Northern New England TESOL

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November 15 the annual fall Northern New England TESOL conference was held at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, New Hampshire.

This year the theme was “Cultural Lenses – Current Issues for TESOLs.” In addition to the keynote speech given by MAT faculty member Pat Moran, many of the workshops and presentations this year examined issues surrounding teaching across cultures and teaching culture.

SIT at NNETESOL

SIT Students with Speaker Pat Moran at NNETESOL

Who Attended

Students, educators, and related professionals attended (including 30 current SIT MATs and 10 alumni).

MATs at NNETESOL

Current MAT Students at Conference

Key Topics

As English teachers with experience all over the globe, we know that examining the relationship between language, culture, and our classrooms has been a growing topic everywhere. Culture influences all of our ESL/EFL classes and was demonstrated by many of the seminars from Judy Sharky’s presentation on her experience with the Mexican education system to Pat Moran’s keynote speech on the challenges he faced communicating cross-culturally while supervising a teaching intern. These are pressing topics for all of us no matter our teaching context.

Summaries of many presentations are available at http://www.nnetesol.org/id5.html and http://www.nnetesol.org/id6.html.

Reactions

I was impressed by the variety of workshops and presentations that this local conference provided – everything from the value of mentoring to testing standards to teaching culture. It was inspiring to see all that local ESOL educators are doing to promote integration of culture, technology, and effective teaching practices in New England classrooms. Their passion to share with their colleagues infused the conference. For me, the conference reinforced the importance of professional sharing that plays such a large part of our MAT program. I would definitely attend again and I am looking forward to the spring conference!

SIT Alumni Presenters

Explaining Culture: A Guide for the Perplexed, Pat Moran (Plenary Speaker)

Cultural Knowings Framework: Practical Strategies for Teaching Culture, Pat Moran

ACCESS Power! The Emerging Insights of ACCESS for ELLs Test Scores for Programming and Instruction, Donald Bouchard

Teaching and Learning English in Public Schools in Mexico, Judy Sharkey

Mentoring for School-age Students: Participatory Discussion of Models, Benefits, and Challenges, Lucinda Megill, Melissa Bodola, Perveen Hadi, and Hyunju Kang

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