Vol. 10, Issue 4, May 2010

Welcome to Dialogue!

Featured Articles

  • Spotlight →
    The New York Time’s 2010 ESOL Teacher of the Year - Meg Foster; LATYN honors NYS TESOL President, Constance Dziombak; Memorial for Dr. Linda Kunz
  • Webbing In
    Ever wondered about automated essay-scoring systems? Read what Debbie Coutavas and TESOL colleagues have to say.
  • Ask the Librarian
    Our own Curious Librarian, Nanette Dougherty, has put together a great list of summer reading resources for you and your students.
  • Pronunciation Corner
    Check out Joyce Mandell’s first day diagnostic icebreaker to determine students’ strengths and weaknesses.
  • Neophyte
    Jen Scully offers great tips for year-end planning and responds to a reader looking for helpful resources for the NYSESLAT.
  • Job Tips
    Need career advice? Want to give back to others in the field? Find out how mentoring can enhance your TESOL career with Patti Juza.
  • Ready-to-Go Lesson Plan
    Instructor Linda Pratt has an activity to help your students practice and understand the language of health care.

Dialogue News & Announcements

Constance Dziombak

Members on the GO!

Recently, NYS TESOL members have been active nationally and locally presenting at TESOL Boston, the Molloy Long Island and Applied Linguistics Conferences, and the ESL Forum at Hostos Community College!  If you missed out on any of those events, or are looking for more great opportunities to exchange ideas and network with colleagues, check out this upcoming NYC event:  Bridging the Gap III:  A  Dialogue Between ESL Instructors in Secondary and Higher Education Settings, Saturday, May 8th at Pace University. 
Bridging the Gap Flyer (pdf)

 As your spring semester, or academic year comes to a close, state testing and finals create a hectic schedule. However, if you take a few minutes to think about all the various experiences and challenges you’ve encountered during the last year, you’ll realize that there is a lot which can be shared with your peers.  So, I urge you to go to our website and submit a proposal for this year’s annual conference, “Forty Years and Forward: Responding to Change through Innovation” ! 

Constance Dziombak
President, NYS TESOL

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 Friday, May 7, 2010

Recent Events

Photo Gallery of Recent Events – Click here!

LI ESOL Conference a Success!

LI ESOL ConferenceThe Long Island Professional Committee on ESOL Education presented its 10th annual Long Island ESOL Conference, “Teaching ESL in a New Decade: Best Practices, New Tools, and Fresh Perspectives” on Saturday, April 10th at Molloy College in Rockville Centre, NY.

Read more about the conference >>

From Vicky Giouroukakis – NYS TESOL Regional Chair, Long Island & Co-Chair, LI ESOL Conference

NYC Region Culture & Education Night

NYC Regional EventOn Wednesday, April 21, the NYC Region of NYS-TESOL was very happy to host an event exploring the culture and educational systems of different countries. At this event, Ramadan Mahamat Abakar, an elementary school teacher from Chad, and Dukar Bum, a secondary school teacher from Tibet, spoke about their experiences as educators. Both speakers also brought traditional food from their countries to share with the group. We are planning to host another similar event in the near future, please check the website for more details.

From Elaine Roberts – NYC Region leader

Applied Linguistics Conference Full Day for TESOL Professionals

Response from particpants at the AL Conference at Teachers College on April 17 was positive with a full day of presentations, a keynote address from Michael J. Keiffer, publishers' fair, and reception. Many thanks to all the volunteers!

International Educators Visit NYS TESOL

NYS TESOL’s President Constance Dziombak and Dialogue editor Sue Peterson welcomed ESOL educators from around the globe who were participating in the Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program. Dziombak and Peterson presented an overview of NYS TESOL and concluded with a lively Q & A about teaching issues and ways to enhance and initiate affiliate TESOL groups.


Upcoming Events

NYSUT Regional ELL Conference
PLACE: Utica, NY, Radisson Hotel-Utica Centre
DATE: October 15, 2010
AUDIENCE: Elementary classroom teachers, secondary content area teachers, ESOL, and bilingual educators.
COST: Educators will NOT have to pay a registration fee.
CONTENT: "We plan on offering breakout sessions targeted for and presented by ELA, Math, Social Studies, and Science educators. We also plan on including a session on strategies and techniques for modifying instruction for both ESL, classroom and content area teachers. In addition, we plan on providing a session focusing on addressing the needs of newcomer students in adjusting to US schools.

A new feature that we are exploring for this year's regional ELL conference is a parent panel in which parents--from 3 or 4 cultural backgrounds--will share their perspective on assisting their children in having success in school. To finish off the conference on a very meaningful and thought-provoking manner, we plan on including an ELL student panel as we did at the Long Island regional ELL conference."

Turkish Cultural Afternoon
LI Committee on ESOL Education
October 2010 - Watch for details!

See You in the Fall!

Dear Readers,
Dialogue will be on hiatus over the summer months and return in October. Please send in any reports and photos about summer events and announcements about upcoming fall events, so we can include them in our October issue.

You can always visit the New York State TESOL Web site at www.nystesol.org for ongoing information.


Sue Peterson

David Hirsch


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The theme for the summer 2010 issue of Idiom is, "Aiming Higher." The deadline is May 15, 2010 (Fall deadline is August 15). Send your submission to idiom@nystesol.org


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