Special Events


Pre-conference Workshop: Multimedia Adult English Learner Corpus (MAELC)
Tuesday, August 6, 2013, 9:30am – 2:30pm
San Francisco State University (accessible by public transportation)  

US$15 per person

The workshop provides hands-on training in the use of Portland State University’s (PSU) Multimedia Adult English Learner Corpus (MAELC), a database of video of classroom interaction and associated written materials. The corpus includes materials from 4 years of classes from adult ESL classes from beginning to upper-intermediate proficiency, more than 3600 hours of classroom interaction recorded by six cameras and multiple microphones. The workshop will also include viewing and discussion of samples of MAELC video data. For more information about the MAELC, see http://www.labschool.pdx.edu/maelc_access.html

Space is limited to the first 20 participants.  Fees cover lunch and materials.


Tour of San Francisco’s Chinatown district, including the Chinatown campus, City College of San Francisco
Tuesday, August 6, 3:00pm-5:00pm                                             
US$20 per person

 Chinatown The San Francisco Chinatown tour will highlight the history of Chinese immigration to America as well as the birth of San Francisco as a city. Stroll this vibrant neighborhood and visit a Chinese temple, an herbal pharmacy, a fortune cookie factory and the bustling markets of Stockton Street.  The tour will be led by Frank Yee, an ESL instructor at City College of San Francisco. Frank speaks fluent Mandarin, Cantonese and English. His family goes back five generations in Chinatown and he enjoys sharing how the Chinese people and the Chinatown district played in the founding of San Francisco. Registrants should meet Frank at the entrance to the Chinatown Campus (808 Kearny St. at Washington Street, SF).

Thursday, August 8, 2013 – 4:00pm-5:30pm
Neighborhood walk and guided tour of the Mission District murals                      

US$10.00 per person

 Murals What better way to explore the Mission District of San Francisco than with a guided tour of the murals along 24th Street and environs? A docent from Precita Eyes Muralists, a group of Mission neighborhood artists, (http://www.precitaeyes.org/), will meet us at the 24th Mission Street BART plaza (southwest corner) and lead us on a cultural and historic walking tour of the vibrant, inspiring, and sometimes provocative murals that enliven our neighborhood. Join us on an excursion into the artistic heart of the Mission.

Saturday, August 10, 2013, After dinner (exact time TBA)
Latin Salsa Club Tour on the Mexican Bus                            
US$45.00 per person

 Salsa ¡¡Oralé!! ¡¡Vamanos!! The Mexican Bus is a former school bus decked out Mexican style with pompoms and lots of color. The bus drivers, local artists and musicians, will take you on a Salsa Club tour to three clubs, where you can dance to the best beats of Latin, Caribbean and West African music.  The tour costs $45 and includes:

  • All cover charges into prearranged clubs
  • A small gratuity for your host and driver

For more information about the bus: http://www.mexicanbus.net/

Thursday, August 8, 2013, 7:00pm-9:00pm
Screening of documentary film, Maestra, and discussion with Dr. Norma Guillard, a literacy teacher during the 1961 Cuban Literacy Campaign  

FREE but please register! Space is limited.

 Maestra “Cuba 1961 – 250,000 volunteer teachers join the national literacy campaign. Almost half of them were under 18 and over half of them were women. Together they taught a nation to read and write – and their lives would never be the same. Maestra is a 33-minute documentary that explores the experience of nine women who, as young girls, taught on the Cuban Literacy Campaign of 1961. Through current day interviews from in their homes in Havana, archival film footage and still photos, we look at this moment and how it changed their lives as women.” For more information, visit: http://www.maestrathefilm.org/

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