Category Archives: TESOL Blog

Students Reflect: Challenges in the First Year of U.S. College

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

Another academic year is close to the end. For many students in my introductory composition course, it was the first time being away from their home countries and families, the first time being in a different culture, and certainly the … Continue reading

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Automotive Language Lessons Can Give Your Students the Drive to Learn

Nathan Hall
Nathan Hall

Cars hold a high position in the American culture’s teenage psyche. Cars may be necessities for students attending schools in rural areas or background noise to kids in cities, but you’re not likely to find a student who is completely apathetic about … Continue reading

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Mind Map It: Aiding ELL Vocabulary Acquisition

Guest Author
Guest Author

A guest post by Elizabeth Mosaidis In this blog, Elizabeth Mosaidis shares how she used the free online mind-mapping tool Coggle to help her ESL/EFL students better learn vocabulary and improve their essay writing. After reading some disappointing essays in … Continue reading

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Create Engaging Video Lessons With Zaption

Tara Arntsen
Tara Arntsen

Whether it is for listening practice, the basis for a discussion or writing assignment, an extension of a reading activity, or something else altogether, videos are an excellent, often underutilized, resource at our disposal. Despite that fact that there is … Continue reading

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Authentic Text Time in Adult Ed

Robert Sheppard
Robert Sheppard

Adult learners, especially immigrants who have various competing priorities which may take precedence over English, need to see an immediate application for their new language. In many contexts, English can be a luxury; for adult immigrants, it cannot be. As … Continue reading

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9 Strategies for 21st-Century ELT Professionals

Yilin Sun
Yilin Sun

Recently, I gave a keynote talk at the Thai-TESOL 36th Annual Conference (January 2016). It was a well attended conference as Thai-TESOL leaders always do a fantastic job in organizing their annual event. The theme was “Empowerment Through Glocalization,” with … Continue reading

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Game-Based Learning and Pre-K–5 English Learners

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

In my previous blogs, I talked about using websites and apps to help elementary-age ELs improve literacy skills. In this blog, I would like to mention some games that support STEM  learning for ELs through game-based learning (GBL). GBL is … Continue reading

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TESOL Board Seeks Member Feedback on Affiliates

Dudley Reynolds
Dudley Reynolds

Using feedback from the affiliate leaders and best evidence on successful professional affiliate relationships provided in the 2015 Governance Review Task Force report, the TESOL Board of Directors has proposed a vision of an affiliate program based on the following … Continue reading

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TESOL Board Seeks Member Feedback on Interest Sections

Dudley Reynolds
Dudley Reynolds

Using feedback from the 2015 Governance Review Task Force, input from Interest Section leaders, and best evidence on successful member communities in associations, the TESOL Board of Directors has proposed a vision for knowledge-based member communities within TESOL based on … Continue reading

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ESPIS Founder Kay Westerfield: 50 At 50 Award Winner

Kevin Knight
Kevin Knight

Hello, ESPers worldwide! In this TESOL Blog post, I am pleased to be able to share exciting news about Kay Westerfield, Ronna Timpa, the ELT Leadership Management Certificate Program (Online) (25 April–29 May 2016), and the new ESPIS Board! On the … Continue reading

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