TESOL 2010 Annual Report: A Year of Transition — A Year of Success
As the United States and the world continued their transition out of a deep recession and into a new economy, TESOL saw a transition of leadership and a new direction. In 2010 TESOL experienced the retirement of long time Executive Director Chuck Amorosino, Jr., CAE, and welcomed new Executive Director, Rosa Aronson, Ph.D., CAE. This year also saw the retirement of Director of Member Services/Assistant Executive Director Pam Williams, CAE. The Board of Directors, lead by President Brock Brady, along with the TESOL staff began the strategic planning process that will guide the association beginning in 2011. Signs of a successful year included steady increases in membership and a 22 percent increase in convention attendance from the previous year.
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Interview with TESOL Executive Director and Board member
available for download
In case you missed it, Education Talk Radio host Larry Jacobs's March 21 interview with TESOL Executive Director Dr. Rosa Aronson and TESOL Board member Dr. Yilin Sun is now available for download here. Aronson and Sun discussed teaching adult ESL. This is Aronson's second interview on the station. Her first interview, on Feb. 2, focused on K–12 ESL education in the United States. You can download that interview here. The show's archive at the Education Talk Radio blog contains many other education-related interviews.
Japanese Teacher Who Experienced Earthquake Determined to Attend TESOL 2011
"I shouldn't be here," were the words that Yuko Shitara-Matsuo used to introduce herself to the group of teachers attending the TESOL Preconvention Institute workshop on pronunciation. She and her husband experienced the earthquake in Niiza, Japan, not at it's epicenter. Yuko says she was eating a bowl of hot noodle soup, and it went all over the place. Luckily, she was wearing a raincoat. She and her husband were not harmed during the incident.
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