Category Archives: TESOL Blog

360° Photos for ELT

Robert Sheppard
Rob Sheppard

Every innovation in tech has the potential to be or become an advancement in ed tech. So, every time we hear about a new technology, we ought to pause and ask ourselves, what could this mean for my classroom and … Continue reading

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Teaching Empathy to Children Through Storytelling

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

As English learners enter school this year, one of our most important jobs as teachers is to help them adjust to the American classroom. It is important to make our ELs feel welcome and accepted. With all of the anti-immigrant and … Continue reading

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English Language Teachers and Technology

Dudley Reynolds
Dudley Reynolds

The TESOL President’s Blog In fall 1983, I was hired as an undergraduate Spanish teaching assistant. Over the course of a weekend, I was trained to: 1) speak and dramatize a Spanish sentence from a pattern-practice drill, 2) snap my … Continue reading

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ESP Project Leader Profile: Prithvi Shrestha

Kevin Knight
Kevin Knight

Hello, ESPers worldwide! It is my privilege to be able to introduce to you Dr. Prithvi Shrestha, who has worked closely with the TESOL ESPIS over the years in his role as a leader of the IATEFL ESP Special Interest … Continue reading

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10 ELL Must-Haves for the First Day of School

Kristen Lindahl
Kristen Lindahl

Students and teachers in the United States are packing up their summer gear in favor of backpacks and briefcases to get ready to go back to school. Although calendars around the world differ, the first days of a new school … Continue reading

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ETAI 2016: Going Beyond the Limits of Language

Andy Curtis
Andy Curtis

Last month, on 4–6 July, the 7th International English Teachers’ Association of Israel (ETAI) Conference took place in Ashkelon, Israel, which is on the Mediterranean coast, about 50 km south of the capital, Tel Aviv. Ashkelon describes itself as “one … Continue reading

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Do We Need More Studies on Teacher Feedback?

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

An impressive amount of research has been done on teacher response to L2 student writing. It seems like feedback scholars have taken nearly all possible directions trying to understand this “controversial yet ubiquitous pedagogical issue” (Ferris, 2004, p. 49). However, … Continue reading

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4 Icebreakers to Make Conversations Flow in ESL Classrooms

Nathan Hall
Nathan Hall

Another school year is about to begin, but even though it’s still summer your classroom may be a cold place. Your new students won’t know who you are or how the school works, and the returning students may not know … Continue reading

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5 Reasons to Use Newsela

Tara Arntsen
Tara Arntsen

There are so many websites out there with great materials, and many of them, including News in Levels, Breaking News English, and others, use current events as the basis of their articles or videos. Today, I want to share with … Continue reading

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ESOL and Healthy Communities

Robert Sheppard
Rob Sheppard

English and Healthy Communities What makes a “healthy community”? When I first heard the phrase, I pictured UnderArmour-clad model-bodied suburbanites jogging to Equinox past Trader Joe’s, Sweetgreen, and BeGood, scarcely breaking a sweat. But perhaps that says more about unhealthy … Continue reading

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