Apply for a research grant from TESOL

TESOL will accept applications for the 2017 Research Mini-Grant Call for Proposals from 24 May to 4 July 2017. Mini-grant award recipients will be notified by 30 September. Proposals will be reviewed by the TESOL Research Professional Council and other qualified external reviewers. Each award provides up to US$2,500 for applicants who are conducting or beginning research projects aligned with the TESOL Research Agenda. Preference will be given to collaborative research that involves any combination of classroom practitioner, administrator, and/or outside researcher. Award recipients will have the opportunity to present their preliminary research results at the TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo in Chicago, Illinois, USA, 27–30 March 2018.

To learn about the recipients and research from past mini-grants, please visit • 2015 TESOL Research Mini-Grant Recipients • 2016 TESOL Research Mini-Grant Recipients  For more information about the application process, please read the 2017 Research Mini-Grants Call for Proposals. –

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Lessons on Advocacy

If you are wanting to know how things work at the federal level and how you can have an impact on U.S. policy, check out the TESOL Advocacy & Policy Summit. There is still limited space available, and the price goes up after May 19.



Need some PD over the summer?

In case you get the itch to learn something new about English Learners over the summer, you can always turn to Stanford provide quality resources.

The following is a free course that opened at the end of April, but it is a self-paced course. ONLINE

Here’s the description:

This course provides a set of resources designed to support educational leaders in driving educational change for English Learners. These resources guide educational leaders through a process of examining existing systemic thinking and structures around the education of English Learners, using organized tools to look more deeply at practices for ELs, and developing or refining a plan to propel systemic change and shift practices. The overall goal is for participating educators to better understand ELs in their context, including their schooling experiences, needs, and successes, and use what they learn to design and implement higher quality educational experiences that build disciplinary knowledge and skills.

Educators in the course will have access to videos, readings, and activities that help them to understand the EL context in their setting, create guiding frameworks such as a vision statement and language development framework, and craft a plan to improve teaching and learning for ELs.

Where appropriate, the course will address state-specific frameworks related to ELs, such as the New York State Blueprint for ELL Success, or the California EL Roadmap, and how participants can use guidance from these frameworks to shape their efforts.

Price: Free

Here’s the link! Hope to see you there…

Board vacancies

NNETESOL has immediate opening for representatives on our board, for New Hampshire and Maine, and we are hoping you will want to join us.

State reps keep the pulse of their state so our tri-state organization can learn from others. They also help us put on the annual conference, the next of which is to be held in New Hampshire.

If you are in the field of teaching English Learners and you think you’d like to help us put on our next conference (you get to go for free!), we’d love to talk to you about joining us.

Please email us at

We hope to hear from you soon!

Beth Evans, NNETESOL president

Going to Chicago? Stay in a hostel!!!!

our Reasons why you should stay at a hostel for the TESOL 2018 Convention in Chicago.

by Nicole Decoteau, NNETESOL Social Media Coordinator & ELL Program Director at New England College, Henniker, NH

Did you even consider staying at a hostel for TESOL 2017?? I initially didn’t, but after doing a quick search of local hotel accommodations, and not finding anything less than $150 per night within walking distance of the convention, a hostel became my first choice. Each time I saw the Dean of Humanities, he would tell me that cheap accommodation wasn’t necessary, “We can find some extra budget if you need it.” “You’re not 22-years old backpacking through Southeast Asia.” “You can stay at a hotel.” But that “extra budget” could only be found in the field trips section of my very limited ELL Department budget, and I wasn’t going to make my students sacrifice cultural exploration trips for my comfort.

I was really secure and comfortable in my choice, until I got into the ride share service from the airport and quickly realized I was the only weirdo heading to the hostel. As someone who routinely wears a college-branded sweatshirt to classes, gets mistaken for a student quite frequently, and eats at the dining hall kind-of a lot, I began to think that perhaps I needed to begin increasing my overall standards of professionalism.

At check-in, I found out that the hostel was completely booked for the week. I doubted any connection with the convention and assumed it was coincidence since the hostel was located at the entrance of Pike Place, and also had a smoking room for patrons to take advantage of Washington state’s legal marijuana sales. But on Tuesday afternoon, as people began to trickle into the common area for a well-deserved rest and free tea, I began to notice purple and pink tote bags littering the floor, the owner’s faces buried in gargantuan books with highlighters, post-its, and scrap papers all around. By the evening, it was apparent that I wasn’t the only cheap-o staying at the hostel. Over the course of the week, I had fantastic conversations in that common area, and the one question I asked each person was, “Why did you choose to stay at a hostel.” From those answers, I have come up with these four reasons why a hostel is the best place to stay when attending a convention.

1: Location, Location, Location

Several TESOL members said that they ALWAYS stay in a hostel, and one big reason is location. The location of the hostel in Seattle, The Green Tortoise, was right outside Pike Place, but also only seven blocks from the convention. I was told that hostel locations are generally centrally located within a city’s main tourist district, which makes seeing the local sights very easy. In Seattle, we were fortunate that the convention was also close, but when planning for TESOL 2018 in Chicago, I would recommend making sure the hostel is within walking distance of the convention. No one wants to stay at a hostel, but then make-up the price difference in taxis and transportation to the convention.

2: Kitchen Facilities!

This is a picture of the hostel in Seattle. As you can see, there are large fridges and restaurant quality kitchen facilities available to all patrons. In fact, this picture only shows about 1/3 of the kitchen space available. I was able to purchase ingredients at the Target on the same block and cook lunch/dinner. This greatly reduced my food costs for the week, and because I was able to cook and pack a lunch, I didn’t have to wait in that GIANT Subway sandwich line.

As if cooking facilities weren’t fantastic enough, we also had a really great daily breakfast spread. We were given eggs to prepare, cereals, oatmeal, breads, fruit, juices, tea, and coffee. As Maslow says, before we’re ready to learn, we need to meet our physical needs. I went off to the convention each morning full and ready for my scheduled day of lectures, workshops, and networking.

3: Networking and Socializing

When you stay a hotel and head back to your room at the end of the night, that’s just where you stay – in your room. But at a hostel, since your room is just a bed, most people opt to bring their computers, books, magazines, etc. to the common area. As someone who was at the convention alone, this was a great opportunity for me to ask how other people’s days were; who they saw speak; what they’d recommend for the next day; what books they’re teaching with now; any new ideas for classroom instruction; advice from more experienced teachers; and so much more. When asking why people had chosen to stay at the hostel, the networking opportunity of the common areas was mentioned by every single person.

In fact, I am starting a PhD program this summer and met someone who is currently in her second year of coursework at the same program. She invited me to a special dinner for alumni and current students. Through this dinner, I was able speak to people about their experiences in the program, and now feel a great deal more secure in my choice of graduate university.

4: Cost

The last reason, which was my motivating reason before attending, is cost. As previously mentioned, I couldn’t find a hotel within walking distance of the convention for less than 150 USD per night. I just couldn’t justify spending nearly 1,000 dollars for six nights of sleep, especially knowing that 90% of the time I was in the room, I would be unconscious. So, I spent much, much less for a bed that had a privacy curtain, individual light and outlet, and a locker that fit my entire suitcase with room to spare. In total I spent…….$199.49!!! That’s right, for less than two-nights fee at a hotel, I stayed from Monday afternoon to Saturday evening. And, for no extra cost, I was able to leave my baggage in the secure baggage room while I toured Seattle all day on Saturday.

Overall, the hostel experience is something that everyone should consider when planning TESOL 2018.

NNETESOL Proposal Deadline Extended!

Hey, all.
It’s the end of the year, and we know it’s busy, so we think that some of you who usually present at our conference in maybe missed the deadline on Monday.
I know I did.
So here’s the new scoop:
The conference will be November 4 at UVM in Burlington, VT.
Session proposals will be due June 1.
Poster proposals will be due June 15.
If you don’t usually present, but you think you have a great idea, contact us and let us know. We would love to help!
Please share with your colleagues!
I look forward to reading all your ideas.

Executive Board Opening: New Hampshire Representative Needed!

NNETESOL has an immediate opening for a NH representative on our board, and we are hoping you will want to join us.


State reps keep the pulse of their state so our tri-state organization can learn from others. They also help us put on the annual conference, the next of which is to be held in New Hampshire.


If you are in the field of teaching English Learners and you think you’d like to help us put on our next conference (you get to go for free!), we’d love to talk to you about joining us. 


Please email us at


We hope to hear from you soon!

Summer Courses (for credit!) at Marlboro College

Marlboro College Graduate & Professional Studies is offering the following courses this summer for graduate credit at our campus in Marlboro, VT. Registration is open now – May 12.
Visit Marlboro’s Continuing Education Page or email Kara for more information


Students will analyze basic concepts and patterns of language in areas of phonology, lexicon, morphology, and syntax. Students will develop lesson plans and explore pedagogical implications that affect implementation. Guiding questions include: How can I understand the form, meaning and use of language and how can I design learning experiences that help students understand?


Students will begin to examine the nature of culture through exploring the Cultural Knowings Framework: knowing about (description), knowing why (interpretation), knowing oneself (response). The model will be explored through the examination of the student’s culture and a target culture represented by the teaching context. Guiding questions will include: What do I need to learn about the culture of my teaching context? How will I learn to the culture of my students? How will I address culture as I teach language?


Students will develop a personal approach to teaching through examination and integration of past and present learning and teaching experiences in a variety of contexts. Study of teaching/learning processes and various approaches to language teaching will be explored. Guiding questions: What are the methods, techniques and tools teachers use to teach language? What are the guiding principles that guide their work?


This course considers processes, stages, strategies, and styles of language development as well as personal, psychological, sociocultural, biological, and linguistic factors that influence language development. Students will explore the following questions: Are my students learning? How do I know? What theories, concepts, and practices from the literature help me understand or interpret my students’ learning? How can I teach in such a way that learning is at the center of my work?

Job Opportunity: Private ESL Tutors Needed in Southern NH

From the recruiting team at Global LT:

Global LT ( enables corporate employees and their families to live and work successfully anywhere in the world. We are currently looking for private ESL tutors for three assignments: one in Rochester, NH and two in Dover, NH. Please note that we can only consider candidates who can reasonably and regularly commute to the requested locations.


These clients all are native Portuguese speakers who are in the US on corporate assignments. They may have as many as 50 hours of English lessons per person.


  • Class #93335: This is a one-on-one class for an adult male, native Portuguese speaker. He would like to work on advanced-level business communication and overall language improvement. Lessons would be at his office in Rochester, off Spaulding Turnpike and Ten Rod Rd. He would meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30-7 p.m.


  • Classes #92943, #92944: These are separate classes for a woman and her 9-year-old daughter. Each person would work on beginner-level conversation, vocabulary, grammar, and comprehension for up to 50 hours. They have requested separate lessons at their apartment in Dover, close to the Dover Ice Arena. The mother would meet Mon/Wed/Fri, 9:30-11:30 a.m. or 1-3 p.m. The daughter would meet 2-3 days a week for 1 or 1.5 hours; she is available Mon-Fri between 4 and 6 p.m.

Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree and at least 2 years of experience teaching ESL, literacy, and/or developmental English. We do not require certification or a teaching license, but formal training is preferred. Our tutors are independent contractors who create their own lesson plans and select any materials to be used. We offer flat hourly rates that can be negotiated based on experience.


If interested, please send a resume and desired hourly rate (negotiable or non-negotiable) to Mary Tablac, Sourcing Specialist, at Thank you.


TESOL Blogs: Newcomers Learn About School

One of our Vermont State Representatives, Sarah Forbes, has posted a lively and informative piece on her TESOL blog. Here is an excerpt from the post:


“Recently, my first graders went on a school scavenger hunt. I have frequently used this activity as a newcomer orientation to the school and it’s always met with great enthusiasm. Students feel very official wandering the halls with their clipboards in hand and pencils ready to check off the boxes of the places they see. This year, we first read Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes to introduce school places. All the first graders love Pete the Cat and we also use I Love My White Shoes to learn color words. In the book, there are clues that hint at which location Pete will visit and students have to guess where he is going next. This was a perfect connection to the scavenger hunt….”


Click the link to read more!

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