Special Interest Groups

ESL Secondary

High School Teachers and the NJTESOL/NJBE Conference

By Christina Namendorf

Once again the NJTESOL/NJBE Conference is set to take place in May. The new Hyatt location is going to be a great change and a more exciting atmosphere, but do remember to bring money for parking. I, for one, canít wait to see the conference in its new setting in downtown New Brunswick.

This conference should be especially exciting for secondary ESL and bilingual teachers. On each day of the conference, there is an entire strand of workshops geared directly towards secondary ESL and bilingual teaching. There will also be a SIG meeting for secondary ESL and bilingual educators on both days of the conference. The SIG meetings are a great place to come and interact with other ESL and bilingual teachers from across the state of New Jersey. I hope to see you there to discuss the current issues in our field and to make suggestions for improvement.

If you are looking for ways to improve your teaching, make connections with other ESL and bilingual professionals, or to learn some new technology, then the NJTESOL/NJBE conference is the place to be! Attend the Around the World Buffet on Tuesday evening at 5:00 PM ($35.00) where Nancy Cloud will speak about teaching reading and writing to ELLs. Awards and scholarships will be presented.

I hope that all secondary ESL and bilingual educators know about the scholarship opportunities available from NJTESOL/NJBE each year for a graduating high school senior. It is great to give our students an opportunity to get money towards their future in a competition against other ELL and bilingual students. It is important to give our students all the opportunities we can: remember to check out these scholarships for next year. Applications are posted on the NJTESOL/NJBE website each year.

Overall, I am excited to attend this yearís NJTESOL/NJBE conference and canít wait to see you there!

Christina Namendorf is the NJTESOL/NJBE Secondary ESL Representative. She teaches ESL at Sayreville War Memorial High School and may be reached at cnamendorf@njtesol-njbe.org .

VOICES ONLINE Secondary ESL Special Interest Groups SPRING 2011