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State of Teaching English

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Friday,  January 17, 2025

2:00 - 2:45pm

Montgomery, Alabama

Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa at the Convention Center

State of Teaching English: A Four-Way Feature

Our 2023 and 2024 AMTESOL conferences offered a "State of the State" session featuring "State of the State — Alabama” and "State of the State — Mississippi.” This two-way feature has evolved into a four-way feature called "State of Teaching English," which is debuting at our 2025 Conference. This four-way feature will offer updated information and guidance for teaching English in each of these four contexts:

  1. State of Teaching English to Multilingual Learners in Alabama P-12 Schools (Maria Franco)

  2. State of Teaching English to Multilingual Learners in Mississippi P-12 Schools (Sandra Elliott)

  3. State of Teaching English to Adult Learners in Community Programs (Debra Suarez)

  4. State of Teaching English to International Students on College Campuses (Amy Taylor)

These four feature sessions will take place Friday at 2:00pm, immediately after the luncheon keynote. This prime-time slot is an opportunity to build communication and enhance collaboration across Alabama and Mississippi for the teaching of English in these four contexts. Although many other contexts also exist, we invite you to select the featured context that best fits your current teaching situation or a possible future situation. Everyone's presence at one of these sessions will serve to support our conference theme, that of "Celebrating Cultural and Linguistic Kaleidoscopes."

Feature Descriptions and Presenters

Maria Franco, presenter of State of Teaching English to Multilingual Learners in Alabama's P-12 Schools on Friday January 17 at AMTESOL 2025 in Montgomery, Alabama

1. State of Teaching English to Multilingual Learners in Alabama P-12 Schools

Maria Franco, English Language Education and World Language Education Administrator, Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE), Montgomery, AL

Maria Franco will provide updates on state guidelines for teaching multilingual learners in Alabama's P-12 schools and outline the availability of technical support and opportunities for professional development. This is a must for P-12 teachers and administrators in Alabama. Meet all 12 regional English learner specialists. Learn what's happening in your state! Bring your questions and share suggestions.

Sandra Elliott, presenter at State of Teaching English to Multilingual Learners in Mississippi P-12 Schools at AMTESOL 2025 in Montgomery, Alabama

2. State of Teaching English to Multilingual Learners in Mississippi P-12 Schools

Sandra Elliott, English Learner Intervention Support Specialist, Office of Elementary Education and Reading, Mississippi Department of Education (MDE), Jackson, MS

Sandra Elliott will provide updates on state guidelines for teaching multilingual learners in Mississippi's P-12 schools and outline the availability of technical support and opportunities for professional development. This is a must for P-12 teachers and administrators in Mississippi. Learn what's happening in your state! Bring your questions and share suggestions.

Debra Suarez, presenter of State of Teaching English to Adult Learners in Community Programs at AMTESOL 2025 in Montgomery, Alabama

3. State of Teaching English to Adult Learners in Community Programs

Debra Suarez, President of TESOL International Association, Washington, D.C.

This third option is new to AMTESOL's "State of..." series. Debra will provide insights and resources for teaching ESL to adults in community-based programs. Guided by the goal of supporting adult English learners toward improving the quality of their life in the United States — and that of their families, Debra will outline the technical support and professional development currently available for instructors of community ESL classes. Debra's expertise in this area comes from a 25+ year career as an ESL/EFL teacher, university professor (initially at the University of Alabama), international consultant, senior federal leader, and global educational leader.

Amy Taylor, presenter of State of Teaching English to International Students on College Campuses at AMTESOL 2025 in Montgomery, Alabama

4. State of Teaching English to International Students on College Campuses

Amy Taylor, Director, English Language Institute, University of Alabama

This fourth feature is also new to AMTESOL's "State of..." series. This feature consists of a panel of program directors from Intensive English programs on college campuses across Alabama and Mississippi. These panelists will examine challenges and changes in teaching international students between 2020 and 2025, not just at their respective universities but also in the English teaching industry worldwide. Of special interest is the sharing of survival techniques during and after the pandemic, creative building-back strategies, and insightful projections to the future. Another goal of this panel is to identify purposes and examine benefits for establishing a collaborative network among college-based English programs in both states.

Panelists

  • Amanda (Amy) Harrison, Director of the English Language Institute, Mississippi State University

  • Amy Snow, Director of English Language Programs, INTO UAB, University of Alabama at Birmingham

  • Amy Taylor, Director of English Language Institute, University of Alabama

  • Lance Noe, Director of English as a Second Language, Troy University, AL

  • Whitney Ann Tudor Sarver, Senior Director of the Intensive English Program, University of Mississippi

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