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A sreenshot of a group photo taken in at CATESOL 2016 in San Diego.


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Check out CATESOL News

Please check out CATESOL News for the most up-to-date information and a variety of resources, not only about educational technology, but all aspects of teaching English to speakers of other languages.

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TELL-IG Coordinators Since the Inception

Joe McVeigh spoke in Saturday Plenary at CATESOL 46th Annual Conference in Anaheim, November 13-16, 2015 on the topic of technology in ESL over the last 50 years. As a part of his presentation he gave a ‘shout out’ to the past TELL-IG Coordinators.

TELL-IG was founded
 in 1997
1997 -> Susan Gaer

1998 -> Elizabeth Hanson-Smith

-> Susan Gaer
 -> Elma Cabahug
 -> Rosemary Graff
2002 -> Vicki Pabley
2003 -> Vicki Pabley

2004 -> Robert Wachman

2005 -> Robert Wachman

2006 -> Marian Thacher
2007 -> Marian Thacher
2008 -> Tatiana Roganova
2009 -> Jose Lopez
2010 -> Branka Marceta

2011 -> Kristi Reyes 

2012 -> Cindy Wisolfsky 

2013 -> Blair Roy

2014 -> Francisco Pinedo

2015 -> Susan Gaer
2016 -> Nicole Durr (elected, to be fulfilled)

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TELL-IG Rap Session 2014 Northern Regional Conference

During recent 2014 Northern Regional Conference, titled Collaborating and Learning, held at Sacramento County Office of Education on April 26, 2014, TELL-IG held a rap session at lunch. The notes and links to resources can be found on TELL-IG’s wiki.

Participants shared their experiences, favorite resources and tools, as well as asked for advice of the group regarding technology integration in ESL teaching and learning.

From smart classrooms, interactive whiteboards, to ESL YouTube channels, to online quizzes and discussion prompt repositories – these were only some of the topics shared. Also we talked about QR codes, certification for online teaching and Web sites with good printable worksheets. Finally some participants had questions about how to start a project where they would videotape real-time teacher presentations and include them as video clips in an online course to deliver to an audience different than their classroom learners. If you have any suggestions and resources to share, please join the conversation on TELL IG google group at


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LA Regional CATESOL TELL-IG Rap Session, March 8, 2014

About 15 participants attended the TELL-IG rap session at the LA Regional CATESOL conference at CSU Northridge on March 8. The facilitator was Marla Yosihda from UC Irvine Extension. 

Here are some of their interests and shared resources:

Sources of teaching ideas and activities:  Sharing worksheets and activities created by teachers. Website to accompany the Azar grammar series. Includes teaching advice, “Talking Heads” grammar tutorials, downloadable teachers’ guides and Fun with Grammar book, and a blog.

Resources for teaching and learning online:  “an education platform that partners with top universities and organizations worldwide, to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free.”  A classroom management website similar to moodle or Blackboard, but easier to use. TED-Ed: A classroom-oriented version of TED, a collection of short talks on many subjects by interesting people. Great for listening practice in higher levels.

Other cool things: Helps students make short movies by choosing backgrounds, animated characters, and sound. Helps students make comic strips by choosing characters and typing in dialog.

Participants also discussed ideas for using cell phones in class as timers, sound recorders, video cameras, and “clickers” for polling students.





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Annual Conference 2013: Riding the Waves of Success

TELL-IG members will have many opportunities to share and learn from each other in this much anticipated first fall annual conference.  It’ll be exciting to hear what we have been up to over the last 18 months.

Here’s a list of all TELL-IG related presentations:

More presentations are featured on the Conference Web site.

Technology-Enhanced Language Learning Interest Group featured session will be:
Using Mobile Devices with Students
Susan Gaer (Santa Ana College School of Continuing Education)
Saturday 3:45-5:45, Dover

All your students have them, so let’s learn ways of using them. Mobile devices, such as cellphones, smartphones and tablets are carried in everyone’s pockets. In this session, you will learn how to use these devices for both in classroom and out of classroom learning. Learn ways of engaging students in the learning process. Bring your own mobile devices or share one in the room to find out how you can easily incorporate these devices in your classroom.

Another featured session will be:
Engage Students in Grammar Instruction with Technology Tools
Kristi Reyes, MiraCosta College
Friday 11:00-12:00, Sunset

ESL teachers have a plethora of technology options, from hardware and software to Web-based resources, for use at all stages of a grammar lesson. Actively participate using free, on-line tech integration possibilities, designed by the presenter, that engage students and assist them to retain what they learn.

Sunday morning 3-hour workshop will be:
Technology and ESL: Promising Practices and New Directions
Branka Marceta, OTAN Coordinator of Technology Projects (one 3-hour block)

The Outreach and Technical Assistance Network (OTAN), a California adult education project, explores what technology can do for adult education learners, ESL included. Hear about promising practices, frameworks and mandates regarding the role of technology in the future of education, and learn how to apply new concepts to classroom and distance instruction. Join the discussion about effective integration of content, pedagogy/andragogy, and technology in preparing ESL learners for twenty-first century skills.

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Newsletter June 2013: Putting the Technology Puzzle Together

Putting the Technology Puzzle Together
By Cindy Wislofsky, 2012-13 TELL-IG Coordinator

Integrating technology into our language classrooms can be like a puzzle, fitting pieces together to gradually realize a picture of success.   One piece is classroom equipment.  As more and more schools are being furnished with up-to-date equipment from which teachers can present lessons (e.g. document cameras, computers with the Internet) and computer labs for students, it can be a challenge to utilize the equipment to its full potential.  In the forefront is not just using the equipment, but using it in an engaging, productive way that enhances English language learning.  Here are some creative lesson ideas for using a document camera: and computers with students:

Another piece is the equipment students bring to school, i.e. their smartphones or tablets.  Why not involve students in the language learning process by having them use their own devices?  Check out this list of ideas for using smartphones in the classroom: and some recommended tablet apps worthwhile for the classroom:

Improving collaboration and project-based learning with a fresh approach could be one more piece.  Group work and group projects may be something you often do in your classroom, but have you tried going one step further and incorporating technology to another level?  Here are seven suggestions to consider:

Lastly, inspiring students to use technology to guide their own language learning while having fun can be an additional piece.  When students see their instructors using technology imaginatively and in an enjoyable way, they get enthused and want to experiment on their own.  Discover Flashcard Stash,, to make flash cards for vocabulary practice and play games with the content; Make Beliefs Comix,, to make comic strips for practicing dialogues; Games to Learn English,, for lower level vocabulary and grammar games: or Wordle,, for creating fun ‘word clouds’ from text that you provide.



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