Public Policy and Citizenship

What new education initiatives are under discussion in Washington, DC? What is happening with No Child Left Behind, the Workforce Investment Act, and immigration reform? How will this legislation affect me and my students?

To answer these and other questions, TESOL has arranged for special guest speakers to present information at the convention on education laws, policies, and initiatives affecting English language teachers and learners.

Thursday, 27 March

National and State Initiatives in Adult ESL
Featuring representatives from the Office of Vocational and Adult Education, U.S. Department of Education
9:30 am–11:15 am, Room B117


Upcoming Changes at SEVP
Featuring representatives from the Student and Exchange Visitor Program, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
11:30 am–12:15 pm, Room B117

The U.S. Department of Education: Supporting English Language Learning
Featuring representatives from the Office of English Language Acquisition and the Office of Vocational and Adult Education, U.S. Department of Education
1:00 pm–2:45 pm, Room B117

Hot Topics in Enrollment, Visas, SEVP, and Advocacy for IEPs
Featuring speakers from the American Association of Intensive English Programs and the Consortium of University and College Intensive English Programs
3:00 pm–4:45 pm, Room B117

Friday, 28 March

U.S. Federal Education and Language Policy Update
An overview of the legislative proposals and federal initiatives TESOL International Association is monitoring
9:30 am–11:15 am, Room B117

TESOL, the U.S. Department of State, and Foreign Policy
Featuring representatives from the Office of English Language Programs at the U.S. Department of State
11:30 am–12:15 pm, Room B114

Special Public Policy Session
English Language Learners, Immigrant Students, and the Law
Featuring representatives from the Office of Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the Migrant Legal Action Program
1:00 pm–4:45 pm, Room B117

Saturday, 29 March

Supporting ELs With Title I Funds
Featuring representatives from the National Council of State Title III Directors
9:30 am–10:15 am, Room B117

The Dances of English Language Teacher Training Around the World
Featuring representatives from the Office of English Language Programs, U.S. Department of State
10:30 am–12:15 pm, Room B117

Integrating Civics Content Into Adult ESL Literacy Instruction
Featuring representatives from the Office of Vocational and Adult Education, U.S. Department of Education
1:00 pm–2:45 pm, Room B117

U.S. Citizenship and Naturalization

The Office of Citizenship at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is sponsoring a series of special sessions and workshops with information and resources on the naturalization process in the United States.

Becoming a U.S. Citizen: the Naturalization Process
Thursday, 27 March
10:30 am-12:15 pm, Room B114

The U.S. Naturalization Test: Teaching Objectives
Thursday, 27 March
3:00 pm-3:45 pm, Room B114

Understanding the Relationship Between Adult EL/Civics and Citizenship
Thursday, 27 March
4:00 am-5:45 pm, Room B114

Improving Listening Skills for the Naturalization Process
Friday, 28 March
9:30 am-11:15 am, Room B114

Elements of Program Quality for Adult Citizenship Education
Friday, 28 March
2:00 pm-2:45 pm, Room B114