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Guam holds first TESOL conference

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THE Guam Department of Education’s English as a Second Language (ESL) Program, the University of Guam, and Guam Community College held the island’s first TESOL Pacific Conference last Saturday at the Guam Marriott Hotel.

TESOL stands for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.  “Language and Cultural Connections” was the theme adopted for the conference.

Dr. Arlene Diaz, project director and school program consultant for ESL, said the theme signifies establishing a cultural connection with all the populations taught by the program.

“We need to be sensitive to the culture of all the other people we have here on Guam. You can’t leave that out. You can’t take a broad language or an adopted language and forget that we have Chamorro, Filipino, Chuukese, and all these other indigenous groups here,” Dr. Diaz emphasized.

The keynote speaker for the event was Martha Trejo, an education consultant with Pearson Education.

At least 200 stakeholders attended the conference, including ESL teachers, administrators, school aides, teacher assistants, and parents.

The conference is 100 percent paid for with federal funds under Consolidated Grant – Title V, Part A: Innovative Programs, English as a Second Language Program.

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