| Vol. 12, Issue
3, March 2012
Welcome to Dialogue!
Dialogue News & Announcements
Record-Breaking Attendance at ALWC
NYS TESOL held its 33rd Annual Applied Linguistics Winter Conference
“Connections: TESOL and Applied Linguistics in a Global Context” on
Saturday, February 11 at Teachers College with a record-breaking 250
attendees, including 8 exhibitors. More than 50 educators representing
41 different institutions from around the world gave presentations on a
variety of topics ranging from the teaching of sentence structure, to
the potentials of group work in the ESOL classroom, to differing
perspectives on plagiarism. Professor Cate Crosby of West Chester
Members of the planning committee from left to right: Sara Woodson,
Lindsay Wells, Kristina Goodman, Lydia Tseng, Andrew Miller, Chikako
Takahashi, Jeanie Faulkner, and Abigail Bruhlmann
|Pennsylvania ended the day by delivering a stimulating
plenary address entitled “Challenges and Opportunities of Teaching
English in and Connecting to a Global Context.” Professor Crosby called
on educators and researchers to adapt their work to the enormous impact
that the globalization of English exerts on the international linguistic
landscape. Interesting discussions about various local dialects of
English, along with certain cultural expressions that typify them,
From ALWC Co-chairs Andrew Miller and
is originally from New York City and is currently pursuing an Ed.M.
in Applied Linguistics at Teachers College, where he obtained an
M.A. in TESOL in 2010. He graduated with a doctorate in French from
Duke University in 2002, and he has been teaching ESL and French for
over 15 years.
Lindsay Wells holds an M.A. in
Applied Linguistics from Teachers College, Columbia University. In
April 2012, she will begin a position as an ESL instructor at Seikei
University in Tokyo, Japan. She also works as a freelance test item
Professor Cate Crosby of West Chester University of Pennsylvania.
NYS leaders touch base at ALWC; l. to r. Tamara Kirson, Barbara
Suter, Ken Hughes, Susanne Marcus, and Elaine Roberts.
NYS TESOL President Rebekah Johnson introducing the keynote speaker.
ALWC volunteers Tammy Wang, Sara
Seong, Heidi Liu, Rebecca Jee, and Nadja Tadic unwind at the
An Invitation to Members: NYS TESOL Reception at the TESOL Convention in Philly
|Date: March 30, 2012
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Location: Moriarty's Restaurant
1116 Walnut Street,
Philadelphia, PA 1910
NYS TESOL is going to Philly to the TESOL Convention on March 29-31. All
members and their guests are invited to attend the NYS TESOL reception on
Friday, March 30 from 6:00-8:00pm. Light snacks will be served; cash bar.
As a TESOL affiliate, we will also have a visitor’s table in the
convention center to share information about our organization and network
with other affiliates. Please stop by our visitor's table in the convention
center from 1-2pm on Friday, March 30.
Upcoming Salon Event
Finding Opportunities and the Application
March 14, 2012
Come in from the cold and attend the Teaching English
Internationally SIG Salon to learn tips about how to find jobs
abroad and make the application process easier with co-chair
Melissa Duquette. View this
flier for exact details.
are small gatherings held in members’ homes to share and learn
about new teaching practices.
co-chair TEI SIG.
New Member Profile
Name: Kathy DeMeo
Member since: February 2012
Region: New York City
SIG: Adult Education, Teaching English
Brief Bio: I am in my second semester at Hunter
College and a new ‘native’ New Yorker. I was born in New York but
moved to the suburbs of New Jersey when I got married and lived
there for 26 years. When my children were off at college, my husband
and I decided to sell the house and move to the city. I have a degree in Industrial Education and Technology, yet I was teaching Adult ESL at a private language school in New Jersey and
New York. As with most adult learners, they sometimes really want to
know the grammar rules, and occasionally I felt I was missing some
key points of English grammar. So, I decided to apply for my
master’s in ESL and the rest is history! It is amazing how much I
have learned already and how confident I feel now when teaching some
concepts that were difficult before.
How I found out about
NYS TESOL: I decided to attend the Applied Linguistics Winter
Conference under the urging of my professor. The conference looked
very interesting, and being a newbie in the world of linguistics,
full of topics in a field I didn’t know much about. My professor
also mentioned how there would be vendors there with free materials
and since I had to evaluate some for class, it was a win-win for me
to attend. I attended as a volunteer to sit in on some lectures and
assist the speakers and get some great materials to take home for my
Why I joined: I originally joined TESOL
International because I want to teach in Europe. Once I graduate, I
am planning to head over with my husband and teach in Italy, and
hoped to see lots of jobs posted in Italy. Alas, I have not seen
any! All of the professors at Hunter mention New York State TESOL
but since I was not planning on teaching in New York, I didn’t see
the need. After attending the conference, however, I can see how
invaluable that connection is, especially while studying for my
master’s degree. You can meet many people educated in many different
fields of study who can be a great resource to you when you have a
question or are researching a topic.
Events I have
participated in: Applied Linguistics Winter Conference - 2012
How I Might Use the Members Only Site: These
look interesting to me. As a teacher, I am always looking for more
insight into these groups:
- Career Question of the Week
- Beginning of the Year Tips
- Student Teaching
- Teaching English Internationally
- Teacher Education
- Higher Education
- Bilingual Education
- Adult Education
Call for Proposals – Long Island ESOL Conference April 2012
Submission Deadline: March 14, 2012
"Embracing Diverse Communities of Learners"
The proposal deadline is fast approaching for the
Long Island ESOL Conference in April 2012.
Download your proposal form
and submit it by March 14, 2012.
Complete details and pertinent forms can be found
Mark Your Calendars for TESS!
NYS TESOL Teacher Education SIG and Hunter College
have joined forces for the first Teacher Education Spring Symposium on
18, 2012 from 9:00am to 12:00pm. It will be held at Hunter College at 695
Park Avenue, New York, NY. The event promises to bring teacher educators and
administrators together to share best practices for preparing tomorrow’s
teachers. Pre-registration will open April 1. (If you would like to be
notified of when Pre-Registration opens, please send a blank e-mail to
Dialogue – E-Newsletter of NYS TESOL
Please invite your non-member colleagues to join us (email@example.com).