2017 Summit on the Future of the TESOL Profession – Part 1

by Deborah J. Osborne ATHENS, 2017- We met in the cradle of Western civilization: 200 delegates from 64 countries- teachers, teacher trainers, NGO managers and employees, government officials, RELOs from the State Department, representatives from the British Council, TESOL (national and regional), IATEFL, and CEA, IEP administrators, and publishers’ reps. Together we listened, discussed, asked questions, and exchanged ideas about ... Read More »

Awards Announcement

Congratulations to Amy Roither from Webster University on winning MIDTESOL’s $500 Travel Award to attend #TESOL17 in Seattle. Roither has been an adjunct professor of ESL at Webster University since 2007. She will present her latest work, “Beyond Paper: Creating Online Editing Guides,” on March 24th at the TESOL convention in Seattle. Her previous presentations on methods for incorporating technology ... Read More »

Spring TESOL and Second Language Acquisition Conference – Missouri State

When: Friday, April 28, from 9:00am to 3:00pm Where: Missouri State University, The Morris Center, 301 S. Jefferson Avenue, Springfield, MO Conference focus: Best practices in the field Tips for teaching, assessing, and working with international students and non-native English-speaking students Presentations of professional or student research Advocacy, one of the ELI’s core values: The ELI upholds Missouri State University’s values ... Read More »

Student Engagement and Active Participation Using Mentimeter

by Shaeley Santiago As language teachers, we understand the value of student engagement and active participation in class. This is especially true when participation takes the form of authentic language use. But what about students who are hesitant to speak up in class or share their ideas? How might you maximize class time to engage more students in the content ... Read More »

EdCampIowa Upcoming

FIVE locations. ONE day of powerful learning. EdCampIowa is for educators, students, parents, board members, policymakers, community members, and anyone that cares about education. Laptops, tablets, smartphones, and other electronic devices are encouraged. Oh, and it’s FREE! When: Saturday, February 25 Where: With 4 Iowa locations, EdCampIowa is the biggest EdCamp event in the country! Northeast – North Scott High ... Read More »

2017 Cambio de Colores Conference Call For Presentations

Sixteenth Annual Conference Cambio de Colores / Change of Colors Todos Juntos: Collaboration and Unity in Uncertain Times St. Louis, Missouri June 14-16, 2017 Plus Extended Education Track on Language, Literacy, and Culture on June 16-17 www.cambiodecolores.org Call for Presentations February 6, 2017: Presentation proposals due at midnight About the Cambio de Colores 2017 conference Rural and urban communities throughout ... Read More »

MIDTESOL Winter Workshop Upcoming

MIDTESOL presents MIDTESOL Winter Workshop February 3, 2017 2:00-5:00PM Iowa City, Iowa This event will serve as a professional development workshop that will be available free of charge to members of the MIDTESOL organization. The purpose of this event is to encourage networking and collaboration among MIDTESOL members and to preview presentations that will be given at the TESOL International Convention and English Language Expo in March. ... Read More »

Talking About the Election with ELLs

By Zach Spiering In the culmination of an historic campaign, Donald J. Trump captured the most electoral votes to win the presidency of the United States this past November. Trump’s campaign promises cover a wide array of topics, but few are more polarizing than his statements about immigration. Most notably, Trump proposed building a wall on the Mexican border and ... Read More »

Facilitating Cross-cultural Relationships Among University Students

by Emily Adams International students participating in Intensive English Programs (IEPs) in the United States often feel isolated not only from university life, but also from American society in general. Much of the students’ time is spent in the ESL classroom with other international students, perhaps in a separate building. In addition, limited English proficiency and lack of confidence to ... Read More »

III International Colloquium on Languages, Cultures, Identity, in School and Society

The Call for Proposals (English and Spanish) and Registration are now open for the III International Colloquium on Languages, Cultures, Identity, in School and Society, which will be held in Soria, Spain, July 5-7, 2017. The Colloquium is organized by the Loyola Marymount University School of Education (Los Angeles, California), with the support of the Department of Culture of the ... Read More »