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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.

CATESOL Conference News

August 18, 2010

You may have received your CATESOL Monthly News in your e-mail on August 5. Here are three important announcements from the news that we would like to highlight:

  • The Los Angeles Regional Conference will be held September 11, 2010, at CSU Fullerton. The conference theme is “Dreams and Diversity:
    Visions of Tomorrow.”
  • The San Diego Regional Conference will be held October 16, 2010. Their theme is “Balancing Continuity and Change.” Proposals will be accepted until September 10, 2010.
  • The Northern California Regional Conference will be held November 13, 2010, as a result of a date change to avoid a scheduling conflict. Their theme is “Changing Tides: Transformative Teaching and Learning.” Proposals will be accepted until October 1, 2010.

Please consider submitting a proposal for these conferences! If you haven’t presented before, a regional conference is a great way to get started.

Los Angeles Regional Conference: September 11, 2010

June 6, 2010

The Los Angeles Regional CATESOL Conference planning committee invites you to join us on September 11, 2010 at Cal State Fullerton for our annual conference “Dreams and Diversity: Visions of Tomorrow”. Take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to network with your colleagues, and share your expertise by presenting to your peers.

relating to this year’s theme are being accepted now through July 1st from all levels and formats of English as a Second Language including: elementary, secondary, adult, community college, college/university, intensive English, and teacher education.

Proposal submission deadline is July 1st via the Internet:

Watch for updates and new information at: /laregional/

Welcome and update

May 26, 2010

(From Li-fen Lin)

It is a great honor and privilege to serve you as IG Coordinator 2010-2011. As I take on the IG organizational responsibilities from Cassia De Abreu at the State Conference in Santa Clara, I have been thinking how to keep our IG alive and lively and what we can do to meet your needs. I understand the task is huge, but I know I will have the support from our leadership team and I will be working with all of you who will contact us with your suggestions and ideas and offer to help. I am certain together we can bring new enthusiasm to our IG.

Before I move on to introduce our webmaster 2010-2011 and myself (for those who were not able to join our IG business meeting at the State Conference), I would like to thank Cassia De Abreu for her past two years’ service and for organizing the colloquium and business meeting this year; Terry Doyle for his ongoing support for and participation in the IG.

Li-Fen Lin, IG Coordinator 2010-2011:
Li-Fen is a Ph. D. candidate in the Linguistics Department at the University of California, Davis. She holds an MA in TESOL from the University of Southern California. She is currently working on her dissertation research on NNES and NES MATESOL students’ teacher identity construction in CA. She has presented her research on classroom discourse analysis and ESL teacher identity construction at conferences such as AAAL, CATESOL, and TESOL conventions. Her research interests arose during her decade of teaching experience at primary, secondary and tertiary level in both ESL and EFL contexts. Li-Fen also serves as the Webmanager for the NNEST IS since 2009.

Clarissa C. S. Ryan, IG webmaster 2010-2011:
Clarissa received her TESOL certificate and MATESOL at CSU East Bay in Hayward, CA. While in graduate school, Clarissa enjoyed working with her international classmates and became interested in topics such as World Englishes, differences between the treatment of so-called native-speaker and non-native speaker teachers, and the experiences of international graduate students. She has studied Mandarin Chinese and Japanese because she believes that English teachers should be multilingual. Clarissa now works for herself as a one-on-one language instructor, mostly for Japanese adults. She also writes two blogs: (for English teachers/grad students/etc.) and (for intermediate English learners). Her TESOL-related Twitter account is @talkclouds.

Now let me report some IG update after the Conference in April:

Our current list is at Because of the change, I haven’t been able to add those who gave me their email addresses to the list manually. The list is free and open to anyone. The method for subscribing to our IG list is to send a blank email to and the command must be sent from the email address that will be/is used on the list.

Besides welcoming you to our list, I’d also like to invite you to get involved in the action of shared leadership and collaboration. I believe that active participation can lead to the changes we wish to see and that can only be reached with your participation.

There are various ways to get involved. Conference presentations are a great way to connect with like-minded colleagues and to attract new members. Make time at the conferences to attend IG rap sessions and the annual business meeting. You can also tell us the kinds of NNLEI-related presentations you would like to see and we may be able to recruit presenters. Writing a short NNLEI-related article for the CATESOL News is another way to contribute and get our voices heard. You can use the listserv to brainstorm ideas. Your professional experience, conference presentations or a teaching method you employed in class can all be interesting topics. Please use the listserv to share resources and ask questions. After we finish the construction of our new IG site, we will also have a new channel for discussion and information sharing.

Thanks for reading the long message. I look forward to your participation and a great year for all of us.