Welcome to Maryland TESOL!

Maryland TESOL is a professional, non-profit association dedicated to the improvement and advancement of teaching English to speakers of other languages. Maryland TESOL is an affiliate of TESOL, the international organization of professionals interested in teaching English to speakers of other languages.



MDTESOL Newsletters

MDTESOL proudly produces a seasonal newsletter for all members to enjoy!

Check it out!

Visit the Newsletter Archive for almost 10 years of publications!


Conference Videos

MDTESOL members get online access to post-conference materials, including videos from our conferences. Members can find conference videos under the Member Center tab or by clicking Video Gallery.


 - Calendar of Events - 

Maryland TESOL maintains a Google Calendar of its activities. These include:

  • National and Regional Conferences
  • MDTESOL Events
  • MDTESOL Board Meetings


- Upcoming Events -

MDTESOL Graduate Student Interest Section Spring 2018 Mini Conference

Understanding the Needs of a Changing ELL Population

Featuring Speaker Patty Silver: "Working with Undocumented Students and Families"

For the 11th straight year, TESOL graduate students, recent graduates, and novice teachers across the region will gather to learn from one another. To register, please complete this registration form by Thursday, February 22. You may also register on-site. There is a $5 registration fee, payable on-site by cash or check. To be considered for one of the limited workshop presentation slots, please complete this proposal form by Friday, February 9. Past presentation topics have included advocacy and practical teaching strategies for ESOL and mainstream teachers. See www.mdtesol.org for more information. Please join us and spread the word!


Notre Dame of Maryland University
Knott Science Center, First Floor
4701 N Charles Street
Baltimore MD 21210


Saturday, February 24, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Doors open 8:30 a.m. for breakfast and registration.

Can I participate if I’m not a current TESOL graduate student?

Yes, while preference for workshop slots are given to current grad students, everyone is encouraged to attend and submit presentation applications.

For more info, please contact Grace Belz and April Wagner at mdtesolgradconference@gmail.com.


MDTESOL Elementary Interest Section Spring 2018 Mini Conference

The MDTESOL Elementary Interest Section is proud to announce our annual Spring Mini Conference on February 28th from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the C. Burr Artz Library located in Downtown Frederick (110 E. Patrick St. Frederick, MD 21701).

Our time together will feature a panel discussion with two local experts, Jasmine Shortridge, Therapist, Frederick County Public Schools, and Nitza Rivera, Family Liaison, Washington County Public Schools. They will share their expertise on "Supporting ELs Living with Trauma".

The event is free to all teachers and light refreshments will be served.

RSVP at https://tinyurl.com/mdtesol1

We hope you will share this information with colleagues or friends who might be interested. Please don't hesitate to print the flyer and post around campuses and work places!


MDTESOL Program Admin Interest Section Event

Theme: Managing Generations – Understanding Changing Worker Demographics
Speaker: Gina Palladino
Date: Thursday, April 12, 2018, from 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: Howard Community College, HS363

This workshop for ESOL and ESL administrators begins with defining and understanding the four generations in the workplace and identifying action steps, strategies, and approaches supervisors can apply with each generation. Then, the core of the workshop explores action steps for creating positive environments for older supervisors and younger staff members who work together to increase the academic success of their English language students.

The event is free and people should email tjones@howardcc.edu to register.

- Updates -

2017 Conference Benefits

Graduate Credit Available!

Earn one semester credit/unit from Dominican University of California for participating in the 2017 Maryland TESOL conference! Learn more at Conference EDUO8016.

Conference Certificates Available!

Request a certificate of attendance or presenter's certificate at http://www.tinyurl.com/MDTESOL2017 for your participation at the 2017 Maryland TESOL conference.

2016 Conference Benefits

2016 Keynote Address

New content from 2016 Fall Conference now in the Video Gallery for MDTESOL members! Use your member login to access video footage of Dr. Paula Golombek’s keynote address and breakout session from last year’s conference.


Call for Secondary Education Interest Section Chair-Elect and Higher Education Interest Section Chair-Elect

MDTESOL has two openings on the 2017 – 2018 Board for the Secondary Education Interest Section (IS) Chair-Elect and the Higher Education Interest Section Chair-Elect positions. In these position, the Chair-Elect works closely with the IS Chair to serve the needs and interests of secondary education and higher education constituents statewide. Serving as co-Chair is a unique professional development opportunity that includes networking statewide with secondary education ESOL and higher education professionals, writing newsletter articles, presenting at the MDTESOL fall conference, and helping to shape policy for our statewide organization. At the end of the year, both the Secondary Education IS Chair-Elect and the Higher Education IS Chair-Elect would transition to the IS Chair position. No prior Board experience is required.

If you’re interested in helping to have a positive impact on the work of secondary education and higher education professionals in Maryland, please contact Sherry Lyons, MDTESOL President at president@mdtesol.org for more information and to submit your bio to be considered for this open position on the MDTESOL Board.


Nominate people you know who should be recognized for their service!

The Lifetime Achievement Award is established to honor the accomplishments of professionals in the ESL/ESOL field who throughout their years of service have exemplified dedication to ESL/ESOL students at any educational level and/or in ESL/ESOL teacher training. Visit Lifetime Achievement Award to start the nomination process.

The Ann Beusch Distinguished Service Award was established to honor the accomplishments of Ann Beusch, former Supervisor of Foreign Languages and ESOL of the State of Maryland. This award honors individuals who exemplify the spirit and dedication to international students that Ann demonstrated during her long tenure as a State Supervisor of ESOL and Foreign Languages. Visit Ann Beusch Distinguished Service Award to start the nomination process.


Apply for the Professional Development Grant!

The Professional Development Grant is to enhance members' involvement and presence in the field of ESOL and for the betterment of shared communities. The goal of this grant is to fund projects and initiatives which cross-cut a variety of agents (educators, students, administrators, etc...) and our extended communities. Successful grants will serve to connect and enhance these various communities through teachers' initiatives. The grant will help reshape the role of the grantee in both his/her profession and society for the betterment of all. Visit Professional Development Grant to start the application process.



Interested in becoming an ESOL Instructor? Looking for language instruction tools?

Check out our Online Resources.

Awards and Grants

Maryland TESOL offers two awards to recognize the contributions by our members to the teaching community and one professional development grant to support teachers with their efforts to the betterment of the ESL field.

Learn more about these opportunities at Awards & Grant.