October 26-27, 2018

Eastern Michigan University

Student Center

900 Oakwood St., Ypsilanti, 48197



MITESOL invites professionals involved with English learners to participate in our annual conference, the theme of which is Reaching All Learners. The conference will include over 60 learning opportunities, including keynote talks by Anne Curzan and Carol Ann Tomlinson, concurrent sessions, and pre-conference workshops. We invite proposals for presentations and poster sessions from all individuals working in ESOL/TESOL. See Call for Proposals (right) for more detail.

Traditionally when we think of "teachers of English to speakers of other languages," we think of those in ESL/EFL and TESOL classrooms. These ESOL and TESOL professionals are, indeed, the pillars of our organization. However, instruction of and interaction with nonnative speakers of English takes place in countless other settings. Therefore, preceding this year's conference, on Friday, October 26, we are hosting a series of workshops specifically designed for professionals who are NOT trained in teaching English learners, yet who interact with nonnative speakers of English on a regular basis. One set of workshops is designed for individuals working in K-12 general education settings, and another is designed for those working in post-secondary and adult-education settings. See tab on the left for more details and to register. 

Join the MITESOL community in Ypsilanti, Michigan, and experience what makes this organization unique.

Ildi Porter-Szucs, President-elect /Conference Chair: MichiganTESOL@gmail.com

Mary Tillotson, Conference Co-Chair: MichiganTESOL@gmail.com

Friday Keynote

Look Who’s Coming to School Now -- 

And Where Do I Go from Here?

Many of today’s K-12 teachers grew up in classrooms where there were few, if any, students who spoke a language other than English at home. Some educators have developed considerable expertise in supporting the growth of English learners. Others find themselves not quite sure what to do to effectively teach multiple learners who speak multiple languages. Both groups of teachers understand the responsibility and opportunity to serve those students well, and both know that it’s important to continue growing their capacity to help English language learners flourish. What are next steps for teachers newer to working with this growing population of students? What are next steps to challenge educators who already work effectively and comfortably with ELs? What might it look like to differentiate instruction with ELs in mind when a teacher is more advanced in that area or in the early stages of such work? How can the insights of K-12 teachers inform the work of their post-secondary colleagues, who often teach multi-level classes? This keynote will address these questions as it provides classroom illustrations from K-12 and college educators with varied levels of experience and facility in working with students who face the dual challenges of learning the language of the classroom and learning content.

  Carol Ann Tomlinson, professor,            administrator, public school teacher of      the year, and author of over a dozen        books will address teachers in both   

  K-12 and post-secondary contexts on        differentiating instruction to English          learners. 

Friday, October 26, 7 pm

Student Center Auditorium

  Saturday Plenary

Anne Curzan, award-winning professor, administrator, researcher, and author will speak about the Weird and Wonderful Stories Behind English Spelling.

Saturday, October 27, 1 pm

Student Center Ballroom

Weird and Wonderful Stories 

Behind English Spelling


English spelling has sometimes been described as an awesome mess. While there is more regularity in the spelling system than many may realize, the irregularities can be so strikingly irregular as to overwhelm the patterns. This talk will make the case that in addition to being something of a mess, English spelling can also usefully be viewed as a treasure trove of stories about the history of English. Through studying some of the quirks of English spelling, students of the language can learn more about the many layers of borrowed words in English, from Latin, French, Arabic, Spanish, Chinese, Greek, and dozens more languages. Then scholarly meddling can explain oddities like the “b” in “debt” and the “s” is “island.” Equally importantly, students can think through the relationship of English spelling and pronunciation, including drifts and variation in pronunciation that are not reflected in spelling--and situations where spelling has actually changed pronunciation. The talk concludes with reflections on what it would mean to reform English spelling and ways to engage students in that conversation.

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