February 2021

Journal. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced adult basic skills and ESOL programs to offer instruction at a distance. The uncertainty of the future means programs must rethink sustainable alternatives to traditional classroom programming. In this way, the pandemic has forced a change that might just reshape adult learning—potentially making it more flexible and personalized in the days to come.

This and all articles are available in the Spring 2020 Journal.



Get to know the Executive Board

Each newsletter will profile a different Executive Board or MinneTESOL member.

Name: Suzanne Gilchrist McCurdy

Position at MinneTESOL: Journal (Co-)Senior Editor or just Co-Editor? I don’t actually know.

Teaching context:  During my PhD studies, I’m working as a graduate instructor at UMN, working with students who are completing a TESL minor or TESL certification. My “real home” is adult basic education, where I worked as a teacher educator and plan to again after I graduate.

Why you got into ESL:  I wanted to volunteer to work with adult immigrants and refugees, and over time became interested in ESL as a profession.

Current project:   My dissertation will be focused on effective pronunciation instruction PD for LESLLA (Literacy Education and Second Language Learning for Adults) teachers.


MELEd 2021 Call for Proposals Open Soon

The annual MELEd conference will take place November 18-20, 2021, at the Saint Paul Rivercentre. We are planning to do an in-person conference this year. Look for a call for proposals for conference submissions in early March.

TESOL 2021 to be Held Virtually

The TESOL 2021 International Convention and English Language Expo will be held virtually from March 24-27, 2021. The Advance Registration Deadline is March 1. MinneTESOL is sponsoring conference attendance from interest sections and standing committee leaders, who will share their information with their members.

Did you know?

Past MinneTESOL newsletters can be found on our website, at http://minnetesol.org/minnetesol-newsletters

We want to hear from you

We are always looking for information to share from our members. Please send newsletter submissions to [email protected].

Did you know?

Past MinneTESOL newsletters can be found on our website, at http://minnetesol.org/minnetesol-newsletters

We want to hear from you

We are always looking for information to share from our members. Please send newsletter submissions to [email protected].

Did we miss something?

Do you have a professional event you’d like to see included in the MinneTESOL newsletter? Please send an email with details to: [email protected]

Past Newsletters
MELEd Conference News Our 10th annual conference will be held November 16-18, 2023 at the Saint Paul RiverCentre. The Minnesota English Learner Education (MELEd) Conference is a partnership between MinneTESOL…

Nominations are now open for two annual awards. Award nominees must be a current member of MinneTESOL.  Nominations will be considered by a committee of MinneTESOL Interest Section and Standing…

Our 10th annual conference will be held November 16-18, 2023 at the Saint Paul Rivercentre. The Minnesota English Learner Education Conference is a partnership between MinneTESOL and the Minnesota Department…

Congratulations Sam Ouk Congratulations to MinneTESOL member Sam Ouk who is doing a Best of Affiliates Presentation at TESOL. His “After the Killing Fields (Refugee Simulation)” presentation was voted the…

New Year, New Executive Board Many new faces joined the MinneTESOL Executive Board this year. Meet the new Executive Board members First Vice-President: Qurina Slayhi, MA in ESL, is an English…

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