Each of us develops our own theory of teaching and learning, consciously or not.  It’s based on our own experiences as students, our training, the influence of our peers, our teaching context, and our teaching experiences.  At our next Reflective Practice Group gathering, we’ll explore our beliefs about teaching and learning, and look at some of the widely-promulgated lists of DO’s and DON’Ts.

Before you come, please think about your personal philosophy of teaching:  What makes you cringe when you see a teacher doing it?  What makes you sad when a student talks about their previous learning experiences?  What do you think about these and other questions:

  • the teacher using the students’ L1 (first language)
  • students using their L1
  • correcting students’ errors
  • assigning homework
  • where the teacher stands (or do you sit or squat?)
  • the challenge level of reading material
  • student interaction
  • teacher authority
  • learner autonomy
  • always….
  • never….

Please join our Reflective Practice Group for ESL practitioners.  All are welcome: teachers, aides, pre-service teachers…

Date:            Sunday, March 5th

6:30pm         Refreshments & Social time (Bring something small to share)

7-9 pm          Reflective Workshop

Where:         Canal Alliance, 91 Larkspur Street, San Rafael (Upstairs in Bldg. 86)


Sign up here to drive or ride in a car pool.     Parking is challenging; please contact me for parking information and a parking pass:

The CATESOL Bay Area Chapter invites you to a  Fall Social on Saturday, October 15th, from 1:00  – 3:00 pm. 

The event will be an opportunity to get acquainted with other members, meet the local chapter board, and discuss your interests and goals for the year.

WHEN:              Saturday, October 15th, 2016, 1:00-3:00pm

WHERE:           Telegraph Hill Neighborhood Center,660 Lombard St.  San Francisco


Everyone is invited (you don’t have to be a member).  Please email with any questions about the event.

We hope to see you there!

The Bay Area Chapter of CATESOL maintains a list of upcoming TESOL events in the Bay Area:  Go to and click on the EVENTS tab.