John Segota, CAE

John Segota, Associate Executive Director, has been with TESOL International Association (TESOL) since 1996. John’s responsibilities at TESOL include government relations, policy analysis, media relations and communications, oversight of standards development, and management of TESOL’s advocacy activities. John works closely with TESOL’s senior leadership on policy management, strategic planning, public relations, and governance issues.

John has presented both nationally and internationally on public policy as it relates to English language education, and has been the author of numerous articles and policy documents. He has extensive experience in grassroots advocacy management, and has served as a trainer running numerous advocacy workshops, including TESOL’s annual Advocacy Day in Washington, DC.

John has a BA in Political Science with a concentration in International Studies from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA, a graduate certificate in Project Management from the Keller Graduate School of Management, and has earned the Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation from the American Society of Association Executives.

Advancing English Language Teaching through TESOL Standards

The standards-based reform movement has had a board impact upon all areas of education. TESOL International Association has led the way in advancing expertise in the English language teaching (ELT) field through the development of standards for many different areas of ELT. This presentation will provide an overview of the different standards for teachers, learners, and programs developed by TESOL, and explain how they can be used to enhance your teaching.

Advancing Educator Leadership through Advocacy

Educators play a critical role in improving the lives of their students, and in developing civil society as a whole. To be most effective, educators must seek out ways to shape the policies that impact their programs, their jobs, and their students’ lives. By influencing policy through advocacy, educators can develop important leadership skills that can enhance their professional lives. This interactive workshop will provide information on how educators can develop the skills to be a better advocate for their students, their program, and their field.


Bradley Horn, RELO

Brad Horn is the Regional English Language Officer (RELO) for the Southern Cone and is based at the U.S. Embassy in Santiago, Chile. In the course of his career as a diplomator (a diplomat and educator), Brad has worked with teachers and students of English in Poland, Hungary, Turkey, Jordan, Morocco, Algeria, the United States, and, most recently, South America. He holds an M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language from Southern Illinois University, and a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics from Northern Arizona University. His main areas of professional interest and expertise are language policy, assessment, technology-enhanced language learning, and writing and literacy instruction.

Game-based Learning & Trace Effects

Who says games have to be a waste of time? This presentation gives a very brief overview of the emerging field of game-based language learning by discussing several positive aspects of video games that should inform effective language instruction. The presenter then provides an introduction to Trace Effects, the U.S. State Department’s new online immersive video game designed to support the learning of English as a foreign language.

Using the Corpus of American English to Teach (Real) Grammar and Lexis

This presentation introduces teachers to the Corpus of Contemporary American English (COCA), a free online corpus comprising over 400 million words of text. After demonstrating how to conduct basic searches with the corpus, the presenter will show some ways in which teachers of English might use COCA in the classroom to support student acquisition of real-world grammar and lexis.



08:00-09:00 Registration

09:15-10:00 Opening Ceremony & Orientation

10:00-11:00 Plenary

                    John Segota, TESOL Standards (Aula Magna & Chalet)

11:00-11:30 Coffee break

11:30-13:00 Concurrent Presentations & Poster Sessions

13:00-14:30 Lunch break

14:30-15:30 Plenary

                    Bradley Horn, Game-based learning & Trace Effects (Aula Magna & Chalet)

15:30-16:00 Coffee break

16:00-17:30 Concurrent Presentations

20:00 Social event (ticketed event)

Saturday, May 11


Semi -Plenary  (Aula Magna)

Bradley Horn, Using the Corpus of American English to Teach (Real) Grammar and Lexis

Semi-Plenary  (Chalet)

John Segota, Leadership and Advocacy for Educators

10:00-10:45 Concurrent Sessions & Poster Sessions

10:45-11:15 Coffee break

11:15-12:00 Concurrent Sessions & Poster Sessions

12:00-12:45 Commercial Presentations

12:45-14:30 Lunch break


Semi-Plenary   (Aula Magna)

Rachel Moran, Music: Indispensable to TEFL, ages: 12 and up

Semi-Plenary  (Chalet)

María Susana González, Reading Comprehension of Expository and Argumentative Texts at High School and University Level

Semi-Plenary  (Room 24)

Ricardo Ramirez, Dealing with No Internet Connectivity in the EFL Classroom –Awarded TESOL Best of Affiliates 2012

15:30-17:00 Concurrent sessions & Poster Sessions

17:00-17:15 Coffee break

17:15-18:00 Closing & Raffle

See you next year at ARTESOL Convention in Jujuy!

May 9-10, 2014