Category Archives: TESOL Blog

Taking Risks in ESP – A Sign of Expertise?

Kevin Knight
Kevin Knight

Hello, ESPers worldwide! What does it mean to take risks as an ESP practitioner? Is such risk-taking a sign of expertise? This TESOL Blog post is inspired by an article in the area of professional communication that I first read … Continue reading

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Getting-to-Know-You Writing Activity: Using Names

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

In many schools and educational programs around the world, the end of summer is considered to be the beginning of a new academic year.  For us, teachers, this period involves lots of preparation, including designing a course syllabus, developing lessons … Continue reading

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Take a Virtual Field Trip

Tara Arntsen
Tara Arntsen

While educators are often limited by time, funding, and logistics when it comes to field trips, virtual field trips can make them a real option again. Students get a similar learning experience and teachers can focus on the educational side … Continue reading

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ESL Games: ESL – Tic Tac Toe

Marc Anderson
Marc Anderson

The Game: ESL – Tic Tac Toe is a quick, fun way to review any number of grammar forms or vocabulary words. It builds on higher level thinking skills and provides language practice in various skills—primarily listening, speaking, and reading.

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Living VenTESOL’s Spirit!

Yilin Sun
Yilin Sun

The TESOL President’s Blog Last month, I had the honor to represent TESOL International Association by delivering an opening plenary talk at VenTESOL’s 32nd convention in Caracas, Venezuela. The theme of VenTESOL’s event was “Examine, Support and Renew ELT for … Continue reading

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A Great Grammar Resource: Learn American English Online

Alexandra Lowe
Alexandra Lowe

*note: An earlier version of this blog featured an incorrect link to Learn American English Online.  Last year, one of my students introduced our class to Learn American English Online, a website that he liked to use on his smartphone to … Continue reading

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Creating a Welcoming Classroom Environment for Pre-K–5 ELs

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

At the start of the new school year, classroom and ESL teachers will be meeting English learners (ELs) who are attending school in the United States for the first time.  Teachers can alleviate many fears experienced by beginning ELs by … Continue reading

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Business Discourse (2nd edition): Relevant for ESPers Worldwide!

Kevin Knight
Kevin Knight

Hello, ESPers worldwide! As ESPers, we have the responsibility to learn as much as we can about how people communicate. By researching and learning about professional communication and reflecting on our teaching practices, we empower ourselves to create learning experiences … Continue reading

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A Writing Activity: Describing a Fruit

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

When I was a student in an intensive English program, one of my teachers used this activity to help us be more specific and precise in our descriptions.  And as easy as this activity looks, it required reaching beyond our … Continue reading

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Randomizing Order in Class

Tara Arntsen
Tara Arntsen

Unfortunately, it is sometimes hard to get students to volunteer, so educators all have their own methods for randomizing the order in which students present or perform other tasks. Do you have students draw numbers from a hat or popsicle … Continue reading

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