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7 Tips for Better Classroom Discussions

A. C. Kemp
A. C. Kemp

We’ve all been there: You introduce what you think is a red-hot topic to discuss, but when you ask the first question, there’s so much silence you can hear the classroom clock ticking. Or, in a class of 30, two … Continue reading

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Online Teacher Education Resources in ELT: Content-Area Language Demands

Christine Montecillo Leider and Johanna Tigert
Christine Montecillo Leider and Johanna Tigert

This is the fourth post in our blog series. Previously, we’ve focused on supporting teacher candidates preparing to work with multilingual learners more broadly, while here we focus on specific content areas. We teach sheltered English immersion courses to teacher … Continue reading

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4 Pathways to a Culturally Responsive Virtual Classroom

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

Culturally responsive teaching (CRT) is grounded in the idea that educators teach to students’ unique cultural strengths.  A well-known author in the field of culturally responsive teaching, Zaretta Hammond,  has provided professional development based on her book,  Culturally Responsive Teaching … Continue reading

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Level-Up Your Games and Learning Knowledge: 6 Resources

Jeff Kuhn
Jeff Kuhn

Greetings everyone, and welcome to another edition of the TESOL Games and Learning Blog. This month’s post highlights books and journals that are some of my favorite games and language learning resources. These are the resources I recommend to others looking to … Continue reading

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Teaching Workplace Writing

Betsy Gilliland
Betsy Gilliland

Much of our discussions of writing instruction revolves around academic writing and preparing students for their future studies, from high school to university to graduate school. But few of our students plan to become professors, so it’s important for writing … Continue reading

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3 Innovative Ways to Use Breakout Rooms in ELT

Stephanie Marcotte
Stephanie Marcotte

In the age of remote and online teaching, it is more important than ever that we find ways to encourage group work in our lessons. While we can no longer rearrange desks in a circle or send groups of students … Continue reading

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3 Speaking Skills for the First Day of Class: Hit the Ground Running

A. C. Kemp
A. C. Kemp

For many of us, the first day of school is fast approaching. The first class is crucial because it sets the tone for the rest of the semester. Therefore, we focus on creating a friendly, low-stress environment, setting clear expectations, … Continue reading

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Online Teacher Education Resources in ELT: Cultivating Positive Dispositions With Multimodal Resources

Christine Montecillo Leider and Johanna Tigert
Christine Montecillo Leider and Johanna Tigert

In this third part of our blog series on virtual teacher education, we discuss how to help teacher candidates develop asset-oriented dispositions for teaching multilingual students. All teacher candidates have preconceived beliefs, and there are a number of assumptions about … Continue reading

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