Vol. 11, Issue 2, December 2010

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Annual Conference in Albany Celebrates 40th Anniversary

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Annual Conference in Albany Celebrates 40th Anniversary

The New York State TESOL Annual Conference met in Albany, New York on November 5 and 6, 2010. New York State TESOL was right in step with its “40 Years and Forward” theme with numerous workshops and presentations that provided participants with fuel for teaching, administrating, and learning for the year(s) to come! Highlights from the conference included a bustling gateway filled with exhibits and materials for educators to browse through while connecting with colleagues.

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A host of keynote speakers including Dr. John B. King, Dr. Thelma Melendez de Santa Ana, Estee Lopez, Dr. Theresa M. Janczak, Dr. Pedro Ruiz, Dr. Anna Chamot, Drs. Jo Anne Kleifgen and Charles Kinzer, and Dr. John Liontas, presented a variety of topics over the two-day event. The Annual Awards Luncheon honored students, teachers, and educators and the festive 40th Anniversary dinner had 13 past presidents in attendance.

Past presidents Carmen A. Perez, John Balbi, George Morris, and Joanne Beard gave a decade by decade retrospective of the organization. The conference closed with the passing of the gavel from outgoing President Connie Dziombak to incoming President Nanette Dougherty.

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Upcoming Events

Adult Ed SIG Inaugural Salons
December 1, 2010
January 10, 2011
Locations TBA (Check the Adult ED SIG page)

Applied Linguistics in the 21st Century: Sharing Insights and Looking Ahead
NYS TESOL Applied Linguistics SIG Conference
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Teachers College, Columbia University | 525 West 120th Street, New York, NY
Call for Proposals
Abstract Submission deadline:December 17, 2010

Buffalo Region ESL Book Club
Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri
December 2010, Location TBA

ESL Writing Online Workshop Funded by FIPSE
The ESL Writing Online Workshop (ESL-WOW) Project at Excelsior College in Albany, NY has been granted $581,609 by the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) of the US Department of Education.  In this 3-year project, an online remedial ESL writing program will be created for community college and adult learners.

In partnership with Mesa College in San Diego, CA, a pilot study with ESL students from both Mesa and Excelsior will be conducted. The ESL students at Mesa College will use ESL-WOW in a blended learning environment while those at Excelsior will participate exclusively online. Four modules will be developed: “Getting Ready to Write,” “Developing Your Ideas,” “Revising Your Work,” and “Editing and Polishing.”  An additional special module on plagiarism will take into account the intercultural aspects of intellectual property issues. During the pilot study, live tutors with experience in teaching ESL composition will be available to assist the students. A Faculty Writing Exchange will act as resource center and virtual meeting place for the tutors.

The plan is to incorporate materials which students may use independently in self-directed mode as well as social networking tools which may be used collaboratively with peers. At the end of the 3-year pilot project, ESL-WOW will be fully operational and available to the public free of charge.

For more information, please contact:
Claire Bradin Siskin
Director, ESL Workshop
Excelsior College
7 Columbia Circle
Albany, NY  12203
Email: csiskin@excelsior.edu
Phone: 518-608-8478

Claire Bradin Siskin directs the ESL Workshop Project at Excelsior College in Albany, NY.  A long-time member of TESOL, she is active in TESOL’s Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL) Interest Section.  She is a past chair of TESOL’s Professional Development Committee.


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