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PTE Virtual Fall Conference ~ Nov. 13, 2021


Join us for Virtual TESOL CONVERSATIONS!

We are happy to announce a full schedule of virtual conversations for 2021.  Each conversation will will be held via Zoom on the last Friday of the month, starting at 5 pm.  Zoom links will be provided before each event.

Our next TESOL Conversation - 5 pm September 24 - Zoom link: bit.ly/PennTESOL

See our TESOL Conversations page for more information.


PennTESOL-East (Eastern Pennsylvania Association of Speakers to Other Languages) is a professional, non-profit association dedicated to the improvement and advancement of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). 

We are an affiliate of TESOL International, PTE serves Eastern Pennsylvania, Delaware, and South New Jersey.  We welcome members from NJ TESOL, NYS TESOL, and Three Rivers TESOL, and other TESOLers to our events.



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TESOL news in our region.

Conferences, publishers, 

professional development and more. 

  • Tuesday, October 06, 2020 6:52 AM | Linda Fellag (Administrator)

    OXFORD, Ohio (Sept. 1, 2020) – Currently celebrating 25 years as an education reform initiative, Miami University’s Project Dragonfly is accepting applications now through early 2021 for graduate courses and master's degrees that offer extraordinary experiences through zoos and botanical gardens in the United States and in 15 countries throughout the world. http://ProjectDragonfly.MiamiOH.edu

    Earth Expeditions are study abroad courses that take place online and in Africa, Australia, Asia and the Americas. Earth Expeditions courses can be taken as stand-alone graduate credit, or they can build toward the Global Field Program (GFP) master's degree. The GFP combines summer field courses worldwide with web learning communities, and students can complete the GFP master's part-time from anywhere in the United States or abroad. http://EarthExpeditions.MiamiOH.eduhttp://GFP.MiamiOH.edu

    Project Dragonfly also offers the Advanced Inquiry Program (AIP) master's degree that combines web instruction from Miami University with experiential learning and field study through AIP Master Institutions in the U.S. Applications for Miami's 2021 cohorts are being accepted now with place-based experiences provided through Master Institutions in Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, Jacksonville, New York, San Diego, Seattle and St. Louis. http://AIP.MiamiOH.edu

    Graduate tuition for all programs is greatly reduced because of support from Miami University.

    Concerned about COVID-19? As a pioneer in multi-faceted online, hybrid, multi-site, and experiential learning, Project Dragonfly implements diverse approaches for engaged education and is fully prepared to adapt courses as needed to maximize safety regardless of the situation in summer 2021 and beyond. For more information, see our FAQ: Can I start and complete this degree with possible travel and in-person restrictions due to COVID?

  • Saturday, October 03, 2020 3:54 PM | Linda Fellag (Administrator)

    George Henry of Townsend Press is ready to ship a free "care package," of a few Townsend books to area ESL programs if they contact him at george.henry@townsendpress.com and give them their mailing address and the name of the director or academic director.

  • Tuesday, May 05, 2020 7:23 PM | Linda Fellag (Administrator)
    Teaching advanced listening-speaking on Zoom has been challenging, especially since this class requires a high level of student participation.   

    Here are some strategies I've used in the past few weeks: 

    1. Let family members join the class...within reason. (Who doesn't want to talk to a toddler?)
    2. Use Zoom breakout rooms for small group discussions and projects.
    3. Let students take turns leading parts of the class. (I borrowed this idea from my colleague, Leslie Greenlee.)
    4. Acknowledge that Zoom is not the same as a F2F classroom, but we should all make the most of it.
    5. And even though I don't mind the occasional child crawling onto a mother's lap, I tell students to mute their microphones when listening to others.
    Summer classes begin on May 18, and I'll need a lot more ideas to get my students and me through two L-S classes.  I'd appreciate any ideas!


    Linda Fellag

    Community College of Philadelphia 



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