ESL Symposium

The University of Arkansas presents the 9th Annual ESL Symposium set for February 24, 2017 in Fayetteville.

The symposium is sponsored by the College of Education and Health Professions and will take place at the Hilton Garden Inn, 1325 N. Palak Drive. 

Symposium Details

Program Agenda

ESL Symposium 2017 flyer

Featured speakers:

 Amy Hewett-Olatunde

Amy Hewett-Olatunde, EdD
2015-2016 Minnesota State Teacher of the Year
EL Teacher-LEAP High School - St. Paul, Minnesota

 KimOanh Nguyen-Lam

KimOanh Nguyen-Lam, PhD
Program Director
Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA), U.S. Department of Education

Hotel Accommodations

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. Please note that ESL Symposium room rates are only available until February 5, 2017. Afterwards, the rates will increase. Reservations may be made through the individual hotel of your choosing:

Holiday Inn Express
1251 N Shiloh Drive
Fayetteville AR 72704


Homewood Suites By Hilton
135 N Palak Dr
Fayetteville AR 72704


Hilton Garden Inn
1325 N Palak Dr
Fayetteville AR 72704

There is adequate parking in and around the hotels. Pre-registration will be located in the Hilton Garden Inn.

Schedule of Events:

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

8:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Program

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

On-line registration deadline is Feb. 10, 2017. If you would like to register for the symposium after February 10, 2017, please contact the registrar at For more information on the 9th Annual ESL Symposium, please contact either Diana Gonzales Worthen, PhD, at or Janet Penner-Williams, EdD, at

2017 ESL Symposium Rates:

Current Full-Time Student $ 60.00

Professional Educator $140.00

To register for the ESL Symposium, visit the online registration page.