CoTESOL 2021 - Call for Fall Convention Proposals!
CoTESOL invites TESOL professionals to submit proposals for our 44th Annual Fall Convention, which will take place on November 5 and 6, 2021. The CoTESOL Board of Directors is currently planning for this event to have a hybrid format with both in-person and online sessions. You can indicate your preferences below, in item 7a.

CoTESOL will accept workshops, discussions, panels, papers, demonstrations, and teaching tips across all levels of TESOL instruction, administration, and research. Sessions can span a range of topics related to multilingual learners, including: remote and online instruction, targeting specific language skills, building academic language, teaching refugee-background learners, assessment, curriculum development, policy frameworks, advocacy, and more!

All proposals will be reviewed anonymously and evaluated by CoTESOL board members. Proposals that include current research citations and are aligned to CDE's Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Quality Standards for English Learner Educators ( are especially welcome.

CoTESOL conventions regularly attract hundreds of attendees from all levels of ESL (i.e. K-12, adult ed, intensive English programs, higher ed, workplace ed, literacy, etc.). In addition to Colorado, many people come from neighboring states and around the country. CoTESOL conventions are an ideal place for first-time presenters because of the welcoming atmosphere and hospitable environment.

Please Note: This form is for submitting a proposal to present only. All presenters must register for the event on a separate form. If your proposal is accepted, you will receive a discount code by email. In addition, please check the CoTESOL website for further information, as it becomes available:

Start your proposal and submit by August 1, 2021:
Email *
Confirm email address *
First Name (lead presenter/contact) *
Last Name (lead presenter/contact) *
Job Title *
Employer, Institution, Company *
Mailing Address *
City *
US States and Territories / Canadian Provinces *
Zip (Postal Code) *
Cell Phone (optional)
Other Information about You, Your Co-Presenters (if any), and Your Proposal
1. This proposal is for what kind of session? *
2. Are you a member of CoTESOL or any other TESOL affiliate? *
3a. Name, email address, and institution/organization of 1st co-presenter:
3b. Name, email address, and institution/organization of 2nd co-presenter:
3c. Name, email address, and institution/organization of 3rd co-presenter:
3d. Name, email address, and institution/organization of 4th co-presenter:
Only the following information will be submitted to the co-chairs of the Special Interest Group (SIG) you choose to read and adjudicate your proposal.
4a. Special Interest Group (SIG) to Read your Proposal (choose one) *
4b. CoTESOL events are aligned to the Colorado Department of Education's English Learner Educator PD requirement. For presentations for the K-12 audience, please align your proposal to one of the four Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) Quality Standards that best matches your proposed content. Please read the CDE descriptors for each standard below. Each standard has an element A and an element B. Please select both the standard and the element which best match your presentation's outcomes.
5. Type of Presentation *
6. Intended Audience *
7a. For this hybrid event, which modality(ies) do you prefer for your session? Check one or both options. *
7b. If your session is in-person, are you willing to simultaneously broadcast your session via Zoom for remote audiences? A chat moderator will manage the chat and tech issues; you simply have to share your screen and present as usual to the live audience. *
8. Title of Presentation (7-word limit) *
9. Presentation Abstract for Program - Please give a short description of your presentation in 50 words or less so that attendees can understand the focus of your session. *
10. Presentation Summary - Please describe the content and intended participant outcomes of your presentation in 75-200 words. If your proposal aligns to the CDE CLD Standards, please ensure that the language of your outcomes reflects the CLD Element wording. *
11. How will you engage your audience? (We suggest including at least one engaging activity.) *
12. Please include complete list of references here. Research citations may be given in APA or any other format that allows the original work to be located. *
CoTESOL Policy on Registration and Fees: All presenters (including co-presenters and panelists) are required to register and pay the registration fee for the professional development event that they participate in. If your presentation is accepted, CoTESOL will provide you and each of your collaborators with a discount code for 15% off the registration fee. (There will also be special registration rates for students/volunteers/retirees/part-timers, one-day attendees, and "early bird" registrations.) *
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