Category Archives: TESOL Blog

ESL Games: Clueless

Marc Anderson
Marc Anderson

The Game: Clueless is a game that uses many clues to describe a common word. Research supports the use of games to “…motivate learners, promote communicative competence, and to generate fluency” (Forum Vol. 35, No. 4, Oct.-Dec. 1997, M. Martha … Continue reading

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The Power of Collaboration and Active Engagement for ELs

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

For today’s blog on collaboration, I have collaborated with author and professional development provider Karen Nemeth. Karen is a nationally known expert in early childhood education and dual language learners. Teachers in many general education classes lecture to impart information … Continue reading

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ESP and Communicating Bad News  

Kevin Knight
Kevin Knight

Hello, ESPers worldwide! A couple of years ago, I heard the following ESP story related to the global financial crisis. An ESPer had been conducting language training in a company when his students asked him to teach them how to … Continue reading

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Excellent Academic Journals to Stay Up-to-Date in EL Writing

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

In one of my previous blog posts, I introduced five journals concerned with different issues in second language writing.  There are obviously other academic journals in the field that publish articles related both to research in second language writing and … Continue reading

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The 2014 SPELT Conference in Karachi, Pakistan

Rosa Aronson
Rosa Aronson

In September 2014, I had the great honor of being invited to speak at the 30th anniversary of the Society of Pakistan English Language Teachers (SPELT) conference in Karachi, where I spent 4 days interacting with local teachers and researchers. … Continue reading

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Evernote: For Organizing Your Digital Life

Tara Arntsen
Tara Arntsen

With all the media that we are exposed to every day, it is no wonder that people are often overwhelmed by the amount of information they come into contact with. For example, some of us are being told to use … Continue reading

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A New Way of Looking at Teacher Evaluation

Yilin Sun
Yilin Sun

The TESOL President’s Blog In this blog, I’d like to share a new way of conducting teacher evaluation. In his book, Becoming a Critically Reflective Teacher, Stephen Brookfield (2007) argued that conversations with faculty peers are essential to the development … Continue reading

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ESL Games: Connect Four and More!

Marc Anderson
Marc Anderson

The Game: Connect Four and More! helps students practice their pronunciation in a fun way. It is modeled after the basic Connect Four math game for younger children, where the goal is to get four in a row and win. This … Continue reading

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Connecting Adult ELLs to Supportive College Resources

Alexandra Lowe
Alexandra Lowe

As many TESOL members head back to the classroom for the fall semester, I wanted to share what I learned from some work I did recently for the Community College Consortium on Immigrant Education (CCCIE), a national network of community … Continue reading

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Culture Shock and Pre-K–5 English Learners

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

Today I am writing this blog with my co-author and friend Debbie Zacarian, author and professional development provider. (See her bio at the end of this blog.)  In our experience, identifying culture shock at the beginning of the year is … Continue reading

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