TESOL Educational Technology Blog: Welcome!

Greg Kessler
Greg Kessler

Welcome to the inaugural post for the new TESOL Educational Technology Blog! I am very excited to share some of my thoughts about enhancing our English teaching experiences through thoughtful innovation and computer-assisted language learning (CALL) integration. Each month we will explore new opportunities to improve our teaching and design of learning experiences. For this inaugural entry, I will preview some of the topics that I will address this year as well as a number of resources that can help you further explore and experiment with emerging technologies. Continue reading

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ESP Project Leader Profile: Valia Spiliotopoulos

Kevin Knight
Kevin Knight

Hello, ESPers worldwide!

It is wonderful to be able to start the new year (2018) with the 39th ESP project leader profile! This profile features Valia Spiliotopoulos at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada. Valia is the supervisor of the incoming ESPIS chair-elect, Ismaeil Fazel. Continue reading

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Making the Most of TESOL 2018

TESOL Ambassador
TESOL Ambassador

With the breadth, depth, and wealth of knowledge that goes into each TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo, attending one can be among the most rewarding experiences a teacher has all year. The insights and inquiries that arise from engaging with colleagues who share the goal of finding effective ways to reach students are the fuel that make us better educators, but absorbing this vast amount of knowledge requires a plan. To ensure a full exploration of the expertise on offer, attendees may wish to remember three steps: Preview, Peruse, and Plug in to Community. Continue reading

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Tips for TESOL Teachers on ELL Advocacy

Kristen Lindahl
Kristen Lindahl

This is a guest post by Alpha A. Martínez-Suárez, a doctoral student in the culture, language, and literacy program at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She works as a research scientist for the Academy for Teacher Excellence and volunteers as an advocate for the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights, helping unaccompanied minors detained by immigration officials. Alpha also serves as board member and chair of the Advocacy Committee for TexTESOL Region II. In this post, she discusses what she learned at the 2017 TESOL Advocacy and Policy Summit. Continue reading

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How to Create More Engaging Conference Presentations

Joe McVeigh
Joe McVeigh

Have you had the experience of attending professional conferences where you experienced death by PowerPoint—a presentation in which the person at the front of the room has too much text on too many slides? Often, the presenter then proceeds to read to the audience everything that is already written on the slides. This can soon become very dull indeed. But what if that presenter is you? How can those of us who find ourselves at the front of the room make our presentations more interesting and engaging to our participants? Continue reading

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