The Conference Proceedings of MIDTESOL 2015

MIDTESOL is pleased to present The Conference Proceedings of MIDTESOL 2015. This publication is a collection of twelve articles written by presenters who made their presentations at the MIDTESOL Annual Conference in Iowa City, IA, October 23-24, 2015. “The scholarly articles featured in this publication were written by classroom practitioners who are passionate about teaching adult as well as K-12 English ... Read More »

An Overview of the Every Student Succeeds Act – FREE WEBINAR

In December 2015, President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) into law, replacing the No Child Left Behind Act. ESSA brings sweeping policy changes to the K-12 arena that all educators should be aware of. With a primary focus on the changes to Title I and Title III, this webinar will provide a broad overview of the law ... Read More »

Community Adult ESL Recruitment and Retention

by Zachary Smith With the rising numbers of migrant and immigrant families joining our communities, states are increasing funding for community ELL courses. Initially, this is viewed as a positive way to spend state funding. However, there are facts that can make recruiting members of these populations difficult, and once the classes are full, many other factors lead to issues ... Read More »

Supporting English Learners With Close Reading – FREE WEBINAR

Please join experts from the Center for English Language Learners at American Institutes for Research (AIR) to learn more about how teachers can provide instruction to help English learners (ELs) master core content in English language arts. This series of three 1-hour webinars features an approach called Attaining Core Content for English Language Learners (ACCELL), developed by Dr. Diane August ... Read More »

Facing Formal Academic Speaking Tasks with Growing Comfort

by Ziyun Chen I took my first public speaking class in English four years ago. On the first day, the instructor gave us his requirement – to give presentations without notes in hand. I remember how stressed everyone was with fear and anxiety about forgetting lines. Our instructor expected us to prepare a draft and warned us to revise our ... Read More »


It’s MIDTESOL conference time! This year’s theme, “Innovation and Improvisation” was selected to highlight Kansas City’s role as a “cradle of jazz.” To spotlight how this conference promotes the innovation and improvisation of ideas in the field of English language teaching, we are introducing the #MIDTESOL16jazz hashtag. Please share on social media like Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook when you encounter ... Read More »

2016 MIDTESOL Awards

by Denise Mussman, Awards Chair This year has been an exciting one when it comes to MIDTESOL awards. As our conference attendance and membership has grown, we have added new awards and expanded others. Here’s an update on the conference-related awards for 2016. Essay Awards Last spring, we had our annual essay contest for K-12 ESL students. All three questions ... Read More »

What to Do in Kansas City

🎵 “Kansas City, here I come!” 🎵 Those of you getting ready for #MIDTESOL16 may be humming the words of this well-known jazz song, but have you decided on what you’ll do for entertainment while in Kansas City? Conference Venue The Kansas City Marriott Downtown is in the heart of the city within walking distance of the Power and Light ... Read More »

Customizing Your MIDTESOL Experience via Interest Sections

What are Interest Sections? To better meet the needs of a diverse membership, MIDTESOL offers five different Interest Sections focused on professional areas within English language teaching (ELT): Community College / Adult Education Educational Technology (#EdTech) Higher Education / Teacher Training Intensive English Program (IEP) K12 Each Interest Section (IS) elects its own chair to lead the group and represent ... Read More »

Tech Gear-up for #MIDTESOL16

To get the most out of the #MIDTESOL16 conference experience, consider the following three technology tools and tips on how to use them before, during, and after the conference. CVENT – Our conference website provides you with a wealth of information at your fingertips including: featured speaker biographies conference agenda including hosted dinners overview of venue – Kansas City Marriott ... Read More »