Mapping Engaging Experiences

Greg Kessler
Greg Kessler

One of my favorite resources for language teaching has been maps. There are so many ways that creative teachers can use maps to make engaging experiences for their students. With today’s digitally aggregated, crowdsourced, customized, and mashup map, the potential is even greater. Anyone can create maps that are individualized and customized to their own needs or interests. They can also contribute to online maps as a collaborative act of participatory culture. Websites such as Open Street Map, and the Open Cities Mapping Project are designed for individuals to contribute and co-construct a shared awareness of visual and geographical representation. The easiest of these is Google Maps.

Though many readers are likely to be familiar with these maps for basic navigation purposes, they may not realize how easy it is to create their own customized maps using Google My Maps. Teachers and students may benefit from this guide, created by Google. Users can embed images, videos, or links within maps, allowing them to create interactive experiences they can share with others. Continue reading

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4 Ways Teachers Can Support English Learners

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

The school year is well under way, and teachers are beginning to get to know their students and to build relationships with them. The teachers that work with English learners (ELs) should know how crucial their classroom practices are to the success of these students. Here are four essential practices that effective teachers of ELs exhibit in their classrooms:

  1. Demonstrate a positive, asset-based relationship with students.
  2. Provide scaffolds to support ELs to acquire new information.
  3. Make use of flexible grouping of students in the classroom.
  4. Model appreciation of diversity in the classroom.

Following, I’ll discuss these four practices in detail. Continue reading

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ESP Project Leader Profile: Andy Gillett

Kevin Knight
Kevin Knight

Hello, ESPers worldwide!

In this ESP project leader profile, we go to England to meet an expert in ESP, Andy Gillett, who has represented the IATEFL ESP Special Interest Group in events with the TESOL ESP Interest Section, including a month-long online threaded discussion about ESP and a TESOL-IATEFL webinar about how ESP projects can create positive social change. Please see his bio. Continue reading

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On Campus and Beyond: From Speaking to Writing, Part 2

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

In my previous blog (Part 1), I provided a few suggestions on how speaking activities from two units in the ESL speaking class that I taught this summer could be adjusted and implemented in a writing course. My goal was to create materials and activities for a particular unit in relation to the local campus community and to American society in general. I call this approach “On campus and beyond.”

In today’s blog, I’d like to continue by providing suggestions of writing assignments for the other two units of the course: “Health and Well-Being” and “Cultures and Diversity.” Continue reading

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Online and Hybrid Classroom Education

Greg Kessler
Greg Kessler

The latest book in the TESOL Voices series (insider accounts of classroom life) is Online and Hybrid Classroom Education. As the editor of this book, I am very excited to share information about it with others in the TESOL profession. This book, along with others in the series, provide novel and varied perspectives of teachers and students.

This format provides readers with an inside account of life within an array of online and hybrid learning contexts. The authors in this collection present a diversity of authentic TESOL teaching and learning contexts utilizing online and hybrid instructional approaches. Each chapter is illustrated with a rich description of participant inquiry. The chapters are personal and engaging in a way that should inspire many other TESOL professionals. Continue reading

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