Vol. 9, Issue 4, May 2009

Welcome to Dialogue!

Mimi Blaber, Eric Newman, & Melinda Thomsen present "Free Software for Language Learners"
at NYS TESOL's 30th Annual Applied Linguistics Conference at Teachers College, March 7, 2009

Featured Articles

  • Spotlight: Tamara Kirson, winner of The New York Times 2009 ESOL Teacher of the Year →
  • On the Job: Dream of teaching abroad? Meet English Language Teaching Fellow Catherine Thomas working in Chile.  →
  • Ready-to-Go Lesson Plans: Save these 3 lesson plans from Linda Pratt,
    Mackenzie Bristow, and Diane Garafalo so you are good to go in the fall. →
  • Webbing In: Have you heard about “technogogy?” Also, learn about a new site that creates lesson plans. →
  • Grammar Maven: second installment answering your question – “Do ESL teachers need to teach grammar?” →
  • Pronunciation Corner: Teacher’s Tool Kit – Don’t leave home without it. →

Dialogue News & Announcements

Dear NYS TESOL Members,

School is almost out. Please take a moment to mark your calendars with important deadlines and dates from now until October. Proposal deadline for the NYS TESOL Annual Conference 2009 is fast approaching on Wednesday, July 15, 2009. A one-day workshop “Using Technology in the Classroom” is happening on September 12 and an all day event “Collaborating for the Success of English Language Learners” is planned for October 9 at Farmingdale State College.

For more details just click on the “Around the State” tab on this page or visit our NYS TESOL Web site at http://www.nystesol.org/.


In the News Spring 2009

30th Annual Applied Linguistics Conference attracted a large crowd at Teachers College on March 7. Visit our Photo Gallery here >>

Cornelia Randolph, NYS TESOL Past President and current ESL/Bilingual Department Coordinator for the East Hampton School District, made headlines ("East Hampton High Educates Latino Parents") in The East Hampton Press online publication - 27East for organizing and hosting an event for Latino families to help them get their children through high school and off to college successfully.

In April, the International Visitor Program of the US Department of State hosted a delegation of Georgian secondary English teachers in its NYC office.  NYS TESOL was represented by First VP Constance Dziombak, who discussed the workings of our organization and current issues in TESOL and the American education system.

CUNY TV EdCast host Dr. Linda Hirsch (left), Hostos Community College/CUNY, featured The NY Times ESOL Teacher of the Year, Tamara Kirson (center) and NYS TESOL’s Elke Savoy (right), who served on the selection committee for the award. Go to Spotlight to read more.


Dialogue will return in Fall 2009. If you have an announcement, update, or photo for our next issue, please send it to:dialogue@nystesol.org

Have a great summer!

Sue Peterson

David Hirsch


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