There is always a first time…

As a first time attendee I have felt overwhelmed with all the workshops and plenaries that will take place during those four fantastic days in New Orleans. Which one to attend? Which one am I more likely to take advantage of? Questions I have not found the answers for yet.

What I do know is that I have to be present at these two meeting that will be held for teachers like me, who are new at all this TESOL celebration. Meetings for new members and first timers are scheduled to orient participants so as we take more advantage of what TESOL has to offer.

To start, a First-Timers’ session will be held on Thursday, March 17th, 7:30 am–8:15 am (Grand Salon 13, Hilton). During that slot, tips will be given and new attendees will get some help on how to go around at the convention. I was surfing the TESOL web page and found a very interesting article written by prof. Garr back in 2005 which seems to be really helpful for those who do not know where to start from when it comes to planning where and when to go during the academic event. You can find it at

Then, TESOL will welcome us at the New Member orientation session to take place on Thursday, March 17, 5:30 pm–6:30 pm (Oak Hall Room, Hilton). There, we will get familiar with all the benefits and resources a member is entitled to as part of this organization and what’s more: those who attend will have the chance to win a free TESOL membership renewal!

To finish, I am working on my online planner and there are so many workshops and plenaries I want to attend. I cannot wait to get started, nurture as a language teacher and go back to the classroom to share everything with my students (pre-service English teachers). I’m doing this for them. They are so worth it!

I think one of my most unforgettable professors at university, and a past VenTESOL president, is right. Prof. Emma Miliani once told me: “When you love your students, you do anything to become a better teacher for them.” That’s exactly how I feel. That’s exactly why I want to divide myself in hundreds of pieces and attend every single workshop offered. They are the reason for me wanting to stay up to date!

Anyway, I’m back to my planning and shall keep you all posted on my final choices.

Thanks for reading me!


About Eve

I am a graduate from Carabobo University, Venezuela, holding a Master's degree in Reading and Writing and currently undertaking a Master´s degree in TESOL in England. I have worked as an English teacher at all levels for the last 12 years not only in Valencia, Venezuela but also abroad, specifically in UK. I have been a teacher at Universidad de Carabobo, Faculty of Education since 2003, coordinating different subjects and modules dealing with ELT and ELL. I have been an active member of VenTESOL since 1999 starting as a regional representative and organizing several successful events ever since. Now I hold the 1st vice-presidency.
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6 Responses to There is always a first time…

  1. Eve Eve says:

    Thank you Orquidia, MIUA and Katya!
    I am already in New Orleans and couldn’t be more excited about all this!
    VenTESOL rocks!

  2. Orquidia says:

    Evelyn, I share your comments your words fullfill my heart and your teacher’s words : are part on my mind and my work as a teacher…Really we want to be a magician, to get everyday more new things for our students and this is a great opportunity, maybe we can cut in pieces to get all information that we can and share let’s see how can we prepare as group to share different workshps at same time and try to be as VENEZUELAN ENGLISH TEACHERs in each sessions.

    See u soon there!

  3. Katya Raigosa says:

    Dear Eve, as a first timer as well, I’m more than overwhelmed, and can’t decided where to start…I know for sure that we will learn and have a great time. And as you mentioned before, we do all this for our students and because we really love what we do, Teaching! See ya there, Katya

  4. María Irene says:

    Dear Eve,
    I’s sure you’re going to have an unforgettable and extraordinary experience, and what’s more important you’ll bring lots of great alternatives to make our teaching more pleasant and successful.

    Have fun.

  5. Eve Eve says:

    Thank you my lovely friend!
    I am planning everything carefully so I can take advantage of this great opportunity!
    I totally pays off already. It makes you get to know amazing people from the ELT field and language educators as you .
    Un abrazo y nos vemos pronto!

  6. Craig Jull says:

    Good luck Evelin,

    Sounds like you got your plate full trying to get as much of this event covered as you can. keep at it, it will pay off eventually.

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