MITESOL Membership

Why should I become a MITESOL member?

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MITESOL members become more knowledgeable and skilled in the field of English Language teaching and learning. They are provided with resources, networking opportunities and professional learning.

Members collaborate with educational institutions, agencies, and professional associations to identify and resolve issues in English teaching and learning.



We host an annual conference each fall that provides professional development opportunities for researchers, teachers, and teacher educators at all levels, from pre-K through adult. The 2018 conference will be held at Eastern Michigan University. MITESOL members receive a discounted registration fee to attend the annual MITESOL conference.


MITESOL selects the “Best of MITESOL” presentation annually and nominates that presentation to present at the International TESOL Convention and Expo. Our “Best of MITESOL” presentations have been selected to present at TESOL three years running.

Grants & Awards

MITESOL Conference Grant

  • 3 or more awarded annually
  • Adult ESL educators (who work with adults in community-/church-/government-sponsored programs);

  • K-12 ESL professionals (who work/will work with ELs in any capacity in K-12 contexts in Michigan)

  • ESL professionals (in any level & context) who work in northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula

    • Recipients will have their conference registration fees waived (or reimbursed), and, in the case of the U.P. grant, also be awarded a $300 stipend to defray travel expenses.

Michigan Marckwardt Conference Travel Grant

  • 1 awarded annually
  • Reimbursement of registration for the TESOL International Convention & Expo

TESOL Memberships

  • 8 or more awarded annually
  • MITESOL members new to TESOL

  • Given one year free membership to TESOL

Virtual Collaboration via Website, Facebook, & Twitter

MITESOL maintains a website as well as Facebook and Twitter groups

  • ALL MITESOL Special Interest Groups (SIGs) have a digital presence

    • The Advocacy & Policy, CALL, and Professional Development SIGs have active Facebook groups

    • The K-12, Adult Education, and Post-Secondary SIGs have updated, robust, webpages on the MITESOL website

  • Job opportunities are announced via the MITESOL listserv, sent to all MITESOL members

  • Outstanding MITESOL educators are featured on our social media campaign #IamMITESOL

High Quality Publications

Access to and opportunities to publish in:

  • MITESOL Messages: provides information about the professional development activities we host and the travel grants we sponsor, and updates members on ESL issues affecting Michigan and changes in our leadership (e.g., research projects, events, cultural experience; essays on current topics, issues & trends; classroom innovations, lesson plans & teaching tips; reviews of book/material)

  • MITESOL Journal: publishes peer-reviewed, scholarly articles on topics related to the teaching and learning of English as an additional language (e.g., research papers; articles on issues in TESOL; research-based teaching techniques; reviews of book/material published within the last 3 years)

Connection with Our Sister Affiliate, IATEFL Poland

  • MITESOL financially supports one member to attend the IATEFL Poland conference, if presenting
  • Awarded on a biennial basis


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