English Language Learners

MN TESOL Nordics

About a thousand teachers in the field of English as a Second Language gathered in Bloomington, MN. in November for the MinLed (formerly MNTESOL--Minnesota Teachers of English and Other Languages) conference. Besides teaching ESL, these four participants are connected through "other languages." Valorie Arrowsmith (Swedish), Martha Mason (Norwegian), Krista Schweppe (Norwegian), and Sarah Hansen (Norwegian) took time out for a group photo. A few other recruits for the picture got detained in other conference rooms and missed the photo, however there could easily have been people representing Finnish, more Swedish and Norwegian, and even Old Icelandic. Perhaps it can become an annual event to gather the Nordic tribe within this larger group of language teachers.  These teachers have the added benefit of being able to apply learning in more than one domain, viewing the pedagogy from the vantage point of world language environments and settings where they focus on English as a second language.