5 Ways School Principals Can Support English Learners

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

English learners (ELs) bring a wealth of experiences from their families, homes, neighborhoods, and communities to school. Children with diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds have stories and experiences that are unique and will enrich the culture of your school. School principals need to use these experiences to help general education staff and students begin to understand other cultures. They should build on the knowledge their EL students and families have of the countries they come from and the cultures they represent.  Here are some five additional thoughts on what school principals need to do to support the ELs in their school and build an optimal educational environment for them. Continue reading

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TESOL Executive Director Blog: Reflecting on the Start of My Journey

Christopher Powers
Christopher Powers

I can’t believe it’s been six months. I started my tenure at TESOL International Association on 1 May and have been so immersed in all that we are doing—from convention to advocacy, from membership to publications, from association governance to professional learning—that I have hardly had time to reflect. As I do that now, I want to first emphasize what an incredible association this is. Looking at our board, our professional councils, interest sections, and affiliate leaders, all our volunteers, our staff, and our members, I am incredibly impressed and humbled by the dedication, hard work, and expertise everyone displays for English teaching and English language learning. Continue reading

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ESP Project Leader Profile: Mark Krzanowski

Kevin Knight
Kevin Knight

Hello, ESPers worldwide!

In this ESP Project Leader Profile, we have the privilege to meet Mark Krzanowski, who has been involved in English language teaching since 1990 and was leader of the IATEFL ESP-SIG when I was chair of the TESOL ESPIS. Continue reading

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7 Projects to Help Students Write for Audiences Beyond the Classroom

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

Most assignments we assign in a writing class are created for the sole reader—the teacher. However, there is no reason students should write only for their teacher. Sharing their ideas with a broader audience can increase student motivation, encourage them to further develop their writing skills, help them connect and interact with many people from all over the world, and in some cases, even assist someone. In this post, I’d like to share a few examples of projects that you can implement in your course to help your students write for an audience beyond the classroom. Continue reading

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3 Tips for Adapting to Your Host Culture

Maxi-Ann Campbell
Maxi-Ann Campbell

This is the third blog in a four-part series on teaching English abroad. When people go abroad to work, they have the very best of intentions about learning the language, making friends, and so much more. This post discusses three common problems in fulfilling those intentions and offers suggestions. Continue reading

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