Deadline: July 8, 2016, 11:59 PM EDT

MITESOL invites professionals involved with English language learners to submit proposals for our annual conference. The theme of this year’s conference is The Changing Faces of Diversity.  The question we wish to pose to MITESOL members for this conference is:

    How do YOU educate diverse populations in your school ?
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It is a given that TESOL professionals serve students of diverse ethnicities, nationalities, religions, and languages. Our students come to us with diverse life experiences, viewpoints, and backgrounds. We live in a world where the definition of diversity is expanding. We need to acknowledge and address the growing diversity in U.S. classrooms by encouraging the development and use of diverse teaching strategies to meet the needs of each student as an individual. We need to address a variety of aspects of diversity, including, but not limited to, the following: 

  • Age, gender, marital status
  • Residence status (refugee, immigrant, second generation, visa-holder)
  • Educational background
  • Socioeconomic background
  • Preferred learning styles
  • Personality type (introvert, extrovert, ambivert)
  • Learning / physical disabilities and challenges
  • Academic ability
  • Sexual orientation (cisgender, LGBTQA)
  • Appearance

We especially welcome proposals addressing one or more of these questions this year. In addition, we invite proposals related to all aspects of ESL/ELL/EAL in diverse contexts, including recent research and best practices related to standards-based instruction, curriculum and materials development, assessment, language policy & advocacy, CALL, program administration, and professional development, to name a few.

    Proposals will be accepted for the following four formats:

    • Standard Session (45 minutes)  Presentations of all types and foci, including:
      • Papers (a summary of research, pedagogy, curriculum, sociopolitical concerns, etc.)
      • Teaching Demonstrations (that show & explain instructional technique/s)
      • Panel Discussions (structured, facilitated discussions of current topics in TESOL)
      • SIG meetings
    • Computer Lab Session (45 minutes) Session where all attendees require access to computer
    • Workshop (90 minutes) Structured, focused session that actively engages participants in hands-on professional development.
    • Poster or Trifold Session   Posters will be on display on both Friday and Saturday with a designated time for interaction with attendees. Relevant posters formerly presented at other conferences may be submitted.


    Proposals must be submitted through MITESOL's online proposal form. See the downloadable version of the 

    Call for MITESOL 2016 Conference Proposals for detailed instructions and a LINK to the Online Proposal Form. 


    DEADLINE:  July 8, 2016, 11:59 p.m., EDT

    **Note to Exhibitors: You do NOT need to use the Online Conference Proposal Form. If you wish to present a session at the 2016 Conference, please tell us this in MITESOL's Online Exhibitor Registration Form.
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