You Registered for the Fall Conference Yet?
registration ends October 29 for our annual fall conference. Register
What: MinneTESOL Fall Conference
When: November 7 and 8th, 2008
Where: University of St. Thomas, downtown Minneapolis campus
Who: all ESL teachers and administrators!
Why: Excellent keynote speakers, dozens of concurrent sessions, publishers'
exhibits, networking with colleagues, silent auction, alumni events,
For more information, go to www.minnetesol.org and click on Fall Conference.
Workshops at MinneTESOL
This year, MinneTESOL is thrilled to offer interactive pre-conference
workshops on important topics for ESL teaching. Dynamic facilitators
will lead workshops from 2:30 - 5:00 pm on Friday, November 7 at the
University of St Thomas. The cost for each is $25 and seating is limited.
You can register for any pre-conference workshop online when you register
for the conference: https://www.acteva.com/go/minnetesol
Building Literacy in
Emergent Adult Readers
Putting Technology to
Work for Your Students
Creative and Sustained
the 2nd Annual MinneTESOL Silent Auction
The MinneTESOL fall conference will continue with last year's silent
auction. Conference participants can shop for exotic offerings and help
the ESL field, too!
Here's the idea: The Silent Auction is a fund raiser for MinneTESOL
grants. MinneTESOL would like to be able to offer more grant money in
2009 for its members. MinneTESOL grants support special projects, events,
research, and professional development for ESL professionals at all
levels and ages of instruction throughout the state of Minnesota.
How You Can Help: Send an email to Laura Funke:
indicating that you'd like to donate an item, preferably related to
your work teaching English Language Learners. Please include a description
of the item and a suggested minimum bid. Then bring it for sale on the
day of the conference.
Remember this is no ordinary silent auction. Ideally, items for sale
should be related to language, teaching and culture.
Here are some ideas:
• Movie tickets or rentals for foreign films
• Meals at an ethnic restaurant
• Canvas conference bags filled (or not) with books
• Art items
• Travel souvenirs from other countries
We want to continue to with last year's silent auction success and hope
that you will join us in making the event a hit.
Thank you for donating an item to the MinneTESOL Silent Auction!
Journal Coming Soon
Look for Volume 25 of MinneWITESOL Journal to be published online by
Nov 1, 2008. This is the 25th Anniversary edition of the Journal with
a look back at the history of the Journal. It is also a special topic
issue on: Research and Best Practice Concerning the Instruction of ESL
Learners with Low Levels of Literacy. Here is a sneak peak at the table
HISTORY OF THE JOURNAL
The Early Days of the Journal
MinneWITESOL Journal Volumes 1 – 24 Table of Contents
"Maestra! The letters speak." Learning to Read for the First Time: Best
Practices in Emergent Reading Instruction
Learning Strategies and Low-Literacy Hmong Adult Students
Conversations about Inclusion: Connecting Mainstream and ESL
Lisa M. Bolt Simons
Classroom Strategies and Tools for Differentiating Instruction in the
Anne Dahlman, Patricia Hoffman & Susan Brauhn
A comparative review of recent literacy-level textbooks:
Literacy Plus A: Language, Lifeskills, Civics
by J. Saslow
Literacy Plus B: Language, Lifeskills, Civics
by J. Saslow
Longman ESL Literacy
by Y. W. Nishio
Taking Off: Beginning English and Literacy Workbook
by S. H. Fesler & C. M. Newman
Ventures Basic Student's Book and Literacy Workbook
by G. Bitterlin, D. Johnson, D. Price, S. Ramirez & K. L. Savage
LifePrints Literacy Book and Literacy Workbook
by M. C. Florez
English—No Problem! Literacy Book and Literacy Workbook
by E. Minicz & M. L. Taylor
Reviewed by Anne Lazaraton & Andrew Baker
Step Forward Introductory Level: Language for Everyday Life
by J. K. Santamaria
Reviewed by Rhonda Petree
Sam and Pat 1: Beginning Reading and Writing
by Jo Anne Hartel, Betsy Lowry & Whit Hendon
Reviewed by Parthy Schachter
The Basic Oxford Picture Dictionary
Reviewed by Catherine Clements
Teaching Content to English Language Learners: Strategies for Secondary
by Jodi Reiss
Reviewed by Kathryn Huebsch
"From Dream to Reality: ABE Transitions to College, Training, and Work"
Thu. Oct. 30 - Fri. Oct. 31, 2008
St. Cloud Holiday Inn & Suites
This conference is sponsored by the MN Department of Education, the
MN Workforce Council Association, and the ATLAS Program at Hamline University.
Register online at the ATLAS website:
MinneTESOL Alumni Events Scheduled for November 8, 2008
The following colleges and universities have announced alumni events
following the MinneTESOL Conference on Saturday, November 8th:
Hamline University: Kramer Gallery, 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. Address coming
Northwestern College: Caribou Coffee, 1116 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis
University of Minnesota: Brits Pub, 1110 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis
Watch for additional announcements on the MinneTESOL Conference webpage.
Photo below: A few participants at 2007's U of M alumni get-together.
Immersion Education: Pathways to Bilingualism
A CARLA - CAL Conference Collaboration
October 16 – 18, 2008
St. Paul, MN
Conference registration and exhibitor opportunities are still available.
The 2008 MinneTESOL Poster Contest winners and their teachers will be
announced at the MinneTESOL Conference, November 8, 2008.
Thank you to all those participating!
Thank you to all the members that submitted proposals to the MinneTESOL
conference! The program committee is working on the final details, and
our detailed conference schedule will be available soon at our website.
The Goldman Sachs Foundation Prizes for Excellence in International
2008 Call for Applications
The Goldman Sachs Foundation and Asia Society are seeking applications
for the 2008 Goldman Sachs Foundation Prizes for Excellence in International
Education. The prize program was created in 2003 to raise awareness
of the growing importance of international knowledge and skills for
U.S. students and annually awards prizes totaling $150,000 in five different
Applications for the elementary/middle school, high school, district/state,
and media/technology prizes are due Monday, December 1st, 2008. For
more information and to access the online application, please visit
The Minnesota Association for Continuing Adult Education (MACAE) has
released information on it's 33rd Annual Conference, to be held at St.
Thomas University, St. Paul, Minnesota, on November 7, 2008. This year's
theme – The Mosaic of Adult Education focuses on two critical
issues facing education today: The role of technology; and the need
to refocus and regenerate our efforts to create a true culture of lifelong
The conference will feature both excellent keynote presentations as
well as hands-on oppFor more information on the conference, registration
and MACAE, please check out our web page @ http://www.mnmacae.org
Conference Planning Chair
Social Sciences Librarian - University of Minnesota
English Language Learners
Falling Through the Cracks:
Meeting the Needs of Adolescent English Language Learners
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
3:00 pm to 4:30 pm EDT
When it comes to dropping out of school, English language learners (ELLs)
are a particularly vulnerable population.
Deborah J. Short and Kate Menken, two leading experts in the field of
English language teaching, highlight the key policy, academic, and practical
issues related to the high drop-out rate for adolescent ELLs and recommend
effective approaches and policies for addressing the problem. This live
interactive Webcast will be moderated by New York Times editor Joseph
Register today! Participate from your home or office, as an individual
or a group. If you cannot join the live session, view the archived Webcast
when it fits your schedule. Registrants receive access to the live event
and archived version of this program, New York Times content relevant
to the topic, and a vibrant online forum for discussing the issue with
This program is free for TESOL Global and student members.
For complete program and registration information, visit TESOL's Web
If you have any questions, please contact email@example.com or 703-518-2528.