Hawai'i TESOL

       Welcome to Hawaii TESOL 




Join us for our Language Learning Experience. Put yourself in the shoes of a language learner to gain some forgotten insights on what it's like to learn a new language.

Presenter: Dr. Ruslan (Russ) Suvorov, Center for Language & Technology, UH Manoa. Here's his bio

Language: Ukrainian

Date: Thursday May 19th,  6:30-8:00pm

6:30-7:00- eating & mingling

7:00-8:00- language lesson

Place: UH Manoa (Room TBA)

Food: Ukrainian/Russian or something similar.

Costs: Free for members; $10 for non-members

RSVP by May 13th:  The 2016 Language Experience: Let's Learn Ukrainian

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We are very pleased to share the blog written by TESOL president Andy Curtis, in which he writes about his time in Hawaii speaking at the Hawaii TESOL conference. My favorite line comes towards the end, and is a reminder of how we are fortunate both to live in Hawaii and to work in our profession as language educators:

"Memories of the warm and welcoming loving-kindness that I experienced there was one of the high points of my year as president. In a world so torn by conflict, so deeply divided, my time in Hawai’i, at Hawai’i TESOL, and at BYU-Hawai’i was a humbling and moving reminder that, as educators, an essential part of our work is to help make the world, with every lesson we teach, a little less damaged, and a little more healed."

See more at: http://blog.tesol.org/hawaii-tesol-2016-tesol-supporting-its-u-s-affiliates/#sthash.0Clk4ORT.dpuf

We hope that you enjoy his article and continue to join Hawaii TESOL in growing professionally and thriving as educators here in Hawaii to make our world a little better place to be.

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Aloha Hawaii TESOL,


We had a wonderful conference this past Saturday (Feb. 13, 2016) at Kapiolani Community College. We were privileged to hear from Andy Curtis, the current TESOL International President. We learned much from attending a variety of presentations. We were updated on current textbooks by ESL publishers. And we enjoyed networking with each other. Overall, this was a very successful conference. And, of course, we would like to thank Neil Anderson (our conference chair) and all those who assisted to organize the conference, particularly Tony Silva and Priscilla Faucette.


At the end of the conference, we held a brief business meeting and made a few changes in the Hawaii TESOL board. We have had a number of vacant positions for a while and are excited to now have a full board. Here is the current HITESOL board (with a few comments about members in new positions):


President – Tony Silva (previously served on the board as a member-at-large and conference co-chair)

Vice President – Kimberly Russell (A past president of Washington TESOL; recently moved to Hawaii)

Membership Secretary – Julie Mower

Treasurer – Mark Wolfersberger

Program Committee Chair – Priscilla Faucette

Socio-Political Action Chair – Shawn Ford

Newsletter Editor – Lisa Kawai

Member-At-Large – Stephen Peridore

Member-At-Large – Samantha Hume (recently returned to Hawaii, currently working at UH-Manoa in the NICE program)

Graduate Student Representative – Jay Tanaka (UH-Manoa PhD student working on research that examines the effects of conferences on teacher classroom practice)

Social Media Chair – Seth Robins (Working at BYUH in the online department, developing ESL online courses)

Big Island Chapter Representative – Carrie Mospens

Conference Chair – Kimberly Russell (Also serving as the VP)

Sister Affiliate Liaison – Jean Kirschenmann

Sister Affiliate Liaison – Sally La Luzerne-Oi

Webmaster – Perry Christensen



Our next event this year will be the Language Experience. This event will be held in May. Further details are forthcoming.



Mark Wolfersberger

(former) HITESOL Interim President

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The February issue of "The Word" Newsletter is now available.

The next submission deadline is being planned. So get your articles ready.

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 Multilingualism for Equitable Education      

Hawaii TESOL would like to let you know that the Hawai‘i State Board of Education’s Student Achievement Committee will be taking action on the new Board Policy 105.14, Language in Education (ELL/Bilingual), which is being proposed as BOE Policy 105.14, Multilingualism for Equitable Education, on February 2, 2016 at 10:30 AM at the Queen Liliuokalani Building, 1390 Miller Street Street, Room 404.

The development of the proposed policy 105.14 has taken 2 years involving hundreds of diverse stakeholders’ input. What originally started as an EL policy has emerged into a more inclusive policy grounded in Hawaii’s unique multicultural & multilingual community’s needs and desires. The policy focuses on creating learning environments that value linguistic and cultural diversity. It supports research showing that when students’ identities, languages, and cultures are used as resources in their learning, they are better able to learn academic content and the language medium of instruction.  

As an advocate for our students and families, please consider submitting testimony on this policy and encourage others to submit testimony.  Your input is of great importance. Please read the BOE memo and policy by accessing it on the BOE website by clicking HERE.

Hawaii TESOL's Socio-Political Action Chair, Shawn Ford, will be submitting testimony on behalf of Hawaii TESOL.


Upcoming events

19 May 2016 6:30 PM (HAST) • UH Manoa and Online

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oriented? Do you have knack for organization 

and planning? Hawai'i TESOL is always looking for individuals to help. Contact the President or any of the Officers for details.

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