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 »

EdTech Bazaar: New Technology Showcase at #MIDTESOL16

by Katie McClintic & Summer Peixoto, EdTech IS Co-Chairs The Educational Technology Interest Section (EdTech IS) is excited to present the FIRST ever EdTech Bazaar at the MIDTESOL 2016 conference. The EdTech Bazaar will give participants opportunities to view demonstrations of how educators are using emerging and existing technology in new ways to enhance English language learning. The demonstrations will ... Read More »

Presenter Travel Awards – Deadline September 2!

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

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

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

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

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

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 »