Intercambio Staff Attend and Present at CoTESOL Conference

L-R: Intercambio’s Director of Curriculum and Training Leanne Chacon, Partner Services Relationship Manager Kira Wolfson, and Curriculum and Training Specialist Karin Bates at CoTESOL’s 46th Annual Fall Convention

Colorado Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (CoTESOL) is a nonprofit that supports the profession of English language teaching in Colorado. CoTESOL is an official affiliate of the TESOL International Association. On November 3-4, 2023, CoTESOL invited educators from all over Colorado and beyond to attend their 46th Annual Fall Convention in Thornton, Colorado. This year, the conference focused on sharing promising practices, research, and insights related to the theme, “Moving Mountains for Multilinguals.”

Intercambio’s Director of Curriculum and Training Leanne Chacon, Curriculum and Training Specialist Karin Bates, and Partner Services Relationship Manager Kira Wolfson attended the conference. Kira shared how valuable attending conferences in person is, adding that “Intercambio continues to position ourselves to stand out in the world of Adult ESOL by bringing thoughtful, cutting-edge workshops that are meaningful to people. Our curriculum stands out as an affordable, life skills-based option that offers something different than our competitors.”


Karin gave three presentations, including “Modeling Cultural Humility: Building Belonging in English Language Classes,” “Four Myths and Truths About Adult English Language Learning,” and “Pronunciation for Adult English Language Learners.” All three workshops received rave reviews from participants.

CoTESOL’s keynote speakers included poet and immigrant advocate Alejandro Jimenez (Poetry as the Means We Need), educational consultant Elise Diaz (Trauma Informed Education), professor of ESL/TESOL at Eastern Michigan University Dr. Zuzana Tomaš (Enacting Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Pedagogy with Multilingual Language Learners), and trainer and writer Dorothy Zemach (The (Dis)Comfort Zone).

After the conference, Karin shared, “The first CoTESOL I attended was in 1994. While I haven’t been to every CoTESOL conference since that time, I have been able to watch the organization grow into the dynamic organization it is today, and I have been proud to represent Intercambio the past couple of years at the conference.”

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