2021 CLTA Conference Proposal Form

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EXHIBITORS, please go to www.tfaforms.com/4824061 to complete the proposal form for Exhibitors. Thank you.

CLTACLTA ConferenceCLTA Conference

San Diego, CA - Town & Country Resort & Convention Center- February 24-28, 2021

Dear potential presenters,


We greatly appreciate your willingness to present a workshop and/or an interest session at our annual conference.

  1. All proposals must be submitted online (clta.net/conference/presenters).

  2. Those submitting proposals for the 2021 Conference must be current (2020-2021 membership year) members of CLTA (California Language Teachers' Association). If you ARE NOT a current (2020-2021) member, your proposal will NOT be considered. You can renew your membership by clicking on this link (clta.net/membership). Co-presenters must be members of CLTA as well. Exceptions will be made for presenters who work & live outside of California.

  3. Abstracts may be edited for length and clarity. You will be sent, by email, a copy of what will appear in the online program. It’s important that you notify the Program Chair (program@clta.net) ASAP of any changes you feel need to be made or corrections to what will appear in the online program.

  4. If your proposal is selected you will need to respond to the acceptance letter within one week to be included in the program.

  5. If something beyond our control causes CLTA to cancel the in-person conference, please let us know if you can present online by answering the question also included at the end of the Presentation Detail section. 

  6. We would also like to see more sessions targeting specific languages. We would love to see something for teachers of less commonly taught languages, dual language immersion, and other specific world languages. The lack of language-specific sessions is always mentioned in the conference evaluations.

  7. Each workshop/session can have only one lead presenter (the person submitting the proposal). He/she may designate one or two “co-presenters” but only the lead presenter receives a free Saturday/Sunday registration (without meals). (FREE registration may be transferred to a co-presenter if the lead presenter's registration is paid). All communication is with that lead presenter who is responsible for passing information on to his/her co-presenters. 

  8. When the online registration website is up and operational (usually by mid November), all lead presenters who have received notice of the acceptance of their proposal(s) will be able to register online at a special website for presenters only. I will send you a link to that website when I send your acceptance notice. Co-presenters MUST register & pay at that website as well in order to receive their presenter ribbon. Acceptance of your proposal does NOT register you for the conference. ALL PRESENTERS MUST REGISTER ONLINE FOR THE CONFERENCE.

  9. Our attendees, who are primarily middle and high school teachers, love practical, hands-on activities. That helps them visualize how they might use the ideas that are presented in their classrooms. That is especially true for teachers who are new to the classroom. But we also have very experienced teachers attending who love to hear about new concepts and ideas that stretch them and motivate them to try some new things. The abstract that you write and which will appear in the online program is very important and you should focus on what those attending your session will be able to take away with them and incorporate into their teaching and how their students will benefit.

  10. If you have not presented at a conference before, but you feel you have some great ideas and activities that you would love to share, consider presenting with a colleague who has presented or at a "Quake" 15-minute session. Quake Session presenters do NOT get a free registration, instead they will receive a 25% discount off the registration fee. 

  11. You will be asked to choose a category for which your presentation proposal will be judged. For example, all proposals marked as category "tech" will be evaluated with other like presentation proposals. Those that score the highest within each category will be selected.

  12. If you need to withdraw your proposal after it’s been accepted, it’s essential that you let us know in a timely manner so that we can find a replacement and before we publish the program (about 3 weeks prior to the conference).

The CLTA Conference is world language teachers of California's major opportunity during the year to learn new techniques and activities, to meet and share with colleagues across the state, to network, to find out what is going on in California and to see new materials (in the Exhibit Hall) and attend exhibitor sessions, where they demonstrate some of the materials they sell. It's an exciting, motivating and meaningful experience and you are part of that experience. Thank you again for sharing your expertise and knowledge with your colleagues across the state.

Bethany Thompson, Program Chair

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Lead Presenter

*Your personal email address works better, because 1) your school email server may block our emails to you, 2) when you change schools, districts or employment status, you can still stay in touch with us. But, if you must use your school email address, perhaps you can give us an alternate email just in case.

Co-presenters (if any) Information
Only Workshops and Interest Sessions may have co-presenters. 

Session Details
CLTA expects all Workshops & Interest Sessions to be INTERACTIVE!

Audio-Visual Equipment:
LCD projector and speakers will be provided in every breakout room. Presenters will need to bring their own laptop, VGA and/or HDMI cable, and dongle connections for their specific model laptop. For questions, contact Bethany Thompson, CLTA Program Chair, at program@clta.net.

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Presentation Details

For Thursday/Friday Workshops only

Additional Important Information
  • Workshops for the 2021 conference will be selected from proposals submitted. CLTA reserves the right to edit all abstracts and cancel workshops with insufficient enrollment. 
  • Presenters MUST be current members of CLTA (except exhibitors and those from out-of-state). All contact is through the lead presenter. The Lead Presenter is responsible for keeping any co-presenters informed. 
  • Only the lead presenter receives one (1) free Saturday/Sunday Registration (no meals) per session/workshop accepted.
  • If the lead presenter cannot present, the Program Chair (program@clta.net) and the Registrar (registrar@clta.net) must be notified by email in advance so that the free registration can be given to the Co-presenter.
  • All room set-ups on Saturday and Sunday (interest sessions) are theater-style (chairs) only.
  • CLTA reserves the right to edit abstracts for brevity and/or clarity.
Priority submission deadline:
          October 2, 2020
Acceptance notification:
          November 15, 2020 
For any additional information please contact: 
          Paula Hirsch, Conference Coordinator, at conference@clta.net
          Bethany Thompson, Program Chair, at program@clta.net