NMTESOL Fall Workshop

Chop! Shop! Chore! Shore!

Anyone looking through the window of Albuquerque’s Northwest Library on October 15th must have been bewildered by the word signs moving up and down to a strident beat. It was the free NMTESOL Fall Workshop and the enthusiastic participants within were practicing exercises to use in their language classrooms. In this latest professional development session sponsored by NMTESOL we were treated to three engaging and useful presentations by Felicitas Coates, Lonnie Dai Zovi and Tom Pierce.

Felicitas Coates, an ESOL, ECME and GED instructor at UNM Valencia, led the group in warm-up and icebreaker activities designed to create bonds and serve as quick language assessments. She shared many activities used in her years of teaching in both New Mexico and California. One of her favorite projects was holding a classroom “Health Fair” to promote topic-based language development. Students dressed in lab coats and acted out the role of health care professionals and patients. They were able to borrow stethoscopes and blood pressure cuffs to make the experience more authentic. Students “invented” new medicines and created commercials to promote them.

Lonnie Dai Zovi, an APS teacher and published language instruction songwriter, spoke on the use of music and rhythm to promote language learning. Using samples from her many instructional CD sets including Rocking Rhythms and Rhymes Lonnie demonstrated how to use music to introduce culture, alter mood or emotion, and teach specific grammar features, vocabulary, phrasing, and language usage. We clapped and shouted our way through sound recognition and cloze exercises, and belted out some popular songs that with embedded grammatical target structures. Lonnie’s many language CD and workbook sets which are available for purchase at http://www.vibrante.com.  (Handouts available here.)

Tom Pierce, an ESOL/English Instructor at CNM Community College presented techniques for teaching writing to ESL students. He noted that although the word “rhetoric” has taken on negative connotations, it is important for language learners to master basic rhetoric to meet the demands of college and workplace writing and accomplish different communicative tasks in daily life. Tom demonstrated ways to teach rhetorical forms such as narration, description, comparison/contrast and persuasion to English language learners. Follow the link to learn more. Practice of rhetorical forms, he stressed, should lead to mastery of socially useful and empowering forms of writing. (Handout available here.)

You can reach the presenters by e-mail at fcoates1@unm.edu ; TPierce@cnm.edu; Lonnie@vibrante.com

NMTESOL is already making plans for the Spring 2010 Workshop. If you would like to present, please contact us at nmtesol@gmail.com

Annual Meeting

We would like to remind members of NMTESOL that the annual meeting will be help on Friday, December 4, from 6-8 pm.  in Albuquerque. This meeting is required by our bylaws, but it is also a chance for us to get together and get to know each other better.

Three officer positions will be filled at this annual meeting: Treasurer, President, and Director A.

In addition to the business portion of the meeting, there will be a potluck dinner. Please bring a dish to share.  Drinks will be provided.

If you are not yet a member of NMTESOL but would like to join, we will be happy to take your membership application and dues at this meeting.

Date: December 4, 2009

Time: 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Place: 4904 Camino De Monte NE, Albuquerque


Mark your calendars!

On Saturday, October 10th, NM TESOL will conduct a teacher training workshop at the North Valley Branch Library at 7704 2nd St. NW in Albuquerque.  The schedule is being finalized and will be posted as soon as it is available.

The workshop is free and open to the public.  You don’t have to be a member of NM TESOL to attend, so please come and bring your friends and colleagues.

Newsletter – Spring 2009


Here is our Spring 2009 Newsletter. Please feel free to access an electronic version (PDF) here by clicking on the cover, and let us know if you want to be added to our mailing list: nmtesol@gmail.com!

Also, we invite you to contribute to our Summer issue; please share your ideas!

In this Issue:

  • Spotlight on Penny Mortier: NMTESOL Secretary
  • A Tutor’s Journey to Teaching Caregivers
  • Membership Information
  • Comparatives vs. Superlatives
  • Summary of TESOL-Denver
  • Overview of ESL Program at San Juan College
  • Announcement: Nancy Pearl in New Mexico!
  • Vocabulary Building Activities

Happy reading and enjoy your break!

Collaboration at NMAEA Teachers’ Institute

The New Mexico Adult Education Association held its 2009 Teachers’ Institute this weekend. Participants from all over New Mexico attended including NMTESOL members Bill Ancker, Penny Mortier, Anita Evans, Gail Janezich, Andrea Gaytan, Shari Jobe, and Jennifer Herrin. Ms. Herrin presented two (2) workshops which have been uploaded here if you would like copies. Thank you Shari and everyone at NMAEA for a great institute; we look forward to more collaboration!Workshop at NMAEA

Lesson Planning: handout 1
Lesson Planning: handout 2

Six (6) Tasks for Task-based learning: Handout

Mini-conference Success!

We would like to thank everyone at Santa Fe Community College and NMTESOL who collaborated on a wonderful mini-conference on Saturday. Participants ranged from Los Lunas, Belen, Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Springer, and more!

Icebreaker at Workshop
Icebreaker at Workshop

Also, 20 new members joined NMTESOL – our base is growing 🙂

More handouts from the conference will be posted here soon!

Sponge Activities – Bill Ancker
Transition: Bridging the W I D E Gap – Susan Tollefson