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The Fall Professional Development Workshop: Best Practices in Online ESL Course Design & Instruction is coming up. Stephen Peridore will be the presenter. 

Attend in person as food will be served or Skype in and eat your own food at home. Either way, we'll be learning and making connections. Be sure you RSVP before Oct 16th so we know how to plan.

Date:Mon Oct 19, 2015

Time: 7:00 pm

Place: EF International Language School, 2255 Kuhio Ave  Suite 1100 in Waikiki (On the 11th floor of the Waikiki Trade Center). Or Skype in. RSVP to get name to call.

Parking: Free and metered parking on the street, and there are also parking garages close by.


Free to current members, $10 for guests.

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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
A Seal of Biliteracy for Hawaii's public students has been approved:

The Board of Education hereby establishes a Seal of Biliteracy to be awarded upon graduation to students who demonstrate high proficiency in either of the State's two official languages and at least one additional language, including American Sign Language; provided that a student who demonstrates a high proficiency in both of the State's two official languages shall be awarded a Seal of Biliteracy.

The purposes of the Seal of Biliteracy are to recognize the importance of: (1) enabling students to be college, career, and community ready in today's global society; (2) establishing an educational culture that recognizes and values the wealth of linguistic and cultural diversity students bring to the classroom; (3) supporting opportunities for study of and increasing proficiency in ‘Ōlelo Hawai'i, an official language of the State of Hawai'i; and (4) encouraging partnerships with institutions of higher education and community organizations to increase access to language instruction in a variety of languages.


The Department of Education shall implement the Seal of Biliteracy, including developments of criteria that students must satisfy to receive the Seal.

Rationale: The Board of Education recognizes that there is personal, cultural, social, academic, and vocational/occupational value in encouraging students to maintain, or develop, proficiency in more than one language.

Hawaii TESOL would like to thank the BOE for passing this and our own Shawn Ford, who represented Hawaii TESOL in this matter. 


Upcoming events

06 Oct 2015 • Kapiolani Community College on February 13, 2016
19 Oct 2015 7:00 PM • EF International Language School 2255 Kuhio Ave Suite 1100 Honolulu, HI 96815


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