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Call for Proposals 2014

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Call for Proposals for the TESOL CALL-IS


Electronic Village Online (EVO)



A Project of TESOL's  CALL Interest Section

2014  Sessions

Deadline for proposals: September 22,  2013



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 2014 Convention in Portland, USA. The intended audience for this project includes both TESOL convention-goers and those who can participate only virtually. Interest Sections, Affiliates, E-groups, and other member groups of TESOL in particular are invited to sponsor sessions related to the convention or of general interest to teachers of ESL/EFL



The Electronic Village Online Sessions



For five weeks in January-February, 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 in convention sessions.


Sessions may be on any topic in ESL/EFL (not necessarily about technology) and are free and open to all interested parties.


Session leaders (moderators) need not have previous experience in online teaching. Co-moderation with several people is strongly recommended. Moderators, at least one of whom must be a TESOL member, will receive hands-on training in online discussion management and the use of live virtual chat and audio rooms during our moderators' training session October 21 - November 12, 2013.


Sessions of EVO must be sponsored by a TESOL Interest Section, Forum, or other member group or affiliate. (Our team can help you find sponsors.)


For further information, please read:   What is EVO?






Join our Moderator Team




Individual TESOL members may propose a session. However, we recommend at least two co-moderators for each session. At least one moderator must be a TESOL member. 


As part of this project, Interest Sections, Forums, 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 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 your proposal, please state which TESOL Interest Section will be your potential target audience and sponsor. (We will help you find sponsors.) Your sponsoring group will help advertise your session and get you participants.


We especially encourage proposals for hands-on workshop sessions involving materials development (whether online or on land) or the exploration of web-based tools or software.


To view descriptions of earlier sessions, including last year's, please see

  EVO Previous Sessions




If you would like to moderate an EVO session, please send your Proposal Submission, using the format described below.Include the following information in your Proposal:


Proposal Content


Proposal Format


In brief: 

1. Title - short and catchy
2. Abstract - about 50 words describing your session
3. Audience - TESOL IS or other member group or groups who will be your sponsor*

4. Week-by-week outline - a syllabus; please leave room for get-acquainted introductions in Week 1 and for wrap-up and evaluations at the end in Week 5
5. Communications media used - also include technology tools you will use or try out with participants

6. Biographical info for all moderators (about 25 words)
7. Statement of commitment - Will you be able to complete the moderators' training (4 weeks in October-November 2013--requiredand hold the session (5 weeks in January-February 2014)?


*If you need help connecting with an IS, Forum, 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 sponsors. 


If you need help in writing your proposal, please contact any of the EVO Team (addresses below) for assistance!



Proposal Submission Form




Fill out this form to submit your EVO 2014 for approval: Proposals 2014  





Feel free to forward this Call for Proposals to other e-lists. The address is


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