Teacher Education InterSections at TESOL 2018

Kristen Lindahl
Kristen Lindahl

One of the most interesting aspects of working as a teacher educator is the various ways it intersects with other aspects of English language education, such as teacher identity development, social responsibility, and the use of technology in formal and informal contexts. For you teacher educators who plan to attend the TESOL International Convention this year in Chicago, the Teacher Education Interest Section has some excellent intersection panels planned for you! Check them out below. Continue reading

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Learning English Through Lyrics

Greg Kessler
Greg Kessler

I thought it might be fun to start this blog out with a song. As most English teachers know, music can be a great way to engage learners to listen extensively and intensively. Music can make learning English fun while allowing teachers to focus on any of these aspects that are relevant to their current teaching. It can provide students with welcome opportunities to listen repeatedly and carefully to understand the English lyrics. Lyrics can be used as a source of authentic language to support the instruction of all language skills. Continue reading

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ESP Project Leader Profile: Jennifer Roberts

Kevin Knight
Kevin Knight

Hello, ESPers worldwide!

In this ESP project leader profile, we meet our incoming English in occupational settings (EOS) representative for TESOL ESPIS. If you would like to speak with Jennifer and other ESPIS members in person, please attend the ESPIS Open Meeting at TESOL 2018 in Chicago. Jennifer’s bio highlights her background as an aviation English specialist, her international experience, and her research interests: Continue reading

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Two SLW Networking Sessions at TESOL 2018

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

In last month’s blog, I described various social and professional opportunities that the Second Language Writing Interest Section (SLWIS) has prepared for the upcoming TESOL 2018 convention. Today, I’d like to share more details on two networking sessions that I mentioned in the previous blog. Networking sessions are a fairly new format at TESOL annual conventions—they are organized and facilitated by TESOL professionals who share their expertise about a particular topic related to professional development, and allow attendees to learn about this topic in an informal and interactive way.

For this year’s convention, SLWIS has prepared one networking session related to conference proposal writing and one related to job search. Below is the information about each session. Continue reading

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Becoming a TESOL Ambassador

TESOL Ambassador
TESOL Ambassador

Let me begin with an anecdote. My teaching career started when I was 18 but without any experience. During my initial days as a teacher, I had no idea what all those teaching methods—CLT, learner-centered, task-based—meant, and, thus, chiefly employed methods that my teacher had used when I was a student. I was totally unaware of all the latest developments in teaching and learning contexts in terms of teaching methodologies and pedagogical approaches to address the needs and challenges of the changing contexts.

I realized the need to enhance my teaching skills, however, only after being associated with a TESOL affiliate, Nepal English Language Teachers’ Association (NELTA) and attending its annual international conference. After joining TESOL as a Global Professional member, I had an opportunity to attend the 2014 TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo in Portland, which was, indeed, a long-awaited and much anticipated dream-come-true event for me. My first-time attendance at TESOL left an indelible impression on me. Continue reading

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