The TESOL Convention in Baltimore, March 25-29, headlines
major events for ESL professionals around the world this month.
And ESL MiniConference Online again this year has evaluated
sessions to be offered at TESOL, and has selected "Top 10"
Lists in five categories:
ESL in Elementary Education: Top 10
ESL in Secondary Education: Top 10
ESL in Bilingual Education: Top 10
Refugee Issues in ESL: Top 10
Issues in ESL Teacher Education: Top 10
These recommendations are meant to help the readers of ESL
MiniConference Online sort through the vast array of workshops,
discussions, papers and demonstrations to be found at this
yearly TESOL event. Please note that there are other categories
beyond these five, and the colloquia and keynotes were not
If you can't make it to TESOL in Baltimore, there are several
other major gatherings for ESL professionals in March and April, in
Dubai, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, in Long Island, NEW YORK, and
At TESOL Arabia 2003 (tesolarabia.org),
March 12-14, at Al Bustan Rotana, Dubai, UAE, there will be
more than 100 presentations and workshops, as well as plenaries
by Carolyn Graham, Liz Hamp-Lyons, Ken Hyland, Michael Lewis, David Nunan and Rebecca Oxford.
Abstracts for all the presentations are posted at the TESOL Arabia site.
On April 5, 2003, at Fort Hays State in Hays, Kansas, KATESOL will
hold its Spring Conference. The Keynote Speaker will be K-State
Professor of Elementary Education Socorro Herrera, who will speak
on "Transitions: One Student at a Time." For more information about
the KATESOL Spring Conference: KATESOL Spring Conference Announcement.
The conference is hosted by the Department of Special Education/ESOL at Fort Hays State University.
The Long Island ESOL Conference will be held on April 12th,
2003, at Molloy College, in Rockville Centre, New York. The conference theme is
"What's New and What Works...Innovation and Tradition in ESOL,"
and the Keynote Speaker is Nassau County Legislator Norma L.
Gonsalves, who represents a district that includes the communities
of East Meadow, North Bellmore, North Merrick and portions of
Wantagh and North Wantagh. Legislator Gonsalves is a former secondary
school English teacher and will speak on the obstacles immigrant students
face when learning English.
"The Long Island ESOL Conference is an opportunity
for teachers of the growing number of English language learners
in the Long Island and the NYC metropolitan area schools
to share their expertise and experiences," said Dr. Irene
Pompettgi-Szul, Conference Chair, in an e-mail to ESL
For more information about the Long Island ESOL Conference,
please contact: Dr. Irene Pompetti-Szul (firstname.lastname@example.org)
or Ruth Botwinik, Publicity Chair (RBOTWINIK@aol.com
ESL MiniConference thanks Dr. Pompetti-Szul and
Ruth Botwinik for contacting us and providing the
information about Long Island ESOL for this report.
Report by Robb Scott, Hays, KANSAS
2003 ESL MiniConference Online