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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Making (and Keeping!) New Year’s Resolutions

Shannon Tanghe
Shannon Tanghe

Happy 2017!

It’s that time of year again.  As the new year rolls around, many people are making (and breaking) New Year’s resolutions. Gym memberships significantly increase in January, spring cleaning sweeps begin, bad habits are dropped (or go on hiatus), and some readers have likely resolved to focus on enhancing their teaching practices this year. Since we are a couple of weeks into the 2017, how many of these New Year’s resolutions are still in progress? Continue reading

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Skills and Attributes English Learners Need in 2017

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

When educators consider what children will need to be able to do in the future, hey think of  21st-century skills. This topic has been written about copiously over the past 20 years or more. So why am I writing about 21st-century skills now? In 2017 we are living in an era of high stakes testing and teaching to the test.  We really haven’t paid much attention to the multiple lists of 21st-century skills unless they can be related to testing. Teachers are under a lot of pressure to focus on good test scores.  I’m always dismayed when English learners (ELs) who haven’t yet acquired English are evaluated using standardized tests designed for mainstream students.  ELs need to develop curiosity, imagination, initiative, and a vision for the future. I don’t think that the “drill and kill” approach to education that is the result of the emphasis on standardized testing helps our students develop these skills. Continue reading

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Teaching ELT in Challenging Contexts: An Interview with Harry Kuchah Kuchah

Sherry Blok
Sherry Blok

The year 2016 was a golden year, with TESOL celebrating its 50th anniversary and educators across the globe making a difference in their classrooms and communities. It has been a honor for me to share some of their stories with you and highlight their unwavering commitment to the field. I am delighted to close the year with a very special interview with Harry Kuchah Kuchah. Inspired by the wisdom and intelligence of his great grandfather, Harry wears his name proudly. His best practices stem from his experience as a student himself of large classes in Cameroon, which has translated into a mission of embracing students as partners in teaching and learning and empowering teachers to become agents of change. Continue reading

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Planning for an Uncertain Future in 2017

Andy Curtis
Andy Curtis

The theme for CATESOL 2016, held in San Diego, last month (17–20 November) was 2020 Vision: Embracing the Past, Planning the Future. In the abstract for my plenary, titled “2020: Where Hindsight and Foresight (Might) Meet,” I wrote: “Predictions about the future, even over relatively short time frames, such as the next few years, between now and 2020, are notoriously unreliable.” As it turned out, most of the people I know were not prepared for was the result of the 2016 U.S. presidential election, which has made the future even more uncertain than usual, especially when it comes to international education in the United States. Continue reading

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