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ITBE's 44th Annual Convention

February 22-23, 2019
Sheraton Lisle Naperville Hotel
3000 Warrenville Rd, Lisle, IL 60532


Proposal Submission for the 44th Annual ITBE Convention is now open!

Illinois TESOL-BE (ITBE) invites professionals, students, and anyone involved with English language learners to submit proposals for academic presentations at the 2019 annual convention. This year's theme is "Bridging the Gap" where presenters and attendees are encouraged to join in the conversation on how to bridge the information gap within English language teaching by exploring new ideas and sharing cutting edge research and pedagogy. We seek proposals related to all aspects of ESL/EAP/IEP/CALL/EFL best practices for instruction, materials development, program administration, teacher training, and professional development in various settings.

Proposals are being accepted for the following formats:

  • 45-minute Academic Presentation: Traditional academic presentation.
  • 20-minute Tech Showcase: Short interactive presentation showcasing computer application, websites, or programs that you have successfully used for language teaching.
    (Internet, LCD projectors and screen will be provided at no charge. You must bring your own laptop.


If you are plenary speaker or featured speaker, submit your proposal directly to Marie Friesema, Convention Chair, at
If you are a publisher or exhibitor interested in a demonstration session or purchasing an ad, contact Lisa Barrett, the Director of Exhibits and Advertising, at for the link to register as an exhibitor.


Submit a 60 word max proposal abstract, as you would like it to appear in the published convention book as the description of your session.
Proposal description: 250 word max. DO NOT PUT ANY NAME ON THE PROPOSAL DESCRIPTION SUBMISSION!!! You will enter your personal information at the start of the submission process. In order to keep the proposal scoring system anonymous for our reviewers, do not put any personal identifying information on the abstract that you upload as a PDF or DOC. 


Write personal biographies in the THIRD PERSON; enter information during the proposal submission process.
For example:   "Marie Friesema has taught in Japan for 6 years." = OKAY!
"I have taught in Japan for 6 years." = NOT OKAY!

Proposal titles should be no longer than 9 words.

Please click here for the PURDUE OWL Academic Proposal entry to see proposal examples and for help in putting together your proposal 

Please click here to submit a proposal!

All proposals must be submitted by December 7th, with notification of acceptance by December 31, 2018. Selection of presentations will be made by the Program Committee.
If you have any questions about the 2019 Convention or would like to volunteer to help out with the preparations for the conference, please contact:

Invitation from the Convention Chair 

After a break in our annual conference schedule due to ITBE hosting the international TESOL Convention earlier this year, we are excited about our 44th Annual Convention this coming February 22-23, 2019 at the Sheraton Lisle Naperville Hotel.

We chose the theme "Bridging the Gap" to encourage all English language professionals to join in the conversation on how to bridge the various information gaps within our discipline. We want to hear your ideas that contribute to best practices in ESL pedagogy - or about your cutting edge research. We want to explore new ways to connect what students learn in the classroom to their various cultural contexts outside the classroom. We want to know how we can provide much needed support to the professionals in our various teaching contexts. In short, we want to know what you think are the missing pieces within English language teaching, and how you can foster deeper conversations that bridge the gap between theory and practice. 

And that's where you come in. We invite you to help bridge the gap by submitting a proposal for our various academic presentations. Be bold! Be innovative! Go to the ITBE link for proposal submissions at We are currently accepting proposals for review until midnight October 31.

Remember, you are the link that connects the English language to real world applications for the English learners we serve. So, join in the conversation and submit a proposal! We look forward to hearing from you!
Best regards,
Marie Friesema
Vice-President and 2019 Convention Chair