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October 20-21, 2023

Conference Center at Miller Campus

Salt Lake Community College

Sandy, UT

Boosting Confidence,
Diminishing Obstacles:

Prioritizing Wellbeing in ESL Education

Conference Program

Click on the link below to see the conference program and the list of sessions and times.

Plenary Speaker

Dr. Amy Thompson

West Virginia University

Amy S. Thompson, Ph.D. (Ph.D. Michigan State University) is a Woodburn Professor of Applied Linguistics and Department Chair of the Department of World Languages, Literatures, & Linguistics at WVU and the Director of International Relations and Strategic Planning for Eberly College. Her teaching experience includes a range of theoretical and methodological courses in Applied Linguistics. Regarding research, her primary research foci involve Individual Differences in Second Language Acquisition and the interaction of these IDs and multilingualism, as well as inquiries into linguistic racism and gender in higher education. Thompson has authored a book about context and motivation (Multilingual Matters, 2021) and has co-authored a book about language learning in Anglophone settings (Palgrave, 2021). Other examples of her research can be found in journals such as the Modern Language Journal, TESOL Quarterly, Foreign Language Annals, and the International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, among others. 

On a personal level, she enjoys swimming, kayaking, running Two Seeds in a Pod heirloom seed company with her husband, Mehmet Öztan, hanging out with her cats, and walking her dog. She is multilingual and dual citizen of the United States and Turkey.

More information about Amy S. Thompson can be found on her WVU website.



Need a place to stay near the Conference Center? ITESOL has discounted rates at the Hilton Garden Inn and Residence Inn in Sandy. Use the links below to book at the conference rate!

Hilton Garden Inn

Residence Inn 

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