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N. E. W. (Network of Educators in the Workplace)

Newsletter - March 1999

February  Meeting News and Notes

Topic: "Pronunciation in American English", CD-ROM
Presenter: Kathy Hans,
Members gathered at Carrow's Restaurant for networking and dinner.  Many thanks to our presenter, Kathy Hans of, who presented years of teaching experience and accumulated knowledge in her CD-ROM, "Pronunciation in American English".

Kathy took a year off to create and produce her recently released CD, an impressive tool for classroom, lab, or individual study.  If you missed the meeting, but are curious about this exciting new technology, go to the web site at and check out this and other workplace oriented ESL resources Kathy has produced.

Special thanks also go to David Hans for his technical assistance in setting up the technology that enabled Kathy to present the CD to the group.


March  Meeting: March 19, 1999
Topic:        Meeting the Challenges of Teaching the Basic Skills in the Workplace
Day/Date:  Friday, March 19, 1999
Time:         1 to 3 pm
Presenter: Gloria Burgoon
Location:   Santa Clara Educational Options, Room 15
                  1840 Benton Street , Santa Clara

RSVP : Gloria Heistein   408.246.2738 or
             Katie Dunlap   650.324.0626 or

We are privileged and delighted to have Gloria Burgoon, longtime N.E.W. member and an acknowledged basic skills subject matter expert (SME), present information, tips and strategies for meeting the many challenges of providing basic skills training in workplace situations.  Networking and discussion follow the presentation.  Refreshments will be provided.

Workplace Conference planning following the March meeting: 3 - 4 pm.
Karen Barroso and Kris  Pemberton will lead a l hour planning meeting for the upcoming Workplace Conference to be held in October at Mission College.  Everyone is invited to attend and encouraged to volunteer some of your time and talent.  You will be part of a team effort to organize a conference of speakers, presenters, workshops, career opportunities, vendors and products for providing workplace education.

Steering Team Meeting before the March meeting:  12 - 1 pm
Members of the steering team who can attend will meet from 12 to 1 pm before the March general meeting and presentation.  Gloria Heistein will lead the meeting.

Upcoming Events

Mark Your Calendar for these upcoming events, meetings, classes and topics!!

March 19    1-3 pm Basic Skills/Literacy Issues, Gloria Burgoon

April 22       6-8 pm  Post CATESOL:  An Evening of Sharing Resources, Ideas, Materials
                     hosted by Alex Scott and Sonja Levinger
                     Location:  tba


1999 Annual Conference
April 15 - 18, 1999 Reno Hilton, Reno Nevada
Panel discussion presentation by N.E.W. members Diane Andrews, Karen Barroso, Kathryn Burkhead, Bet Messmer and Kristeen Pemberton:   Breaking into ESL in the Workplace (and staying there)

Workplace Interest Group

Good news! It's official! Our workplace interest group has been approved!!  Teaching English in the Workplace, T.E.W., is now an official interest group within CATESOL.  Thanks to everyone who signed the petition and to Karen Barroso for heading up the effort.


Mark your CATESOL ballot!  Diane Andrews has been nominate for secretary of CATESOL and would like your support.

Steinbeck Chapter, CATESOL Central Coast

Some N.E.W. members journeyed to Monterey on February 17th for a Spring Workshop "Computers in the Second Language Classroom" presented at the Monterey Institute of International Studies.  An investment of $10 included coffee and continental breakfast, panel discussion, hands-on workshops, lunch, and networking in a friendly, relaxed half-day format.  Members of the chapter hope more of their colleagues from the Central Coast and San Jose area will continue to share professional interests by joining them in planning and being a part of future efforts.

On March 20th, a third workshop, Exploring the use of Distance Learning in Second Language Teaching, will be offered.  Contact Mary Jahr Purvis at (831) 899-2403 or visit the CATESOL web site at:

New Webmaster!
Thanks to Pat Hendriks who has accepted the challenge of the N.E.W. webmaster position.  Pat hopes our web site will eventually offer news, announcements, membership information, biographies, articles of interest, as well as links to other ESL sites.  Thank you, Pat, for offering your expertise and vision.

Gloria Heistein, InterLect
updated March 13, 1999
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