Misconceptions About Immigrants and Refugees in the United States

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

Recent political discussions in the United States have centered on whether we should allow refugees and immigrants from different parts of the world to enter the country. In this blog, I would like to review some of the facts about immigration that are ignored by politicians.

Why, you may wonder, am I writing this for TESOL when my blog is about pre-K-5 English learners? It is my feeling that the anti-immigration rhetoric, including the ban on Muslims from entering the United States and the building of a wall between Mexico and the United States severely affects the learning environment that English learners (ELs) encounter in our schools. They need a supportive community to succeed in school, and anti-immigration sentiments may undermine the supportive atmosphere. It is our job as ESL teachers to learn the facts about immigration and defuse some of these misconceptions in our schools. In this political climate, ELs need the support of adults in their schools, and ESL and bilingual teachers are the first line of defense for these children. Continue reading

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ESP Project Leader Profile: Jen Cope

Kevin Knight
Kevin Knight

Hello, ESPers worldwide!

So far, we have published more than 25 profiles in the ESP Project Leader series, with projects on six continents. The first profile from Australia was Phil Chappell. In this second profile from Australia, we meet Jen Cope. Continue reading

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6 Resources Offered by the TESOL Second Language Writing Interest Section

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

proSOL provides numerous resources and opportunities for teachers to develop as professionals in the field. One of my favorite resources offered is interest sections (ISs). As it says on the TESOL website, interest sections “offer members a supportive community of practice where they can share insights or solicit guidance on the professional issues that arise every day.” I’ve been a member of the Second Language Writing Interest Section (SLWIS) for several years now, and I truly appreciate the opportunity to be a part of this great community of second language writing teachers and scholars. The interest section provides lots of resources—for research, teaching, professional support, and networking. In today’s blog I’d like to share some of the resources that this interest section offers to its members. Continue reading

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Literacy Partnerships for Families of ELs

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

I’d like you to meet guest blogger, Kathy Perret, who is an educational consultant for Northwest AEA in Sioux City, Iowa. Her areas of interest include literacy, ESL, instructional coaching, and teacher leadership. I met Kathy on Twitter and her ideas on family literacy partnerships seemed ideal for families of English learners (ELs). Here is Kathy’s blog. Continue reading

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ESP Project Leader Profile: Barrie Roberts

Kevin Knight
Kevin Knight

Hello, ESPers worldwide!

In this ESP project leader profile, we will take a closer look at the work of Barrie J. Roberts, who has created mediation as a second language (MSL). Here is her bio: Continue reading

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Five ELT Trends to Watch in 2017

Kristen Lindahl
Kristen Lindahl

The new year is well underway, and many opportunities to innovate and improve our pedagogical practices abound! Below are five of the top trends that I predict will frame much of the discussion in the coming year around how to best educate the millions of people learning English worldwide. Continue reading

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TESOL 2017: A Moment to Be Cherished

Narad Kumar Rijal
Narad Kumar Rijal

I have always dreamed of attending the TESOL convention and presenting a paper at the august gathering. It is almost a mela ( a fair) for English language professionals to engage, enrich, and empower their understandings and expertise. My dream of attending the conference this year has turned into reality because I have become a part of the convention. Continue reading

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Four Suggestions on Implementing Feedback in Writing Teacher Training Courses

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

In a previous blog, I described three recommendations for writing teacher education programs on how to incorporate some issues of feedback in teacher preparatory courses. In today’s blog, I provide four more ideas related to the same topic. Once again, these recommendations are based on the published research on feedback. Continue reading

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TESOL Governance Restructuring: A Long-Term View

Dudley Reynolds
Dudley Reynolds

With the recent proposals regarding TESOL International Association’s affiliate relations and knowledge-based member communities, the association’s governance review process is moving into its final phase. I think it is appropriate therefore to summarize the findings of the Governance Review Task Force and to discuss how the TESOL Board of Directors has responded to them. Continue reading

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Just Three Months to TESOL 2017

Ahu Moser
Ahu Moser

I hope that the New Year has had a wonderful start for all of you. It is getting chilly here in Maryland, but, although I do not like cold weather, I am happy for this. This cold weather is the indication that we are getting closer to TESOL 2017! I am very excited about the TESOL conference in Seattle coming up in just three months. I have been waiting for the conference impatiently since I was chosen as a TESOL Ambassador along with six fellow TESOLers a couple of months ago. Continue reading

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