John Dewey (1859–1952), American philosopher and educational reformer, said, “To find out what one is fitted to do, and to secure an opportunity to do it, is the key to happiness.” I feel that I am one of those truly happy people who have discovered their passion and found a way to turn this passion into a significant part of my life. Oddly or not, I have always dreamed of becoming a language teacher, and through many years, I have developed a true love and devotion to teaching. Continue reading
As part of its comprehensive review of governance processes and structures, TESOL International Association has been examining the function and structure of its knowledge-based member communities (KBMCs). Currently known as interest sections, these communities have been a central means for members to engage with the association for many years, and it is important that we ensure first that we have a clear understanding of their functions and second that we structure them in a way that best serves those functions. Continue reading
As part of its comprehensive review of governance processes and structures, TESOL International Association has been examining its relationship with affiliate professional teacher associations around the world. The association has more than 100 affiliates, creating a network of more than 45,000 English language teaching professionals. Our goal throughout has been to establish a clear vision for why we have these relationships and what we should be achieving through them. Continue reading
Hello, ESPers worldwide!
In this 25th ESP Project Leader Profile, it is my pleasure to present to you an ESP researcher and practitioner in Japan, Dr. Laurence Anthony. According to his bio:
Laurence Anthony is Professor of Applied Linguistics at the Faculty of Science and Engineering, Waseda University, Japan. He is a former director and current program coordinator of the Center for English Language Education in Science and Engineering at Waseda University. His main interests are in corpus linguistics, educational technology, and English for specific purposes (ESP) program design and teaching methodologies. He received the National Prize of the Japan Association for English Corpus Studies (JAECS) in 2012 for his work in corpus software tools design.
In a previous post, I talked about the components of word knowledge, which include meaning, orthography, pronunciation, part of speech, morphology, register, collocations, and connotation. Today I’d like to elaborate on collocations, which I think is one of the most challenging components of word knowledge.
Once upon a time, it was determined that a book we were using in one of my classes, selected before my arrival I might add, was not a good fit. The goal of the class was to prepare students for college, and the class set that we had available was a graded reader, so it was true. The students should definitely be reading at the high school level. Evaluation of materials is a good thing and I was completely willing to make a change. The twist? We did not have the funding to purchase new materials at the time and the semester started the following week. Continue reading
I recently attended Missing Voices: 2016 Equity in Education Summit at St, Mary’s University in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In recent years, I have attended many conferences in various regions, but this one resonated with me for many reasons. As a TESOL member, I would like to share some of my experiences at this event and connect them with possibilities for TESOL conferences. Continue reading
One of the real honors of being TESOL International Association President is the chance to represent the Association at conferences hosted by Affiliate associations around the world. Since being elected I have had the chance to speak at events hosted by TESOL Kuwait, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Association of Language Teachers (KSAALT), VenTESOL, EcuaTESOL, Society of Pakistani English Language Teachers (SPELT), and TESOL Italy, with Thai TESOL and TESOL Arabia still to come. Each of these conferences has had a unique theme and has sought to address local issues, but at the same time there has been a persistent thread running through them all: the need to adapt as professionals to a changing and uncertain future. Continue reading
My good friend and colleague, Monica Schnee, is currently in Seoul, Korea, as a
Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Recipient. Monica is a K–5 ESL teacher from River Edge, New Jersey. She is currently on leave from this position to spend a semester in Korea. I am pleased to share Monica’s blog with you. Continue reading
Hello, ESPers worldwide!
As you know, TESOL International Association has launched a new platform called myTESOL. Accordingly, we are in the process of moving documents and links from the old ESPIS library (in the discontinued TESOL Community Network) to the new ESPIS Library (in the newly established myTESOL). In addition, we have moved the online discussions, including a one-month discussion with leaders from the TESOL ESPIS and the IATEFL ESP SIG about ESP that is 261 pages and 65,707 words in length! In this TESOL Blog post, my purpose is to annnnounce the opening of the ESPIS Library in myTESOL to the world in January 2017 and to ask for your contribution of items now! (Only TESOL members have access to myTESOL until January 2017, when it will be open to the general public.)