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English Language Learning


Washington College proudly hosted the 2015 Maryland TESOL conference. This annual conference attracts professionals in the field of English Language Learning from across the state, as well as from Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.

Held on October 17, 2015, it was the first time the conference was hosted on the Eastern Shore. The conference started at 9:00 with an opening address by Yeji Yoon, President of Maryland TESOL, followed by welcoming remarks from Washington College President Sheila Bair. In keeping with this year’s conference theme, “Beyond Borders: Connecting Diverse Perspectives,” we welcomed session presenters from across the state of Maryland, and as far away as Ecuador, Turkey and Libya.

Featured Speaker

Our plenary speaker, Dr. Eli Hinkel, has taught ESL and applied linguistics, as well as trained teachers, for nearly thirty five years. She has published numerous books and articles on learning second culture, and second language grammar, writing, and pragmatics. Her recent books deal with research in second language learning, the effects of culture on teaching and language learning, approaches to teaching L2 grammar, language features of L2 written text, and practical techniques for teaching L2 academic writing. She is also the editor of the Routledge ESL & Applied Linguistics Professional Series of books and textbooks for teachers and graduate students. A respected speaker, she has presented widely in North America and many countries around the world and was one of the invited speakers for the 2012 TESOL International Convention in Philadelphia. 

Read more about the conference in campus news.

Maryland TESOL

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