The first Spokane Regional ESL Conference began in 1990 with a few local ESL directors and teachers meeting in the faculty lounge at Gonzaga University. (See copies of the the first two programs HERE
. See more below.)
Over the years the conference planning committee has expanded to a growing number of representatives
from Eastern Washington University, Gonzaga University, the Institute for Extended Learning, Mukogawa Fort Wright Institute, Spokane Public Schools, Whitworth University, the Community Colleges of Spokane, the Central Valley School District, the Intensive American Language Center (IALC) at WSU, the Spokane College of English Language and Great Northern University.
The conference has grown over the years (431 registrants in 2016) with participants across the state of Washington, northern Idaho and Montana as well as attendees from California, Nevada, Oregon and Japan. The last 3 years registrations have averaged 325-350.
Currently, K-12 attendees make up a little more than 50% of the registrations. Intensive English program faculty and administrators make up about about 20% and the remaining registrants include students, people from community and volunteer ESL organizations, as well as publishers and exhibitors.
Many thanks to Mukogawa Fort Wright Institute
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