Eight Lessons Learned from the 2017 TESOL Advocacy Summit

by Adrienne Johnson How do you advocate for your English language learners? Maybe you speak up at your school or organization when decision makers have not considered the impacts of rules or practices on your language learners. Perhaps you have created a program in the community that meets an unfilled need for ELL parents or adult learners. It is possible ... Read More »

MIDTESOL Matters Summer 2017 Issue Published

The Summer 2017 issue of MIDTESOL Matters, our affiliate newsletter, is now available. This issue includes: MIDTESOL 2017 Conference Details MIDTESOL Member Profiles ESL Student Essay Winners Top Posts in TESOL State Updates Click here to download your PDF copy. For back issues of MIDTESOL Matters, click here. Read More »

2017 Student Essay Award Winners Announced

Congratulations to our ESL student essay award winners! The first place essays from each category will be published in the Summer 2017 edition of MIDTESOL Matters. Best ESL Student Essay Award 1st place – Richard Yampanya 2nd place – Huilin Mao 3rd place – Di Zu All three are students at the University of Missouri. Their sponsoring teacher is Ms. ... Read More »

Interacting with Americans

by Terry Barakat How can we get our international students to interact with Americans and other speakers of English in authentic situations? At the English Language Institute of Missouri State University (ELI of MSU), this is an especially poignant question because the ELI building is located in downtown Springfield, a few blocks from the main campus. So, the internationals in ... Read More »

ESL Students’ Writing in English – Part 2

by Kendall Schuldt One Student’s Writing Journey One high school student who entered the U.S. recently had no background in English and hadn’t been in school for over two years. I found as she adjusted to her new setting in the U.S., she felt pressured to use English. She insisted she write only in English for my class which resulted ... Read More »

ESL Students’ Writing in English – Part 1

by Kendall Schuldt Throughout the United States, the number of English Language Learners (ELLs) in the public school system is on a sharp incline. As of the 2014-2015 school year, there were 4.6 million ELLs attending public school in the U.S. (National Center for Education Statistics). As these students enter the U.S. school system, it is crucial educators prepare themselves ... Read More »

Call for Proposals: University of Northern Iowa Education Summit

On behalf of the University of Northern Iowa’s College of Education and the Center for Educational Transformation, we would like to invite you to respond to our Call for Proposals for our upcoming Education Summit scheduled for Nov. 6-7, 2017. The call for proposals can be accessed at https://cet.uni.edu/ed-summit-2017. Designed for teachers, educational leaders, university faculty, and policymakers, UNI’s Education ... Read More »

TESOL Statement on the Proposed U.S. Federal FY 2018 Budget

TESOL posted an official statement in response to the proposed U.S. Federal FY 2018 Budget: TESOL International Association is deeply troubled by the U.S. president’s proposed FY 2018 federal budget. It recommends deep cuts to critical education programs impacting students and teachers across the United States and around the world. Education serves as the cornerstone of a well-informed and civically engaged ... Read More »

TESOL & SLA Professional Development Conference 2017

by Terry Barakat The English Language Institute of Missouri State University (ELI of MSU) held our free bi-annual TESOL & SLA Professional Development Conference on Friday, April 28, 2017. We had about 30 participants who included colleagues from Ozarks-area K-12 and higher education institutions as well as intrepid attendees from Kansas City and Rolla, MO, and Lawrence, KS. We even ... Read More »

Wise ESL Symposium Presents Patrick T. Randolph

The Applied Language Institute at Missouri University of Science and Technology is pleased to host Patrick T. Randolph as a guest speaker at the annual Wise ESL Symposium. Patrick T. Randolph was awarded the “Best of the TESOL Affiliates” for his presentation on vocabulary pedagogy in 2015. He is the author of six books, including , “Cat Got Your Tongue?,” with Paul McPherron. Randolph specializes in vocabulary ... Read More »