Category Archives: TESOL Blog

The December Dilemma and English Learners

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

Hyungsoo, a second-grade student from Korea, sat across from me at the table in my ESL class with a pained look on his face. “Santa didn’t come to my house!” he complained. “I didn’t get any presents.” I knew the … Continue reading

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ESPers as Active Learners

Kevin Knight
Kevin Knight

Hello, ESPers worldwide! As an ESP practitioner, how often do you find yourself in the role of a student? In this TESOL Blog post, I will focus on the ESPer’s role as a learner based on some of my own … Continue reading

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What Is Intercultural Communicative Competence?

Yilin Sun
Yilin Sun

The TESOL President’s Blog In recent years, several researchers in the ELT field have raised a series of conceptual issues around how we should express our cultures in English (Honna,2005; Byram,2009; Wen, 2013,). As a speaker, should you stick to … Continue reading

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5 Free Online Writing Labs

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

As we all know, the Internet provides a wealth of teaching materials, and many of them are free of charge. There are lots of web-based resources that we, writing teachers, can use to help our students become better writers: websites … Continue reading

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eduCanon: For Making Videos Interactive

Tara Arntsen
Tara Arntsen

Videos can really be a good addition to any class, especially for students who may be struggling readers or those who are visual learners. Additionally, there are so many to choose from online that you can find videos for every … Continue reading

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Highlights From the WITESOL Fall 2014 Conference

Claire Bradin Siskin
Claire Bradin Siskin

I recently attended the Wisconsin TESOL (WITESOL) Fall 2014 Conference in Eau Claire, Wisconsin—what a group! I met numerous ESOL educators who struck me as being practical, positive, and receptive to new ideas. The conference was well organized, and I … Continue reading

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A Roomful of Quotes: A Communicative Activity

Alexandra Lowe
Alexandra Lowe

I often find that changing what’s on the walls of my classroom changes the energy in the class. Recently, I decided to challenge my intermediate-level adult students to a new speaking activity by posting 24 quotes about taking risks around … Continue reading

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Teaching ELs to Summarize and Synthesize Texts

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

Good readers need to learn to summarize text in order to highlight the important information that they read. In my last blog, I talked about teaching ELs how to determine what is relevant in nonfiction texts. They also need to … Continue reading

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The Personal Brands of ESPers

Kevin Knight
Kevin Knight

Hello, ESPers worldwide! As an ESPer, what do you consider to be your area of expertise? Do you specialize in working with a specific group of professionals such as medical doctors or lawyers? Do you excel in training others to make … Continue reading

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ESL Classroom Routines

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

Several years ago, when I was doing my teaching practicum in my MATESOL program, I had the opportunity to teach a community ESL class. Most of my students were immigrants who were taking the course in order to increase their … Continue reading

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