Vol. 9, Issue 3, February 2009

Welcome to Dialogue!

1/29/09: NYS TESOL's NYC Region and Oxford University Press co-host Vocabulary Workshop

Featured Articles

Dear Readers,

It is with great sadness to report the death of Darlene Larson, a revered member of the TESOL community. Please join her colleagues and friends in remembering her in “Spotlight.”

There is much happening this season. In March, we have the Applied Linguistics Winter Conference at Teachers College and the Long Island Teachers’ Institute in Melville, NY. Also in March, ETNY Theatre is presenting “Socrates on Trial,” a special play written for ESL students. More events are slated for April. 

Are you on our listserv?  Recently, there has been a lot of buzz there about the role of grammar education for teachers and the teaching of grammar. Join Anne Ediger, our Grammar Maven, for the first installment of a series about the issues you have raised on our listserv!

Also, please click on our “TESOLutions” tab to find out how your fellow teacher, Victoria Long, went to the listserv and solved a problem with the help of Denise Toia-Kramer, Elizabeth Claire, and Lisa Oldendorp. Maybe you are having a similar problem.

Did you know our listserv is also getting noticed outside of our area? This is what an out-of-towner had to say about us:

“I am an adult ESL teacher for a non-profit in Erie, PA. Yup, not even from NY! But in doing my research on what other ESL groups are doing, I have found that NYSTESOL has one of the most active listservs in the US. I would like to start something similar in PA.”

To sign up for the listserv, just send a blank email message to: nystesol-l-subscribe@nystesol.org or click on our “E-List” tab at www.nystesol.org.

For more in this issue, go to “Webbing In” for a way to use Google groups with your class and “Pronunciation Corner” to help your students convey meaning through intonation. Click on “Mini-Lesson Plans“to see an activity Andrea Honigsfeld and Jennifer Burke employ to scaffold the writing process for their students. Then, Elena Zelfond shares with us her journey from EFL student to ESL educator in “On the Job.”


Sue Peterson

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