2015 I-TESOL Conference

Practical applications of interaction: Insights for the physical and virtual classroom

Holiday Inn – West Yellowstone, Montana
September 18th & 19th

Update: Conference Schedule now available. Fall 2015 ITESOL Schedule
Update: Plenary Information
Flyers now available 
Submit your conference proposal by July 15th
Update: Register for the Conference by September 14th.
Update: Lodging Information now available.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Peter Shaw

peter_shaw-215x300_1Peter Shaw has been a language teacher and language teacher educator for over 40 years. After working in various parts of Europe and Africa, and in Mexico, he settled in California where he currently designs and facilitates courses in pedagogy, curriculum design and professional development at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey.

For more information, visit Dr. Shaw’s faculty profile page.

Plenary Information

Friday — A brief genealogy: interaction in ESL learning, teaching and professional development

With illustrations from my own teaching experience, I will illustrate the shifting views of interaction in the recent history of second language education: how interaction has been variously interpreted in terms of curriculum planning, task design, classroom procedures, learner participation and assessment.  On the basis of this genealogy, I will attempt to unpack the complexity of a current view of interaction which has potential for meeting the needs of present day English language learners.

Saturday — Interaction and critical thinking in ESL learning, teaching and professional development

Interaction is about process, not product.  I present the case that pedagogically careful and thoughtful design of the product of a task or project will facilitate valuable interaction among English language learners.  I will demonstrate and describe a number of tasks involving the critical thinking described in levels 5 and 6 (originally Synthesis and Evaluation; more recently, Evaluating and Creating) of Bloom’s Taxonomy.  One example is for more advanced learners and is called 24/7.  Small groups of students develop two expressions of their understanding of a recently examined concept or issue: one which can be read aloud in a maximum of 24 seconds; the other a maximum of 7 words.  While these products certainly provide feedback to learners and teachers about the accuracy and depth of the subject matter mastery attained, it is the interaction in the group that is most crucial for the development of English language proficiency.


The conference venue will be at the Holiday Inn in West Yellowstone. When you contact the Holiday Inn, you need to give them a reservation code for the dates you choose in order to receive the conference attendee discounted rate. Tell them the code for the conference is “TES.” This discount is good for any of the following dates: September 17-19. The available discounted rooms for Saturday, the 19th are more limited, so if you plan to stay that night, it will be first come first serve to receive the discounted rate.

For more information and to make reservations, go to click this link or type  http://goo.gl/IwRogj into your browser. You can also call 1-800-Holiday.

You can get directions with your GPS device. The address to the hotel is:

Holiday Inn West Yellowstone
315 Yellowstone Ave
West Yellowstone, MT 59758

To see the location on the map, click this link. https://goo.gl/Y4hSib


Click here to download the 2015 Conference Flyer.