Workshop: Error Correction

We’d like to thank everyone who participated in Error Correction: Breaking Bad Habits without Breaking Spirits on Friday, October 3rd! We’d also like to send out a special thanks to Ann Savino, Cambridge University Press representative, who provided the professional books for our raffle. Please check back with news of our next event!

Here is the workshop handout: error-correction-participant-copy3
Click here for some pictures!
Happy Teaching!

Newsletter – Fall 2008

Our Fall NMTESOL Newsletter is available now! Please email us at and we will send you an electronic copy as well as put your name on our mailing list.

A big “thanks” to everyone who contributed to this issue.
Please send submissions for our next issue to the same email address. We would love to have a description of your program, an activity you like to do, an article about ESL, or an announcement of events in your area!

Meeting – Diane Larsen-Freeman Virtual Seminar


Officers and Coordinators:
William Ancker, President; Amy Christensen, Vice President; Penny Mortier, Secretary; Debbie Golden, Membership Coordinator

Meeting was called to order at 4:00 by William (Bill) Ancker. The following issues were discussed:

Non-Profit 501C3 Status
Bill updated us on efforts to get our 501c status. After researching the status of the former
NMTESOL he found that it is now dissolved and no longer recognized by the Public Regulation Commission (PRC) as an active organization. We are now clear to call ourselves “Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages”, with “NMTESOL” as our official abbreviation.

The process of acquiring non-profit 501C3 status involves 2 agencies: registering as a corporation with the state PRC and filing non-profit status with the IRS. The IRS grants the status, but before this we must be officially incorporated by the state. Different documents are required for each entity. We cannot having a checking account or accept dues before we are incorporated.

Documents are lengthy and require some legal finesse, especially in selecting the correct form of incorporation. Bill has taken several workshops and sought assistance from the UNM legal aid clinic, which accepted us as a client. We will be assigned a law student in August and will submit documentation to the PRC whereupon we may be able to open our free bank account.

Outreach for more K-12 representatives
It was brought up that we should keep searching for an efficient way to contact more K-12 instructors so that it will be easier to recruit them.

Larsen-Freeman Presentation
We watched a “webinar” by Diane Larsen- Freeman about the role of teaching grammar during ESL instruction. Larsen-Freeman is one of the authors of “The Grammar Book” is frquently used as a text in graduate school TESOL grammar courses. She argues that “grammaring”, the teaching of grammar should be seen as one of the basic target skills for English language instruction alongside reading, writing, listening and speaking. She asserts that, although the teaching of grammar should always be contextualized, it must be taught (rather than leaving students to pick it up “naturally”). She believes it is the role of the teacher to accelerate acquisition. She tells her students that “they do not need proper grammar to be understood but they do need proper grammar to be respected.”

The meeting was adjourned at 5:45.
Submitted by Penny Mortier, Secretary

Meeting – Finalizing Constitution

MEETING 4/25/08

Officers: Amy Christensen, Vice President; Kristina Sievers, Treasurer; Penny Mortier, Secretary
Coordinators: Jennifer Herrin, Web Coordinator; Deborah Golden, Membership Co-Coordinator
Other Members: Cathy Varney, Rowena Nichols, Jerry Leister, Jennifer Schultz

The meeting began at 4:30 pm.

The purpose of this meeting was to come up with a final draft of our constitution to be presented when requesting affiliation status with TESOL. All members were invited to this meeting.

Structure of the Organization
It was decided to make the constitution as simple as possible so that it would be easy for members to understand, and so that, if we should later file for non-profit status, we wouldn’t be unduly restricted by a cumbersome body of regulations.

It was decided that the easiest form for the association to take would be to have a structure consisting of 4 elected officers (President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary) and a Board of Directors consisting of the officers and appointees such as
Web Coordinator, Newsletter Coordinator, Membership Coordinator, Affiliate Liaison, Director of Advocacy, Northern Area Representative, Southern Area Representative, and others as needed.

The Board of Directors will direct the work of the organization.

It is recognized that, as we grow, we may have need for more board members, representatives, and ad hoc committees.

Annual Business Meeting
The Association will have one annual business meeting at which the new board will be elected, amendments acted upon, and general business conducted. We will try to rotate the location of this meeting to different places around the state. So that all members regardless of location can participate, voting may occur in person or by e-mail.

Tax-Exempt/Non-Profit Status
At this time we are not calling ourselves a non-profit organization as this is a legal designation that requires filing papers.

We will look into the regulations governing these designations so that we can make an informed decision about whether/or at what point we should file. A CNM BIT Faculty member who has helped other non-profit groups has been contacted in hopes of learning more.

Bank Account/Dues
Kristina Sievers, the treasurer will set up a bank account in the NMTESOL name that will be accessible to officers. The officers will pay their own dues to open the account and we will then start collecting dues from all members.

A provision was written into the constitution that would provide for the transfer of treasury funds to TESOL or a non-profit organization with similar goals in case our association were ever dissolved.

Copies of Minutes/Constitution for Members
Jennifer Herrin will forward these minutes and a copy of the draft of the constitution to the membership. It is anticipated that TESOL may request further changes when the draft is submitted.

The meeting adjourned at 6:15 pm.

Minutes submitted by
Penny Mortier, NMTESOL Secretary

Our Officers and Committee Coordinators

President: Bill Ancker
Vice president: Amy Christensen
Treasurer: Kristina Sievers
Secretary: Penny Mortier
Web Coordinator: Jennifer Herrin
Affiliate Liaison: Catherine N.H. Lewis
Advocacy Coordinator: Ann Cortés
Newsletter Editor: Ann Savino
Southern Area Coordinator: Deb McCormick
Membership Coordinators: Debbie Golden and Henry Shonerd

Minutes – Second Meeting

Second NMTESOL Meeting Minutes
April 18, 2008

I. Announcements

  • Catherine presented a flyer of Tex-TESOL member benefits – something we can draw on when we start our membership drive.
  • Presentations given by New Mexicans at NY-TESOL Convention were recognized:
    a. Jennifer: Business English Teacher Training in New Democracies
    b. Amy: Speed Dating/Reviewing and SWOT Peer Reviews
    c. Connie and Kristina: Applying Brain-Friendly Lessons to ESL Classes
  • Henry and Catherine summarized the visit of International TESOL Educators (sponsored by the US Department of State) to College of Santa Fe – Albuquerque and Santa Fe Community College. See pictures:
  • Jennifer announced that Erica Volkers, Director of Education, wants to promote new TESOL Teacher Education Courses offered at CNM through Communication, Humanities & Social Sciences (CHSS).

II. Membership

  • Nominations for Membership Co-coordinators were accepted: Debbie Golden & Henry Shonerd
  • We agreed that dues will be: $20 regular membership; $15 for students and volunteer teachers/tutors – we will start collecting dues as soon as we are accepted as an affiliate, i.e. all our submissions are accepted: Newsletter, Officers, List of Members, Constitution

III. First Newsletter Contents (led by Connie)

  • First we brainstormed some ideas for logos: zia sign, chiles, watermelons, roadrunners, mountain outline
  • Spotlight on member (starting with the officers) (Nora will interview Bill)
  • TESOL-New York presenters will summarize their own presentations (Krissy, Connie, Amy, and Jen)
  • Summary of the International TESOL Educators’ luncheon at College of Santa Fe and SFCC (Henry & Catherine)
  • Status report on affiliation process (TBD)
  • Report on the classes for ESL/bilingual education certification (offered by CHSS at CNM) (Jen)
  • Announcement of Diane Larsen-Freeman Webcast, May 7 (recast can be held up to 3 months afterwards) (TBD)
  • Column (Rowena and others)
    § Rowena’s Grammar Corner?
    § Ask Rowena?
    § You Can Use it On Monday?
    ¨ Call for Academic articles (and other submissions) for future editions

III. Constitution (led by Penny and Bill)

  • Decided to call organization NMTESOL
  • will use a blog ( to publish information/announcements until further notice
  • Our email address is:
  • Officers’ Meeting: to finalize Constitution – April 25, 4:30-6:00pm – Although this meeting is for officers, any interested members of the ESL Community are welcome – invitation will be sent out on Wednesday, April 23.Thanks very much to all of you who were able to attend! And a special “thank you” to the providers of snacks: Penny and Connie!!

Minutes – First Meeting

1st NM TESOL Meeting – March 14, 2008 – 4:30-6:30pm
Moderated by: Amy Christensen and Jennifer Herrin

I. Everyone introduced themselves, said where they worked, and where their ESL passion lies. The International TESOL Convention to be held April 2-5 in New York was mentioned (Go to for more information)

II. Amy Christensen spoke about her experience with CO-TESOL and Rocky Mountain TESOL and the comment was made that when becoming an affiliate, we can become a regional or state-wide affiliate.

III. The specs for affiliation were presented: 50+ members A current newsletter A constitution Officers, etc.

IV. Participants broke into groups to brainstorm a “to-do” lists in each of the following categories:

  1. Constitution Committee Contact: Penny Mortier, Bill Ancker, Hedy Newmann Dalia
  2. Newsletter / Website Committee Contact : Connie Gulick, Bronson Elliott
  3. Projects Committee Contact: Ann Cortés, Tom Pierce, Rowena Nichols
  4. Membership Drive Committee: Contact: Nora Nixon or Terry Toman

V. Each group presented their ideas getting feedback from other participants.

VI. Nomination forms for officers were passed out and the next meeting was set for April 18 (details to be determined). Penny, Hedy, and Connie will provide snacks.

Thanks! Many thanks to all who were able to attend!