Presenter Travel Awards – Deadline September 2!

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If you have been notified of acceptance to present at 2016 MIDTESOL, you are encouraged to apply for a Travel Award to help fund expenses. Up to three Travel Awards of $150 each will be granted! To apply, the following items must be submitted to Denise C. Mussman (denise@umsl.edu), MIDTESOL Awards Chair, by September 2, 2016. The subject line of ... Read More »

Summer School Connects to Students’ Backgrounds

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by Jamie Cardwell During the summer of 2016, the students at the Ritenour International Welcome Center (IWC) in Ritenour, Missouri, read Sonia Nazario’s novel, Enrique’s Journey, in both English and Spanish. Through the use of Google classroom, the students met four days a week for three hours a day to read, write, listen, and speak about their experiences. Being newcomers ... Read More »

Interest Section Travel Award Winners Announced

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Congratulations to the winners of our Interest Section Travel Awards! Each will receive a check for $125 at the MIDTESOL Conference. The winners this year are: Higher Education – Shyam Pandey K-12 – Joanna Schindel Technology – Buu Linh Quach IEP – Paula Rolim See you in Kansas City! Read More »

Call for Proposals: 2017 TESOL Master’s Student Forum

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The 2017 TESOL Master’s Student Forum will be held on March 21, 2017, in conjunction with TESOL’s 2017 convention in Seattle, WA, USA. Students enrolled in master’s programs leading to a master’s degree in TESOL (or related fields) at any institution of higher learning may take part in the Master’s Student Forum, either as presenters or as participants. The forum ... Read More »

Advocacy for English Learners

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by Adrienne Johnson While in the classroom, I remember many conversations with colleagues about how politicians seem not to understand what it is like to teach and work with high-need students. We discussed how frustrated we were, but we never felt as if we could create change at the state and national levels – we thought that was beyond our ... Read More »

MIDTESOL Member Mark Algren: TESOL 50 at 50 Award Recipient

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by Liza Armstrong “Ching-Ching-CHING!” Instructor Jenifah Abu-Hassan reminisced that Mark Algren, a MIDTESOL member, used to start his faculty meetings with this sound of Tibetan double bells when he served as her boss at American University of Sharjah in the UAE. As he undoubtedly started meetings as director of language programs at two Saudi universities and the University of Kansas ... Read More »

Encountering U.S. Culture in the ESL Classroom

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by Ziyun Chen While many international students go abroad to study English or study a profession in English, the majority of students are not sufficiently equipped in the domain of cultural competence to feel at ease in the classrooms of English-speaking countries. I believe that ESL teachers have a significant role in assisting ESL students with acquiring cultural competence. It ... Read More »

Scaffolding in a Blended Learning Classroom

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by Arla Jones As I am coming to the end of my second year of teaching in a blended classroom, I can honestly say that it has been a completely refreshing experience. Nobody is more surprised than me–it’s been 27 years since I first started teaching! Our English Learners (ELs) are in grades six to nine, ranging from newcomers to ... Read More »

Travel Award, Distinguished Service Award Deadlines Are Coming!

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Reminder to MIDTESOL members attending the 2016 MIDTESOL Conference September 30th – October 1st! The deadline to apply for an Interest Section Travel Award is July 22 for attendees who do not receive financial assistance from their employers. One winner from each interest section will receive a check for $125 at the conference. For more information, see the IS Travel ... Read More »

Immigrant Student Success – Free Online Workshop

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With America’s classrooms changing rapidly, teachers at all levels need to know who their immigrant students are and how to capitalize on diversity for the benefit of all students. Learn asset-based models and techniques to bring out the best in your students in the free online workshop Immigrant Student Success: Models and Tools for K-12 and Adult Educators on July ... Read More »