The Latest from WVTESOL
WVTESOL 20th Annual Conference
April 1, 2017
Theme: Navigating Changes in TESOL
Postcard from TESOL 2017!
WVTESOL President Amine Oudghiri-Otmani and Vice President Erin Clemens
at TESOL 2017 in Seattle
WVTESOL Statement Supporting International Students and Intensive English Programs in WV
(March 9, 2017) West Virginia institutions of higher education enrolled thousands of international students during the 2015-2016 academic year for both short- and long-term study, bringing substantial but often under-recognized educational and economic benefits. West Virginia Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (WVTESOL) is reaching out in an effort to better inform our state’s education and business leaders... Read the statement here.
Plenary Address Announced for 2017 Spring Conference
(December 31, 2016) "Advocating for Diverse ELs in West Virginia: Issues and Strategies" will be this year's plenary address by Dr. Diane Staehr Fenner. Read more about our speaker and her address here.
(January 19, 2017) More than one million international students from 175 countries attend colleges and universities in the United States, with over 100,000 of those attending short-term intensive English programs (IEPs). Read the statement here.
Update: English as the Official Language Bill in WV
(March 4, 2016) Efforts to stop the WV Legislature from passing an English Only law were ultimately unsuccessful. Governor Tomblin has signed the bill into law. Read more here.
WVTESOL Position Statement on Access to Higher Education for Immigrant Students
West Virginia law and higher
education policy bar discrimination on the basis of national origin in our colleges.
We are proud that our state recognizes that promoting higher education and
encouraging all students to strive for it benefits everyone. Unfortunately, WVTESOL has recently found
that existing WV law and policies are not always followed, probably because some
educators are unaware of WV law and policy regarding immigrant students who are
not citizens or may not be lawful permanent residents. This includes students who have federal DACA
(Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) status. Read more here.
Please visit our Advocacy page to learn more about the rights of English Language Learners (ELLs), how schools can communicate with their parents/guardians, and the civil rights obligations of schools to ELLs.
Please visit our Advocacy page to learn more about access to higher education for immigrant students, resources for educators advising those students, and obligations of school districts under federal law regarding such students.
Amine Oudghiri-Otmani, WVTESOL Higher Education Representative, attended the 2014 TESOL Advocacy and Policy Summit in Arlington, VA and Washington, DC from June 22-24. The Summit is a professional development opportunity for educators to learn about U.S. federal education issues and advocate for policies that support English learners and the field of English language education. The summit featured policy experts, leadership training, and an opportunity to network with advocates and colleagues from across the country. Amine is pictured here with Congressman Nick Rahall (3rd District).