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SLIFE Conference Is 4 Weeks Away! - By Patsy Egan, Director

Attention teachers of low-level ESL!

Interested in connecting with your ESL colleagues both within ABE and across K-12 contexts? Do you like free conferences?!

On Saturday, April 21, join fellow ESL teachers at the University of Minnesota for a conference that specifically focuses on the needs of English learners with limited or interrupted formal education. This unique and important gathering, now in its 6th year, is hosted by Minnesota Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (MinneTESOL) and the MinneSLIFE committee.

This year, keynote speaker Annie Smith (City University of New York) will present about her work with refugee youth at 8:30 am for an opening plenary talk. The rest of the day is full of concurrent sessions from across contexts for teaching students with interrupted formal schooling, including several of our ABE colleagues!

Conference Details

MinneSLIFE Spring Fling
Saturday, April 21, 2018
8:30 am - 5:15 pm


University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
Coffman Memorial Union Building
Mississippi Room (3rd Floor)

Schedule of speakers, parking, more details >>
Conference is free, but please register here >>
Lunch and CEUs included!

What is MinneSLIFE?

MinneSLIFE is a group of educators, researchers and other concerned individuals focused on Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education (SLIFE), a sub-population of English Language Learners. Learn more about their work here >>

The challenges faced by SLIFE can be substantial as they fight to acquire both the content and language of US schools. MinneSLIFE is a standing committee of MinneTESOL (minnetesol.org) whose purpose is to provide a venue for educators and researchers of students of all ages with limited or interrupted formal education to share research, resources and best practices to meet the needs of this specific population.

Please consider joining MinneSLIFE on April 21 for a spring Saturday full of learning at the U!