NYC Region Mini Area Conference, April 26, 2003!

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1-Day Mini Area Conference: NYC Region
Teaching ESL in a Time of War

On Saturday, April 26th, 2003, the New York City Region of NYSTESOL will hold a One-Day Mini Area Conference at Pace University's New York City campus. The conference is co-sponsored by Pace University, an institution which was directly affected by the attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Pace is at the heart of a resurgent downtown New York City area today.

Among the day's events will be a presentation on "Balancing Academic Learning, Speech Science and English Language Arts," which will summarize the findings of a study of ESL acquisition with college students enrolled in an Introduction to Psychology, Sociology or History course using a sheltered English methodology. Another session, "Teaching ESL in a Climate of War," will address the question of how educators can advocate for students in a climate of war and insecurity, and will explore the implications for international students, ESL teachers and others. "Using Poetry to Develop Students' Own Voices" will be a demonstration to show how having ESOL students write original poetry in English helps them to find their own voices in that language. One more presentation is titled "Teaching Politeness," which will present a study in teaching pragmatics to see whether instruction in politeness can improve classroom culture and management strategies in a junior high classroom.

Registration begins at 8:15. Breakfast and a hot lunch are provided, as well as a wine and cheese reception. The cost for NYSTESOL members is $30 (early registration by Friday, April 11th) and $40 on site. The cost for non-members is $40 (early registration by April 11th) and $45 on site. Those who become members of NYSTESOL at the conference are eligible for the on-site member registration rate. For more information about registration for this important New York City area event, please contact Brian Hickey, at, or go directly to the NYSTESOL Web site, at

Information provided by Brian Hickey, New York City, NEW YORK

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