Who we are

Michigan Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages is a state affiliate of the professional association, TESOL International. MITESOL is composed of professionals - primarily from Michigan - who are involved in the teaching of students for whom English is an additional language.

Become a member

There are several ways to get involved, and the best way to start is by becoming a member! Visit the membership page to find out how.  And check out our Special Interest Groups (SIGs) to see what issues fellow MITESOLers are addressing.

What we do

Our main mission is to provide leadership and support for professionals involved in TESOL across the state. Read more...


Conference:   We host an annual conference each fall that provides professional development opportunities for researchers, teachers, and teacher educators at all levels, from pre-K through adult. 


2017 Conference:  This year's conference is being held at Oakland Public Schools, in Waterford.  Registration is now open! Full conference schedule is now available! 


Publications:  We sponsor two publications:  a bi-annual newsletter, MITESOL Messages, and an online periodical, MITESOL Journal.


MITESOL Messages  provides information about the professional development activities we host and the travel grants we sponsor, and updates members on ESL issues affecting Michigan and changes in our leadership.  


MITESOL Journal publishes peer-reviewed, scholarly articles on topics related to the teaching and learning of English as an additional language. We welcome submissions. First issue coming this fall.

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Barbara Gottschalk is an English language acquisition teacher at Susick Elementary in Warren Consolidated Schools, a public school district in metro Detroit. She has taught in Japan as well as in five states in three very different parts of the country. At Susick, she has written and implemented many grants to fund field trips, assemblies, service learning projects, and arts in education residencies. This has helped all of Susick’s ELLs, both economically disadvantaged and non-economically disadvantaged students, improve at a rate over 10% points higher than the state average. Her book, Get Money for Your Classroom: Easy Grant Writing Ideas that Work, will be published by Routledge in November, 2017.


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If you're looking for a Facebook group for one of our Special Interest Groups (SIGs), click here to see which SIGs have a group.

Upcoming Events

2016 Conference Highlights

The theme of our 2016 conference was "The Changing Faces of Diversity." Many TESOL professionals shared knowledge through presentations and networking opportunities over the course of the conference. Keynote speakers included Diane Larsen-Freeman (Professor Emerita, University of Michigan) and Heidi Vellenga (Assistant Director, Commission on English Language Program Accreditation).


The plans for our 2017 conference, "Promoting Equity and Excellence," are under way. If you'd like to see more information about our upcoming and/or past conferences, check out the Conferences page!

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