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 »

MIDTESOL Iowa Winter Workshop Upcoming

The second annual MIDTESOL Iowa Winter Workshop is happening on Friday, February 9, 2018 in Iowa City at the Old Capitol Mall on the campus of University of Iowa. This is a free event for MIDTESOL members. What is the MIDTESOL Iowa Winter Workshop? This is a chance for MIDTESOL members who proposed a presentation for TESOL to practice their ... Read More »

Four Keys to the Culture of China Presentation

Increase your knowledge of East Asia in 2018 beginning with the “Four Keys to the Culture of China” presentation from the Kansas Consortium for Teaching about Asia on Saturday, February 3rd at 4:30 PM, Room #126A in the Carlson Center at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, KS. “Four Keys to the Culture of China” will benefit educators in all grades and subject ... Read More »

GoCamp educational project for kids in Ukraine

Global office is a Ukrainian NGO aimed at promoting language learning and volunteer movement in Ukraine, fostering intercultural dialogue and public diplomacy, supported by international organizations (UN Volunteers, British Council), US Embassy in Ukraine, the Presidential Administration, Ministry of Education and Science, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, other state ministries, National Scout Organization of Ukraine PLAST, businesses and leading media. GoGlobal is working on ensuring ... Read More »

12th Annual MALT Colloquium on Language Teaching

When: Saturday, February 17, 2018 10:00AM-4:00PM Where: Mammel Hall Scott Campus University of Nebraska-Omaha Keynote: Dr. John Levis, Iowa State University The MALT Annual Colloquium on Language Teaching seeks to create a community of area language teachers & learners, promote interdisciplinary collaboration, and encourage research in the field of Language Education. The event, which takes place on Saturday, Feb. 17, is free ... Read More »

Professional Development: Promoting Internationalization of Teacher Education

The Longview Foundation has funded a project specifically for teacher educators in Kansas and Missouri in 2018, entitled “Promoting Internationalization of Teacher Education: Curricular Reform through Faculty Development.” Selected participants will receive a $400 stipend upon completion of all phases of the project.  More information about the program and the application form are available at http://bit.ly/globalteachered.  The deadline for applications is February 10, ... Read More »

MIDTESOL Matters Fall 2017 Published

The Fall 2017 issue of MIDTESOL Matters, our affiliate newsletter, is now available. This issue includes: New Advocacy & Leadership page Articles, tips and tricks from MIDTESOL 2017 Top Posts in TESOL State Updates Click here to download your PDF copy. For back issues of MIDTESOL Matters, click here.   Read More »

Trans-Siberian Railway English Language Programs Tour & Outreach

Crystal Bock Thiessen, an ESL instructor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, participated as a U.S. State Department English Language Specialist in a nine-city Trans-Siberian railroad tour across two continents and seven time zones, June 9-28, 2017, in Russia. She was accompanied by the Regional English Language Officer (ELO) in Moscow, Jerrold Frank. The tour kicked off in Moscow and made ... Read More »

Halloween Teaching Tip for the ESL Classroom

by Denise Mussman On Halloween in St. Louis and other parts of the Midwest, kids have to tell a joke to get candy when they go trick or treating. I compiled grade school jokes my students could understand and had them go trick or treating. Our administrative building has candy in the offices on Halloween, so my students went and ... Read More »


A note from MIDTESOL board member Zachary Smith: Are you attending the Iowa Culture and Language Conference in Coralville November 6-8?  If so, please join your MIDTESOL friends for a social and connection hour on Tuesday.  We will meet in the lobby of the Marriott Hotel and Convention Center in Coralville on Tuesday, November 7 at 6:30 pm and will walk over to ... Read More »