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Attention: ESL Professionals!
Here's a great professional development opportunity! Why not contribute a brief article to the Hawaii TESOL newsletter!? Why, would you want to do such a thing when you're already so busy, you ask? Here are a few reasons why (some self-serving; some not J):
You get published (true, it's not a "famous" refereed journal, but it still counts as a type of publication and if you're not published yet, this is a great way to get started).
It's a great experience, and looks good on your CV.
It's great way to become involved in the local TESOL community and get noticed by some local employers, if you're planning to look for an ESL job in Hawaii.
It's a fabulous way to share your knowledge, experience, teaching tip, etc. with other language educators.
It's easy, painless and doesn't take much time. You can take a term paper, action research project, lesson plan, classroom activity, presentation you've given, or something else which you've already done or thought a lot about and simply turn it into a brief article (see examples below).
There are many possibilities for articles, but here are a few ideas: recommended internet sites (or a tech type column), book reviews, a grad student's perspective, field trips/learning outside the classroom, reports from members working overseas, content-based teaching ideas, using video and music in the classroom, online teaching, CALL, a "gripes" column, DOE news/concerns, K-12 news, outer island news, applying theory into practice, interview with someone in the field, etc. This list is by no means exhaustive. Please feel free to send us any articles about these topics or others that you consider interesting to ESL educators in Hawaii.
the articles or any questions via email to Lisa Kawai email@example.com