Thank you so much for your interest in this year's conference. After much deliberation, we must act with an abundance of caution regarding the coronavirus outbreak.  The WVTESOL board has made the difficult decision to postpone our annual conference until April 2021.  The venue, theme, and schedule will not change; we plan to confirm exact dates for the 2021 conference by May 1, 2020.

If you have already paid your conference fees, you can expect to see a PayPal refund within the week. If you have sent a personal check by mail, it will be returned to you. If you have payment or refund questions, you may direct them to our treasurer, Sumeeta Patnaik, at patnaik1@marshall.edu .

If you have made a hotel reservation, please contact your hotel directly to cancel. If you reserved a room at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites, the number is 304-816-5133. 

If you have other questions, contact leslie.mehle@k12.wv.us . We will direct your question to the appropriate person.


WVTESOL 23rd Annual Conference

Fairmont State University, Fairmont, WV
March 20th and 21st, 2020


3:00 pm - 4:00 pm – Pre-Conference Session: The Geography of Diversity and Identity in Appalachia. Presenter: Barbara MacLennan. Location: Fairmont State Campus
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm - WVTESOL Board Meeting
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm – Cultural Cooking Demo and Tasting hosted by Fairmont State Rotaract Club. Location: Fairmont State Campus
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8:00 am - 9:00 am - Registration and Breakfast

9:00 am - 10:00 am - Welcome and Keynote Address

10:15 am - 11:10 am - Concurrent Sessions

11:45 am - 12:30 pm -  Interest Area Round Table Discussions

12:30 pm - 1:40 pm - Lunch and Membership Meeting

1:45 pm - 4:55 pm - Concurrent Sessions

5:00 pm - 5:15 pm - Closing Remarks, Textbook Giveaway, and Door Prizes 

Plenary Address by Dr. Amanda K. Stinemetz

Dr. Amanda K. Stinemetz serves as the Director of Educational Pathways for International Centers and Students (EPICS) at Fairmont State University, which means she oversees all international dealings of international student services, recruitment, partnership development, and program articulation. She holds a Ph.D. in Education with a concentration in Second Language Acquisition from Northcentral University in Prescott, AZ. Her background experience in language instruction is comprised of composition, rhetoric, grammar, literature, English as a Second Language (ESL), English as a Foreign language (EFL), Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), and Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL). Further, Dr. Stinemetz’s involvement with internationalization includes international TEFL presentations in Korea and Paraguay, global education initiatives, internationalization of curriculum and campus activities, international recruitment, cultural sensitivity and awareness training, teacher training, teacher assessment, and Sociocultural Theory. Prior to joining the Fairmont State Falcon Family in August 2018, Dr. Stinemetz (a native of Kansas) fulfilled many roles, including ESL Program Director, ESL Program Assistant Director, and consultant for internationalization, ESL Program development, teacher training, and cultural awareness training for various institutions abroad (China, Brazil, Paraguay, and South Korea) as well as in the regional Midwest and East Coast. Her areas of expertise include creating, building, and strengthening programs and collaborative engagement initiatives that are relevant to internationalization. Within the field of ESL, Dr. Stinemetz is an advocate for Sociocultural Theory and cross-cultural engagement through social interactive learning.

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If you have questions about the content of this site or online forms, please contact Katie Mehle at leslie.mehle@k12.wv.us or 304-291-9226.

More information about the conference can also be obtained by e-mailing Conference Chair Molly DeLong at meriel.delong@fairmontstate.edu.