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  • 02/03/2015 2:56 PM | Colleen Brice (Administrator)

    Congratulations Patrick T. Randolph


    2015 Winner of TESOL "Best of Affiliates" Award

    Click here for details

  • 02/02/2015 10:10 AM | Colleen Brice (Administrator)

    TIRF is pleased to announce its 2015 Doctoral Dissertation Grants (DDG) competition. Grants of up to US $5,000 will be made to successful applicants investigating any of the following topics:

    • Bilingualism or Plurilingualism in Business, Industry, the Professions
    • Language Assessment
    • Optimal Uses of Technology in the Delivery of English Lg Instruction
    • Language Teacher Education
    • Students’ Age and Effective English Language Education in Schools
    • Language Policy and Planning
    Applicants must be enrolled in legitimate doctoral programs and must have been advanced to candidacy. That is, they must have completed any required coursework and/or examinations, and must have had their research plan officially approved by the university.

    Half of available funding for the 2015 DDG competition will be used to fund doctoral candidates’ research at universities in the countries on the OECD DAC list of countries: These monies will also be used to fund candidates’ research whose work has the potential for positive impact in countries on the list of nations on the OECD DAC list.

    TIRF is particularly interested in research proposals that have clear implications for policy makers and others in positions to make decisions about English language education practices. Thus doctoral students from countries on the OEDC DAC list are eligible, as are candidates whose work has the potential to directly and positively influence English language education in those countries.

    The application deadline is:  April 22, 2015

    For further information, please visit:

    TIRF and its Trustees are grateful to be working in partnership with Cambridge English Language Assessment and the British Council, as well as individual donors, in making possible the 2015 DDG competition.

    You are welcome to write to if you have any questions about this announcement.

    Best wishes,
    Kathi Bailey, President of TIRF
    Ryan Damerow, Executive Assistant of TIRF

  • 05/29/2014 1:31 AM | Deleted user


    Expanding our Perspectives: From the classroom to the community

    October 17-18

    Grand Valley State University

    Grand Rapids

    Michigan Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages invites professionals involved with English language learners to submit proposals for our annual conference, to be held October 17th & 18th, at Grand Valley State University’s Eberhard Center, in downtown Grand Rapids.

    The theme of this year’s conference, Expanding our Perspectives: From the Classroom to the Community, seeks to broaden our scope, to address the increasingly diverse needs of our membershipundefinedincluding those of our traditional constituents (in elementary, secondary, and post- secondary contexts), and those of professionals working in the many community-based and government-funded adult education programs across the state. This latter group serves a growing population of ESL studentsundefinedprimarily immigrants and refugeesundefinedwho often have limited formal schooling and little or no print literacy. Referred to by the acronym LESLLA (low-educated second language and literacy acquisition)undefinedor, for adolescents, SLIFE (students with limited or interrupted formal education)undefinedthese learners face the daunting task of acquiring another language while simultaneously learning how to read and write for the first time. This profile presents unique challenges for educators, administrators, and researchers alike.

    MITESOL 2014 invites proposals related to all aspects of ESL/ELL/EAL in diverse contexts, including recent research, best practices, standards-based instruction, assessment, language policy & advocacy, CALL, program administration, and professional development. In keeping with this year’s theme, we especially welcome proposals focusing on ESL among low-educated, low-literate adolescents and adults (including immigrants and refugees)undefinedand the programs, policies, and pedagogies that serve them.

    Proposals are being accepted for the following formats:

    Paper (50 minutes)undefinedAn oral summary, with occasional reference to notes, visuals, etc.
    Teaching Demonstration (50 minutes)undefinedA session that shows and explains a technique for

    teaching or tutoring.
    Panel Discussion (50 minutes)undefinedA structured, facilitated discussion of a hot topic in

    TESOL. Panelists should have a strong knowledge of the topic.
    Workshop (90 minutes)undefinedA structured, hands-on professional development activity.
    Exhibitor Session (50 minutes)undefinedA showcase for new teaching materials and resources. The presenter must register as an exhibitor.

    Proposals must be submitted through MITESOL’s online conference proposal system by

    Monday, July 14, 11:59 pm EDT. Please refer to the guidelines below for detailed instructions.



    Before Going to MITESOL’s Online Conference Proposal System

    MITESOL conference proposals require a title, 300-word abstract, and 50-word summary. Before entering the online system, prepare each of these items, following the directions presented below. Save them in an MS Word document, from which you can later copy text (to paste into the online system).

    Title (100-character limit)

    Create a title for your session that is descriptive and will solicit appropriate audience(s). Length: 100 characters, including spaces, maximum

    Abstract of Session (300-word limit)

    Clearly describe the purpose and main content of your proposed session. Abstracts should show evidence of current practices/theory/research, and be thorough, well organized, and well written. This will be read by reviewers. Length: 300 words, maximum.

    Summary of Session for Conference Program (50-word limit)

    Write a clear, succinct summary of your proposed session for publication in the conference program. This will be read by conference attendees. Length: 50 words, maximum.

    Access the Online Proposal System:

    Go to the online proposal system

    When you are *in* the Online Proposal System:

    Once you are in the system, you will be required to complete the following tasks:

    1. Register with a Username Only the primary author for each proposal must register in the online system, which entails creating a username and password. Notification of acceptance will be emailed to primary authors.

    You should receive the following message after completing the registration process:

    “You have successfully joined the system as a user. Your username and password have been emailed to you for your reference. Use this information to log in to the system. . .”

    NOTE: Primary authors can add co-presenter(s) to a proposal using the “Add User” function; however, co-presenters themselves need not register or create usernames.

    2. Title You will be asked to enter your session title ( 100 characters, including spaces). 

    3. Audience & Area of Interest You will be asked to indicate the area of interest and

    intended audience for your proposed presentation, via two drop-down menus.

    a. First Drop-down Menu Select ONE area of interest that best matches the focus of your proposal:


    Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL)

    English for Specific Purposes (ESP)

    Immigrant, Migrant, & Refugee Concerns

    Instruction, Curriculum, Materials

    Policy & Advocacy

    Professional Development

    Program Administration


    Special Education & ESL

    Teaching Content Area Teachers to Teach English (TCATTE)

    b. Second Drop-down Menu Select ONE learning context that best matches the focus of your proposed session:

    Choices in Second Drop-down Menu

    Adult Education (community, religious, or govt-funded; includes LESLLA)

    College or University

    Intensive English Program


    W orkplace

    Not Applicable (learning context & learner age = irrelevant)

    4. Proposal Type You will be asked to indicate the type of proposal you are submitting.

    5. Abstract of Session You will be asked to enter your 300-word abstract.

    6. Presentation Summary You will be asked to enter your 50-word summary.

    7. Equipment/Technology Needs All rooms come equipped with a desktop PC with CD/DVD player and a PC-compatible projection system. Presenters are responsible for bringing their own laptop computers, power cords, andundefinedfor Apple-usersundefinedprojection adaptors. You will be asked to specify any additional needs you may have. Please limit your requests to only those items that are essential for your presentation.

    8. Submitting Your Proposal Once you click “submit,” you will not be able to edit/make changes to your proposal.

    Acceptance decisions will be emailed to primary authors by the end of August.


    If you have any questions or would like to volunteer to help with the 2014 Conference, please contact us. (Include “MITESOL” in the subject line of your message).

    For Proposal inquiries: Colleen Brice, Conference Chair

    For Proposal inquiries: Heidi Enck, Communications Coordinator

    For Proposal inquiries: Jane DeGroot, Membership Coordinator

    For Proposal inquiries: Sharon Pearce, Exhibits Manager 

    Click here to download the above information in PDF form.

  • 05/28/2014 11:18 PM | Deleted user

    This award honors Albert H. Marcwardt, a distinguished educator from the University of Michigan and Princeton University, who helped shape the community of language scholars and teachers.

    The applicants are evaluated based on their scholarship, personal attributes, and their involvement in and commitment to the profession. Preference is given to those who have served MITESOL in some capacity such as volunteering, presenting at conferences or serving on committees.

  • 04/30/2014 1:38 PM | Deleted user
    TESOL Academy 2014 is coming to our "back yard" this year!  

    Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, June 20th - 21st! 

    For more information, please visit the TESOL Academy 2014 page on the TESOL site.
  • 03/05/2014 12:19 AM | Deleted user
    Visit our Newsletter section to view and download the latest edition of MITESOL Messages!
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