Sessions / KOTESOL Connections
All KOTESOL members are invited to participate in KOTESOL Connections events during the 2021 KOTESOL International Conference! These events are FREE and designed for members to connect with fellow members, learn more about KOTESOL and how to get the most out of their membership, and share ideas and suggestions for the organization.
2020 was a year without precedent. As educators, we were faced with unexpected challenges that forced many of us to abandon time-honored teaching methods in favor of new, unfamiliar ones that may not have always worked. Thomas S.C. Farrell’s (2016) book on reflective practice, From Trainee to Teacher, takes readers on a journey of three novice ESL teachers as they navigate their first year in the classroom. From the initial “shock,” to having to “sink or swim,” to questioning one’s teacher beliefs, the experiences of these novice teachers contain stark similarities to the experiences of many educators, both new and seasoned, within the past year. Participants will reflect on their classroom experiences in 2020 through the lens of a novice teacher. They will also be given a set of tools based on Farrell’s reflective practice framework that they can use to examine their own teaching practice more critically.
How did you hear about Korea TESOL? If the Publicity Committee has been successful, then you heard about it through one of their promotions: a social media graphic, a YouTube video, an article in a Korean newspaper, or an interview on a podcast. The committee continually strives to bring more passionate educators to conferences and encourage memberships. In this workshop, learn how the Publicity Committee promoted KOTESOL pre-pandemic, how the game changed in 2020, and how to get involved if you love publicity as much as they do. There will be ample opportunities to share and discuss new ideas for promoting KOTESOL via breakout groups.
KOTESOL members come from diverse backgrounds and identities with varied concerns and interests. This panel is meant to explore the successes and challenges our members experience based on that diversity, as well as how KOTESOL hopes to improve in the future. In turn, KOTESOL Special Interest Groups [SIGs] under the social justice umbrella will offer insights, followed by discussions of related questions in breakout rooms, to which all participants are invited.
Representation and Diversity in KOTESOL Membership
[KOTESOL Social Justice SIG] Jocelyn Wright:
Being ‘researching associations’ is becoming a bit of a trend these days among language teaching associations. From the social justice perspective, an interesting theme to explore within an organization is the issue of representation and diversity of membership. What is it we actually know about our members? What might we guess based on available data? What do we not know? To understand representation and diversity within KOTESOL, answering these questions is a good starting point for further reflection and action.
Bolstering Women and Gender Equity
[KOTESOL Women and Gender Equality SIG] Rhea Metituk & Anika Casem:
Gender equity issues affect our students, and teachers in Korea, as well as the society we are immersed in. As global citizens and as teachers in Korea, what strategies can be applied to address these issues? This presentation will review steps taken by the group initiatives, as well as shed light on areas needing attention and a call to action.
Increasing Diverse Voices Within KOTESOL
[KOTESOL People of Color SIG] Kara Waggoner & Anika Casem:
While we might not know the exact numbers, the number of diverse members within KOTESOL seems to be decreasing in recent years. This is at a disservice to us as an organization because we are missing out on their unique perspectives and the experiences they bring. This part of the panel discussion will look at ways we can make teachers of color feel welcome and invited into KOTESOL.
Covid and the Climate: Unequal effects, similar opportunities
[KOTESOL Environmental Justice SIG] Julian Warmington & Rhea Metituk:
We will review what the Environmental Justice group has achieved so far, preview current plans going forward, and discuss how the Covid 19 era has altered both. We will also discuss why the pandemic era is crucially important for us all as citizens of the global village. We will end with a talk about roles and openness to change and input from all.
This session is designed to inform attendees about KOTESOL’s three main publications: the quarterly magazine The English Connection (TEC), the semi-annual Korea TESOL Journal (KTJ), and the annual KOTESOL Proceedings. In addition to merely informing attendees about our publications are aims are twofold: (a) to interest individuals in possible contributing to our publications and (b) to interest individuals into the possibility of coming on staff. For TEC, an explanation will be given of how authors are recruited and articles obtained for the issue’s theme, what copy-editing and production steps an article goes through from its submission to its publication, and what skills are required of editors. For KTJ, the call-for-papers will be explained, the different types of articles accepted will be described, and the review process will be outlined, as well as the copy-editing and production process, which closely follow APA style guidelines. KTJ also serves as a mentoring journal when that service is required. KOTESOL Proceedings are published once a year and is a collection of articles based on presentations given at the previous Korea TESOL International Conference – articles on research presentations, workshops, and poster sessions. The review, copy-editing, and production processes are similar to that of KTJ. Several of KOTESOL’s smaller, online publication opportunities will also be introduced. Substantial time will be allotted for a concluding question-and-answer session.
How much do you really know about KOTESOL, its Membership Committee, and your membership benefits? Join us for a pub quiz-style challenge, and then collaborate in teams to create a "wish list" for what you'd like to see from the committee in the future!