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Korean Teachers - Vote for Change at KOTESOL!


If you are teaching in Korea, you might know about KOTESOL - the Korean branch of TESOL. I've been giving presentations through them at all levels for a number of years but keep a fairly distant relationship. Just teacher training / workshops. (you can see my Teacher Training page with them here).

Kotesol and its chapters do a great job on many levels Newsletters, chapter meetings/workshops, networking etc.... However there are a number of things I really think need to be changed and now there is an opportunity to vote for change.

The Kotesol elections will be held this week, closing at the end of the International Conference this weekend. See below, instructions and details with links. Please take the opportunity if you can to vote for change! Either join up and then vote or if a member vote! I don't care how. (usually the elections are perfunctory - not this one...).

I do my best to help teachers in Korea and continually want things to get better. So I'm making this appeal to EFL Classroom 2.0 members, from the heart. There is a possibility to elect "new" people with forward ideas. KOTESOL deperately needs change. I'm endorsing wholeheartedly the slate of : Robert Capriles for President / David Kim for VP and Deborah Tarbet for Treasury. Find their platform and info. attached below or just click! Also, read this open letter from another person supporting their candidacy.

Why do I think change is needed? While in brief - Kotesol NEEDS to do more to create community. That's it in a nutshell. But I'll list my 4 other points that I think new leadership can and will tackle.

1. Training of NEW teachers. Korea has a constant influx and KOTESOL should take the leadership role of providing basic, necessary and accredited onsite teacher training. This should be their job if they have concern for the profession and not just discussing papers behind lecturns. Nor as of recent, seeming to be more into the "sales" and publishing side of teaching.

2. Better use of ICT and web 2.0 technology. KOTESOL is way behind the game when it comes to sharing resources, creating community and informing members through online channels. Professional development should and can also be ONLINE.

3. Accountability. There is a constant echo and ethos in the organization that rears its head. "We are only volunteers, if you don't like it, lump it.". I reject this. Yes, it is volunteer driven but that is or must never be an excuse for not doing things the right. I"d also like Kotesol to set up a very professional payment system. Not as is - send it to the name of the treasurer!

So in brief. Join up and vote! You'll be helping English Language Teaching immensely. Tell others to vote too!

Robert Capriles President.doc

David Kim VP.doc

Deborah Tarbet.doc

PLEASE VOTE!


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KOTESOL E-News

Oct. 16, 2009

National Elections

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Dear KOTESOL Member,

The 2009 KOTESOL National Council Elections have begun!
Please make sure to check out the candidates' statements
at
kotesol.org.

Online voting will end on Sunday, October 25 at 10:30 am.
Members can also vote onsite at the International Conference
from 9 am to 5 pm on Saturday, and from 9-10:30 am on Sunday.

Elections results will be announced at the Annual Business
Meeting on October 25th at noon.

By this time, all current KOTESOL members (with memberships
expiring after October) should have received an electronic
ballot from
ballotbin.com. Please check your spam mail
box to make sure that your ballot did not go there.

** If you are a current member and have not received your e-vote,
please mail
kotesol.elections@gmail.com with the subject
heading "NOT ON VOTERS LIST." Please include your full name (in English), Chapter
affiliation, email address, and contact details. A
scrutineer will then contact you with more voting
information.

** For those of you who are not current members, you
can renew your membership at the International Conference.
Then, all you have to do is bring your conference receipt and one form of identification to the
elections desk. A scrutineer will then register your email address to vote in the election.

By chance, if you forget to vote online, you are
welcome to use our computers at the elections table
at the International Conference. Scrutineers will also
be available to help answer any of your questions.

Make your vote count!

Sherry Seymour
Nominations and Elections Committee Chair

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Supporter
Comment by Joshua Davies on October 20, 2009 at 10:04am
We'll just have to agree to disagree on this one I see :)

Supporter
Comment by ddeubel on October 20, 2009 at 12:59pm
Fully understand Joshua! I just think the whole in any organization is worth more than any part(s). My main wish is for change - I really feel Kotesol has been in a deep rut.

However, I should have asked everyone to also vote for you!!! Mein Gott. I'm going to make an amendment or post again somehow.

Supporter
Comment by Joshua Davies on October 20, 2009 at 1:03pm
DEFINITELY AGREE on the rut :)... no need to change the post for little 'ole me- I'm running lovingly unopposed.
Comment by George Swen on October 26, 2009 at 12:42pm
I am just curious, how did it end up?

Supporter
Comment by ddeubel on October 27, 2009 at 12:47am
George,

I'm waiting in the dark as well. As soon as I know - I'll report back...fingers crossed.

Supporter
Comment by Joshua Davies on October 27, 2009 at 12:52am
All three of them won, though the presidency was close. As in a tie: 107 to 107. Phil chose to step down.

Supporter
Comment by ddeubel on October 27, 2009 at 4:20am
Great to know my vote counted! Maybe I was the one that made the difference :)

Just kidding - every vote always counts I believe.

The first thing I do when I see the president in Nov. at the Thanksgiving event is to ask about a series of very basic "bootcamp" like teacher training workshops. We really need this with the large influx of inexperienced or underexperienced teachers coming to Korea.

I'm talking about 4 workshops, 3 hours each. On each of the language modes and each one by an experienced master teacher (10 years plus in ELT in a variety of classrooms). Attend all 4 at different times plus write a reflective paper and short test and get a KOTESOL Teaching certificate.

All in all, something like this would help bring new members into KOTESOL. Also, motivate them to become leaders and mentors for the future.....
Comment by George Swen on October 27, 2009 at 6:56am
Joshua, thank you for info, great news! Hopefully a change for better.
David, if not your vote, whose else?;-)) And as always, full of enthusiasm and ready to improve things - that's the way, uh-huh, uh-huh, I like it:-) glad for you

Supporter
Comment by Joshua Davies on October 27, 2009 at 7:02am
David- if there are any workshop materials you'd like to also have on the KTT site I am adding a large online resource/training section with materials from Andrew Finch and other contributors. Cheers!

Supporter
Comment by ddeubel on October 27, 2009 at 7:35am
Joshua,

Tremendous and I'm sure Andrew has bundles of quality stuff to highlight (though he is heavy on text ppts..but that's good stuff for self-study/reading).

Feel free to steal or link from the TT page here. Or if you feel more comfortable, link the public one at my institute. You might also like the TT channel I have. Of course, tons of prof. development stuff here... However, I will press ahead with my own do-it-yourself course sooner or later. 12 modules you do on a LMS. Afterwards contact me, I check and send the certificate electronically. Not hard but a lot of work. I recently also put together a full ebook of my own TT stuff. 359 pgs! And I was intending on adding photos/diagrams to it. That will be something for a rainy day....

Keep me informed about the materials page.

Yep George, better to look up cuz if you can look up , you can get up and if you can get up - you still get another chance to kick that ball in the old net.

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