Georgia Teachers of English to
Speakers of Other Languages

GATESOL Interest Sections


A description of each of our Interest Sections and their contact persons are below. For more information, please contact the interest section leader. If the position is vacant, please contact the current President as listed on the Executive Board section of the website. In addition, some of these interest sections have a Georgia TESOL Forum, so check out the Forums tab on our Home Page.

Adult Education (AE)-- brings together the knowledge,  precepts, and skills of two distinct but compatible areas: adult education and English as a Second Language. 

Contact person: Liz Bigler at

Applied Linguistics (AL)-- applies research and theory to real-world contexts and explores implications for enhancement of language learning and communication.

Contact Persons:  Jayoung Choi


Jayoung Choi, Ph.D., is a clinical assistant professor of ESOL and Literacy education in the Middle and Secondary Education Department at Georgia State University. She had been a teacher of Korean and English languages at the P-12, university, and community settings and she currently teaches TESOL/literacy/educational research courses to undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral students. Her research areas include second language education, bi/tri-lingual education and tri-literacy development, multilingual adolescents’ literacy practices and identity, ESOL/language teacher education, and multicultural education. Her research has been published in journals, including TESOL Quarterly, TESOL Journal, and Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy.

Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) -- looks at issues and standards in the field of computer assisted language learning, promotes the development of CALL activities for EL instruction, works to ensure CALL is represented at conferences, and helps disseminate information about CALL to EL educators around the state.

Contact Person: Vacant

Dual Language Immersion (DLI)-- supports and promotes primary (native) language literacy as fundamental to acquisition of English as a second or foreign language. 

Contact Person: Christina Catinella at

lementary Education (EE)-- fosters recognition of ESOL as an academic discipline in elementary education, advocates for elementary ESOL and teacher training, and encourages development of useful materials.

Contact Person Cherrilynn Woods-Washington at


Dr. Cherrilynn Woods-Washington has been an educator for 21 years, working in a variety of educational settings with diverse groups of learners and cultures. She has a B.S. in Home Economics with a concentration in Child Development, a M.S in Elementary Education, and Ed. D. in Teacher Leadership. Cherrilynn has taught Kindergarten, fourth, fifth grades and GED classes in the Atlanta Public School System. Presently, she is an itinerant ESOL teacher providing ESOL curriculum support for four elementary schools in the South Atlanta and Carver Clusters. Her work with adults includes teaching online educational classes from Grand Canyon University, ELL professional development training, trained SIOP Coach and co-presenting with other ESOL and Mainstream colleagues with in and out of my school system.  She is the retired Service Unit Director for Ben Hill Greater Atlanta Girl Scouts (21 years of service to girl scouts) and the President for GATESOL serving many roles on the board since 2007. 

Cherrilynn has been a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. for 20 plus years serving in various roles as Hostess, Membership Chair, Graduate Advisor Council, Pan-Hel Rep, Corresponding Secretary, Nominating Committee Chair, Presidents Assistant, and Leadership Logistic Captain, and Foundation Member.  Some of her accomplishments include two wonderful boys, WIDA educator of the month, Teacher of the Year awards by George Alexander Towns Elementary School, Outstanding Volunteerism Award from the Ben Hill community, and the Mentor-Leader Award.

Intensive English Programs (IEP)-exists to serve the needs of those who work in Intensive English Programs (IEPs).  IEPS serve nonnative speakers who need to acquire English proficiency in a relatively short time prior to or during regular academic study.  The concerns of the membership include methodology, curriculum design, materials development, placement, evaluation, program administration, technology-assisted instruction, English for Specific Purposes, culture, learners' concerns, and members' employment concerns.  This group comprises ESOL professionals involved in IEP teaching, IEP administration, and relationships with other IEPs.  The audience may also include administrators or teachers who wish to work for IEPs, such as graduate students in TESOL.

Contact Person: Vacant

Intercultural Communication (IC)-- promotes intercultural awareness and respect for all cultures and provides a clearly defined forum to bring together educators and scholars whose interests lie in intercultural communication, particularly in the context of English-language classes. 

Contact Persons:  Anthony Dahlen


Anthony Dahlen holds an M.A. in Applied Linguistics from Georgia State University and M.A. in Eurasian Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. He received his B.A. in Russian Language and Literature from Baku State University. He is the GATESOL Intercultural Communication Interest Section Leader.

Anthony works as an Instructor at Chattahoochee Technical College (CTC) Intensive English Program (IEP). Before joining CTC’s IEP, he had worked for Kennesaw State University’s IEP and Georgia Perimeter College’s ESL program. His areas of academic interest include Intercultural Communication and Social Linguistics.

Besides English, Anthony is fluent in Russian and Azerbaijani and can communicate in Serbian, Spanish, and Turkish.

Although he is busy with his family and coaching his daughter's soccer team with Smyrna Soccer Club, Anthony finds some time to travel, work out, play volleyball, ski, bike, and listen to blues music.  He also likes antiques and enjoys updating his numismatic collection.

Program Administration (PA)-- addresses special needs of ESL program administrators at all levels and provides a forum for strengthening managerial and leadership skills. 

Contact Person: Elizabeth Webb at

Sociopolitical Concerns (SPC)-- provides a forum for researchers and educators to discuss and disseminate information on matters socially and/or politically related to TESOL.

Contact Person: Vacant

Teacher Education
(TE) (PreK - Higher Ed)--provides a forum for those  interested in ESOL teacher education and fosters policies to improve  employment  and learning conditions for teachers and students.

Contact Person: Karen Kuhel at

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