TESOL Conference Experience

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MAT Students and Professor Pat Moran in Denver at TESOL 2009

This year seven current MAT students presented at the TESOL pre-conference Graduate Student Forum (2 papers and 5 poster sessions).  Thirteen SIT students attended the conference.

For many of us, it was our first TESOL conference experience.  What I kept hearing over and over again during and after the conference from my classmates was “wonderful,” “exciting,” and “exhausting.”

As a graduate student, I felt that attending this conference was my initiation into “the field” as a professional and member of a larger community of language educators.  As a presenter in the graduate forum, I felt like I was taking the first step to becoming an active and productive member of the TESOL community.  Many of us felt a sense of satisfaction after presenting.  We were able to share something of value with our colleagues around the world.  We, too, contribute to the field as the newest generation of educators.

The experience of presenting in the graduate forum and of seeing many wonderful presentations at the conference has given me confidence for developing my Sandanona Conference presentation at the end of this term.

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