Category Archives: TESOL Blog

Pronunciation Perspectives Part 2: A Video Conversation with Tracey Derwing

Karen Taylor de Caballero
Karen Taylor de Caballero

In a recent post, I shared portions of my video interview with Dr. Tracey Derwing, coauthor of Pronunciation Fundamentals: Evidence-Based Perspectives for L2 Teaching and Research (Derwing & Munro, 2015). Here, I bring you more from that interview, focusing on … Continue reading

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Debunking 5 Myths of U.S. Immigration

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

The Republican Presidential campaign has added fire to the discussions about immigration in the United States. In this blog,  I would like to review some of the immigration myths that are propagated by politicians and offer resources backing up the … Continue reading

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Critical Thinking About Technology: An ELT Activity

Alexandra Lowe
Alexandra Lowe

Our world is awash in new technology. New electronic gadgets, new smartphone apps, and new forms of social media abound. But which of these will stand the test of time? And how do these dazzling technology innovations compare in significance … Continue reading

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ESP For Social Change: What Is Your Passion?

Kevin Knight
Kevin Knight

Hello, ESPers worldwide! How often do you ask yourself the following questions? Who are my students? Why are they learning English? Why am I teaching them English? In addition to English communication skills, what are my students learning from me? … Continue reading

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5 Icebreakers for English Interaction

Kristen Lindahl
Kristen Lindahl

In the United States, it’s that time of year again, when students and teachers excitedly (reluctantly?) return to the classroom after summer vacation. First and foremost, you’ll want to get your students talking to you and to each other! In … Continue reading

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Taking TESOL to the World: Vietnam

Andy Curtis
Andy Curtis

The TESOL President’s Blog In the previous TESOL President’s Blog post, I wrote about leading and managing change and innovation, which was one of the main themes of TESOL International Association’s first symposium in Vietnam last month, which followed the … Continue reading

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Getting to Know Each Other Through a Single Word

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

During the first week of classes, it is important to establish a warm and collaborative atmosphere in the classroom and help students to get to know each other. Surely, there are a lot of “getting-to-know-you” activities and icebreakers that teachers … Continue reading

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5 Ways To Jumpstart Your ELL Class This Year

Nathan Hall
Nathan Hall

Two months ago, we were wrapping up postservice training. Now we’ve either started our preservice training or are counting down our remaining days of vacation. That means we have to get our classrooms ready for new students, and when our … Continue reading

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Literature in ELT: Who’s Afraid of Literature?

Guest Author
Guest Author

A Guest Post by Sybil Marcus Sybil Marcus has lived and worked on four continents.  She taught ESL at the University of California at Berkeley Extension and at the Summer English Language Studies on the Berkeley campus.  She has presented at … Continue reading

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Guest Writer: Independent Online Reading Practice

Tara Arntsen
Tara Arntsen

Rebecca Palmer, a colleague of mine at Northern State University, has the unenviable task of teaching beginner reading to a very mixed level group of adults in the Academic English Program. While many of the materials we have dug up … Continue reading

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