Volume 45 Number 2

2017 TESOL, Advocacy & Policy Summit

Lila Birchfield

TESOL Advocacy Day & Policy Summit
Alexandria, Virginia
June 18-20, 2017
Advocacy for ELs has never been more urgent than it is today in this climate of uncertainty.  Do you want to get the facts on political policies that affect your students from the “insiders” in Washington, D.C?  Do you want to express your opinion to your elected officials?  Become an advocate!   TESOL International Association provides an annual platform for English language teachers in early childhood through adult education to learn about current issues and policies.


Using Open Educational Sources to Teach ELL Students Effectively

Mirela Zemani Papandreou

This article will focus on exploring open education sources (OESs) in order to teach effectively English language learners (ELLs). I believe that ELLs could enhance their academic English language skills by using OESs. The appropriate and broad range of online sources can meet the objectives, goals, outcomes and competencies of the ELLs. Selecting appropriate content that will be based on online sources, this article will explore whether or not OESs can enable ELLs to strengthen their academic English language skills.


Using Observation Journals to Awaken Observation Skills and Become Comfortable with Writing

Patrick T. Randolph

How can instructors inspire students to put down their smartphones and become acute observers of their host culture while developing their writing skills? The author proposes that using observation journals is the answer and describes how they can awaken students’ observation skills and simultaneously help them become comfortable with the craft of writing.


Book Review: Undisciplining Knowledge: Interdisciplinarity in the Twentieth Century

Thomas Hansen, Ph.D

Review of Undisciplining Knowledge: Interdisciplinarity in the Twentieth Century, by Harvery J. Graff.  2015, cloth, Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.


Revisiting Electronic Communication in Deborah Tannen’s You’re Wearing That?

Taylor Burmeister

Deborah Tannen’s 2006 book, You’re Wearing That? Understanding Mothers and Daughters in Conversation was lauded by critics as being an appropriate and comprehensive look at how contemporary (albeit middle-class) mothers and daughters communicate. Today, more than a decade after publication, much of her insight remains accurate.


TESOL International 2018 Convention in Chicago

ITBE is happy to welcome TESOL International to Chicago for their 2018 Convention.  For more information about TESOL 2018, please visit tesol.org or the TESOL convention page.


Apply for a Professional Development Award and attend TESOL 2018!

Each year, Illinois TESOL•BE demonstrates its commitment to the field of English as a Second Language and Bilingual Education by giving professional development awards for ITBE members to attend its annual convention. ITBE will not hold an annual convention in 2018 since the International TESOL conference will be in Chicago from March 27 to March 30, 2018.
To help ITBE members who are unable to afford the attendance at the TESOL International conference, ITBE will be giving away ten (10) professional development awards on the first-come-first-served basis.

To qualify for this award, you must fulfill the following eligibility requirements:
  • Be a current member of ITBE
  • Be member of International TESOL as of December 10, 2017
  • Be a practicing ESL or bilingual education teacher, full-time or part-time.
  • Demonstrate evidence of financial need
Applications can be found on the ITBE website and will be accepted on a first-come-first-served basis from November 1, 2017. When the first ten members have applied and qualified, the window for these awards will close. Winners will be notified by December 1st.
Follow the link below to complete the application. 
ITBE website

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