Category Archives: TESOL Blog

ELs With Special Needs: Combining Language Goals With Learning Strategies

Nathan Hall
Nathan Hall

EL teachers know about the many factors that can affect language acquisition, ranging from how to deal with culture shock to how to simplify grade-level readings without compromising the message. But every now and then, we encounter students who simply … Continue reading

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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 … 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+.

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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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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. ___________________ Storytelling is one of the most powerful … 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 … 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.  ___________________ Think back to the first day of a new school year. It’s late summer, but … Continue reading

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