) for approximately half an hour to discuss their topics with attendees. Posters present a topic by means of pictures and brief notes. Many possible topics suitable for posters can be pursued, from research notes to a detailed lesson plan. For example, a language learning field trip for English students could be presented with a summary of the activity, and might include photographs, maps, and resources for the audience. Handouts for attendees with a summary of poster information are encouraged.

Graduate Research / Panel: Graduate students are invited to discuss their research projects with conference attendees. Up to three students with similar topics may be scheduled for one concurrent session. The 50-minute session is usually divided equally among the presenters. Proposals may be from individual students or a group.

Proposal Format:

  • Title of Presentation (15 words or less)
  • Brief Description (30-40 words)-This information will be included        in the conference program.
  • Abstract (200-word maximum)

 Proposals on all topics of relevance to teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages at all levels (P-12, adults, higher ed and teacher ed) are encouraged. Feedback from previous conferences showed that the following topics are of interest:

  • State assessments
  • Implementing the Ohio English Language Proficiency Standards for ELs
  • Teaching grammar/writing
  • Low-literacy ELs (P-12 or adult)
  • Ideas for parent or community nights/increasing parent involvement
  • Collaboration between classroom teachers and the ESL teacher
  • Low incidence school districts
  • Curriculum design
  • Program administration
  • Teacher training
  • Implementing the state standards with English learners (ELs)
  • Information for paraprofessionals
  • Cultural information on ethnic groups new to Ohio
  • Special needs of ELs
  • Integrating technology in TESOL
  • Literacy and ELs
  • Collaboration between refugee resettlement providers and educators
  • Basic information for people new to the field
  • Preparing college-age students for the rigors of university classrooms
  • Teaching ELs in Content areas (Science, Social Studies, Math, ELA, electives, etc.)
  • Strategies for mainstream teachers with ELs

Proposals are reviewed using the following categories:

  • Relevance and Timeliness (Topic is relevant and current in the field)
  • Contribution to the Field (Information presented will contribute to the advancement of the field)
  • Clarity of Abstract (Abstract is written clearly and explains objectives and delivery of session)
  • Appropriateness of Session (The session topic, the delivery, and time allotted is appropriate)
  • Interest to Attendees (This session sounds interesting and informative and is likely to attract many participants)

 Submit your proposal here: http://tinyurl.com/otesolg2017


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