Regions: New York City

Region Leadership

Jordan Van Horn and Tristan Thorne, co-chairs


Upcoming Events

Title: Teaching Vocabulary to Enhance Academic Writing

Date: Friday, March 29th Time: 5-7pm

Location: Columbia University (location details in confirmation email)

Description: ESL instructors from NYC higher-education institutions will share their insights, strategies, and techniques on teaching vocabulary to improve students' academic writing.

Title: Tech in Ten

Date: Tuesday, April 16th

Time: 6-8pm

Location: Barruch College, CUNY

Description: Learn novel ideas for incorporating technology into your classes in this fast-paced and dynamic event! Each presenter has ten minutes to demonstrate a tech tool for ESL education, followed by a short Q&A.

Past Events

NYS TESOL NYC Region Workshop- "Tech in Ten" - held at Baruch College, CUNY on Nov 30, 2017. Photos from the event below.

NYS TESOL NYC Region Workshop- Tues Nov 7, 2017- 6pm-8pm, Columbia University,  Sponsored by NYS TESOL NYC Region in collaboration with Columbia University’s American Language Program. Workshop entitled "Read to Write: Ideas for Teaching Academic Writing". View flyer.

Tech in Ten!: A NYS TESOL NYC Region Workshop- Thurs April 13, 2017- 6pm-8pm, Baruch College, CUNY, 55 Lexington Ave, . See flyer here

Photos from our April 13, 2017 event!

Tech in Ten!: A NYS TESOL NYC Region Workshop- Wed Nov 16, 2016- 6pm-8pm, Baruch College, CUNY, 55 Lexington Ave. See flyer here

Photos from our Nov 16, 2016 event!

Tech in Ten!: A NYS TESOL NYC Region Workshop- Wed June 22, 2016- 6pm-8pm, Baruch College, CUNY, 55 Lexington Ave

On Saturday, May 7, 2016, the Rennert New York TESOL Center held its fourth semi-annual TESOL mini-conference in collaboration with NYS TESOL. Over 75 teachers and administrators of adult ESL programs around New York attended. Presenters included Rennert New York Center Director James Stakenburg, Rennert Director of Studies Caroline McKinnon, and Autumn Westphal, Rennert's Head of Teacher Training, as well as NYS TESOL Business Manager, Cynthia Wiseman, NYS TESOL VP of Outreach, Tilla Alexander and NYS TESOL Director of Regions, Ching Ching Lin.

Check out some Facebook photos (public album) from the mini conference

NYS TESOL NYC Region Workshop -Advanced Literacy Workshop, Methodologies for Grades 3-12- Wednesday April 20, 2016 from 5pm-7pm. View flyer and RSVP to

New York City Region Salon
"Emotionally Responsive Teaching"

Date: May 4, 2014

Click on the image below to see photos from the May 4 Salon.

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New York City Region Salon
"Transitions from High School to College"
Date: March 16, 2014

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Language, Society, & Culture Conference being held at Bronx Community College (CUNY)
March 7th, 2014

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New York City Region Salon
What are the Questions that Generate Writing? Using Nonfiction with our ESOL Students
Feb 11, 2013

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Selected Comments from the Feb 2013 Salon

"It's so important for us to remind ourselves what it's like to be in the student's shoes. Experiencing an activity I might ask my students to do gives me a fresh perspective of their experience. Also, it was great to meet colleagues and bounce ideas around with such a warm friendly group. As teachers, we are so often isolated from each other in our own classrooms, so it's a wonderful opportunity for fellowship." - Marcella

"It's great to put myself in my students' shoes and remember how challenging writing is!"

"Invigorating and inspiring. I did mental somersaults all evening, generating and responding to extended reasoning questions. Thank you for the support! These experiences are indispensable for teachers preparing to meet and inspire their students." -Andrew

"I really enjoy all the practical and fresh ideas for the next day classes that we get from the Salons. Networking opportunities are great!!! " -Valentina

"At tonight's Salon, I was pleasantly surprised, not-so-pleasantly shocked, and stimulated through it all . . . I was stimulated to think beyond what I do in my day-to-day classroom, pleasantly surprised to realize that a lot of what I do in my classroom is on the right track, and my questions are normally on the higher order end of thinking, and shocked to remember that being a student is mentally exhausting."

"Excellent Salon that made me think deeper about the kinds of questions I ask my students. Time to do some high-order thinking for my next class! Good refresher on 4 types of questions. Friendly, and I feel so comfortable networking and chatting with other attendees. " -Angie

"This Salon helped us develop critical thinking questions that move current discussions forward." -John

"It's always interesting to grapple with an assignment from the perspective of being a student, not the teacher."

"If only we could have the Salons like that more often. Writing based on critical thinking is what both instructors and students need." - Irene

"Helping Our Students Speak and Understand: Teaching Vocabulary Strategies" 
November 13, 2012

"Teaching Our Students to Advocate for Themselves"
October 23, 2012

"Are Those Your Words?" - The Sensitivity of and Solutions to Plagiarism
January 18, 2012

Some comments from the Salons:

I am on the train now- the Salon was magnificent- how wonderful to have the chance to network with colleagues in such a relaxed atmosphere- great topic- good energy. 

Thank you so much for hosting a wonderful Salon. It was interesting. So nice to meet others interested in similar issues. ~Rachel

The Salon on plagiarism inspired me to try out a new many-pronged approach to getting my students to pay attention. The students report that other teachers warn them not to plagiarize, but don't really show them the skills they need. ~Bonny

Panel Discussion and Dance Performance
"Understanding the Classroom Culture: Differences from Home Countries to Here"
May 13, 2011

On Friday, May 13, 2011, there was a joint program with NYS TESOL and The New School with student panelists in conversation and a dance choreographed and performed by a former student.  Visit the Adult Education SIG page for more information.

Book Club: Spring 2011
Date: Saturday, June 4, 2011
Time: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Location: The International Center in New York
50 W. 23rd St., 7th Floor
New York, NY 10010

Book Discussed: The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures, Anne Fadiman

At this spring event, we will

  • discuss the themes that permeate the book
  • share favorite passages from the book
  • create activities to use with the book

Book Club: Spring 2011
Date: Thursday, March 31, 2011
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Location: LaGuardia Community College / CUNY
E500 / 5th Floor of E Building / 31-10 Thomson Ave. 
(Closest to the 33rd St. station on the 7 train)

Fee: Free to NYS TESOL Members & LAGCC Staff / Non-members: $10.00

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope
by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer
New York: Harper Perennial, 2009

At this spring event, we will

  • discuss the themes that permeate the book
  • share favorite passages from the book
  • brainstorm activities inspired by the book

The following is an excerpt from an review from one of Joe Tillman's graduate students in the TESOL program at the University of Missouri:

William Kamkwamba's story is one of intense motivation and proof that with enthusiasm and ingenuity one can achieve great things. His stories are alluring and direct the reader through a world of hazards, hunger, and hope. No longer does the word `impossible' hold value after reading William’s story. With the correct mixture of motivation, imagination, and the scientific method, real hope can emerge and great things can be accomplished. This is his lesson and it cannot go unheard. 

~ Brad Moore (2010) / Professor Joe Tillman

On Wednesday, April 21, 2010 the NYC Region was very happy to host an event exploring the culture and educational systems of different countries. Entitled "The Explorer Culture Series" the event was held at The International Center in Manhattan.

Ramadan Mahamat Abakar, an elementary school teacher from Chad and Dukar Bum, a secondary school teacher from Tibet spoke about their experiences as educators. Both speakers also brought traditional food from their countries to share with the group.

We are planning to host another similar event in the near future, please check the website for more details.