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Help us prepare for the Annual CATESOL Conference this fall!

July 9, 2015


I hope this message finds you well.
The annual CATESOL conference will be held in Anaheim from November 12 – 15( for more info and registration), and the NNLEI IG leadership team needs your help with possible topics for the featured session!
The featured session will be on Saturday, 11/143 – 4:15 pm. In the past, this has usually been a panel presentation on issues related to NNESTs, and we are planning to continue with this tradition this year. For the last few years, the topic of hiring & workplace discrimination has been the focus of our session, so we now need some new and fresh ideas to possibly attract a larger turnout and more active participation.
The proposal deadline is 8/1. So far, some of you have expressed interest in job application and interview strategies and culturally responsive instructions. Please share your ideas on the listserv, and let’s make the session successful this year, too!
Looking forward to hearing from all of you!

LA Regional Conference Saturday 4/25

April 14, 2015

Unfortunately I won’t be able to attend the LA Regional Conference in two weeks, but it looks like it’ll be great! If you’ll be there, please stop by the NNLEI IG rap session during lunch to say hi to each other and chat about NNEST issues.

SD Regional Conference 3/7/2015

March 6, 2015

I’ll be at the San Diego Regional Conference on Saturday, 3/7, at Grossmont College to facilitate the NNLEI rap session (during lunch). If you’re there, please stop by to say hello! I’ll also give a workshop titled “Advocacy Strategies for Professional Equity” in which we’ll look at how teachers and administrators can recognize and address prejudice and discrimination in different situations.

Join us for a day of teacher development and community building!

CATESOL 2012 in Oakland Proposal Deadline

November 10, 2011

The Deadline for Proposals for CATESOL 2012 in Oakland is November 14th. Conference presentations are a great way to connect with like-minded colleagues and get our voices heard. I would like to encourage you to submit proposals related to NNEST issues to the conference. You can use the listserv to brainstorm ideas! Your experiences and voices are invaluable to our IG and to the whole TESOL profession!

Rap Sessions at Regional Conferences

November 4, 2011

Our regional conferences are coming up soon. The dates are:

  • San Diego – 10/15/2011
  • Los Angeles – 10/22/2011
  • Northern – 11/05/2011

We will be holding rap sessions at San Diego and Northern regional. Come join us and attend presentations on NNEST issues.

NNLEI-IG Rap at San Diego regional:
Hee-jin Kim, NNLEI-IG coordinator-elect, CSUSM

I would like to encourage all nonnative and native teachers to come together to discuss our challenges in our work places and also share how we can use our multicultural and multilingual identities create an effective classroom.

Hee-jin will also present with Holly Bell on the following topic:
The presenters will describe why ESL/EFL programs should have both NNESTs and NESTs by sharing personal experiences in ESL EFL settings and interviews of students and the program director and assistant director. This presentation will benefit teachers, especially new teachers, who are looking forward to teaching ESL/EFL.

NNLEI-IG Rap at Northern Regional:
Li-Fen Lin, NNLEI-IG Coordinator
Terry Doyle, City College of San Francisco
Chigusa Katoku, Mission College

Come and discuss issues important to non-native teachers of ESL. Possible topics may include job discrimination against non-native teachers, strategies for novice and experienced non-native ESL teachers to enhance their professionalism, and issues related to international (non-native) MA TESOL students. You may also bring up your own issues. Also, find out how to network with other teachers interested in non-native teacher and World English issues and also how to become more involved in our CATESOL NNLEI IG.

CATESOL Annual Conference

April 1, 2011

Dear NNLEI-IG members,

The CATESOL annual conference is around the corner. I hope many of you will be able to join us! Please be sure to mark two important sessions on your schedule:

Non-Native Language Educators’ Issues Interest Group Featured Session:
Non-Native Language Educators in Hiring Practices: How to Succeed, Fit in and Create Our Own Place
Friday, 4:00 – 4:45 pm Hyatt Seaview C

Li-Fen Lin, University of California, Davis; NNLEI-IG Coordinator
Kathleen M. Bailey, Monterey Institute of International Studies (GSTILE)
Terry Doyle, City College of San Francisco
Hee Jin Kim, California State University, San Marcos

Presenters will discuss issues of covert discrimination when NNESTs apply for positions and draw on their lived experience to present how to succeed in finding employment and how to use their multicultural and multilingual identity as a source to build effective classroom and create our own space in the ESL profession.

Non-Native Language Educators’ Issues
Li-Fen Lin, NNLEI-IG Coordinator
Friday, 5:00 – 5:45 pm Hyatt Seaview C
At the upcoming Business Meeting in Long Beach, I’d like to introduce the group to the new members, share my plan with IG members and have members to share your concerns and questions related to IG business. One of my focuses for the coming year is mentoring. To start with, I’d like to encourage members to volunteer for IG positions and submit proposals to regional conferences and CATESOL 2012.

Hope to see you there!

Li-Fen Lin
NNLEI-IG Coordinator

Information from TESOL’s Forum for Fair Employment

September 23, 2010

The new September 2010 issue of the Forum for Fair Employment (FFE) Newsletter is now available via a link in the upper middle portion of the FFE website:

Included in this issue are:

  • Re-Imagining the Employment of Nonnative-English-Speaking Teachers in EFL Contexts
    Sunyung Song and Yunyan Zhang
  • A Reflection on Job Advertisements in English Language Teaching
    Ali Fuad Selvi
  • Tales of Two Surveys – Issues and Challenges for TESOL educators to Engage in Professional Development
    Yilin Sun

Other information about the goals and activities of FFE (formerly the Caucus on Part-Time Employment Concerns) is also available at the website.