Laissez les bons temps rouler!

When I first heard that the TESOL 2011 Annual Convention would be in New Orleans, I was excited. When I realized it would be on St. Patrick’s Day, I practically booked my plane ticket then and there. St. Patrick’s Day in New Orleans — what fun! Yes, I had been burned in the past by TESOL’s choice of location. Namely in 2009, when a blizzard hit Denver just as my plane was trying to land. But that’s a story for another time. I’m really looking forward to being in the Big Easy for the conference this year. It promises to be a busy week as I will arrive early to attend a CEA accreditation workshop Monday & Tuesday. On Wednesday, I’m taking a workshop presented by Denise Murray and MaryAnn Christison – two of my program administration idols – as part of the TESOL Leadership Development program. Thursday we will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of the MA TESOL program at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. And on Friday, I’m presenting my own workshop on the role of Emotional Intelligence in Language Program Administration. I can’t wait to see friends, alumni, and colleagues who will be coming in from around the world for the event! It promises to be both a great professional development experience, as well as just a really good time. Laissez les bons temps rouler!

About pszasz

Patricia Szasz is the Director of Intensive English Programs at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. In addition to overseeing a variety of English language programs for international students, Patricia is fortunate enough to teach graduate courses in language pedagogy on campus. She currently serves on the board of the California/Nevada affiliate, CATESOL, as Level Chair for Intensive English Programs. Her professional interests include language program administration, leadership, technology-enhanced language learning, project-based learning, and intercultural communication. In her free time, she enjoys swimming, reading, traveling and taking walks along the beautiful California coast with her dog Henry.
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3 Responses to Laissez les bons temps rouler!

  1. Padaria says:

    Dear Mehtap,I wanted to rspeond to your request for help to improve your teaching. Please read my blog post on the Electronic Village Online (EVO). This is an annual event that is free-of-charge. The sessions for this year have already been given, but you can still look at the 5-week courses online and learn about the (free) tools and research findings to include technology in the classroom and/or teaching online. Join the EVO sessions in January of 2012! Look for the invitation to participate in December of this year.

  2. angelesb - says:

    Congratulations!!! What a great opportunity to learn and share knowledge!. Hope I can be in a TESOL event sometime 🙂
    I think Emotional Intelligence is so important for learners, It’ll be awesome if you can share some of the information with the rest of us who can´t travel. 🙂
    Mary- Ann is one of my favorites, too.
    Hugs and kisses from Mexico

    • pszasz pszasz says:

      Gracias, angelesb! Sorry to hear that you won’t be able to make it to the convention this year, but in terms of EI, I can recommend Denise Murray and MaryAnn Christison’s book “Leadership in English Language Education” which includes a chapter on emotional intelligence and leadership. I’ll be sharing resources from my workshop in the TESOL Resource Center after the conference. Take care!

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