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 »

Iowa Student Learning Institute: The ESL Team/Experience

by Stephen L. Wonbenyakeh, Jr. The Iowa Student Learning Institute (IowaSLI) is a student organization driven by the passion to change the conventional views of being a student. As students, we are often told to “Show up to class, do the work, and you better not fail the class.” We sit in desks eight hours a day, five days a ... Read More »

Connecting Iowa K-12 ELL Classrooms with Iowa Senator Charles E. Grassley, Part 2

by Adrienne Johnson James Rice shares his reflections on his visit to Iowa K-12 ELL programs In preparing to write this follow-up to Mr. Rice’s visit in October of 2016, MIDTESOL reached out to Mr. Rice to ask him to share what he learned and experienced on his visits to West Des Moines Community Schools and Johnston Community School District. ... Read More »

Connecting Iowa K-12 ELL Classrooms with Iowa Senator Charles E. Grassley, Part 1

by Adrienne Johnson If you are an ELL teacher, a good portion of your job is spent trying to explain the diverse needs of your students to others as well as trying to dispel the many misconceptions that surround the education of language learners. This educational process takes place daily as ELL teachers work to ensure that ELLs’ needs are ... Read More »

Empowering International Programs Across Campus

by Sarah Springsteen Trumble Making connections between IEP students and the larger university is always important, especially with current enrollment issues (Allen, 2017). We do not want to just integrate our students into campus but also within our departments across campus. Our connections, as well as campus-wide familiarity with our function, aids our work, our funding, and thus, our students. ... Read More »