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Sonora Sur Tamaulipas Centro Durango Quertaro
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Chapter Presidents Chapter Events Anglo Scholarship Report National Governing Board Financial Report SpellEvent Interview Something to Share from TESOL National Office Reflecting the E in TESOL Love at Second Sight MEXTESOL Convention Poster Letter From The 38th Annual International MEXTESOL Convention Organizing Committee Convention Schedule Overview Plenary Speakers for Morelia 2011 Keynote Speakers for Morelia 2011 Convention Scholarships Upcoming ELT Events

29 From Our Members: MEXTESOL Founding Member Cel ebrates 97th Birthday. 30 31 32 MEXTESOL Journal Call for Papers 2011 TESOL Philadelphia 2012 Partial Grants News from the MEXTESOL Journal Editorial Board

The MEXTESOL Newsletter is published twice a year by the Asociacin Mexicana de Maestros de Ingls, MEXTESOL,A.C. Editor-in-Chief: Ulrich Schrader. Assistants to the Editor: Nadia P. Meja and Gloria E. Montiel. Graphic Design: Nadia P. Meja. Contributing writers: Evelyn Pea, Patricia Carranza, Nadia P. Meja, Jeremy M. Stryer, Alejandro Tern, Gloria E. Montiel, Zulema Gaytn, Aurora Varona. Thanks to: the US Embassy in Mexico, The Anglo, Franklin Electronic Publishers, Inc. The MEXTESOL Newsletter gladly accepts contributions from all its members at No part of this publication may be reproduced without the express consent of MEXTESOL.

From the editor

Dear members,

elcome to the new online MEXTESOL Newsletter! You will see that we are now able to be much more flexible with many different aspects of a newsletter. We have retained the look of a paper Newsletter; however, the actual number of pages is not so important and the photos are much better quality than in the print version. Although it has taken a long time to get this issue out and available to you in your desktop or laptop, we hope that this new medium will allow us to produce a Newsletter more often than before. The expanded new editorial team includes Gloria Esthela Montiel of the Jalisco Occidente Chapter who brings enthusiasm, organizational talent, computer skills and patience to the task. Nadia Patricia Mejia from the Durango Chapter also provides enthusiasm, initiative and graphic design skills. Both contribute a fresh perspective to the Newsletter. We would like to give special thanks to Martha Patricia Carranza from the Tamaulipas Centro Chapter for her help reviewing the material, providing feedback and for giving us words of encouragement! We would like to invite you, the members of the MEXTESOL community and readers of this Newsletter, to contribute material for the next issue. We will receive a one-page (400 words) or even shorter, article, report, or other contribution. Photos of MEXTESOL events in the chapters will also be accepted. Short academic pieces are especially welcome. If you have an idea for submission, write to us and ask about publication details. The online Newsletter is flexible. We hope you enjoy this issue of the newsletter!

Ulrich Schrader
Editor in Chief



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Sonora Norte Sonora Sur Durango Zacatecas Monterrey Reynosa Tamaulipas Centro

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Tampico Aguascalientes Jalisco Occidente Jalisco Guanajuato Bajio Queretaro

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Ciudad de Mxico Morelos Xalapa Oaxaca Salina Cruz Chiapas

At present we have 20 chapters throughout Mexico. In each issue of the Newsletter you will be able to read a bit of whats going on in different chapters and, why not? Perhaps you will find a way in which to collaborate.


Sonora Sur members celebrating teachers day last May

Sonora Sur Chapter

By Evelyn Pea Escrcega President Capitulo Sonora Sur 2010-2012

Dear Members: Its a pleasure for me to share with you our latest activities carried out in our Chapter. Saturday last May 21st. The program consisted of a session of two workshops and a commercial talk and during the coffee break we had the opportunity to share with our members some delicious cupcakes as part of the celebration.

First of all I want to congratulate two of our members: Claudia E. Ochoa Amarillas and Ana Luisa Vega because they were selected by COMEXUS to be part of their exchange program for English Teachers where they I want to invite all of our members to parhave to teach Spanish for a school year in ticipate in the upcoming events organized the USA. Our best wishes for them! by our chapter as an opportunity to receive training which will enrich their classes with It was also a great satisfaction to celebrate contemporary ideas and educational activiTeachers Day during our last Academic ties.


Chapter Presidents
Aguascalientes Ivonne Velasco Rivera Bajio Claudia Susana Jaraleo F. Chiapas Rusell Chanona Molina Durango Nadia P. Meja Rosales Guanajuato Csar Enrique Cortez Mendizabal Jalisco Eloir Jared Campos Jalisco Occidente Gloria Montiel Mexico City Jos Manuel Villafuerte Monterrey Oscar Javier Garza Godina Morelos Pedro Enciso Lpez Oaxaca Silvia Ariadna Cruz Daz Queretaro Jeremy Michael Stryer Reynosa Eggla Briones Chapa Salina Cruz Manuel David Ramrez Medina Sonora Norte Ana Mara Astiazarn Sonora Sur Evelyn Pea Escarcega Tamaulipas Centro Martha Patricia Carranza Tampico Juan Enrique Cabrales Sanchez Xalapa Araceli Cruz Moscoso Zacatecas Octavio Espinoza Lozano

Chapter Events
Academic Saturday December 3

Academic Saturday November 19

Academic Saturday December 2

Jalisco Occidente
Academic Saturday December 3

Mexico City
Academic Saturday Academic Saturday Regional Convention November 26 January 21,2012 February 25, 2012

Sonora Sur
Academic Saturday November 26


By Alejandro Tern Domingo Winner of The Anglo / MEXTESOL scholarship 2010-2011

ology. We need to remember that we are always learning. Students change, and WE also NEED to change. How and where can we do it? SCHOLARSHIP REPORT There are many options available. If you want constant updating with different themes discussed by large groups, one good option is MEXTESOL. You can become a member and attend different lectures, workshops, presentations, and events that will give you a global idea of how ideas keep in motion in the English Teaching Universe. If you are a trained teacher that needs development, I suggest taking the TDC (Teachers Development Course) given by The Anglo. In my experience, it was a really useful way of confronting different ideas and ways of teaching. I was able to visualize my teaching experience as a whole item and then pointing out the weaknesses that could be improved. In the TDC course you will share your experiences with a small group of teachers. You will do research, read methodology books, and reflect on your experience and what you have seen in ESL classes. You will develop each and every skill while you also develop your teaching abilities. To Update or not to Update So, the final choice is yours. Every teacher knows when things stop working, when you really start needing help to fulfill your aims. If you think you are in that situation, you have two options: you can suffer and try to survive, or you can give yourself the gift of knowledge and look for the Updating course or activity that suits you best.

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cant, I dont, it is not possible These are phrases that need to be banished from ESL teachers vocabulary. Why do we use them? Sometimes we are so overwhelmed by our teaching situation that we are not able to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Updating is one magical key that can reopen our minds and clarify our thoughts in times of distress. Why do we need to update? In many different occasions we are not even able to see our problems or to realize what we are doing wrong. This is the time when deciding and choosing an option for updating and developing skills becomes an important issue. Advantages? Many. First of all, you get the possibility to SHARE your experiences with other teachers in similar situations. Second of all, you can GET NEW IDEAS from people that are used to working in a different way. Moreover, you can WORK TOGETHER to FIND SOLUTIONS to each others problems and LEARN ACTIVELY the new trends in terms of ESL method-


National Governing Board 2010-2011


Colegio Teresiano e Instituto Tecnolgico de Sonora Ciudad Obregn,Sonora

Maria Trapero Dvila PRESIDENT

Jos Manuel Ortiz Velasco VICE PRESIDENT

DGTI Oaxaca Oaxaca, Oaxaca

Virginia Ortiz Gmez ETHICS COMMITTEE

Free-lance Tampico, Tamaulipas

Universidad Tecnolgica del Sur de Sonora Ciudad Obregn, Sonora

Lilia Zulema Gaytn Martnez SECRETARY

Maria Isabel Arechandieta Ramos PAST PRESIDENT

Colegio Tamaulipas A.C. Y CBTIS 7 Ciudad Reynosa, Tamaulipas

Chair of the Organizing Committee 38th International Convention. Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes.

Pia Maria White


Dear members, The CDN has asked Rosa Elena Martinez Garca and me, Guadalupe Gmez Martin, to take over the work done by the treasurer. We have been doing so since May 2011 and we need to say that we have to be careful because our finances are not doing well now but we are sure things will get better. We all need to let people know about our 2011 convention and be sure the things will be safe in Morelia. Hope to see you there. FINANCIAL REPORT We are presenting the financial summary for 2010. This can give you an idea of where we are.


A single e-mail in early December 2010 started it all; would the school be interested in participating in a Spelling competition in Mexico City for the chance to win a ticket to participate in the international event in New York? Eight months and a fifth place world-wide down the road, the MEXTESOL Newsletter sat down with Olga Itzel Garay de la Rosa to talk about her experience in the Franklin Global SpellEvent and what she learned from it.


Mexicos contestant, Olga Itzel Garay, during the competition

MN: Tell us, Olga, how long have you studied English? Olga Itzel: I started studying English when I was in kindergarten. I wanted to learn English and I liked it a lot. MN: What made you want to participate in the SpellEvent? Olga Itzel: It sounded interesting, going to New York! It would be my first time there, and it sounded interesting, too, meeting new people from around the world. MN: How did you prepare for the competition? Olga Itzel: I studied from lists, and sometimes from the internet. I also studied with a teacher, she helped me a lot with the words and she gave me exercises.

MN: What did your parents think when you told them you wanted to participate? Olga Itzel: They thought it was a good idea and it made them proud but they didnt help me study! I studied on my own most of the time. (giggles) MN: How did you feel, right before the competition in Mexico City? Olga Itzel: I was nervous before the competition, but that morning I was feeling confident - I really thought I could win. However, I was quite surprised when I did win! I remember thinking Yay! I am going to New York! and then I realized that it was quite a big achievement, to win a national contest. MN: Tell us about New York City! Olga Itzel: It was amazing! We took a bus tour of New York City with our parents.


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Interviewer: Gloria Montiel
We went to Central Park, Times Square, Radio City Music Hall, the Statue of Liberty so many places, its hard to remember! The first day with all the other contestants, we were all very shy and nobody really wanted to talk, but the next day we started getting along and we realized that we were all good people we started having fun! MN: What about the competition in itself? hear the pronouncer well. MN: What would you tell other students from your city, to motivate them to participate next year? Olga Itzel: If youve been studying English then go for it! Its a great experience, to have the opportunity to meet so many great people and to see new places.


MN: Congratulations again, Olga, and thank Olga Itzel: The format was the same as the you very much for talking to us. competition in my school and in Mexico City, but I was way more nervous then. I lost Olga Itzel: Thank you! with the word recipient, because I couldnt

Participants from fifteen different countries who competed in the Global SpellEvent Championship in New York City last August


By Zulema Gaytn, National Secretary 2010-2011
Months ago I attended the TESOL con-ference held in New Orleans. It was great to have the opportunity to experience such an interesting event and I would like to share some information given in a workshop called ETools for Teaching Vocabulary Skills by Wendy Wang & Daniel Hopper. Research on vocabulary teaching and learning has clearly indicated that vocabulary skills are the building blocks that language learners need in order to increase their communicative power (Nation, 2001).


The workshop was about exploring E- useful tools that we can easily use in our classes, no matter the level that we teach. Here there are some different web pages and a brief devocabgrabber/ scription about what you can do with them in order to have a creative, interesting and Vocabgrabber analyzes any text you are insuccessful vocabulary class. terested in; generating lists of the most use ful vocabulary words and showing you how Wordle is a toy for generating word clouds those words are used in context. from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear My Words is an interactive vocabulary buildmore frequently in the source text. You ing website that enables you to create and can tweak your maintain individual vocabulary portfolios by clouds with dif- constructing personalized glossaries and asferent fonts, lay- sessing your learning and progress. You can outs, and color also identify your vocabulary level through a schemes, and number of assessment methods. use them however you like in your Most of these web pages are free; others carry an inexpensive fee. Dare to challenge EFL class. http://www. tradition and introduce vocabulary in your visualthesaurus. classes. Im sure your students will enjoy Ecom/ tools in the classroom!

Visual Thesaurus is an interactive dictionary and thesaurus which creates word maps that blossom with meanings and branch to related words. Its innovative, visual display encourages exploration and learning.


2011 has brought a lot of changes in our National Office. Meet our staffers and find out more about what they do for our members.


Elsa Mara Martnez Ros, Administrator Shes in charge of all administrative matters in the office, dealing with sponsors and suppliers.

Ulrich Schrader, Representative Hes the associations liaison with TESOL, the Central American & Caribbean Basin TESOL Affiliates, the Editorial Board and the Academic Committee.

Jos Luis Quiroga Gmez, Memberships He provides the local chapters and members with all the information pertaining to membership status. Hes also in charge of our web page.

Nydia Vernica Flores Medina, Receptionist In addition to answering the phone, shes also in charge of pre-registration to the national convention, the exhibitors area and convention database.


by Aurora Varona

This year the TESOL convention took place in the beautiful city of New Orleans (NOL) where the E for excitement, energy, emotion and enchantment came to my mind. These words reminded me of the feelings I got when I saw the movie The Princess and the Frog which takes place in NOL. I remember that I said to myself that someday I would go to that city to see the lovely houses and listen to the wonderful music. I had the opportunity to attend this great annual conference for the fifth time and every time that I have attended any possible (financial) regrets disappear because this is a worldwide event for ELT teachers. So, the opportunity for professional and academic growth is huge, too. Even before the beginning of the conference the program invites attendees to be selective and wise in choosing each days activities. The day before the event takes place I start reading the program book and looking for talks related to my areas of interest. However, it is also important to check the locations where each talk or workshop takes place because moving from one place to another takes at least five minutes, if not more. So, studying the program carefully is the basis for taking full advantage of the conference. This year, I attended about nine or ten talks and workshops every day, all of them very useful and relevant in my teaching context. I would like to talk

about three of them. The first is a workshop called: Lively Grammar Games: Engaging Learners in Active Grammar Practice. Irene McKay and Tina Intini from George Brown College in Toronto were the presenters. They both did indeed engage the audience the workshop was full of fun and learnable games. The room was completely crowded. I was sitting on the floor among many other people. The presenters were very energetic. Everybody participated by playing some of the games that were presented. The presenters also gave magnificent prizes to volunteers who went to the front to play one of those games. These prizes were very original and useful for teachers to be used in games in the L2 classroom. For example, a noise maker (colorful clapping hands) and a cube with bright colors that lights up once it is on the floor, among other useful teaching objects. Thus, everybody participated a lot to get a prize! At the end of the workshop a very useful booklet in which all the games were described was handed out. Thus I was happy to have chosen to attend this workshop. The second is Diary Studies: Using Teachers and Learners Journal Entries as data. Professor Bailey from the Monterey Institute of International Studies explained the importance of using journals in research. As my MA thesis dealt with this research technique, I wanted to learn more about this. Again, my choice was good. Professor Bailey is an excellent presenter. Finally, the third presentation is ExtensiveListening: A novel approach to building



listening fluency presented by Mahan and Evert from Indiana University. They explained their teaching experience in developing listening in their classes. They showed an interesting webpage they have at their university where students can practice their listening. So, the idea has come to my mind to establish a similar one at my university. Thus these Es appeared in my choices during the TESOL 2011 Conference. In regard to my experiences in NOL as a tourist, the city was an open invitation to discover it through its parades, cuisine and handcrafts. For example, I particularly enjoyed beignets, obviously with a hot au lait coffee at the Caf Du Monde. This is a delicious experience not to be missed the powdered sugar and flavor are exquisite. NOL, the Cradle of Jazz, I didnt miss the opportunity of listening to jazz in NOL. So, I went to Preservation Hall to listen to live jazz with typical jazz musicians in the local New Orleans environment. (The music is still in my Ears! )

To conclude, I want to thank MEXTESOL for the support it gave me for becoming a better professional in the ELT community back home in Mexico.



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by Gloria E. Montiel Jalisco Occidente Chapter president 2010 - 2012

A lot of English teachers (and I include myself in this number) start out teaching because they can speak the language; however, does ones ability to speak a language equal understanding its inner workings? The question begs consideration; after all, a great number of teachers devote a lot of time and effort to keeping up with the latest methodologies and teaching techniques while considerably fewer actively seek out to improve their metalinguistic awareness. Teachers backgrounds how they acquired the language define in many ways how they perceive and react to the language, but that does not mean that nothing can be done to further develop said teachers in terms of knowledge about language. Teacher Education programs should definitely include work on Language Systems because experienced teachers and native speakers alike need to brush up on their knowledge. No teacher ever knows all the grammar, which makes constant revision key - and such revision works infinitely better when teachers get to bounce around ideas and challenge their views with peers rather than relying only on autonomous study, as I learned just this year after embarking on one such program. 20

It may be argued that for any lasting change to take place in how teachers approach Language Systems and for true Language Awareness to take place, a course needs to extend over a period of time and that could be seen as a drawback teachers are, after all, very busy people! However, I have learned this year that when there is an actual desire on the teachers part to improve, everything is possible - including fitting a teacher development course into an already hectic schedule. Furthermore, in the era of the web 2.0 different options are available and online-only or blended learning programs are very viable in most cases. In conclusion, I think that regardless of the context we work in or our target learner population, those of us who are in the English teaching profession need to take the opportunity every now and then to reacquaint ourselves with the language and transmit our discoveries to the learners in our classrooms. The more we understand about the language and its underlying systems, the more we will be motivated to continue studying it, in a never-ending cycle. You may find yourself, like me, falling in love with the English language all over again.


Welcome to Morelia, The days for our 38th International Convention are almost around the corner, and we are very pleased to let everybody know that we have a great conference prepared for all of the different interests in English Language Teaching. If you want to see who is coming, the pre-program is now on line: dulo=convenciones&id=1265648495 thanks to all the efforts of the Academic Committee, Uli Schrader, and all the people in the National Office, who worked so hard to put it together. All the plenarists will also be keynote speakers, and they will be with us during those days. This would be a great opportunity to get to know your favorite authors in a casual context and enjoy some informal chats with them. Plenarists: JoAnn Miller Jim Scrivener Karen Cadiero-Kaplan Andy Curtis Ken Wilson Simon Brewster Thom Jones Keynotes: Lindsay Clandfield Martha Lengeling Ben Goldstein Carol Lethaby Connie Johnson Our next deadline for registrations has begun and this will end on the 23rd of September. I would also like to re remind you that groups of 20 will be registered until the 24th of September. No group registration will take place after this date. I want to remind you that during this Convention elections for all of the members of the National Directive Council will take place. If you are interested in being part of the new CDN, go to our web page and see what you need in order to be elected for a position mx/?modulo=main&id=79 Dont forget to open our MEXTESOL web page as often as possible in the coming weeks as any new information will be posted there.

Looking forward to seeing you in Morelia! Pia Maria White Chair, Organizing Committee 38th Annual International MEXTESOL Convention





JoAnn Miller

JoAnn Miller has taught English in Mexico City for over thirty five years. She has a BA from San Diego State University, an MA from the National University of Mexico and doctoral studies at the University of Wisconsin. She was at the Mexico City bi-national (US/Mexico-Instituto Mexicano Norteamericana de Cultura) for 18 years as teacher and coordinator. She worked at the private Universidad del Valle de Mexico for 9 years and was Institutional Coordinator for 8 of those years. She was editor of the MEXTESOL Journal for 7 years and is now an Associate Editor. She was on the Board of Directors of TESOL, Inc. (2003-2006) and is on the organizing committee of CALL Electronic Village Online (2011-2012). She works as a free lance consultant and materials developer. Her major interests are development of communicative materials, the use of online materials, assessment and online teacher training. She has collaborated with Macmillan by developing the exam disks for the series Style, Skyline, Skyhigh, Attitude, Oxygen, Trends, and the mindOnline test generator, the Workbooks for Skyhigh and other supplementary materials. She has also developed special exam materials for schools in Chile, Colombia, Venezuela, El Salvador, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Ecuador and Mexico.

Jim Scrivener
Jim Scrivener is currently Head of Teacher Development for Bell International. Previously he has been Head of Teacher Training for International House, Hastings and Director of Education for IH Budapest. His publications include Learning Teaching (Macmillan ELT) which won the ARELS Frank Bell Prize 1995 and has recently seen the publication of its Third Edition, Oxford Basics: Teaching Grammar, Teachers Books and Portfolios for Straightforward, two business coursebooks for OUP and he has many articles on His book, Teaching English Grammar (Macmillan ELT) won the HRH Duke of Edinburgh English Speaking Union 2010 award as Best Entry for Teachers. Jim has worked in many different countries over the years, including two years in Kenya, three in the USSR and seven in Hungary. He is a frequent conference presenter and course leader

Andy Curtis
Dr Andy Curtis received his MA in Applied Linguistics and Language Teaching and PhD in International Education from the University of York in England. However, he started his professional life in the medical sciences, as a result of which he has always seen language teaching and learning as a dynamic and organic interplay of creative energies and forces. Andy has more than 20 years of experience as an ELT professional, in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, North, South and Central America, together with more than ten years of international ELT leadership experience. He recently retired to start writing his memoirs.




Ken Wilson

Ken Wilson is an author and trainer. He has written about 30 ELT titles, including a dozen series of course books. His most recent course material includes Smart Choice for OUP. He also writes supplementary material, including sketches and songs, and in 2008, OUP published Drama and Improvisation, a collection of more than 50 of his drama activities for teachers. His first ELT publication was a collection of songs called Mister Monday, which was released when he was 23. Since then, he has written and recorded more than 150 ELT songs, published as albums or as integral parts of course material. He has also written more than a hundred ELT radio and television programs for the BBC, including fifty radio scripts for the Follow Me series, thirty Look Ahead TV scripts and a series of plays called Drama First. For many years, Ken was artistic director of the English Teaching Theatre, a company which toured the world performing stage-shows for learners of English. The ETT made more than 250 tours to 55 countries, including several visits to Mexico. Ken lives in London with his wife Dede and two cats and works in a shed at the end of his garden.

Karen Cadiero-Kaplan
Karen Cadiero-Kaplan, Professor & Department Chair of Policy Studies in Language and Cross Cultural Education at San Diego State. Leadership includes: Past-President of CATESOL (200607), current President of Californians Together and Chair of the TESOL Affiliate Leadership Council. Her research is concerned with the impact education and language policies have on curriculum development and teachers professional development in working with English learners. Publications include: The Literacy Curriculum & Bilingual Education: A Critical Examination. 2011 Theme Editor: CATESOL Journal: The Status of ESL Professionals in K-12 Education: Theory, Practice and Politics.

Simon Brewster
(RSA Diptefla, Masters in Business Administration) has been involved in ELT as a teacher, teacher trainer and administrator for over 30 years. He has worked in Italy, the U.K. and Mexico and at present is Deputy Director General of the Anglo Mexican Foundation. He is also author of several textbooks for adults and secondary level students


Thomas Jones
Currently spends 50% of his time travelling the world negotiating, training and presenting. He has been a teacher, DoS, and principal in France, Greece, Spain, Germany, Indonesia, Australia, the USA and Mexico. Formerly General Sales Manager at Embassy CES before becoming Director of Operations USA for Study group he returned to the UK three years ago to take up his current position with Trinity. He has been a teacher trainer, language examiner and freelance trainer in business and management. He has presented around the world but most recently at TESOL USA, NAFSA and St Andrews


Keynote Speakers

Ben Goldstein
Ben has taught English in Spain for twenty years and currently works on The New Schools MATESOL program (New York). He is lead author of the adult coursebook series New Framework and The Big Picture (both Richmond). His interests in ELT include intercultural awareness, visual literacy and World Englishes.

Carol Lethaby
Carol now lives in San Francisco, California, writing materials and consulting, as well as being a part-time lecturer on the New School New York online MA in TESOL and an instructor at UC Berkeley Extension and City College of San Francisco. She is co-author of the Awesome, Next Step and The Big Picture coursebook series published by Richmond.

Connie Johnson
Connie Johnson is a Full Professor, researcher and the Coordinator of the Masters in Applied Linguistics program at the Universidad de las Americas, Puebla. She has also been the Academic Chair and the Program Chair of the MEXTESOL International Conventions since 2001 and is a familiar face to the Mextesol audience

Martha Lengeling
Martha (PhD, Language Studies, Canterbury Christ Church University and MA TESOL, West Virginia University) is a teacher trainer in the ICELT course and BA TESOL at the Language Department of the University of Guanajuato. She is also the Editor of the MEXTESOL Journal and serves on the TESOL Nominating Committee.



Keynote Speakers

Lindsay Clanfield
He is a teacher, teacher trainer and international author from Canada. He is the main author of Macmillans new award-winning and critically acclaimed adult course Global (2010) and was a part of the author team for the popular Straightforward Series. Lindsay has won prestigious recognition for his writing, most notably for Global and Dealing with Difficulties (Delta Publishing, with co-author Luke Prodromou) both of which earned him a visit to Buckingham Palace to receive an award from the Duke of Edinburgh. After teaching in Mexico, Spain and the UK Lindsay began his writing career with the website Onestopenglish. He became a regular after winning the Lesson Share competition three times in a row.

Each year MEXTESOL awards three Merit Scholarships for teachers . In addition to that, each MEXTESOL Local Chapter grants teachers the opportunity to attend the Convention. Here are this years winners. Luis Jovanni Rodrguez Velzquez Manuel Mndez Gmez Selene Estrella Castillo Jazmn Nevares De La Torre Rebeca Daz Faras

Beatriz Adriana Navarrete Rios Teresa De Jess Zapata Torres Damaris Aquino Pea Denise Schumm Losoya Edna Lucila Sosa Osuna Norma Anglica Santini Lpez Mara Guadalupe Almaguer Sierra Ada Lorena Rodrguez Loaiza Juan Jos vila Noe Ramirez Romo Zoila Delgado Gonzlez Keep in touch with your Local Chapter. Next year, YOUR name could be on this list!

Jenna Briggs-Fish Carlos Garca Durn Emily Mc Carthy Mara Del Carmen Vega Valdez


Upcoming Events
II International Symposium Ethnographic encounters with children and adolescents in educational contexts
Date: October 24-25, 2011 Venue: Universidad de La Salle Bogot, Colombia


Investigacin y Profesionalizacin de la Prctica Educativa, Edicin 2011 Date: November 16th to 18th, 2011 Venue: Centro de Estudios Avanzados y de Extensin, UNACH

38th PRTESOL Annual Convention

Date: November 18th to 19th, 2011 Venue: Puerto Rico Center in San Juan

TESOL International 46th Annual Conference A Declaration of Excellence

Date: March 28th-31st, 2012 Venue: Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia

Date: March 19th-23rd, 2012 Venue: Scottish Exhibition & Conference Centre, Glasgow

IATEFL 46th Annual Conference and Exhibition.



From Our Members

MEXTESOL Founding Member Celebrates 97th Birthday.


Bertha Gomez Maqueo, founding member of MEXTESOL and much beloved by many generations of students and teachers alike, celebrated her 97th birthday this September. Bertha was President of MEXTESOL in 1978 when the International TESOL Convention was held in Mexico City. Standing beside her is Ulrich Schrader, MEXTESOL Academic Consultant. 29

Call for Papers 2011
The MEXTESOL Journal, a professional publication of the Mexican Association of Teachers of English since 1976, is dedicated primarily to the classroom English teacher in Mexico. It is published three times a year and approximately 2,000 copies are distributed. Articles and book reviews related to EFL teaching in Mexican, Latin American and other similar contexts throughout the world are accepted for publication in either English or Spanish. Articles can be either practical or theoretical in nature. The MEXTESOL Journal aims to be member/reader-friendly and to contribute to classroom teachers understanding of the processes of language teaching and learning and to improve their teaching practice. The members of the MEXTESOL Journal Editorial Board come from institutions representing the wide geographic reach of the Association and the diverse teaching situations found in Mexico. REFEREED ARTICLES: A researched-based article should report original research or discuss research-related issues. This type of article is usually submitted as refereed (judged as acceptable, conditioned, or unacceptable by two members of the Editorial Board). A note regarding refereed status is given with the published article. NON-REFEREED ARTICLES: Non-refereed articles usually include book reviews, descriptions of classroom practice which do not involve rigorous research, and any other previously unpublished articles relevant to EFL professionals in Mexico. Send your manuscript (in Word) together with all of the tables, graphs, and references in an attachment accompanying your electronic message stating whether you would like your article submission to be refereed or non-refereed and with all the necessary contact information to: Martha Lengeling, Editorin-Chief, For further information, please consult the Editorial Policy Pages on the Journal link on the webpage, or contact the Editor-in-Chief. 30




MEXTESOL Improving English Language Teaching in Mexico
The Editors of the MEXTESOL Journal would like to welcome the four new members of the Editorial Board who were elected to their positions as reviewers for the period January 2012 December 2017: Irene Alice Ruth Ban John Roby Grossi Liliana Villalobos Congratulations on becoming part of an important academic aspect of MEXTESOLs mission! In the current issue:
Speaking Strategies Used by BA ELT Students in Public Universities in Mexico Mariza Mndez Lpez Using Learning Objects in English Language Instruction at a Mexican University: Teacher Innovation and Student Responses Yoko Sakurai, Rachel Donelson


Asociacin Mexicana de Maestros de Ingls, MEXTESOL, A.C. Mexican Association of Teachers of English, MEXTESOL, A. C Ponciano Arriaga No. 23 Int. 100, Col Tabacalera, Mxico D.F., C.P. 06030 Tel 55 66 82 84 01800 080 0112 administracion@mex