Are you new to TESOL? If you are, make sure to join other newcomers at the “New Member Orientation,” held Thursday, March 17, 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm, in the Oak Alley Room at the Hilton. This orientation features a panel discussion with TESOL President Brock Brady, members of the board of directors, and other TESOL leaders. When I had the privilege of speaking with TESOL President Brock Brady last fall, he mentioned that many TESOL members are unaware of the benefits and resources that come with a TESOL membership. This new member orientation will serve as an overview to those benefits and services, as well as an introduction to the organization as a whole.
Another valuable event that shouldn’t be missed by first-time convention attendees is the “First-Timers’ Session,” held Thursday March 17, 7:30 am – 8:15 am, in Grand Salon 13 at the Hilton. This session will provide an overview of the TESOL convention, and will provide first-timers with the tools to get the most out of this year’s convention.
If you are a first-time TESOL convention attendee, make sure you read “Are You a First-Timer? Here Are Some Tips” by Madeline Garr for 7 valuable tips for convention attendees. As Ms. Garr points out, “The options at the convention are endless so it is up to you to clarify your expectations.”