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NSU’s Arntsen to present at International Convention and English Language Expo

Tara ArntsenABERDEEN, S.D. – Tara Arntsen will represent Northern State University and Dakota TESL at the TESOL 2014 International Convention and English Language Expo.

Arntsen, interim director of the NSU Intensive English Program, will travel to Portland, Ore., to participate in the conference, which is March 26-29. TESOL International is an organization for teachers of English to speakers of other languages; Dakota TESL is the regional affiliate of that organization.


Arntsen will make two presentations as part of the Electronic Village Technology Fair:

• “Blogging in the ESOL Classroom” focuses on student blogging and the use of blogging in ESOL classrooms to advance student reading and writing skills, create a supportive community of learners, and encourage student creativity.

• “Computer Assisted Language Learning with GlogsterEDU” examines the main components of GlogsterEDU (an educational website where users create “glogs,” online multimedia posters), illustrates the basic steps in creating a glog, and addresses how glogs aid language teaching and learning through the integration of new and traditional literacy skills.

Arntsen received a TESOL Professional Development Travel Grant to fund her participation in the conference. It will be her first time attending this annual conference, and she will blog about the experience HERE.

Arntsen joined NSU last August as an instructor for the Intensive English Program and recently was appointed its interim director. She earned her master's degree in teaching TESOL at the University of Southern California and has taught English in China, Japan, and Cambodia and online. Her primary research interests are communicative teaching methods and the use of technology in education.

Arntsen said she is pleased to be attending and presenting at the convention.


“I think it is a great opportunity to learn more about the field of TESOL and education in general, and plan to share as much as possible with my colleagues when I return,” she said. “This would not have been possible without the support of both the Northern and TESOL communities.”

For more information about TESOL, and a link to information about the convention, visit



Photo: Arntsen