Mini-Conference Reports

The 2011 Higher Ed and Adult Ed Mini conference was held on Saturday, February 26, 2011 at the University of Utah.

There were six presenters, many of whom have recently served on the I-TESOL Board:  Norm Evans, James Hartshorn (secretary), Troy Cox (past president), Ben McMurry (past treasurer; webmaster), Grant Eckstein (past Higher Ed IS chair), and Marisa Lee.

Their workshop defined the term curriculum and provided a step-by-step guide for creating and improving an ESL curriculum by dividing the process into clear, inexpensive, and effective steps. Specifically, we used the ADDIE model for instructional design.

ADDIE stands for Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation, and Evaluation. They used this model to present ways to analyze the needs of a program, design and develop program solutions, implement those solutions, and evaluate their success.  They also discussed how a curriculum could continue to improve naturally when stability, cohesion, and responsiveness are kept in balance.  To facilitate uptake of their instruction, they presented an extended vocabulary example of curriculum development from their own recent program re-design at BYU’s English Language Center.

Additionally, their workshop mixed instruction with interaction.  For instance, attendees participated by discussing their own institutions and ways that each step of the ADDIE model could function for them—though this was admittedly rushed and a little complicated at times.

Overall, the workshop was a success.  Several attendees stayed for additional questions and requested more interactions and feedback from some of the presenters.  After the workshop, all feasted on pizza, pasta, and brownies.

Thanks to the many attendees and assistants who made this the most well attended Higher Education and Adult Education Mini Conference in recent history.

As an epilogue to their Mini Conference, the presenters took their workshop to TESOL in New Orleans where they presented it as a full-day Pre-Convention Institute.  It was the highest attended institute of the convention, with nearly double the participants of any other institute.  Way to go Utah!

Upcoming Conferences

Literacies for All

Register now for the Literacies for All conference July 21-24 in Las Vegas, NV http://www.ncte.org/wlu/institute.  Teachers, families, and students are invited to share their stories of the experiences they have had within and beyond the classroom to nurture the literate identities of the communities in which they live.  Keynote speakers include Ernest Morrell, Mariana Souto-Manning, Kadir Nelson, and Linda Christensen.

Member Spotlight: Ben McMurry

Ben McMurry is currently serving as the Treasurer and Webmaster for I-TESOL.  Ben grew up in Texas, but has lived in Utah for about that last 10 years.  He just finished working full-time at BYU’s English Language Center and he is currently in school to working on a Ph.D. 

Previously he served as the Higher-Ed Interest Section chair.  He reports that he really enjoys working with I-TESOL because it has given me the chance to meet people that have the same interests as he does.  Ben invites people to visit his website http://www.benmcmurry.com or blog http://blog.benmcmurry.com.

Westminster College

Westminster College’s English as a Second Language Institute is currently seeking adjunct instructors for the following courses in the Fall 2011 semester, which will begin Aug. 24, 2011. The courses that adjuncts will teach in this program are:


ESL 141 Academic Speaking and Listening (Advanced level) TTH 12:00-1:15 (3 credits)

ESL 153 Advanced Grammar and Vocabulary TTH 2:00-3:15 (3 credits)

ESL 141 emphasizes speaking and listening skills in the context of a small, liberal arts college.  This includes participating in class and small-group discussions, taking notes during lecture, giving presentations, and talking to professors during office hours.

ESL 153 is an advanced level course with an emphasis on editing, written grammar, and vocabulary from the Academic Word List.  This includes the words’ grammatical features and common lexical chunks such as collocations.

Adjunct pay ranges from $720 per credit to $870 per credit, depending on teaching experience and degree.

Applications for this position must possess a Master’s degree in TESOL, applied linguistics, or related field.  Preferred candidates will also possess teaching experience in a related field.  Application materials, including vitae, and a cover letter, which expresses interest in teaching one or both of the classes above should be sent to Jennifer Ritter jritter@westminstercollege.edu. She can also be contacted at 801 832 2377.





Salt Lake Community College Job Opportunity

Salt Lake Community College is looking for ESL certified teachers who can teach our Developmental Reading (RDG 900) courses.  The majority of the students in these courses speak English as an additional language, but there may also be some native speakers of English in the classes.  The main purpose of these courses is to help students develop and improve academic reading skills.  There are two sections that we need teachers for immediately (see schedule below).  Adjunct teachers are compensated at a rate of $630.00 per credit hour (RDG 0900 courses are 5 credit hours).  Classes begin on Thursday, March 3rd.   If you are interested and available to teach, please send a resume with current contact information to the SLCC Reading Coordinator, Brent Green (brent.green@slcc.edu ).

Open sections

RDG 0900 022 Taylorsville Redwood Campus MTWRF 12:00 pm-01:50 pm  03/03-04/28

RDG 0900 023 Taylorsville Redwood Campus  MWF 02:00 pm-04:50 pm      03/03-04/28

Need People to Fill a Few More ESL Teaching Openings in China (URGENT)

Need People to Fill a Few More ESL Teaching Openings in China (URGENT)

I am currently helping SEVERAL schools (children & adult) located in various culturally-rich cities of China to fill a few URGENT full-time English teaching positions, one year contract. Applicants need to have bachelors degree.  Schools are starting in September and many schools in China, due to program rapid growth, have had difficulty recruiting good teachers from overseas.  Detailed job descriptions can be sent to those who are interested.  Since I am a recruiter, please send me your resume and I will try to best match your background and preference with the right job in China.

I am a former Beijing Olympic consultant, a native of Nanjing China educated in Hong Kong, and a graduate from BYU-Hawaii.

Tony Tao
Vice President
Eastgate Inc.
Cell: +86 139-8336-3774 (China Mobile)
Skype: TonyTaoChina
Email: tony@eastgate.biz

Westminster English as a Second Language Institute

We are seeking adjunct instructors for our summer academic ESL
program.   This program is for upper-intermediate to advanced students
who will begin regular instructions at Westminster during the fall

Classes may include:
•       Academic speaking and listening (10:00-11:25 MWF)
•       Academic reading and writing (10:00 – 12:10 TTh)

Applicants must have an MATESOL or equivalent.  Instructors must be
available to teach from June 18 though August 13, 2010.

If you are interested in any of these positions, email a cover letter
and curriculum vitae to Jennifer Ritter:

You may contact Jennifer at 801.832.2377 for information.

Program Information can be found online at:  www.westminstercollege.edu/esl

English Teaching Opportunity in Henan, China

English Teaching Opportunity in Henan, China

China School Recruiting ESL Teachers

Luoyang No. 2 Foreign Language School is located in Luoyang, Henan Province. It is a part of the Luoyang educational system and has been designated as a major school by the Henan Province Department of Education.  The school is located on Liulin Rd, just south of east Jiudu Rd., near beautiful Luopu Park. Here you will find the most modern facilities such as a synthetic rubber playground, advanced science laboratories, multi-  media computer lab, music room, art and physique classrooms, a modern library and piano rooms. As a foreign language middle school, we have the privilege of inviting English-  speaking foreign teachers to teach at our school. In addition, we participate in a teacher exchange program with the US-   China National Relations Committee. Many of our English-  speaking teachers have participated in this program as exchange teachers for a year in America. Currently, we have one foreign teacher from America, Gail Chou, who says she wants to stay here because of the administration, the teachers, and especially the students.  Our school provides the foreign language expert with a modern apartment that features many conveniences such as a microwave, cable television, and internet access –   at no charge. The apartment is conveniently located on the school grounds. Now we are looking for one or two teachers for teaching spoken English skills to middle school students.19-  20 periods per week, each period 40 minitues.Monthly salary of 3500-  4200 RMB(in a community where basic living expenses are less than 500 RMB per month), plus travel bonus. Ten month contract with renewal option.

Contract Terms

Vacancy: 2
Gender: M / F
Degree: TESOL/TEFL, College, Bachelor, Master, Doctor
Major: Linguistics/Literature, Education –  related, Other
Work Experience: Three years or above three years
Teacher or expert: teacher
Age: Unspecific
Nationality: American, British, Canadian, Australian
Language: English
Contract duration: One year
Starting date: As soon as possible
Working place: On campus
Workload: 19-  20 periods per week (40 minutes per period)
Monthly salary (RMB): 3500-  4200
Courses to teach: Spoken English, Conversation
Air fare (RMB): Round trip of one year contract
Travel allowance (RMB): 2200 of one year contract
Meals: Cooking utensils provided
Board: On campus

Contact Person:

Caixia Li (Ms Li)
Manager –   Foreign Teacher Program
Luoyang No. 2 Foreign Language School
Tel: +86-  379-  61720888
Fax: +86-  379-  63580709
Email: Licaixia90@hotmail.com
Website: www.ly2y.com (in Chinese)
Address: Liulin South Road, Old City Zone,Luoyang, Henan,China


SLCC is still looking for ESL certified teachers to teach our Developmental Reading courses.  We have two new courses beginning on Oct. 20th!  These are 8 week courses that meet MWF for 2 hours.  The open times are from 8:00-9:50 am and 10:00-11:50 am.  If you are interested in teaching for SLCC, please send an email message and an attached copy of your CV to Brent Green (brent dot green at slcc dot edu).


Brent A. Green, PhD

Associate Professor

Reading and Learning Enhancement Coordinator

Salt Lake Community College

(801) 957-4152

Salt Lake Community College is looking ESL certified teacher

Salt Lake Community College is looking ESL certified teachers who can teach our Developmental Reading (RDG 0900) courses.  The majority of the students in these courses speak English as an additional language, but there may also be some native speakers of English in the classes.  The main purpose of these courses is to help students develop and improve academic reading skills.  We have two sections that are currently open.  These sections are daily from  7:00 to 7:50 a.m.   and 8:00 to 8:50 a.m. and are taught at our Taylorsville Redwood Campus.  Adjunct teachers are compensated at a rate of $580.00 per credit hour (RDG 0900 courses are 5 credit hours).  Classes begin on August 26th.  If you are interested and available to teach one or both of these courses, please send a resume with current contact information to the SLCC Reading Coordinator, Brent Green (brent.green@slcc.edu ).

Part Time ESL Teacher Needed, Granite Peaks Adult Education

Granite Peaks Adult Education is currently hiring a part time Adult ESL Teacher for an expanding program.  Please forward this notice to any interested.  To apply, send a resume and cover letter to jchristenson@graniteschools.org.


Granite Peaks Refugee Outreach Project at the LDS Humanitarian Center; funded by the Utah State Refugee Services Office


Teacher will be responsible for teaching one group of approximately 25 adult students, 3 hours per day.  Adult students are participants in a work training program, and receive 3 hours of ESL class, 1 hour of volunteer class, and 4 hours of work training per day.  Adult students are recently resettled refugee students from Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and elsewhere.

Teacher may be assigned low-beginning, high-beginning or intermediate level ESL students, based on experience and preference.  Teacher will be responsible to plan and prepare for lessons.  Teaching materials will be available.  Two full time Granite Peaks teachers also work at the site and will be available for support. virtual craps

Teacher needed 7-10 a.m. Monday through Friday *OR* 12:30-3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Teacher will be located at the LDS Humanitarian Center, 1665 S. Bennett Road (2000 W.), Salt Lake City.

Teacher will be hired through Granite Peaks Adult Education (Granite School District).  This project is a collaboration between Granite Peaks, the Utah State Refugee Services Office, and the Latter Day Saint Humanitarian Center.


  • Must have experience teaching ESL to adult immigrants and/or refugees
  • Must interact positively with diverse populations.
  • Experience teaching and/or working with refugees preferred
  • Experience teaching adult students with limited previous education preferred
  • TESOL Certification and/or Teacher Certification preferred

ANTICIPATED START DATE: September 14, 2009 or sooner

SALARY: Pay according to experience and education.  Certified teachers paid on Granite School District’s hourly pay schedule.  

*Send resume and cover letter to jchristenson@graniteschools.org before September 7. 

NOTE:  Additional hourly teaching positions are also currently available at Granite Peaks Learning Center