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House Wheat This Hound!: The Problem of Listening

Karen Taylor de Caballero
Karen Taylor de Caballero

If you’re baffled by the title, don’t fret: “House Wheat This Hound!” means nothing in its printed form. When said out loud, however, a listener can find meaning: How sweet the sound! Here’s what’s interesting: the listener must be a … Continue reading

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3 Ways for Teachers to Use Social Networks for PD

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

Social media–facilitated professional development (PD) allows teachers to share ideas and strategies through online personal learning networks (PLNs). Social media bypasses the challenges of traditional PD. It is real-time, cost effective, accessible around the world, and driven by practitioners, not school … Continue reading

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Taking Learning out of the Classroom in EFL Contexts: Part II

Sherry Blok
Sherry Blok

I recently blogged on creating meaningful and authentic opportunities to apply student learning to real-life experiences. Most of the activities I suggested related to an ESL teaching context in which students are living in an English-speaking environment. Finding authentic opportunities … Continue reading

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Small Is Beautiful: The 7th PELLTA Int’l ELT Conference

Andy Curtis
Andy Curtis

The TESOL President’s Blog In 1973, the German economist E.F. Schumacher published a book subtitled A Study of Economics as if People Mattered, making its financial focus clear, but it is the main title that he is best known for: … Continue reading

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ESP Best Practices in View of Leadership Conceptualization

Kevin Knight
Kevin Knight

Hello, ESPers worldwide! Next month (July), we will have another ESP project leader profile to add to those of Kristin Ekkens (May; healthcare industry) and Charles Hall (June; tourism, helping the poorest of the poor). In this TESOL Blog post, … Continue reading

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Creating Classroom Communities in ESL/EFL

Kristen Lindahl
Kristen Lindahl

What do you think of when you think of your “classroom”?  A place to learn, a place to study, a place to talk, a place to share experiences, a place to grow as a student and as a teacher… In … Continue reading

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Audience Awareness: An Interactive Group Activity

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

This is yet another interactive activity that may help learners better understand the concept of audience (readers), the importance of the writer’s background knowledge about their audience, as well as the importance of writer-reader relationships. For this activity, you will need … Continue reading

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Adapting Content for ELLs: What Non-ELL Teachers Should Know

Nathan Hall
Nathan Hall

A sad reality of being an ELL specialist in secondary schools is that our hardest working students are usually the ones who leave our program. We do our best to give them the skills they need to learn and demonstrate … Continue reading

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Haiku Deck: Revolutionize Your Presentations

Tara Arntsen
Tara Arntsen

Despite drastic changes over the years, many educators still use presentation software, such as PowerPoint, for a variety of reasons. Such presentations in class reinforce content delivered orally, serve as supplemental material, and scaffold learning. Turning these types of presentations … Continue reading

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Reimagining Résumé Writing in Adult Education

Robert Sheppard
Robert Sheppard

There’s probably a whole slew of reasons that you don’t love résumé writing. As a real-world imperative, it can be stressful, frustrating, tiresome work, and it doesn’t generally coincide with the best times in our lives. Do I want an … Continue reading

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