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The Oct 19, 2015 Fall Professional Development Workshop: Best Practices in Online ESL Course Design & Instruction with Stephen Peridore was wonderful. About 14 people participated face to face and were fed dinner while another 4 people Skyped in and were on their own for dinner. Stephen talked about how to effectively use a Learning Management System (LMS) such as Canvas or Blackboard.

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Our next event is the Spring Conference 2016 which will be held on Saturday, February 13, 2016 at Kapiolani Community College. Currently there is a Call for Participation to Hawaii TESOL Conference 2016 . 

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


HI TESOL Logo Contest

The Hawaii TESOL Board of Directors is taking an opportunity to redesign our logo. We invite the members of the association to participate. What ideas do you have for a new HI TESOL logo?

All current members of HI TESOL are invited to participate. (Note: your membership must be current.) Please submit your logo design to Neil Anderson at neil.anderson@byuh.edu by midnight (HST), December 31, 2015. Each of the submissions will then be placed on a ballot for a vote from the membership. The voting will take place between January 5-20, 2016. The winner will be announced on Friday, January 22, 2016.

The winner will receive a complimentary registration to the 2016 HI TESOL conference to be held at Kapiolani Community College in February.

We look forward to seeing the creativity of the members of the association.

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In Other News
This isn't paid work, but the Office of Language Access is looking for some committee members. Maybe some of our membership would be interested in serving.



The State of Hawaii Language Access Advisory Council (LAAC) has several vacancies (listed below).  If you or someone you know are interested in serving, please find information on how to apply via the Boards and Commissions Office website at http://boards.hawaii.gov/ 


On the application page, look for the Language Access Advisory as a submenu under Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DLIR).  The Office of Language Access (OLA) has notified the Boards and Commissions Office to update its website and place LAAC under the Department of Health (DOH).   We don’t know when that change will happen.  Meantime, for your convenience, here’s the direct link to the online application: https://forms.ehawaii.gov/pages/board-survey/form.php


Please note that the Boards and Commissions Office (not OLA) will accept/screen/review/process applications for consideration by the Governor, whose appointees must be confirmed by the Senate.     


To help you or someone determine which seat to apply for, the following are descriptions of current vacancies:


  • Bilingual worker who is or has been employed by a state-funded immigrant service agency or program – vacant
  • Member from the Limited English Population who has an interest in the provision of oral language services –vacant
  • Representative of a Hawaiian language advocacy organization – vacant
  • Representative residing in the County of Kauai who has shown interest in language access – vacant
  • Representative residing in the County of Hawaii who has shown interest in language access – vacant
  • Representative from an Accredited Institution of Higher Learning who provides professional training in Interpretation and Translation – vacant


See Hawaii Revised Statute 321C regarding the LAAC composition:   http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/hrscurrent/Vol06_Ch0321-0344/HRS0321C/HRS_0321C-0007.htm


If you have questions or need assistance, please contact OLA at (808) 586-8730.




Helena Manzano

Executive Director

Office of Language Access – State of Hawaii

Phone: (808) 586-8730

Email:  helena.manzano@doh.hawaii.gov


Upcoming events

06 Oct 2015 • Kapiolani Community College on February 13, 2016


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