50 Years of MTESOL Mini-Conference

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October 11, 2019   |   Ross-Blakley Hall, room 196 [NEW ROOM]
Arizona State University, Tempe campus

We're celebrating 50 years of graduate studies in ESL education (the MTESL/MTESOL program) at ASU!

In 1969, the ASU English department began offering a graduate program focusing on ESL education. That program continued successfully, and evolved into the current MTESOL program. 2019 is the 50th year of this program, and to celebrate this milestone, the English department is hosting a mini-conference on Friday Oct. 11, 2019.

What is the format?

Main features of the conference will be presentations by former and current students, a plenary presentation by a former faculty member and program director, and social events with food and drinks.

Schedule (tentative, subject to change)

11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. Pizza lunch

12:30-12:40 p.m. Welcome

12:45-2:00 p.m. Presentations by former and current students ...

  • 12:45 p.m. Joan Berry: "Creating more renaissance men and women"
  • 1:05 p.m. Zhanna Lagunova: "Internationalization of higher education: University and library challenges in Tomsk, Russia"
  • 1:25 p.m. Michalina Mrugala: "ASU MTESOL degree: Many paths to take"
  • 1:45 p.m. Ksenia Maryasova: "Organizing activities for academic writing centers: Challenges and successes"

2:00-2:45 p.m. Break for coffee and "birthday" cake

2:50-3:45 p.m. Presentations by former and current students ...

  • 2:50 p.m. Gilberto Pereira: "What cognitive and social factors influence the rhetorical moves of international graduate student thesis writing"
  • 3:10 p.m. Myungsoo Chang: "How transfer strategies for language learning worked in an EFL context"
  • 3:30 p.m. Xiaoyu Pei: "Managing foreign language anxiety: A case study of interactions with international students"

3:55-4:25 p.m. Plenary presentation by former faculty member and program director Dr. Roy Major: "Foreign accent"

5:00 p.m.- Evening social event (details to be announced)

Who can attend?

While the intended audience is current and former students and faculty associated with or interested in the MTESOL program and TESOL studies more generally, the day's events are free of charge and open to the public.


The 50 Years of MTESOL Conference is sponsored by ASU's Department of English and the Interdisciplinary Committee on Linguistics.


(Archived call for papers)

The Department of English at Arizona State University invites current and former students of its master's in TESL programs to present papers at this mini-conference.

Please contact the organizers with questions:

Elly Van Gelderen (ellyvangelderen@asu.edu)
Mark James (mark.a.james@asu.edu)

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