October 2, 1998

Hundreds of English as a Second Language Teachers, Administrators, Others to Converge at MiraCosta College for Regional CATESOL Conference

In short poems and essays, students in MiraCosta College's English as a Second Language classes reveal their hopes and dreams — and the key role that learning English plays in reaching their goals.

Snippets of their thoughts will be captured in a multimedia program —now being develop by students in MiraCosta's Multimedia Programming and Design class— that will serve as the opening presentation for the annual San Diego Regional California Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (CATESOL) Conference, to be hosted by MiraCosta on Oct. 17, 8 a.m. 2:30 p.m. at the college's Oceanside campus at One Barnard Drive. Around 400 are expected to attend the event, including ESL teachers, resource people, program administrators and others from elementary and secondary schools, community colleges, universities and intensive language schools. University students planning to teach ESL are also expected to be in attendance.

"Language skills will be a key that will open the door to what ESL students want to do," says MiraCosta instructor Kathleen Rippberger, who is co-chairing the event along with MiraCosta instructor Sylvia Ramirez. "In planning the conference we asked the students, what keys do you need? What doors do you want to open? And how can the English language give you skills to open those doors?"

Titled "Opening Doors to the Future," the conference will offer participants a choice of 42 workshops including "How to Get a Job in ESL," "The Internet as a Classroom Resource," "Animate Your Class with Games and Activities," "Energizing Reading Activities," "Using Travel to Teach Language and Culture," "Oxford's Newest Comprehensive Picture Dictionary," and many more. In addition, there will be a display by representatives from more than 30 publishers, including Oxford University Press, University of Michigan Press, Prentice Hall Regents, Cambridge University Press, Houghton Miffin Company, and Mc-Graw-Hill.

Students from MiraCosta's credit and noncredit ESL programs will serve as volunteers, helping register participants at the Student Center and directing them to classrooms. Registration and continental breakfast will run from 8-9 a.m., and publishers' exhibits will be on display in the Student Center from 8:15 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Opening remarks and multimedia presentation are planned for 9-9:50 a.m. in the MiraCosta College Theatre. Workshops are scheduled for 10-10:50 a.m., 11:40 a.m.-12:30 p.m., and 12:40-1:30 p.m., with lunch at 1:40-2:30 p.m.

Pre-registration is $16 for CATESOL members, $21 for non-members, $10 for instructors from Mexico, and $10 for students with I.D. Lunch is an additional $8. Day-of-event admission is $20 for CATESOL members, $25 for nom-members, $10 for instructors from Mexico, and $10 for students with I.D. No on-site lunch tickets may be purchased.

For more information, call Kathleen Rippberger at (760) 757-2121, ext. 6216.

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