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Call for Proposals for the


Electronic Village Online (EVO)

A Project of TESOL's CALL Interest Section

2008  Sessions

Deadline: September 20,  2007


The CALL Interest Section of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc. (TESOL) offers language teachers world-wide the opportunity to participate in the Electronic Village Online (EVO), a professional development project and virtual extension of the TESOL 2008 Convention in New York, USA. The intended audience for this project includes both TESOL 2008 convention-goers and those who can participate only virtually. Interest Sections, Caucuses, and other member groups of TESOL in particular are invited to sponsor sessions related to the convention.

          The Electronic Village Online Sessions

For six weeks, participants and ESOL experts can engage in collaborative, online discussion or hands-on virtual workshops of professional and scholarly benefit. These sessions will bring together participants for a longer period of time than is permitted by the four-day convention and will allow a fuller development of ideas than is otherwise possible. Sessions may be on any topic in ESL/EFL and are free and open to all interested parties. Session leaders (moderators), who must be TESOL members, will receive hands-on training in online discussion management and the use of Yahoo! Groups, and they may be asked to help train future session leaders. Moderators need not have previous experience in online teaching. Sessions of EVO must be sponsored by an Interest Section, Caucus, or other member group of TESOL. For further information, please read: What is EVO?

Join our Moderator team!

As part of this project, Interest Sections, Caucuses, and other member groups are asked to sponsor one or more sessions to allow pre-discussion of an issue or topic in conjunction with, for example, a TESOL 2008 Academic Session, colloquium, or discussion group. It is also possible to follow up on a topic from a previous TESOL convention, or any topic concerned with language teaching and the profession. In addition, we especially encourage proposals for hands-on workshop sessions involving materials development or the exploration of Web-based tools. To view descriptions of last year's sessions, please see 2007 Session Descriptions.

An archive of earlier sessions may be found at the TESOL EVO Portal.


If you would like to moderate an EVO session, please indicate your interest to one of the EVO Coordinating Team (addresses below), with a copy to your Interest Section or other member group leaders. Include the following information in your Proposal:

           Format of the Proposal

If you need help connecting with an IS, Caucus, or other member group for sponsorship, please contact one of the Coordinating Team members (addresses below). The EVO Team is happy to help with your proposal and coordination with TESOL leaders.



Feel free to forward this Call for Proposals to other e-lists. Thank you for helping us spread the word.

To contact the EVO Coordinating Team:

Dafne González
Universidad Simon Bolivar, Caracas, Venezuela

Elizabeth Hanson-Smith
(Past coordinator),
California State University,Sacramento/Command Performance Language Institute, Sacramento, CA
Aiden Yeh
(CALL-IS liaison)
Wen Zao Ursuline College of Languages, Kaohsiung,Taiwan
Vance Stevens
(TESOL PDC liaison), Petroleum Institute,
 Abu Dhabi, UAE
vance_stevens-at- yahoo.com
Chris Jones
Zayed University,
Abu Dhabi, UAE
Paula Emmert
Brussels, Belgium
Susan Marandi
Al-Zahra University Teheran, Iran
Buthaina al Othman Kuwait University, Kuwait City,
Carla Arena
Casa Thomas Jefferson
Binational Center
Brasilia-DF, Brazil
Moira Hunter
ESIEE Grande Ecole d'Ingenieurs
Paris, France
Jane Petring
Collège Édouard-Montpetit
Longueuil, Quebec, Canada
Christine Bauer-Ramazani
St. Michael's College, Cochester, Vermont, USA

The EVO sessions are free and voluntary.

They are NOT a part of TESOL's Principles and Practices of Online Teaching Certificate Program.

 For information about this program, please contact TESOL at edprograms@tesol.org
or visit their Website at the
TESOL Homepage

and click on Online Education in the Professional Development tab.

Visit the EVO 2008 Training Group at EVO Moderators YG.

revised July 5, 2007 by D. G.