TESOL International Events Foster Camaraderie

Michael Waters
Michael Waters

As I prepare for the TESOL convention in Seattle next month, I remember the first time I attended a TESOL international event. It was 2006 and I was in Washington, DC, at George Washington University to attend a workshop with my TESOL colleagues from around the world. We were to discuss the new (2005) TESOL standards. Continue reading

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Why Attend TESOL Pre- and Postconvention Institutes?

Moise Alcantara
Moise Alcantara

Innovative. Exciting. Reassuring. Energizing. Varied. That’s what the TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo has come to mean in my professional life. I know for sure that I’m not the only one feeling this way about the TESOL convention. A highlight of the convention is the variety of sessions that cater to the different needs and expectations of the participants. Continue reading

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Empowering Women Living in Difficult Circumstances

Sherry Blok
Sherry Blok

When I first spoke to Cathy Raymond in mid-December 2016, little did we both know about the storm that was about to hit. As I review our interview, her words and actions take on a much deeper, more profound meaning. Educators like Cathy make a difference in the world because of one important word: empathy. Cathy cares about the human condition; she cares about human rights for all, and uses her position to empower women through language education in countries stricken by war and extreme poverty. In my view, Cathy is a true global citizen. I dedicate my blog this year to bringing to light the stories of these global citizens in our TESOL community, those individual who exemplify the core values of TESOL’s mission. Continue reading

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Misconceptions About Immigrants and Refugees in the United States

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

Recent political discussions in the United States have centered on whether we should allow refugees and immigrants from different parts of the world to enter the country. In this blog, I would like to review some of the facts about immigration that are ignored by politicians.

Why, you may wonder, am I writing this for TESOL when my blog is about pre-K-5 English learners? It is my feeling that the anti-immigration rhetoric, including the ban on Muslims from entering the United States and the building of a wall between Mexico and the United States severely affects the learning environment that English learners (ELs) encounter in our schools. They need a supportive community to succeed in school, and anti-immigration sentiments may undermine the supportive atmosphere. It is our job as ESL teachers to learn the facts about immigration and defuse some of these misconceptions in our schools. In this political climate, ELs need the support of adults in their schools, and ESL and bilingual teachers are the first line of defense for these children. Continue reading

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ESP Project Leader Profile: Jen Cope

Kevin Knight
Kevin Knight

Hello, ESPers worldwide!

So far, we have published more than 25 profiles in the ESP Project Leader series, with projects on six continents. The first profile from Australia was Phil Chappell. In this second profile from Australia, we meet Jen Cope. Continue reading

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6 Resources Offered by the TESOL Second Language Writing Interest Section

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

proSOL provides numerous resources and opportunities for teachers to develop as professionals in the field. One of my favorite resources offered is interest sections (ISs). As it says on the TESOL website, interest sections “offer members a supportive community of practice where they can share insights or solicit guidance on the professional issues that arise every day.” I’ve been a member of the Second Language Writing Interest Section (SLWIS) for several years now, and I truly appreciate the opportunity to be a part of this great community of second language writing teachers and scholars. The interest section provides lots of resources—for research, teaching, professional support, and networking. In today’s blog I’d like to share some of the resources that this interest section offers to its members. Continue reading

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Literacy Partnerships for Families of ELs

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

I’d like you to meet guest blogger, Kathy Perret, who is an educational consultant for Northwest AEA in Sioux City, Iowa. Her areas of interest include literacy, ESL, instructional coaching, and teacher leadership. I met Kathy on Twitter and her ideas on family literacy partnerships seemed ideal for families of English learners (ELs). Here is Kathy’s blog. Continue reading

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ESP Project Leader Profile: Barrie Roberts

Kevin Knight
Kevin Knight

Hello, ESPers worldwide!

In this ESP project leader profile, we will take a closer look at the work of Barrie J. Roberts, who has created mediation as a second language (MSL). Here is her bio: Continue reading

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Five ELT Trends to Watch in 2017

Kristen Lindahl
Kristen Lindahl

The new year is well underway, and many opportunities to innovate and improve our pedagogical practices abound! Below are five of the top trends that I predict will frame much of the discussion in the coming year around how to best educate the millions of people learning English worldwide. Continue reading

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TESOL 2017: A Moment to Be Cherished

Narad Kumar Rijal
Narad Kumar Rijal

I have always dreamed of attending the TESOL convention and presenting a paper at the august gathering. It is almost a mela ( a fair) for English language professionals to engage, enrich, and empower their understandings and expertise. My dream of attending the conference this year has turned into reality because I have become a part of the convention. Continue reading

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