News and Events

This is your link to TESOL news and events in the Wheaton area.



Strategic Priorities Update

ELICIn the latest issue of the Strategic Priorities Update, Dr. Ryken, President of Wheaton College, emphasized the growing importance and need to "Globalize a Wheaton Education." Dr. Ryken specifically highlighted the "productive partnership" that the Intercultural Studies Department has with the ELIC program in Asia and the work that Dr. Alan Seaman and Dr. Pam Barger have been doing there recently. Follow this link to read more.

Passport to Adventure!

For the past six years Dr. Alan Seaman (Associate Professor of Intercultural Studies and TESOL) has been the Senior Editor of the Passport to Adventure, an English as a Foreign Language series. This massive project involved not only writing the material, but also arranging audio recordings (over many weekends) with a children’s choir from the Community School of the Arts and Wheaton College conservatory musicians to produce original songs for the various books.
This is a textbook series for children in Christian schools in Asia, Latin America, Africa, and Europe—a major endeavor at integrating faith with foreign language education in national schools.

Each level (K-6) has taken over a year to finalize, and Alan has been developing these multiple levels simultaneously. Every decision goes through Alan: editorial, copyediting, design, audio recording, teacher-training program for the series, as well as hiring and payments.  He was assisted by a series of TESOL graduate students who were hired as Project Managers.

In addition, Alan has published over 25 journal articles on TESOL and materials for teachers to use in adult education. He has been involved in over 75 invited conference presentations and international workshops.

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Department Events

Gration Inaugural Lectureship

When: Tuesday, September 30, 2014
              7:30 – 9pm
Where: Barrows Auditorium, BGC

President and CEO of World Relief Stephan Bauman will deliver the lecture titled "The Good News of Justice: Pursuing Evangelism in a Post Modern World."

Stephan Bauman will be participating in a variety of events on campus throughout his three-day visit. Please see the Department Events page for times, locations, and brief descriptions of the events.

Illinois TESOL/BE Fall WorkshopIllinois TESOL/BE Fall Workshop

Location: Condordia University, River Forest, IL
Saturday, October 25, 2014

This year's workshop is entitled Policy Matters. Please click this link to get more information or you can follow the link to register online.

Visit Department Events to find information on any special and annual department socials.


TESOL 2015: International Convention & English Language Expo

Location: Toronto, Ontario, CANADA
Dates: March 25-28, 2015TESOL Conference 2015

The annual TESOL convention offers English-language teaching (ELT) professionals and scholars from around the globe the premier opportunity for professional development. ELT educators and scholars from 100 countries exchange ideas and practices, enhance their knowledge of a vast range of ELT content areas, keep up with current trends, expand their professional networks, engage in mentoring on research and other projects, review the latest professional publications and resources, and learn about advocacy efforts in their community and around the world.

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