Vol. 12, Issue 3, March 2012

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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 University of
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, followed.

From ALWC Co-chairs Andrew Miller and Lindsay Wells

Andrew Miller 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 writer.

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 reception.


An Invitation to Members: NYS TESOL Reception at the TESOL Convention in Philly


Date: March 30, 2012
Time: 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Location: Moriarty's Restaurant
1116 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 1910

(215) 627-7676

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

Teaching English Internationally:
Finding Opportunities and the Application Process

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.

Salons are small gatherings held in members’ homes to share and learn about new teaching practices.
Melissa Duquette,
co-chair TEI SIG.

New Member Profile

Name: Kathy DeMeo

Member since: February 2012

Region: New York City

SIG: Adult Education, Teaching English Internationally

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 studies.

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 here

Mark Your Calendars for TESS!

NYS TESOL Teacher Education SIG and Hunter College have joined forces for the first Teacher Education Spring Symposium on May 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 tess-subscribe@nystesol.org


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