The Region 5 Affiliate of TexTESOL has the privilege of hosting the statewide conference this year. While we host a popular regional conference each year for members of the DFW affiliate, this year’s conference invitees include all of the other Texas affiliates, too. This means a larger conference with two entire days of programming, plus a preconference. Region 4 hosted the highly successful 2017 conference in Houston last year, and we are excited to offer a similar format and venue for 2018. Some of the highlights for the conference include:


  • Preconference events and seminars
  • 2 full days of workshops, demonstrations, and networking opportunities tailored to ESL professionals
  • An Awards Banquet featuring plenary speaker Helen Thorpe, author of The Newcomers and Just Like Us
  • Keynote addresses by Monica Lara and Federico Salas-Isnardi
  • “Best of the Best” speakers representing each of the 5 Texas affiliates
  • Daily QuickShare sessions for practitioners to gather practical ideas from field innovators
  • A poster session featuring the latest research-based practices
  • Opportunity to network with TexELT journal editors and staff
  • Exhibits and booths that allow you in person interaction with publishers and educational vendors, including Pearson, Seidlitz, Texas A&M Commerce and many more!


Our goal is to provide a dynamic forum for ESL professionals and interested parties to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing our students, teachers and schools. From the exploration of best practices to research-based innovations in the field, the possibilities for professional development are endless.

Dr. Monica Laura

Federico Salas-Isnardi

Federico Salas-Isnardi is a linguist, ESL educator, diversity trainer, and independent education consultant with 30 years of experience in Adult Education and second language acquisition. He has conducted hundreds of workshops on many aspects of adult education, literacy, and ESL and has focused on intercultural and diversity training, social justice issues affecting students and teachers, literacy education in the 21st century, citizenship, and employability skills. He has worked as a state and local adult education program administrator, teacher, professional developer, program consultant, and materials writer while serving in numerous volunteer roles in state and national organizations. He also served on the team that developed the US Naturalization test and is co-author of Future English for Results a multi-media adult ESL series and Future US Citizens, a textbook to teach English to naturalization applicants.

Helen Thorpe

Helen Thorpe is a nonfiction author who lives in Denver, Colorado. She has been a journalist for over twenty years and has previously written magazine articles for The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Texas Monthly, and 5280. She also serves on the board of the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver.

     Her first book, Just Like Us, was published by Scribner in September 2009. It won the Colorado Book Award, was named one of the best books of the year by the Washington Post, and was adapted for the stage by the Denver Center for the Performing Arts in a play that was staged in October 2013.

     Her second book, Soldier Girls: The Battles of Three Women at Home and at War, came out in 2014 from Scribner. Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin described Soldier Girls as “an absolutely terrific and important work.” Publisher’s Weekly called it “moving,” while Booklist said it was “engrossing and heartbreaking at once.” A review in Kirkus said: “[Soldier Girls] tells the absorbing story of how wartime experiences shaped the lives and friendships of three female soldiers deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. . . . Intensely immersive reading.

Helen is represented exclusively by the BrightSight Group

TexTESOLV proudly presents the 2018 Featured Speakers -

Featured Speaker


Dr. Pickering is Professor of Applied Linguistics & TESOL at Texas A&M University-Commerce. She holds a PhD in Applied Linguistics from the University of Florida. She has published numerous articles and book chapters in the area of L2 speech production.  Her teacher training book, Discourse Intonation for ESL/EFL Teachers, will appear with Michigan University Press in Summer, 2018.

Multiple Englishes in Multiple Contexts: Intercultural Communication in TESOL

Intelligibility is ”bigger” than accent: there are many myths about accent reduction or accent elimination, but we know that accent and intelligibility are two different things. So, how does accent, or the specific phonological features of speech varieties, affect communication? This presentation focuses on some of the many varieties of spoken English, and the ways in which hearers respond to them. We will look at how language interaction contributes to national and ethnic stereotyping and how as TESOL professionals, we might facilitate positive change

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