Google+ Education: Part 6

Tara Arntsen
Tara Arntsen

It has been quite a while since I last posted something about Google+ and its educational uses, so allow me to present Google Keep. Google Keep is for saving notes, checklists, photos, and even voice memos either via the website or app. It may not be specifically designed for education but is another neat thing to add to our teacher toolboxes. Let me explain how and why. Continue reading

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Options in Classroom Self-Assessment

Robert Sheppard
Robert Sheppard

Why Self-Assessment?

I’ll be honest: It took me a while to come around to the notion of self-assessment. All I could picture was my sneeringly too-cool high-school self giving my apathetically underachieving high school self A+ after unearned A+. Continue reading

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A Significant Birth, a Crowning Jewel

Karen Taylor de Caballero
Karen Taylor de Caballero

On 2 May, after more than nine months in the making, the world celebrated a birth, the arrival of a long-awaited jewel that completes the family crown. While Princess Charlotte of Cambridge may come to mind, the arrival of which I speak is the Journal of Second Language Pronunciation or, more simply, the JSLP. Continue reading

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Reading Challenges for ELs in the Age of the Common Core

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

Learning to read in English presents many challenges for English learners (ELs) in the K–12 classroom, especially true in this age of high stakes standardized testing based on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). ELs face many obstacles when reading in English. Continue reading

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TESOL Goes to India

Andy Curtis
Andy Curtis

For the first time in its nearly 50-year history, the TESOL International Association held its first ever event in India on 24 and 25 April. It was a TESOL Academy, and its theme was “Changing Classrooms, Supporting Teachers.” The event was held in partnership with the US Department of State’s Regional English Language Office, New Delhi, and the Regional Institute of English, Chandigarh. According Continue reading

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Inspiration for ESP Collaboration: GPS at UCSD

Kevin Knight
Kevin Knight

Hello, ESPers worldwide!

At the same time that TESOL International Association is making changes to its governance, the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies  (IR/PS) at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) is changing its name. The new name of IR/PS will be the School of Global Policy and Strategy (GPS) at UCSD. In this TESOL Blog post, I will explore how GPS may be considered a model for collaboration among ESPers worldwide. Continue reading

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Blogging for Learning in TESOL Teacher Ed

Kristen Lindahl
Kristen Lindahl

Dr. Kristen Lindahl, assistant professor of bicultural-bilingual studies at the University of Texas at San Antonio, has joined the TESOL Blog. Kristen will be blogging biweekly on the topic of teacher education.

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Storytelling is one of the most powerful human language acts, and now it may be one way to help TESOL teachers process and retain information.  We know that teachers’ life experiences and beliefs are some of the biggest contributors to their practices (see Johnson, 2009), but creating time for teachers to verbalize these experiences and beliefs, let alone acknowledge and reflect upon them, can be challenging for teacher educators. Teaching English worldwide in all its dimensions—political, social, economic, theoretical—may cause beliefs to surface and influence teacher decisions, some of which they may not even be aware. Continue reading

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3 Visual Metaphors for Teaching Writing

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

Some of the concepts in academic writing that we, teachers, are used to, may be difficult for English language learners to grasp. Using analogies and metaphors is a great way to explain difficult terms related to writing. When I was a student in an intensive English program several years ago, my writing teacher used visual metaphors to help us understand how to better develop our writing skills. So let me share a few of them. Continue reading

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Finding Common Ground in Multicultural Classrooms

Nathan Hall
Nathan Hall

Nathan Hall, ELL specialist at Achievement House Cyber Charter School in Exton, Pennsylvania, USA, has joined the TESOL Blog. Nathan will be blogging biweekly on secondary education. 

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Think back to the first day of a new school year. It’s late summer, but you feel cold and uncomfortable. You don’t know the boy to your right or the girl behind you, or even the teacher. You start to think about how different you look from the rest of the students and spend so much time wondering what they think of you that you don’t form many opinions about them. And then the teacher says it’s time for everyone to introduce themselves. You may have experienced this with the added level of not having a common language—or least not one you spoke or understood well—with classmates who have different accents. Continue reading

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Another Student Response System: Kahoot!

Tara Arntsen
Tara Arntsen

It has been almost a year since I wrote a post about Socrative, an awesome and free student response system, and while I would still highly recommend it, I recently came across another such system, Kahoot!, which is also free and does something very similar: create and conduct in-class electronic surveys, quizzes, and discussions. For those of you who have not yet gotten attached to Socrative, you might want to test out both to see which you prefer. Continue reading

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