Speakers/facilitators (in alphabetical order)
Phil Dorcas, AAIE meeting
AAIE, the American Association of Instructors of Esperanto, is for those who have an interest in the teaching of Esperanto. Who can join? Professional teachers, current or past, in any field, and non-professional teachers who teach, taught, or will teach Esperanto, may become members of AAIE. Who can attend the meeting of AAIE? Everyone who has an interest in any type of teaching/learning of Esperanto. We welcome you to the AAIE meeting.
Jim Droege, "How to learn a language (on your own)" and "How to solve logic puzzles"
Jim lives in Seattle with his wife. His profession is teaching German, and he learned Esperanto in 1990 by the postal course.
How to learn a language (on your own): How to learn a language, when you either can't or don't want to attend a class. You can become your own teacher!
How to solve logic puzzles: You will learn how to solve logic puzzles. Maybe you are smarter than you think!
Wally du Temple, "International Foundations of the Esperanto Movement"
Gary Grady, Meeting of ISAB (ISFGW)
The International Society of Friendship and Goodwill (ISFGW, esperante ISAB) is an organization founded by Stanley Drake and other Esperantists more than 25 years ago. It often convenes in conjunction with ELNA's annual congress. Its goal is to promote basic ideas of friendship. This year the main theme of the meeting will be how to improve the organization and make it more effective and useful.
Geoffrey Greatrex, "Roman Castles and Fortifications of the Eastern Border"
Geoffrey Greatrex learned Esperanto in 1986 and soon after became active in JEB, the youth section of the Esperanto Association of Britain. During the next 12 years he was active in EAB and the European Esperanto Union and took part in several congresses. In 1998 he returned to Canada, where he was born, and taught for three years in Halifax, Nova Scotia, at Dalhousie University. In 2001 he finally moved back to his native city, Ottawa, where he now is chair of the Department of Ancient Studies and Religions at the University of Ottawa.
Roman Castles and Fortifications of the Eastern Border: In 2001 and 2002, Geoffrey Greatrex had the opportunity, thanks to a Canadian government grant, made the rounds of most of the fortifications on the eastern border of the Roman Empire, in present Syria and Turkey. His talk will deal with this region, long disputed between the Romans and their eastern neighbours, the Parthians and the Persians, and its remarkably well preserved monuments. (With slides).
Lusi Harmon, "How to Teach Esperanto through Pasporto al la Tuta Mondo"
Lusi will use the new DVD version to demonstrate how to use the series.
Jim Henry, "How to Organize a Convention" and "Poetry Recitation"
Jim Henry was born in 1973 in Decatur, Georgia. He started learning Esperanto in 1996 using the free online courses, and became more fluent in 1998 at the San Francisco Summer Course. He served on the organizing committe for ELNA's convention in Atlanta in 2000, and since 2003 has been ELNA's convention commissioner. He currently works as computer programmer. Homepage: http://www.pobox.com/~jimhenry/
How to Organize a Convention: a panel led by Jim and previous convention organizers.
Poetry Recitation: This is open to all. If you have a favorite, either recite it by heart, or bring a copy to to read aloud.
Dorothy Holland, Esperanto exams
There are three levels: Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced. Each exam takes about 2 hours. The fee for each test is $5. You must sign up before the conference. For more information contact by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, by phone (805) 967-5241.
Arlyn Kerr, "Sing-along to Esperanto" and "Raising Denaskuloj" and "Short Talks
Sing-Along: Have you wanted to buy a CD or tape of Esperanto music, but didn't know which to choose? We will hear samples from various CD's and cassette tapes. Written words will be provided, if you'd like to sing along. If you have your own favorite CD or cassette tape, bring it with you, along with several written copies of the lyrics of one song from it
Raising Denaskuloj: Denaskuloj are children who learn Esperanto from birth or very early on. Do you have experience with this, either as the adult or as a child who learned this way? Or would you like to try this with children, grandchildren, or others? This will be a workshop in which all share their experiences. If you have any materials that were useful (books, music, etc.) bring them along.
Short Talks: Arlyn will lead this session of 3-5 minute talks. We'll start with beginers, then progresantoj, etc. Here's a chance to get experience talking in a supportive environment. The topic can relate to your job, your hobby, your pet, a favorite book, an interesting experience or vacation, whatever. Bring any pictures, props, or slides that might be helpful.
Haruo Ros', "Chinook Jargon: the pra-Esperanto of our region"
Haruo likes to sing hymns, eat sushi, and ride the Internet. A UEA-delegate for Seattle and an Esperantist since 1970, he is also interested in other languages. Among others, the Chinook jargon, which grew from the earlier "Nootka pidgin" of that island, and played a role as an inter-people language of the entire NOREK region (Oregon, Washington, British Columbia) – between the white man and the Indians, and between Indians of different tribes – during the entire 19th century. One can still see after-signs in many location names and sometimes in the English language of the region: "skookum", "tillikum", "klahowya" etc. The language lives on in the Internet, and on an Indian reservation in Oregon (Grand Ronde), where the preschool immerses the children in "wawa" (language, talk, word). Haruo will teach the audience several useful and amuzing expressions.
Alex Shlafer, "Language Forum"
Language Forum: Alex will introduce a current language theme, and then the meeting will take on the form of an open forum, with some direction from Alex.