CALL FOR PARTICIPATION

 

Argentina TESOL is an Argentine organization with broad interests. It is planned for professional development and provides opportunities for social interaction among colleagues who share common interests in the region. The program committee invites presentations dealing with classroom practices, research in language learning and teaching, or the connection between the two, but very especially encourages those in relation to teacher development and its challenges in the 21st century. We welcome proposals from teachers, teachers in preparation, graduate students, researchers, program administrators and materials and curriculum developers, including colleagues in related disciplines such as communication, education, linguistics, foreign languages, anthropology, sociology and psychology.

Deadline for submissions: February 24, 2017 – Extended to March 3.

Feel free to forward this call to your colleagues.

Requirements & Regulations

Types of Presentations

Submission Guidelines

Submit your proposal here

STEPS IN SUBMITTING THE PROPOSALS

Submission steps for Demonstrations, Workshops, Research Papers, Round Tables, and Poster Sessions.

Step 1Title Choose a title that will be clear to the intended audience, and limit it to a maximum of nine words. Capitalize only the first word, proper nouns, and acronyms, do not put the title in quotation marks. Example: Music and movement for kindergarten and the primary grades.

Step 2 Abstract One requirement of the proposal form is to provide an abstract that will appear in the program book, alphabetized under the first presenter’s last name, if the proposal is accepted. The abstract helps convention participants decide which presentations will be most appropriate to their concerns and needs. The abstract should adhere to the following guidelines:

  • It should not exceed 50 words.
  • It should be written in the third person, future tense (“The presenter will begin by… And she will then…”).
  • It should avoid all references to published works.
  • It should be carefully edited and proofread.
  • It should be written to draw the most appropriate audience to presentation
  • It should adhere to the specific guidelines.

Example: “The SPEAK Test is administered widely across the US to prospective graduate teaching assistants. Regardless of the score required for passing, American students frequently complain about foreign TAs. What are the parameters of intelligibility? Results from a statistically analyzed randomized sample will attempt to answer that and other questions“(49 words)

Step 3– Biographical Statement In a maximum of 25 words, give your first name, family name, institutional affiliation, and relevant activities or publications. Degrees are normally listed, and titles such as professor are not capitalized. You can generally omit “currently”.

Example: Jane Doe, a specialist in curriculum development and composition, teaches ESL in Houston public junior high schools. (17 words)

Step 4 Summary One-page summary of the presentation content, line spacing 1.5 lines, font Arial 11. This summary is the only part of the proposal seen by the referees. It does not appear in the program book. It might be included in the convention proceedings for its editing and publication. Make sure that the best format (e.g., research paper, demonstration, etc.) has been selected and that the material outlined can be covered in the allotted time.

 

Summary Writing Guidelines

(a) One-page summary of the presentation content, line spacing 1.5 lines, font Arial 11.

(b)The presentation’s purpose and point of view are clearly stated.

(c) Familiarity with current practices and/or research is evident.

(d) The contents have been carefully edited and proofread.

(e) Do not state presenters’ names on the summary form.

 

 

DEMONSTRATION – 45 minutes

Rather than describing or discussing, a demonstration shows a technique for teaching or testing. Normally the presenter’s statement of the theory underlying the technique takes no more than five minutes. The rest of the time is used for showing, rather than telling. The abstract should include a brief statement of the presenter’s central purpose and a description of what will be demonstrated (e.g. role playing) and how it will be done (e.g. some of the audience participating as students or an unrehearsed lesson with actual students).

WORKSHOP – 1 hour 30 minutes.

In a workshop, one or more leaders work with a group, helping them either to solve a problem or to develop specific teaching or research techniques. There is very little lecturing by the leader (s), the emphasis is, rather, on the participant’s activity which is carefully structured by the leader(s).

The abstract should include a statement of the workshop’s goal, a summary of the theoretical framework, and a precise description of the tasks to be performed during the workshop.

RESEARCH PAPERS – 45 minutes.

A research paper summary reports original research. It includes the research issue, the underlying theoretical framework, a description of the methodological tradition in which the study was conducted and research hypotheses or questions. It describes participants and research context and reports data collection and analysis procedures. Results of the study should not be overly interpreted or generalized, causal inferences should be cautiously made and results obtained in the study should be linked to the original hypotheses. If necessary, implications and any limitations of the study should be included.

ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION – 1 hour 30 minutes

A roundtable discussion presents an opportunity for an informal, in-depth discussion between presenters and attendees on a specific topic. It is particularly well suited for works-in-progress and  is not meant to be a formal paper presentation.  A roundtable discussion will be held with several sessions taking place at the same time at different tables (rooms). Each table will be organized around a certain topic. Two to four presenters will collaborate on submitting an abstract for a single roundtable discussion. Each roundtable presenter will spend no longer than 8 minutes speaking on his/her topic. The purpose is not to present on a finished project but rather to address a topic in such a way as to engender whole-group discussion.

Presenters will deliver their talks in turn, after which they will engage in extended discussion with the other attendees at the table. The advantage of roundtable sessions is that they allow for stimulating conversations and networking opportunities among participants on shared research interests. There will be no roundtable session chairs. Presenters at a table will be responsible for facilitating the session together.

POSTER SESSION

A poster session allows for informal discussion with participants during the time that a self-explanatory exhibit is presented on a large display board (Dimensions: 1.50 x 1m.); it includes a title, the name and institutional affiliation of the presenter (s), and a brief text with clearly labeled photos, drawings, graphs, or charts. Presenters must be available for discussion. The hour before the session is reserved for setting up the exhibit and the hour after for its dismantling. The abstract should state the main objective of the presentation whether it is an experience, an on-going project, or a theory the presenters wish to share.