July 15th 2020

TESOL France e-Newsletter 
July 15, 2020 
The TESOL France e-Newsletter will be coming to you twice a month with local and global events and other ELT-related content.
Job announcements will also be included when volume permits. 

This example is a sample of the content available in the TESOL France e-newsletter.
Deadline: Midnight tonight
July 15

TESOL France is excited to announce that it will continue to move forward with its Annual Colloquium in face-to face mode.

November 20th - 22nd 2020 in Paris. 
We understand that in this unsettling and ever changing time due to COVID 19 and other issues. It is challenging to make plans down the road.
It is for this reason we are pleased to announce that we have decided to extend the deadline for the Call for Papers until July 15th.
We would like to encourage you to move ahead with us by submitting your proposal to give a presentation or a poster session in November 2020.

Registration ends today at 5pm EDT (11pm in France)

Click on the image above for the conference main page.
For the conference program, check here:

*ASCD is the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development in Alexandria, Virgina.
Colloquium Plenary Preview
39th Annual International TESOL France Colloquium
Upcoming Plenary Speakers
In the months leading up to the colloquium, we'll be sharing articles from our plenary speakers:
Thomas S.C. Farrell and Chia Suan Chong.

In this issue:
Thomas S.C. Farrell is a Professor of Applied Linguistics at Brock University, Canada.

Get to know more about him here: 
An Interview with Thomas S C Farrell
In Focus: Teaching in a Pandemic
Instructions and suggestions change rapidly in these COVID-19 times. Just this week we have heard that face coverings may be obligatory in enclosed public spaces by August 1st in France. In this section you'll find a few resources regarding teaching in these uncertain times, beginning with an introduction from a TESOL France ExComm member. 
A contribution from Yvonne Chappell,
TESOL France Strasbourg Coordinator & Publishers liaison

English teaching in the time of Covid
Most of us will be starting to wind down for the summer break but many will be unsure about our working conditions for next year. For those of us who have contracts then it is the responsibility of the employer and the employee, in French legislation, to ensure that the workplace is a secure place. Employees must respect the regulations put in place by their employer and if they are ill to stay at home and avoid public transport. The French government first published protocol national de confinement (PND) on the 3rd May 2020 (updated and published again on June 24th). This says that where remote working is possible then it should be implemented. This law is in force until/when the government enacts legislation that supersedes it. If remote working is not possible then employers must put in measures to protect their employees.

I think it is easy to see how this will affect us working as English teachers (those of us working in state schools will have different paths to follow as decreed by the government). Many private teaching institutions, companies and possibly universities will turn to online teaching as a more permanent method and I am sure many will experiment with blended learning. How this will all pan out is difficult to say at this stage but expect inevitable changes come September!
La Rentrée

As Yvonne states above, we should expect "inevitable changes" between now and September. Many institutions will have already made their plans for September based on the document published on the 3rd of May, or the updated version from the 24th of June. There is some flexibility and a great deal of variety in what each institution has decided based on information published by l'ÉtudiantIt's best to check with with your employers directly to know how they intend to proceed for the return to classes, and then compare that information with the PND (see above).

Online instruction is one of the realities we've all had to adapt to—with all its innovations and frustrations—in the past few months. In May there was some discussion of a possible obligation to move to 100% online instruction and an online petition began circulating.
NB: We at TESOL France are not taking a stand regarding the arguments presented in the petition, but fulfilling a responsibility to provide balanced information regarding debates which affect our community.  


Teaching through the Covid-19 Pandemic

Register for the webinar
Date: 21 July 2020
Time: 12:00pm UK time

(see what time this is where you are)
"This webinar presents insights into how teachers and teacher educators are coping with the impact of Covid 19 pandemic on teaching and learning. We will explore what teachers’ experiences have been and what ministries of education have done to support remote teaching and learning. We will present resources and ideas which will help you support your learners remotely and also help you manage the return to learning in school."
Upcoming Professional Learning Opportunities

What is My TESOL?
Visit this link to learn more.

Click on the list to the right for details about each webinar directly from the my TESOL page.
Teaching and using visual communication in the language classroom 
presented by Sherri Williams
Saturday, August 1st
IATEFL webinar with Sherri Williams 
on Saturday 1 August 2020 at 3pm UK time.

"There are many practical ways to draw out language from your students and help them be prepared to communicate effectively in our global world. Join us to get inspired, and take away resources and tools you can use in your classroom starting right away!"
For complete details visit:
For more information about Adobe Connect, our webinar platform, please read our Participants Guide
Calls for Submissions

March 20 - 23, 2021
Call for Proposals

July 29, 2020 
4pm EDT
(10pm France)
"The 2021 conference of the American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL) will be held virtually. Nationally and internationally, the AAAL conference has a reputation as a comprehensive and stimulating conference. Conference participants can look forward to in-depth colloquia, paper, poster, and round-table sessions, as well as topical and thought-provoking plenary presentations, excellent book exhibits, and plentiful opportunities for networking."

Submit here: https://www.aaal.org/news/2021-call-for-proposals##
The Electronic Village Online (EVO) is excited to invite proposals for its 20th anniversary round of sessions, We would love to have inspiring educators present an online session in EVO 2021.
Since 2001, the Electronic Village Online (EVO) has functioned as a virtual extension of the Electronic Village (EV), a project of TESOL's CALL Interest Section, and provided free online professional development sessions for language teachers worldwide.
Please help us develop timely topics and recruit moderators by distributing our Call for Proposals to your list. The link is
http://evosessions.pbworks.com/. Proposals may be on any topic relevant to the teaching of English to speakers of other languages. Proposals are due by September 13, 2020. A development session will be held for all moderators and co-moderators from October 18 to November 15, 2020. During this time, moderating teams will create the online spaces for their session and finalize their syllabus with the assistance of the EVO Coordination Team. The actual five-week EVO sessions for this season will take place between January 9 and February 14, 2021.
Please help us recruit potential moderators by distributing this Call for Proposals to your e-list. Potential moderators will find instructions on how to create a page for their proposal at
To see what types of sessions were offered in the past, please go to evosessions.pbworks.com/EVO-Previous-Sessions.
Important dates:
Due Date for proposals: September 13, 2020
Moderator Development Session: Oct. 18 - Nov. 15, 2020
EVO 2021 20th Anniversary Sessions: January 9 -  February 14, 2021
Please note that the proposals are for 5-week online courses called "sessions". The sessions are both synchronous and asynchronous.
Click if you'd like to read more about EVO:

Celebrate the 20th Anniversary with us
On behalf of the EVO Coordination Team
Christine Bauer-Ramazani, MBA, MA, MEd
ESL Teacher & Teacher Trainer, Consultant for Online Course Design/Teaching
Co-founder of the Electronic Village Online (EVO) of TESOL
online CALL course: bit.ly/CALL-online
online Curriculum & Syllabus Design course: bit.ly/Curr-Syll-Design

The Bilingual Basics Newsletter is currently taking submissions for our fall issue.

The deadline is extended to August 15, so please contribute!

Here is the Call for Manuscripts:
Submission ideas include but are not limited to:
· Articles/lesson plans/student assignments that tap into students' culture and
funds of knowledge
· Ideas on building, expanding and/or renovating bilingual education resources
· Community outreach and advocacy projects
· Best practices of improving bilingual education
· Students' stories or identity texts
· Translanguaging pedagogies
· Teacher reflection journals
· Field reports
· Pieces about research and practices
· Interdisciplinary or collaborative approaches to bilingual education
· Inclusive curriculum or pedagogies

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