Category Archives: TESOL Blog

United We Stand: With Africa TESOL

Andy Curtis
Andy Curtis

The TESOL President’s Blog TESOL International Association’s 50th year has been one of many ground-breaking events, including our first events in India (April), in Vietnam (August), in Mexico (November), and in Singapore (December), demonstrating our commitment to “Take TESOL to … Continue reading

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Visions of Career Success for the ESP Unemployed

Kevin Knight
Kevin Knight

Hello, ESPers worldwide! In this TESOL Blog post, I focus on the ESP work that I have been doing in Japan with unemployed adult learners who are being trained to reenter the workforce. Although my primary responsibility is to teach business … Continue reading

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TESOL Educators as Policy Makers

Kristen Lindahl
Kristen Lindahl

It’s an election year in the United States, so U.S. teachers are constantly reminded of their role in the political process and the need to cast their votes for the elected officials that serve them. Often, educators feel like they … Continue reading

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7 Professional Organizations Devoted to Writing

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

Being a member of a professional organization, such as TESOL, gives me a variety of opportunities for professional development. Annual conventions, online workshops and programs, publications, and communicating with the TESOL community through listservs—all of these can be valuable resources … Continue reading

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Movie Day: 3 Ways for ELLs to Get the Most Out of Films

Nathan Hall
Nathan Hall

Anyone who grew up in the American school system has memories of watching movies in class. Maybe the teacher wanted you to see a different historic period or understand a play or novel the class was reading a little better, … Continue reading

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Volunteering: A Strategy for Speaking More English

Alexandra Lowe
Alexandra Lowe

For many international and immigrant ESL students, the American tradition of volunteering is an elusive concept. Many immigrant students work long hours at survival jobs and feel they have no time to volunteer. Others who may have an interest in … Continue reading

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Khan Academy for ELT: Part 2

Tara Arntsen
Tara Arntsen

As promised, I am back this week to outline what you can do with Khan Academy’s free account. For more information on why you might be interested in using Khan Academy, check out my last post. As I mentioned before, … Continue reading

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Orientation in Adult Ed

Robert Sheppard
Robert Sheppard

If you’re like me, and surely you are, the word orientation still triggers posttraumatic flashbacks to August 2002: trustfalls on the quad when Sharon Yakomoto didn’t catch you when you trustfell to treat the ensuing concussion you had to wear … Continue reading

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Teaching Language to Pre-K–12 ELs Through Picture Books

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

The use of picture books to teach ELs has been in decline since the advent of the Common Core and high stakes testing. The purpose of this blog is to support the use of both picture books  with words and … Continue reading

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Differentiate Your TESOL Syllabus

Kristen Lindahl
Kristen Lindahl

Teacher educators, myself included, often encourage preservice and in-service teachers to differentiate for their ELLs. While ELLs tend to be seen as one school “subgroup,” they may actually be the most diverse! Some of the ways in which ELLs will … Continue reading

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