Georgia Teachers of English to
Speakers of Other Languages

GATESOL Interest Sections

A description of each of our Interest Sections are below. 

We are in the process of reorganizing our Interest Sections.  

In addition, some of these interest sections have a Georgia TESOL Forum, so check out the Forums tab on our Home Page.

For more information, please contact Kendra M. Castelow, the 2017-2018 GATESOL President.

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

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

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.

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

Elementary 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.

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.

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.

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

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

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