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General, Sociopolitical Concerns

Listen to AZTESOL Secretary, Megan Garvy, discuss the state of Arizona dual language immersion programs on KJZZ Public Radio

AZTESOL Secretary, Megan Garvy, was invited back on air on Arizona Public Radio 91.5 KJZZ to further discuss the evolving Arizona policy in regards to dual language immersion as opposed to English only classes for multilingual students in Arizona classrooms.

“Megan Karns Garvy is secretary of the Arizona Affiliate of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages and was instrumental in laying the groundwork for our state’s dual-language immersion programs. She joined The Show to talk about it.”

Listen to the full broadcast here:

https://kjzz.org/content/931936/poll-shows-arizonans-support-dual-language-immersion-rather-english-only-classes

Conferences, General

Join AZTESOL at the Rocky Mountain TESOL Mixer

If you’re going to the International TESOL Convention in Atlanta this March, then make sure you stop by the Rocky Mountain TESOL Mixer at the Park Bar on Wednesday, March 13 from 7-9:30pm.

This will be a great opportunity to network with new and familiar faces from TESOL affiliates CoTESOL (Colorado), NMTESOL (New Mexico), and Intermountain TESOL (Utah, Idaho, & Wyoming).

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General

AZTESOL Supports State Senate Bills

AZTESOL has released a position statement in support of state legislative bills HB 2281 and HB 2435, which would allow English learners to spend two hours of their school day focusing on learning English and enroll in dual language programs. Despite passing nearly unanimously in the House and receiving bipartisan support from the entire Senate Education Committee, the Senate President is single-handedly refusing to let the bills come to the floor of the entire Senate for discussion or a vote. Click here to read our official position statement and sample drafts of e-mails that you can send to your state senators to let them know that you are paying attention to this important issue.

General

Do you teach American culture?

If you are currently an English language teacher and are at least 18 years old, you are invited to participate in a global survey about how American culture is taught to students. Bryan Meadows, an associate professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey, is surveying the content of culture teaching in the English language classroom when American culture is the topic of instruction. To take the 10-minute survey, click here. (You will see and need to agree to a disclaimer statement prior to the actual survey questions.) For more information, click here to contact Prof. Meadows.

General

New Community College SIG

AZTESOL is forming a Special Interest Group (SIG) for community college teachers! If you teach ESL or a related subject at any community college in Arizona, or if you are interested in discussing issues of importance to this sector of our field and networking with other community college ESL teachers and administrators, we want to hear from you. Please visit this site on the web to show your interest in the AZTESOL Community College SIG and to keep informed of events, opportunities, and other news relevant to this group.