TESOL Conference Review, Tips and Suggestions

by Zachary Smith Tips for those who didn’t attend the TESOL Convention: 1. Check the online resources that are shared by the presenters at TESOL. Each year for the conference, TESOL does a wonderful job of vetting and finding the best presenters who are experts in their research and teaching areas. Most of the presenters post their materials through TESOL ... Read More »


If you’re heading to Chicago for #TESOL18, here is a summary of when and where to meet up with other MIDTESOLers. Tuesday, March 27 after the opening plenary, join us from 7:30-10 PM for the MIDTESOL Social Gathering. Meet us for food and fun at AceBounce, 230 N. Clark St. AceBounce is a high-end restaurant ping-pong lounge north of the ... Read More »

MIDTESOL Member’s Presentation Selected as “Best of TESOL Affiliates 2018”

Patrick T. Randolph’s presentation, “A Guaranteed, Humanistic, Four-Step Process to Help Prevent Plagiarism,” was nominated by MIDTESOL’s executive board based on input from conference attendees as the Best Presentation from the 2016 MIDTESOL Conference. The presentation was then selected by TESOL International as one of the eight “Best of TESOL Affiliates.” Patrick will present his session at the 2018 TESOL ... Read More »

A Follow Up on Successful Tips for Home Visits

by Zachary Smith A couple years ago, I wrote the article, “Seven Tips for Successful Home Visits.” This topic is still so important today that I am writing a follow up with an update on ways to help improve the outcome of home visits. In addition to the seven tips that I provided in the previous article, this one will ... Read More »

Announcing 2018 MIDTESOL Student Essay Awards

MIDTESOL is pleased to invite its members to announce and submit student essays for the Best K-12 ESL Student Essay Award and Best Adult ESL Student Award. Topics reflect this year’s conference theme: “Building on the Past, Looking to the Future”. Eligibility: Best K-12 Essay Award – The student must be a K-12 school student in good standing who is ... Read More »

SLACK: A Review and Call to Action

by Summer Peixoto What is SLACK? SLACK, a digital communication platform designed to organize team efforts, helps coordinate conversations, meetings, and general workplace and team collaboration. Slack channels create a space to lift team information and group ideas out of email—allowing for #random channels, or water cooler talk, and #general channels, work-related information and announcements. Slack is an excellent team ... Read More »

Celebrating Black History Month with Adult English Language Learners

by Betsy Baertlein February is Black History Month, and K-12 teachers often incorporate lessons about Black American history and famous Black Americans into their teaching this month. However, at the college and adult education level, it seems that Black History Month is often overlooked. I teach adult immigrants mainly from African countries, and being seen as “Black” is often an ... Read More »

Applications Open for 2018 MIDTESOL Member Advocacy Award – Extended

Announcing – Applications for the inaugural 2018 MIDTESOL Member Advocacy Award are now being accepted! Description: One MIDTESOL member will receive up to a $1000 stipend to be used towards expenses related to attending the TESOL Advocacy & Policy Summit in Washington, D.C., June 18-20, 2018. Winners will attend the summit with an experienced MIDTESOL attendee who will serve as ... Read More »

Book Review: Co-Teaching for English Learners

by Jan McClellan Co-Teaching for English Learners: A guide to collaborative planning, instruction, assessment, and reflection by Maria G. Dove and Andrea M. Hongisfeld is literally a playbook for every teacher who is utilizing the co-teaching model for serving English Learners (ELs). With specific guidelines to what planning and collaboration should look like, a chapter given for each co-teaching model, and ... Read More »

Observation Journals: Award-Winning Talk, Inspiring Activity

How do we get our ELLs to put down their smartphones and embrace all the unique gifts around them? How do we get our ELLs to develop a higher awareness of their host culture while simultaneously developing their writing? The answers to these crucial questions were addressed in an award-winning presentation, “Observation Journals: Inspiring ELLs to Embrace Life,” by MIDTESOL’s ... Read More »