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!