Who we are

Michigan Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages is a state affiliate of the professional association, TESOL International. MITESOL is composed of professionals - primarily from Michigan - who are involved in the teaching of students for whom English is an additional language.

Become a member

There are several ways to get involved, and the best way to start is by becoming a member! Visit the membership page to find out how.  And check out our Special Interest Groups (SIGs) to see what issues fellow MITESOLers are addressing.

What we do

Our main mission is to provide leadership and support for professionals involved in TESOL across the state. Read more...

Conference:   We host an annual conference each fall that provides professional development opportunities for researchers, teachers, and teacher educators at all levels, from pre-K through adult. 

2017 Conference:  This year's conference is being held at Oakland Public Schools, in Waterford.  Registration is now open!

Publications:  We sponsor two publications:  a bi-annual newsletter, MITESOL Messages, and an online periodical, MITESOL Journal.

MITESOL Messages  provides information about the professional development activities we host and the travel grants we sponsor, and updates members on ESL issues affecting Michigan and changes in our leadership.  

MITESOL Journal publishes peer-reviewed, scholarly articles on topics related to the teaching and learning of English as an additional language. We welcome submissions. First issue coming this fall.

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Opened in January, 2017, the South Lansing campus of the A+ English Language School provides English and citizenship classes for Lansing’s immigrant and refugee populations. The A+ School has been serving the adult population in East Lansing for over 40 years. The fledgling South Lansing branch is anchored by veteran English instructors and MITESOL members Ruelaine Stokes and Collin Blair and supported by a pool of volunteers from the Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Lansing, where the A+ English Language School rents classroom space. The primary goal of the A+ program is to provide an opportunity for foreign-born adult learners to achieve proficiency in English language communication skills (comprehension, reading, writing and speaking) in order to transition to higher education, obtain or improve employment, and function within their community.

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If you're looking for a Facebook group for one of our Special Interest Groups (SIGs), click here to see which SIGs have a group.

Upcoming Events

2016 Conference Highlights

The theme of our 2016 conference was "The Changing Faces of Diversity." Many TESOL professionals shared knowledge through presentations and networking opportunities over the course of the conference. Keynote speakers included Diane Larsen-Freeman (Professor Emerita, University of Michigan) and Heidi Vellenga (Assistant Director, Commission on English Language Program Accreditation).

The plans for our 2017 conference, "Promoting Equity and Excellence," are under way. If you'd like to see more information about our upcoming and/or past conferences, check out the Conferences page!

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