Back to school time is nearly upon us. Where has the summer gone? I’m starting to look forward to seeing my students again, and seeing how they have grown and matured over the intervening weeks.
On August 1, I attended the Educational Summit at Keene State College. I attended a workshop on the Question Formulation Technique (QFT) and found it very interesting. It is a technique which can be used at any point in teaching a topic to encourage students to think about what they want to know about that topic. The teacher gives them a focus for their questioning with a ‘Question Focus’ statement that is not a question. It could be used as an extension of KWL. At the same summit, I presented a workshop called Customs (Culture), Kids, Learning, and Language.
The South Central TESOL professional group in New Hampshire will have its first meeting of the year on from 4 on September 9 at New Hampshire Technical Institute, in Concord. There will be more information on the agenda as the time approaches.
On October 14, I will present my full day workshop (“What’s it Like to Be an Immigrant High School Student in American Public Schools?”) at the Marriott Convention Center in Portland, ME. Included in the registration fee, participants will receive a 600+ page ESOL program. More information on that will be available on the Maine listserv in the near future.
I hope all our colleagues throughout the Northern New England TESOL area have had a restful and restorative summer break.
Karen Boxell is NNETESOL’s publisher’s liaison.