2013 WV TESOL Spring Conference

Saturday, April 6, 2013

In Touch with English Language Learners

All those working or interested in working with English language learners in programs that serve non-native English speakers are invited to attend our 16th annual conference with the theme, "In Touch with English Language Learners," which focuses on how TESOL professionals can be more aware of students' needs and find ways of connecting them to one another and to their English speaking communities. Register online!

WV TESOL 16th Annual Spring Conference

Saturday, April 6th 2013 at 8am-4:30pm

Garnet Career Center

422 Dickinson Street
Charleston, WV 25301

Hosted by Kanawha County ABE/ESL Program

Friday Night Meet and Greet

Plan to arrive on Friday at 6:30pm and get to know other WVTESOL conference attendees at Sahara, a local middle eastern restaurant with an all-you-can-eat buffet and drink for $15.

Sahara Restaurant
189 Summers Street
Charleston, WV 25301

2013 Schedule

Click here for a schedule of events.


There will be presentations for all levels and settings, including the public school system, adult and literacy education, and higher education. Join us and learn more about:
  • Project-based instruction
  • Skill area instruction and assessment
  • Technology in instruction
  • Common Core Standards for ESL
  • Advocacy and community involvement
  • Family Involvement
  • Immigration Law and Reform

Keynote Address by Jen Smyers

Jen Smyers serves as the Associate Director for Immigration and Refugee Policy with Church World Service. In this position, Ms.Smyers meets with national and local policy makers to advocate for improved assistance for refugees resettled in the United States and humane immigration reform that reunites families, improves the visa process, treats all workers with respect, reforms detention conditions, and provides a pathway to legal status for undocumented immigrants.

A graduate of American University with a B.A. in Law and Society, B.A. in Public Communication, and Masters in Public Policy, Ms. Smyers has worked with Border Action Network in Tucson, Arizona and the Migration Policy Institute in Washington, D.C.

Ms. Smyers volunteers as an English as a Second Language instructor for Literacy Volunteers of the Winchester, VA area, and is active in a variety of service ventures helping homeless women.


Register online! Fees include morning refreshments, lunch, and afternoon snacks on Saturday. Friday dinner at the restaurant is on your own. Take advantage of our Early Bird Discounts before 3/21!

Directions and Parking

Garnet Career Center, 422 Dickinson Street, Charleston, WV 25301

Directions: http://garnet.edu/site.php?cat=location

From I-64, take Exit 100 (Capitol St. and Leon Sullivan Way).

Bear right on the ramp toward Capitol Street.

Take the 2nd left onto Dickinson St.

Garnet is a 3 story red brick building on the left; at Donnelly St.

Parking: Park for free in the student parking lot located on Lewis Street. The building entrance is on Dickinson Street.


Blocks of rooms (code: RESN) are reserved for you at:

Fairfield Inn Charleston
1000 Washington St E, Charleston, WV
(304)343-4661, (800)288-2800
$97/night. Free Wifi, parking, and breakfast.
Just 2 blocks from Garnet Career Center.


We are a professional organization for those who teach English as a second language. We seek to strengthen ESL teaching, promote research, and provide opportunities to share ideas with other ESL professionals in West Virginia. Learn more about WVTESOL at our website and follow us on Facebook and Twitter!