Call for Applicants: Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA) Volunteer Peer Reviewer Training Opportunity Applications now available:

Call for Applicants:  Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA) Volunteer Peer Reviewer Training Opportunity  Applications now available:

  •  Are you planning on attending the NYS TESOL 49th Annual Conference? 
  •  Do you work in a post secondary setting? 
  •  Are you interested in new professional development opportunities?   

The Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA) is pleased to announce a training event for volunteer peer reviewers to be held in conjunction with the NYS TESOL 49th Annual Conference November 14-16, 2019 in White Plains, NY. 

CEA Reviewer Training will be provided by CEA staff on Thursday and Friday, November 14-15, 2019. This special opportunity represents the mutual commitment on the part of CEA and NYS TESOL to promote the interests of post secondary level faculty, staff and administrators. Prospective reviewers must apply to the CEA Reviewer Selection Committee in order to be approved as reviewers before being formally invited to attend the Reviewer Training workshop. 
There is no fee for the training, and participants are encouraged to register for and attend the NYS TESOL 49th Annual Conference (early registration deadline September 1). For more information about the NYS TESOL 49th Annual Conference, please see

Who is a CEA Peer Reviewer? 
CEA is the only specialized accreditation agency for post-secondary English language programs. CEA peer reviewers are volunteers who are knowledgeable about postsecondary English language programs and institutions and the field of ESL and language teaching in general. CEA peer reviewers have experience with accreditation, self-study and/or program evaluation and must meet CEA’s established reviewer criteria to be accepted to participate in a Reviewer Training Workshop. 
What does a CEA Peer Reviewer do? 
Reviewers are volunteers who perform two essential functions in the CEA accreditation process: They review programs and institutions that voluntarily request peer review; and they provide a written report of the review to the Commission. Most reviewers typically go on two site visits each year. Site visits are two and a half days, and CEA covers all expenses for peer reviewers. 
How can someone become a CEA Peer Reviewer? 
Reviewer requirements: 
• earned graduate degree in a discipline related to language instruction and educational administration (masters in TESOL or closely related field highly preferred)..
 • qualified professional at the post-secondary level with demonstrated involvement in professional activities.
• expertise in one or more domains of knowledge related to program or institution operations and some experience in the self-study process, especially in the areas of program accreditation and/or administration.
 • effective communicator with demonstrated communication skills, team-building skills, and report-writing skills. 
Application materials can be found on the CEA Website at
The application requires a cover letter, completed Reviewer Application Form and a resume.   

Please apply before September 15, 2019 in order to participate at this training. 
CEA offers other reviewer training opportunities. 
➢ The training workshop is free to potential reviewers; however, CEA does not subsidize the cost of transportation, lodging, or meals for your trip to the workshop. 
➢ More information about the workshop will be provided if your application is approved and you are invited to participate in the Reviewer Training Workshop. 
If you have questions about the application and training process or reviewer qualifications, please contact Melissa Van De Wege, Accreditation Review Manager at [email protected] 
This workshop is not open to the public and is not part of the NYS TESOL 49th Annual Conference registration process. 
You do not need to register or attend the NYS TESOL 49th Annual Conference in order to participate in the workshop. Attendance at the training workshop is separate from attendance at the NYS TESOL 49th Annual Conference.  

NYS TESOL 49th Annual Conference — November 14-16, 2019

Strategies for Success: Supporting English/Multi-Language Learners in All Learning Environments

Register now at a discounted rate

This year NYS TESOL is offering three full days of workshops, site visits, plenary speakers, and sessions. We are pleased to be bringing the conference back to the beautiful Crowne Plaza in White Plains, NY, a convenient drive or train ride from upstate or NYC. In New York State, all teachers are teachers of English Language Learners, and so we encourage all teachers, teacher educators, support staff, and administrators to attend the conference. Whether you are an ENL/Bilingual teacher, an elementary teacher, a high school math teacher, an adult educator, or a college professor, we will have sessions geared toward you.

Be sure to check out our conference line-up! We encourage you to bring your colleagues to the conference so that you can collaborate on ways to support English Language Learners. Also, you have the opportunity to earn up to 6 CTLE credits per day of attendance.

This year we are including a one year membership to NYS TESOL through 2020 with all conference registrations. In addition, this year we have included breakfast and lunch in your registration so that we have lots of opportunity to dine and share together during the conference. We hope that you will find this convenient, enjoyable, and productive!

I hope you are looking forward to the NYS TESOL 49th Annual Conference as much as I am. Please share this conference information with anyone in your network who may be interested in attending! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Any questions, please contact [email protected] 

2019 Scholarships


The deadline for accepting scholarship applications has been extended to June 30! 

Please share the news widely with colleagues and students. We’re looking forward to being able to assist students with their college costs. 

The purpose of these awards is to encourage English Language Learners to expand their horizons, define their dreams and attend college.  Please encourage any worthy students to apply.  If you have more than one applicant, please feel free to make copies of the enclosed packet.  Be advised that ONLY the requested documentation will be reviewed.

It is our hope that the winners, their families, and teachers will be able to attend the award ceremony at our fall conference.  The money will be available upon receipt of the student’s proof of enrollment for the spring 2020 semester.  Winning essays will be published in ConnTESOL’s newsletter and on our website.

HS scholarship 19

Adult Scholarship 19


Call for submissions

NYS TESOL Journal  Volume 7, Issue 1

Deadline for Submissions: August 30, 2019

(Publication Date: January 2020)

Submit manuscripts online at:

For general inquiries, please contact the Journal Editors at [email protected]

Aim and Scope

The NYS TESOL Journal is the official journal of the New York State Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (NYS TESOL). It is a refereed academic journal published biannually each winter and summer. Articles in the NYS TESOL Journalfocus on theory, research, pedagogy, and educational policy related to the teaching of English to speakers of other languages, including U.S.-born bilinguals, “generation 1.5” students, immigrants, and international students. Articles may focus on any educational level, from kindergarten to university, as well as on adult school and workplace literacy settings. As part of our mission to serve the field, we have a mentoring option. For every issue, we endeavor to ‘mentor’ one submission and guide junior scholars in the process of academic publishing.

Guidelines for Submission

  • Submission is open to all; you do not need to be a member of the NYS TESOL association to submit a manuscript.
  • The submission guidelines must be strictly followed. The Editorial Office will return submissions for adjustments if the guidelines are not being adhered to as expressed below.

The editorial board seeks submissions in the following four categories:

1. Feature articles (5,000 to 6,000 words, inclusive of references, tables, and figures): These articles focus on theory, research, pedagogy, and/or educational policy. Feature articles should show evidence of rigorous scholarship, make an original contribution to the field of education, contain ample references, and provide readers with insights relevant to TESOL learning and teaching. Feature articles should be driven by pedagogical problems and research questions that address those problems. We welcome all methodological research paradigms; in all cases we ask authors to keep the literature review and methods sections succinct and emphasize the findings and the applications of those findings to pedagogical issues. Articles that contain statistical analysis must be accessible to a general audience of educators. All submissions are blind peer reviewed.

2. Brief reports (3,000 to 4,500 words, inclusive of references, tables, and figures): These articles are briefer and less formal than feature articles. Based on current or emergent trends in the field of TESOL, brief reports include (a) pilot studies, (b) research in progress, or (c) policy briefs. All submissions are blind peer reviewed.  NOTE 1: NYSTJ does not publish ‘best practices’ but on occasion it may publish a strong pedagogically oriented brief report, framed within a specific theory of learning, or teaching. NOTE 2: NYSTJ does not publish literature reviews, unless they are “state of the art’ reviews by leaders in the field.

3. Materials (book and online resources) reviews (500 to 1,000 words, inclusive of references): The NYS TESOL Journal welcomes submissions of ESOL resources in print, e-version or web-based. The materials should be related to teaching practices. Currently, we encourage prospective reviewers to select the materials for review and check with the Editors for relevance. If you wish to review resources on technology or anything related to e-sources or software, please be mindful of the most recent editions or observe the up-to-two-year publishing date. All submissions are peer-reviewed.

4. Readers’ comments and views (500 to 1,000 words, inclusive of references): The Journal welcomes comments from the readership on published articles in any of the following formats: a reflection, reaction, short analysis, brief critique, or a personal experience connected to any of the articles published in the Journal, or any topic, or issue previously published in NYSTJ. If you wish to comment more broadly, with an existing published article in NYSTJ as a starting point, please consult the editor. This contribution is editor-reviewed.

5. *new* “Alternative perspectives” (500 – 1,000): This new category aims at providing a forum for diverse perspectives on one issue or topic. We encourage truly innovative, unusual, or rare positions on issues or teaching methodologies as a way of including all voices in the professional conversation. Note: This new category has been designated as  ‘open review’ category as a way of piloting a more progressive approach towards the peer review process.

Manuscript Format

Note: Allow 8-12 weeks for manuscript status notification (after the close of the Call for Submissions).

• Manuscript style and bibliographic references should conform to the conventions specified in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th Edition.

• All submissions should be double-spaced in 12 point Times New Roman font, with 1 inch margins on all sides.

• The page number and running head should be placed in the upper right-hand corner of each page.

• The title page should be submitted as a separate document and include each author’s name, affiliation, address, telephone numbers, and email address.

  • Where relevant, appendices should be used, particularly for sample surveys or any other data gathering instruments.
  • Where relevant, acknowledgments should be included at the end of the article (if the article was part of a grant or any other special funding or special project).

• Submitted manuscripts should begin with a 150-word abstract, with a list of 5 keywords, numbered as page 1.

• The review process is anonymous so authors should not be identified anywhere within the body of the article. Authors should also remove their names as authors of the document and all identifying information in “properties.”

•One submission per author per call, please.

Note: Submissions will be checked and if they do not follow the guidelines, they will be returned to the authors for corrections or updates.

Submission Procedure

To submit a feature article, a brief report, a review, or a reader’s comment, visit our online submission system at This is the preferred method of submission.

If you cannot use the online submission form, please send an email with the manuscript (with no identifying author information) and a separate title page with identifying information to the Editors at [email protected]. If submitting via email, please make sure your subject line clearly indicates what type of manuscript you are submitting (i.e., “NYS TESOL Journal submission/Feature article” or “NYS TESOL Journal submission/Materials review”).

It is understood that manuscripts have not been previously published and are not currently under consideration for publication elsewhere.

Review of manuscripts will begin after the call for proposals deadline. In some cases, accepted manuscripts may undergo several rounds of substantive revision before they are ready for publication.

When a manuscript has been formally accepted for publication, authors will be required to submit a complete electronic copy of the final version, including all figures, charts, tables, appendices, and illustrations.

Editorship and Ethics

•    NYS TESOL Journal reserves the right to make non-substantive editorial changes for style, clarity, and consistency.

•    For Special Themed Issues, the Journal reserves the right to make the final article selection for the publication.

•    We expect all reviewers, editors and authors to consider fair practices and to inform the Journal of any possible conflict of interest situations.

Open Access Statement 

The NYS TESOL Journal is a peer-reviewed, open access academic journal. We believe that open access to scholarship is critical for scholarly communication. For that reason we pledge to make all articles freely accessible and we allow authors to self-archive their publications on the web. Further, in the tradition of open-access journals, the NYS TESOL journal makes all articles freely available to readers. Authors are never charged any article processing fees. 

NYS TESOL Journal Self Archiving Policy

The NYS TESOL Journal allows self-archiving. When a manuscript is accepted into the Journal, authors do not sign a Copyright Transfer Statement (CTS) to the NYS TESOL Journal. Authors retain intellectual property rights to their published work.

Since the NYS TESOL Journal is an Open Access (OA) Gold Journal, authors may self-archive their accepted manuscript on their own web sites. Authors may also deposit their article in any academic repository immediately after official publication. An author may use the publisher’s version of the final article, which is posted on the NYS TESOL Journal web site, for the purpose of self-archiving or deposit.

The author may post his/her own version, provided acknowledgement is given to the NYS TESOL Journal as the original source of publication. The link must be provided by inserting the permanent URL (or DOI) where the article originally resides (on the NYS TESOL Journal web site).

Examples of permanent URLs are: or

For questions regarding self-archiving, please contact NYS TESOL Journal Technical Support at [email protected]

For general inquiries, please contact the Journal Editors at [email protected] 

2019 Scholarships Are Here!

ConnTESOL is pleased to announce the opening of applications for 2019 High School and Adult Scholarship Awards! Applications can be found on ConnTESOL’s home page.

The purpose of these awards is to encourage English Language Learners to expand their horizons, define their dreams and attend college.  Please encourage any worthy students to apply.  If you have more than one applicant, please feel free to make copies of the enclosed packet.  Be advised that ONLY the requested documentation will be reviewed.

The deadline for receiving completed applications will be April 30, 2019. It is our hope that the winners, their families, and teachers will be able to attend the award ceremony at our fall conference.  The money will be available upon receipt of the student’s proof of enrollment for the spring 2020 semester.  Winning essays will be published in ConnTESOL’s newsletter and on our website.

ConnTESOL 2018 Keynote Speaker Slides

A heartfelt 2018 ConnTESOL THANK YOU to all of our presenters, vendors, speakers, panelists, and of course, attendees.

Dr. Long has graciously shared his Powerpoint slides which accompanied his keynote address. They are available for download here.