Category Archives: TESOL Blog

Making Connections to Improve EL Reading Comprehension

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

In my last blog, I talked about Reading Workshop and how well comprehension strategies work for English learners (ELs). Books such as Mosaic of Thought (Keene and Zimmerman, 2007), Reading with Meaning (Miller 2012), and Strategies That Work (Harvey and Goudvi … Continue reading

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Sowing Seeds for Career Success

Kevin Knight
Kevin Knight

Hello, ESPers worldwide! Several years ago, I was selected to represent the Kanda Gaigo Career College (KGCC) in the annual staff meeting of the Kanda Gaigo Group in Japan. Actually, you could say that I was competing against the staff … Continue reading

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Halloween Writing: A Scary Jumble Story

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

Many teachers are familiar with a jumble story writing activity. There can be several variations to it depending on what the lesson is focused on. In the past, I used this activity to practice certain grammar principles, the use of … Continue reading

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8 Major Trends in the Global ELT Field

Yilin Sun
Yilin Sun

The TESOL President’s Blog Recently, I have been invited to share my perspectives on major trends in the global ELT field at several international conferences. Here’s a summary of what I shared with the participants—of course this isn’t a comprehensive … Continue reading

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Google+ Education: Part 5

Tara Arntsen
Tara Arntsen

Previously, I wrote a post about organization tools for every teacher and mentioned Edmodo, Schoology, and Engrade as a few good options for teachers wanting to go paperless or at least digitize some materials. Now, for part five of this … Continue reading

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ESL Games: What Is My Occupation?

Marc Anderson
Marc Anderson

The Game: Games encourage authentic learning situations, develop enthusiasm, and allow students to envision mastering the content (Barab, Gresalif & Arici, 2009; Gee, 2005). This game, What Is My Occupation? helps students to learn a variety of skills from questioning and … Continue reading

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Culture Shock: A Mixed-Level Speaking Activity

Alexandra Lowe
Alexandra Lowe

If you are teaching English as a second language (ESL) rather than English as a foreign language (EFL),  it’s likely that a significant portion of your adult students are currently experiencing some degree of culture shock as a result of … Continue reading

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EL Reading Comprehension Strategy: Visualization

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

Many years ago, teachers in my school started exploring Reading Workshop to teach reading to children in Grades K–5. We attended workshops given at Columbia University and received staff development by members of Lucy Calkins’ Reading and Writing Project. Although … Continue reading

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The Power of ESP: An Exercise in Conceptualization

Kevin Knight
Kevin Knight

Hello, ESPers worldwide! The 2014 Cross-Strait International Conference on English for Specific Purposes (ESP) took place from 3–5 October at Asia University in Taiwan. At that conference, Margaret van Naerssen gave a presentation titled “ESP Can Be A Really Sharp Tool!” … Continue reading

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Demystifying Audience and Genre: A Classroom Activity

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

The concepts of audience and genre tend to be challenging for second language writers. Even when students seem to understand them theoretically, they struggle applying their knowledge to practice. We can help them demystify these concepts through simple classroom activities. … Continue reading

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