2020 ESL Symposium

University of Arkansas 12th-Annual ESL Symposium

Date: Friday, Feb. 21, 2020

Flyer for 12th annual ESL Symposium, Feb. 21, 2020Registration (includes breakfast and lunch)

  • Professional Educator: $140
  • Current Full-time Student: $70

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The English as a Second Language Symposium is sponsored by the University of Arkansas College of Education and Health Professions and will take place at the Hilton Garden Inn, 1325 N. Palak Drive in Fayetteville.

Preregistration will be conducted at the Hilton. Lodging information is below.

Title: 'A Language-Based Approach for Content Instruction for ELs'

Featured Speaker

Luciana de Oliveira, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Teaching and Learning
University of Miami
2019-2020 President, TESOL International Association (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)


The symposium is appropriate for educators at all levels who work with ELs (English Learners) whether as a classroom teacher, ESL specialist or administrator.

The University of Arkansas ESL Symposium has three hotels and room rate options this year. These hotels, one of which is hosting the symposium, are located together off the Wedington exit in Fayetteville. There is adequate parking in and around the hotels. Please note that ESL Symposium room rates are only available until Feb. 7, 2020. Afterward, the rates will increase. Reservations may be made through the individual hotel of your choosing:

$89 /night
Holiday Inn Express
1251 N. Shiloh Drive
Fayetteville, AR 72704
$99 /night
Homewood Suites By Hilton
135 N. Palak Drive
Fayetteville, AR 72704
Hilton Garden Inn (symposium host)
1325 N. Palak Drive
Fayetteville, AR 72704
479-856-6040, Dial "0" and
ask for "ESL Symposium" block rate


  • 7:30-8 a.m. -- Receive registration packets and enjoy a continental breakfast.
  • 8:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. -- Program

Online registration deadline is Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. If you would like to register for the symposium after Feb. 17, please contact the registrar at jmichel@uark.edu. For more information on the 12th annual ESL Symposium, please contact either Diana Gonzales Worthen, Ph.D., or Janet Penner-Williams, Ed.D.

Continuing Education Units

Teachers will receive a certificate for 6 hours of Professional Development and ADE Assurance Number upon completion of a survey.