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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.



Keep up with the latest

TESOL news in our region.

Conferences, publishers, 

professional development and more. 

  • Thursday, February 25, 2021 7:27 AM | Linda Fellag (Administrator)

    Intermountain TESOL (ITESOL) invites PennTESOL-East members to its April Mini Conference. The conference is free, but donations are welcome.

    The conference theme - "Aha! Moments in Teaching" - features sessions on Mental Wellness and Teaching in the Time of COVID. Information is provided in the pdf files below, including a link for pre-registration. 

    Teresa Stillo Ramirez

    ITESOL 2021 President and native Philadelphian

     Spring ITESOL mini-conference_schedule final.pdf

     ITESOL MIni Conference Announcement 2021.pdf

  • Wednesday, February 03, 2021 8:29 AM | Linda Fellag (Administrator)

    PennTESOL-East announces its TESOL CONVERSATIONS for 2021!

    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.

    Here are the Spring 2021 TESOL CONVERSATIONS:

    February 26, 5-5:45 pm

    "How do mental shift and empathy enhance TESOL educators' pedagogical skills?"

    Dr. Kadima Bukasa, School District of Philadelphia

    Zoom link:


    March 26, 5-5:45 pm

    "Making multilingual students the experts: How can I create opportunities for global dialogue?"

    Professor Debbie Lamb Ousey, Penn State-Brandywine

    April 30, 5-5:45 pm

    Dr. Helaine W. Marshall

    Long Island University, Hudson Campus

    "How can we maximize interaction and accountability in online learning?"

    May 28, 2021

    Professor Miriam Oppenheimer

    Temple University, Community College of Philadelphia, Online World of Learning

    "Affective filter: Making students ready to learn"

  • Monday, November 09, 2020 4:01 PM | Linda Fellag (Administrator)

    The NJTESOL virtual spring conference Call for Workshops due date is 11/15. 

    The conference theme is "Equity for Language Learners."  

    Workshops will consist of 30-minute pre-recorded sessions plus 15-minute Q&A.


  • Tuesday, October 06, 2020 12:53 PM | Dawn Adamoli (Administrator)

    This has been an especially unique and challenging year for multilingual learners, families and communities. That is why we made sure that the virtual NYS TESOL 2020 annual conference on November 13 and 14 would provide meaningful professional development opportunities that focused on the assets and needs of our multilingual learners.

    We would like to highlight our 19 hands-on workshops which will engage leaders and teachers in culturally-responsive education, racial justice and technology in the remote and face-to-face classroom. Teachers and leaders can earn up to 12 CTLE credits. Sessions will be recorded and available for later viewing. Check the full list below!

    We have carefully designed two days of rich learning where all school professionals that work with multilingual learners can feel supported, connected and energized! For the full conference program, including famous keynote speakers, click hereRegister now at: https://nystesol.org/register_for_the_2020_virtual.php *15% off for groups of 5 or more teachers

  • 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 



Congratulations on this stimulating conference, the first online event offered by PTE.

We were happy to have the chance to meet with all of you from around the world.

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