~from the TEFL/TESL Student Association

We are excited to announce that Advocacy Week is almost upon us! As a registered GSA, the TEFL/TESL Student Association (TTSA) strives to promote linguistic and cultural diversity, both here on campus and in the larger Fort Collins community. We do this through Advocacy Week, a yearly event where we organize engaging faculty presentations and student-led colloquia, bring in a guest speaker, and take part in community outreach.

This year’s guest speaker, Eli Hinkel (click image to see larger version of the flyer)

This year, we have worked hard to organize the best Advocacy Week possible. We have many presentations planned, including talks led by Dr. Sue Doe, Dr. Kristina Quynn, and Dr. Fabiola Ehlers-Zavala. We also have panel presentations led by graduate students and alumni, as well as INTO CSU faculty. These hour-long presentations will take place starting this coming Monday-Thursday from 12:00-1:00 p.m. and again from 5:30-6:30. On Friday, April 21st, we will have our keynote address given by Dr. Eli Hinkel. Her talk, titled “Teaching and Learning Vocabulary for Academic Writing,” will take place at 5:00 p.m. with refreshments beginning at 4:30. For details on presentation times and locations, be sure to take a look at our Advocacy Week events flyer below.

Click image to see a larger version of the flyer

If you’re looking for another way to get involved in Advocacy Week, don’t forget about our book drive! For this year’s community outreach project, we are seeking new or gently used paperback books to benefit the Larimer County Jail library. We will be collecting books through the end of April and delivering them to the jail during the first week of May. Donation boxes can be found in the English Department office window, the Writing Center, and at INTO CSU in Spruce Hall.

We can’t wait to get Advocacy Week underway! If you have any questions regarding our presentations or book drive, please email Sarah at svannost@colostate.edu.

Hope to see you there!