Category Archives: TESOL Advocacy Blog

Three Tips for First-Time Convention Attendees

TESOL Ambassador
TESOL Ambassador

In 2014, I was able to attend the TESOL Convention for the first time in Portland, Oregon. I had been to quite a few national and local conferences and conventions, but being part of an international convention truly exceeded my … Continue reading

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Learning About U.S. Advocacy From an International Perspective

Andy Curtis
Andy Curtis

The TESOL President’s Blog In 1988, I saw an Eddie Murphy movie called “Coming to America.” At that time, I had not yet made my first trip to the United States, so I was intrigued by how people from other … Continue reading

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3 Takeaways From the TESOL Advocacy & Policy Summit

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Guest Author

A guest post by Judith B. O’Loughlin and Bette Empol Having attended several TESOL Advocacy and Policy Summits, Bette Empol and I, as the official CATESOL delegates to this year’s summit, continue to learn more and more about becoming an … Continue reading

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A Congressman in My Classroom: Making Connections

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Guest Author

A Guest Post by Lori Menning Lori has been teaching in the School District of New London, Wisconsin, for the past 13 years, where she is also the district ELL/bilingual coordinator. In addition, she instructs current and future ELL and bilingual … Continue reading

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New Year’s Greetings from Your TESOL Board

Yilin Sun
Yilin Sun

Happy New Year! It’s hard to believe that 2014 is now history and 2015 has arrived. As many of you are aware, 2014 was a very busy year for the TESOL Board as we worked nonstop on a few important … Continue reading

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An Update on Two Important TESOL Initiatives: the New Strategic Plan and the Governance Structure Review

Yilin Sun
Yilin Sun

Greetings from the TESOL Board of Directors. At its October meeting, the Board of Directors spent considerable time discussing the results of the governance review, the recommended options and alternatives from the task force, as well as feedback received from … Continue reading

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TESOL Advocates Are on Capitol Hill

Yilin Sun
Yilin Sun

The TESOL President’s Blog Last month, I had a great opportunity to be part of TESOL’s 2014 Advocacy & Policy Summit, held on 22–24 June. This is the largest such event yet, with nearly 70 TESOL educators representing 25 affiliates … Continue reading

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Death of an ESL Program

Bruce Stirling
Bruce Stirling

The fall 2012 American Language Program pre-semester meeting began like any other. I chatted with my fellow University of Connecticut (UConn) adjuncts, then settled back to check my rosters. Good news. Enrollment was up again. Our program in Stamford, Connecticut, an … Continue reading

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