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Conference Update – Conference Cancelled

March 14, 2020 Conference Update – Conference Cancelled

 

It is with very deep regret that we must announce that the 2020 SWCOLT/CLTA conference on April 2-5, 2020 in Anaheim, CA has been cancelled due to the current situation with COVID-19.  Although we had hoped to continue with the conference as previously planned, events this week have forced the SWCOLT Board to reconsider.  Many teachers, presenters, and exhibitors are unable to attend due to institutional and state travel bans, and we do not want to risk spreading or exposing anyone to the Coronavirus.  The health and safety of all attendees is our top priority.  This is an unprecedented situation which none of us could have predicted.

 

The Board of Directors of SWCOLT appreciates the hard work and dedication that have been put into planning for this conference.  Our CLTA partners have been wonderful to work with, and we know that our workshop and session presenters have put great deal of time and effort into their preparations. 

 

We are appreciative of the generosity and support of our exhibitors and sponsors.  We will post the SWCOLT/CLTA 2020 program and ads on the SWCOLT website, and the Sched conference site will remain live so that everyone can access information regarding the products and services that are available.

 

SWCOLT will honor refund requests through Sunday, March 29, 2020.  Please understand that the refund process is a complex undertaking, and it will require some time to work through all of the details.  We ask that you consider donating your registration fee to SWCOLT to help offset the financial impact to the organization.  In addition, if you have made a reservation at the Disneyland Hotel or the Paradise Pier Hotel, you will need to cancel your room reservation.

(SEE NOTE FROM DISNEY BELOW)

Thank you for understanding the complexities of this situation and for your support of SWCOLT and CLTA.  We hope that you will make plans attend the SWCOLT 2021 conference in Reno, Nevada on March 25-27, 2021 to be held in conjunction with the Professional Language Association of Nevada (PLAN).

 

Sincerely,

Jody Klopp, SWCOLT Executive Director

Susan Dworaczyk, SWCOLT 2020 President

Please send refund requests to jodyklopp@swcolt.org

Note from Disney:  We ask that you post on your website that everyone’s hotel reservations will be cancelled automatically by Disney but it may take several days for all the reservations to be cancelled in our system and the credit may take up to 10 days to appear on their credit card statements. 

This applies to attendees who reserved rooms in the SWCOLT block associated with our conference.

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The Southwest Conference on Language Teaching is a regional foreign language teachers' organization that hosts an annual conference in partnership with state foreign language teacher associations. The participating states in SWCOLT are Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and Utah.

The purposes of the organization include:

  • Disseminating and publicizing information, data, and materials which promote, develop, and enhance the study and teaching of languages together with their  literatures and cultures

  • Recognizing and publicizing excellence in second language study and teaching

  • Promoting the work and interest of state language organizations

  • Cooperating with state, national, and international organizations whose purpose is to enhance second language study and teaching.