Vol. 10, Issue 3, March 2010

Welcome to Dialogue!

Featured Articles

  • Spotlight →
    Memorial Celebration of the Life of Linda Ann Kunz
  • Webbing In →
    Do Publisher Web-Based Tools Improve Teaching & Learning?
    Debbie Coutavas & Christina Cavage take a stand on technology tools.
  • Ask the Librarian →
    Winner of the free book! How to become the next winner! See our Curious Librarian's
    K-12 book favorites & Web sources to explore the imagination.
  • Pronunciation Corner →
    “I’ve Got Rhythm”
    Columnist Joyce Mandell offers another great pronunciation exercise.
  • New Column
    Neophyte →

    Are you a first year teacher in a K-12 setting? The NYSESLAT is coming up fast. Don’t miss Jen Scully’s “Tips for Administering the NYSESLAT.”
  • New Column
    Job Tips →

    Trying to get your first teaching job? Not sure how to organize your resume? Thinking about adjuncting at night to supplement your income? Get practical advice from Patti Juza on how to sustain and develop your career in TESOL.

Dialogue News & Announcements

Constance Dziombak
No matter which groundhog was right, NYS TESOL has come out of hibernation!

Our 2010 events kicked off in February with two lively discussion groups:  on February 4, the NYC Region hosted a discussion on cultural variations in the classroom and on February 16, the Buffalo Region held a book club meeting on The Kite Runner.   

SAVE THE DATE: Bridging the Gap III, originally scheduled on February 27th, will now be held on Saturday, May 8th, 2010 at Pace University, New York City Campus. Watch for further information on time and room location for this popular colloquium between Secondary and Higher Ed. Teachers.  

Future events also include a discussion of co-teaching in the ESL classroom and another book club meeting on The Namesake sponsored by the Buffalo Region.   Two great one-day conferences are slated for April- the Long Island ESOL Conference at Molloy College on April 10 and the 31st Annual Applied Linguistics Conference on April 17 at Teachers College.  Also, keep in mind that our new Special Ed SIG is planning something for May… so stay tuned for more details and check the website for updates!

Our hard working Region and SIG leaders make these events possible and are always looking for new ideas and support.  Your input and help are both encouraged and welcome!

Wishing you the best for a spring sans snow, I hope to see some of you at Boston TESOL later this month!  

Constance E. Dziombak
There’s something “brewing” for the Adult Education SIG! 
And you’re an essential ingredient!

I am delighted to be your new Adult Ed SIG Chair, and I hope to work in tandem with you to create a professionally, and personally, satisfying experience for all of us.  Please watch for a very brief survey to come this month.  With this survey, we can identify ways to be together, learn, laugh, discuss our passion for adult education and ESOL and share the secrets of how we teach the “beans!”  

Do let me hear from you at any time with your thoughts or wishes about building the Adult Ed SIG community!

Tamara Kirson

"I was determined to know beans."
Henry David Thoreau


The Picture of Dorian Gray
For ESL Students
Opens Monday, March 22
Give your students a great experience in the theater.  See ETNY Theater’s remarkable adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s novel about a young man who trades his soul for youth.  

Monday, March 22 at 6:30 pm
Tuesday, March 23 at 10 am
Wednesday, March 24 at 6:30 pm
Thursday, March 25 at 10:00am and 6:30pm
Friday, March 26 at 10:00am
Saturday, March 27 at 12:00 noon
All tickets, $10
For phone reservations, call 646-733-7685
For email reservations, contact bbregstein@etnyarts.org
For information and Lesson Plan -
All performances at Wings Theatre, 154 Christopher Street, NYC


Hostos Annual ESL Forum
Register Now for the Fifth Annual ESL Forum at Hostos Community College
on April 16th 2010.

Event Details


Long Island ESOL Conference at Molloy College 2010
 “Teaching ESL in a New Decade: Best Practices, New Tools, and Fresh Perspectives."
Date: April 10, 2010
Time: 8:30AM - 12:30 PM
Location: Molloy College, Rockville Center, NY


Winter Applied Linguistics Conference

Sponsored by
NYS TESOL Applied Linguistics, Higher Education & Teacher Education SIGs
Saturday, April 17th, 2010
Teachers College, Columbia University
New York, New York

New York City Regional Event

Cultural Dinner
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Location: The International Center
23rd Street & 5th Ave, at 6PM
Presenter TBA

Contact at nyc@nystesol.org.


New York State TESOL’S 40th Annual Conference
“Forty and Forward: Responding to Change Through Innovation”
Date: November 5-6, 2010
Location: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Albany

Proposals are due May 7, 2010

Visit the New York State TESOL Web site

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