The TESOL Graduate Forum and the TESOL Doctoral Forum are wonderful one-day events usually held the Wednesday before the TESOL Annual Convention & English Language Expo. If you are a graduate student in TESOL, ESL/EFL, or applied linguistics, I would encourage you to attend.
At TESOL 2013, the Doctoral and Graduate Forums joined talents and forces. We had a great event in which students were involved in vibrant discussions about teaching, researching, and learning in the TESOL field.
One highlight of the day for me was the guest speaker session. Our guest speaker was the 2013 TESOL Award for Distinguished Research recipient, Dr. Andreea Cervatiuc from University of Calgary, Canada. Dr. Cervatiuc presented on the article for which she received this distinguished award, “Curriculum Meta-Orientations in the Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada Program,”which was published in the Canadian Journal for the Study of Adult Education. You can read more about Dr. Cervatiuc and her article, which was co-authored by Dr. Thomas Ricento, in the TESOL press release announcing her award. She is also the recipient of 2009 International Award for Outstanding TESOL Article. It was an honor to have her as our speaker.
Another highlight for me was the poster sessions in which students presented their research. ”This is like a conference within a conference!” noted one presenter. Walking around the room, I was impressed by the passion and dedication that the presenters and the participants displayed. The energy and enthusiasm in the conversations and exchanges I saw were inspiring.
Reflecting on my day, I realize the best thing was interacting and reconnecting with peers I had met at previous forums, as well as meeting and making new friends. The sense of community, support, and care for TESOL research and TESOL issues that brought us together at the Graduate and Doctoral Student Forums reminded me why I enjoy coming back every year. I want to publicly thank all our participants for this wonderful gift!
I hope to see you at the forums next year!