Global Launch hosts international educators for annual ASU TESOL conference


August 14, 2018

This month, Global Launch, Arizona State University's English-language training unit, hosted the international Teach English Now! conference at the Tempe campus.

Now in its second year, the Teach English Now! conference focused on the “future of language learning” to encourage participants to share innovative solutions to language learning in their home countries. The conference allowed participants an opportunity to collaborate with professional TESOLTESOL stands for teaching English to speakers of other languages. teachers from around the world, discussing intersectional topics on technology, blended and flipped classrooms and personal learner stories.

Teach English Now! Conference Participants Teach English Now! conference participants with global educator Jessica Cinco (far right). Download Full Image

Along with the conference, 15 attendees participated in the Teach English Now! practicum taught by Global Launch international educators Shane Dixon and Jessica Cinco, earning a TESOL certificate upon completion.

"The concept of 'traditional education' has been rapidly changing with the constant and continual creation of new technology," Dixon said. "Language educators are finding new, unique ways to enhance classes, whether courses are taught in the traditional classroom or online. This conference allows educators to reflect on all the ways in which they ignite learners to engage in language learning through technology and explore exciting possibilities for the future.”

This year’s conference, held from Aug. 2–4, included 55 participants from more than 20 countries. Of the attendees, 22 participants presented, including Allison Sobol from the Council on International Educational Exchange.

At the end of the program, Global Launch recognized the work of Nancy Biddington, an international educator from Canada for the 2018 TEN! Outstanding Achievement Award.

According to Dixon, “Nancy’s work with underprivileged Haitian youth and Syrian refugees represents the values that best represent Teach English Now!: commitment, courage, community, and competence. During her time at the conference, Nancy not only sought to improve her own pedagogy, but she extended a helping hand to other teachers, bringing advice and ideas to group conversations, demonstrating a willingness to connect to teachers globally.”

To learn more about Teach English Now!, the first completely online TESOL certificate provided by a major university, or the Teach English Now! practicum and conference, contact Shane Dixon or visit teachenglish.asu.edu.

Samantha Talavera

Marketing and Communications Manager, Global Launch

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ASU, local Phoenix business inspire entrepreneurship students from Saudi Arabia, Mexico


August 9, 2018

This summer, Global Launch — a global training unit at Arizona State University — welcomed students from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia, via the Institute of International Education, and students from the University of Guadalajara in Mexico, to learn about entrepreneurship and communications.

Global Launch, in partnership with ASU Lecturer Steve Cho from the Technology Entrepreneurship and Management Program in the Fulton Schools of Engineering, developed curriculum to teach students about creating their own businesses, learning skills in marketing, finance, advertising and networking with venture mentors from the ASU Entrepreneurship and Innovation Venture Devils program Cohoots Left to right: CO+HOOTS co-founder Odeen Domingo, Global Launch educator Emilia Gracia, Zuba Academy owner Lisa Zuba and JMCT Strategies owner Henry Dotson. Photo by Kerstin Linder/Global Launch Download Full Image

“This program falls perfectly in line with ASU’s spirit of innovation and President Crow’s mission to solidify relationships with international companies and universities to encourage anyone to make a real change in their community, and to influence and inspire innovation around the world, not just in the U.S.,” said Emilia Gracia, Global Launch program lead.

At the end of the program, students utilized their learned knowledge of entrepreneurship by pitching their business ideas to a panel of judges from CO+HOOTS, a coworking space in the Phoenix metro area.

“Entrepreneurship is all about solving problems, and we don’t just solve problems in America," said CO+HOOTS member Henry Dotson, of JMCT Strategies. "It’s really important to support people that are spending their time and mental energy that are creating something that will better the world. It doesn’t matter where you come from — that should be celebrated.

Global Launch also held a similar Transdisciplinary Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program for students and faculty from a variety of disciplines from the University of Guadalajara in Mexico

The winning pitch from the KAUST group was a communication device for children with autism called “Go Divine”. The team developed a concept for a bracelet with sensors designed to detect how the child is feeling for their caregivers to review.

“We want to give kids with autism and their families a better quality of life while raising autism awareness in our country,” said Taher Othman, from Saudi Arabia.

The winning team from the University of Guadalajara developed disposable and biodegradable tableware made from lily plants called “Lily-ware.”

“There is an excess of water lilies in Guadalajara and they are clogging the lakes," participant Omar Vargas González said. "They need to be removed and the people of Guadalajara need a sustainable solution to use of disposable plastics, especially since plastic bags will soon be banned."

For more information about Global Launch’s innovative programming, contact Dianna Lippincott at dianna.lippincott@asu.edu. For inquiries about CO+HOOTs, contact Odeen Domingo at odeen@cohoots.com. For Zuba Academy contact Lisa Zuba at lisa@zubaacademy.com

Samantha Talavera

Marketing and Communications Manager, Global Launch

480-727-2627