It’s difficult being a teacher of English Language Learners. Like many teachers, we work in isolation. So in order to get you more connected, I thought we should share some professional development opportunities that are coming up:
VERMONT NNETESOL: The VT wing of NNETESOL will be hosting a free spring mini-conference this Saturday, April 14, at Fletcher Free Library in Burlington from 9:30 to 12:30 p.m. It’s called TESOL Talks: Building on What We Learned. Here’s the scoop: Didn’t make it to TESOL in Philadelphia this year? Don’t worry, the highlights of TESOL are coming to VT! Several VT ELL professionals attended TESOL and have come back ready to share what they learned with all of us in the Green Mountain State. The free mini-conference will include a panel discussion, presentations and light refreshments. Attendees will receive a certificate documenting credit hours.
MATSOL: Massachusetts TESOL’s 40th anniversary conference is May 3-4 in Framingham, MA. May 3, when Jeff Zwiers will be speaking, is already sold out (check out the link, though, for some interesting reading and graphic organizers!). But there are still spaces May 4. Diane Larsen-Freeman‘s keynote will be on On Repetition in Language Learning and Teaching. For more information on the conference, check out their website. Though not free, it is a chance to see some pretty big names in our profession as well as learn something.
“Communities of Inquiry, Inquiries in Communities“ Wendy Peron of University of New Hampshire would like to let everybody know about their upcoming (and FREE!) conference May 12 in Manchester. She writes: “It is a conference highlighting the valuable role of inquiry and partnerships in professional and community development reform. The conference serves as an opportunity for interested community-based professionals (education, health, housing, etc) to network with colleagues, share their work, and explore possible partnerships and projects. The conference always has a strong ESOL strand as well, with many featured ESL teachers sharing their work from the classrooms and from community settings as well.” Professional development hours are available.
If there is something going on in your neck of the woods that you’d like us to know about, post a reply here.