Racial Injustice, CATESOL Awards, and more.
CATESOL Newsletter

In this Issue...

Newsletter Editor, Christie Sosa

Welcome to the CATESOL Newsletter, a complimentary newsletter on all-things ESOL from the CATESOL Organization. June issue highlights...
  • CATESOL's Official Statement on Racial Injustice
  • CATESOL 2020 Awards: Deadlines for several awards that recognize excellence in the field are coming up. Visit www.catesolfoundation.org/awards for more information. 
  • I connect with ESL Professor Todd Windisch from San Mateo Community College to discuss his experience transitioning his pronunciation course to the online environment this past March. 
  • Adult-Level Chair Roz Tolliver challenges us to familiarize ourselves with the ESL programs in our area and for a good reason! 
  • Professor Stephen Krashen and Beniko Mason introduce and explain the power behind story-listening.
  • Read it on the Blog: Thoughts on transitioning to online teaching, the Department of Education's Statement on providing English language services, and CATESOL's monthly book review.
  • I asked, you answered: Teaching Online Tips. Special thanks to Keith Folse, Elizabeth Eastman, and Marsha Chan. Want to submit your tip for publication? See below.
But before we jump into all this...a special note from CATESOL's President.

Letter from President

CATESOL President, Susan Gaer

The face to face CATESOL Annual  Conference has been postponed until October 2021. However, we are going to have a Virtual Annual Conference in October. At CATESOL we really like having Professional Development virtually because we can offer more value to our members for less money. We will certainly go back to having face to face conferences as soon as large gatherings are allowed, but not having the ability to f2f is not going to stop us from helping teachers. Be on the lookout for information about the virtual conference coming soon. Keep your masks for our 2021 conference on Halloween Weekend in Pasadena.
At CATESOL we are very sad about the circumstances surrounding the yet another senseless killing of a person of color, George Floyd. With the Covid19 pandemic and this senseless killing it is hard to make sense of the ideals of the country we live in. Please remain safe and strong during this time. 

CATESOL's Official Statement on Racial Injustice

CATESOL has a NEW Address

Please update your address books:
PO Box 1345
Monterey, CA 93942


CATESOL 2020 Awards

Every year, CATESOL offers a variety of awards that recognize the extraordinary work and dedication of teachers, learners, and graduate students.  This year, apply yourself or encourage colleagues and students to apply.  Visit www.catesolfoundation.org/awards for 2020 guidelines and applications.  Deadline is August 1, 2020. 


Teaching Pronunciation Online with Professor Todd Windisch

Christie Sosa

This past month, I was able to connect with ESL Professor Todd Windisch, from San Mateo Community College and get his thoughts on teaching pronunciation online. In his current position, Professor Windisch typically teaches a combination of courses at San Mateo Community College and at the local adult school, where he taught a credit pronunciation this past spring. As an intro class to pronunciation, the focus was on consonants and vowels. When stay-at-home orders were issued, Professor Windisch found himself planning how he would transition his pronunciation students to an online environment.


What Types of ESL Programs are Near You?

Roz Tolliver, Adult Level Chair 2019-20

I recently attended a 3CSN (California Community Colleges’ Success Network) summit with ESL students and educators, and I learned many interesting ways to increase student success. I also learned that the community college professors in my group didn’t know much about adult education. They were surprised to learn that ESL students don’t receive semester grades, and that adult schools offer open enrollment.


Story-Listening: A Brief Introduction

Beniko Mason and Stephen Krashen

In traditional foreign language classes, the vocabulary and grammar used in stories are deliberately placed there; the story is a way of helping students learn these items. Vocabulary lists and definitions are usually provided before the actual stories are presented or read, and exercises are provided after the stories are presented or read to help students remember the words and “master” them.


CATESOL and TESOL Upcoming Events

CATESOL Calendar of Events
Visit CATESOL's home page for up-to-date information on upcoming conferences and events.

2020 TESOL Virtual Convention & Eng Lang Expo (AFF)
*From TESOL: Your association's members who are not members of TESOL International Association are invited to register at the TESOL member rate for this Virtual Convention. We would appreciate it if you would inform your members of this opportunity. The important thing to communicate is that they must register using this link in order to receive the member rate: https://bit.ly/2UV0oDf

Top Tips for Teaching ESL Online


Last month, I asked the CATESOL Members what were their top tips for teaching online. Here are there responses: CATESOL'S CLASSROOM - Teaching Online Tips

Do you have any more suggestions? For those of you who would like to share some ideas that have worked for you, please fill out this form here and you can be featured in next month's issue.
CATESOL Newsletter - Racial Injustice, CATESOL Awards, and more.