AMTESOL - Alabama-Mississippi TESOL
Happy New Year!
I would like to welcome both new and returning members to Alabama-Mississippi TESOL. We are happy to be a growing organization and are looking forward to your participation and support.

As many of you know, this past September AMTESOL hosted the 2008 Southeast Regional Conference in Birmingham. It was quite a success and attendance exceeded our expectations. Thank you so much to our conference chair, Julia Austin, and all of those who helped both officially and unofficially.

Since we hosted the SETESOL conference, AMTESOL will not hold an annual conference for this year, 2009. Our next AMTESOL conference will be held at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Mississippi, on January 29 and 30, 2010. Dr. Esim Erdim, our conference chair, is already hard at work and would love some assistance. Please contact Esim ( if you are able to volunteer.

Fortunately, the 2009 SETESOL conference will also be geographically near for many of us. It will be hosted by Georgia TESOL at the Atlanta Hilton Hotel on September 16-19, 2009. Find out more at We hope to see you there!

During our non-conference year, your board will continue to work on ways in which we can better serve you. Joy Brown is diligently working on updating and expanding our website and you may be receiving emails from time to time with new resources and opportunities. Feel free to let us know the ways in which AMTESOL can serve you better. I look forward to hearing from you.

Elise Harbin
2009 AMTESOL President

resident: Elise Harbin
Gadsden State Community College
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