ELT Best Practices: Taking the Classroom Global

Sherry Blok
Sherry Blok

John Nixon, Head of English and Deputy Director at the University of Stuttgart’s Language Center, has  been teaching English for academic and apecial purposes (EAP/ESP) at German postsecondary institutions for 17 years. As an educator and lifelong language learner, his passion for travel and global understanding has become both a vocation and avocation in and out of the classroom. Continue reading

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Better Reading Comprehension: 5 Strategies

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

Today I’ll share five reading strategies that were helpful to me when I was an ESL student, and, hopefully, they will be valuable to your students as well. Continue reading

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Early Childhood Classroom Environments with Big Impact for ELs

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

Regular readers of my blog have already been introduced to Karen Nemeth, author, consultant, and a nationally recognized expert on early childhood education. Although her blog is written about the physical environment for English learners in early childhood classrooms, it is applicable to ELs all the way through elementary school. Continue reading

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Chocolate, Starbucks, and ESP Collaboration at TESOL 2017

Kevin Knight
Kevin Knight

Hello, ESPers worldwide!

I attended the TESOL annual convention in Seattle for three days.  On the 21 March, I participated in leadership meetings. On the 24th, I needed to leave my hotel at 3:00 am in order to catch a flight to return to Japan, so I missed the last day of the convention. However, I was able to attend (and was inspired by) the ESPIS Open Meeting on the 22nd and two ESP sessions (with a strong focus on research) on the 23rd: (1) the ESP academic session and (2) the intersection session between the ESP and Applied Linguistics interest sections. Continue reading

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How to Possess a Word

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

One of the most common challenges in writing is coming up with the “right” word. Indeed, having a good command of vocabulary is a crucial precondition for success in writing, not only in a second language but also in a mother tongue. Therefore, as writing teachers, we should encourage our students to expand their vocabulary knowledge, so that writing is seen more as a pleasure and less as a tormenting activity. Continue reading

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ESP Project Leader Profile: Debra Lee

Kevin Knight
Kevin Knight

Hello, ESPers worldwide!

In this ESP Project Leader Profile, Debra Lee shares her expertise in online course development in business English for Ukrainians displaced by the Russian/Ukrainian conflict. Continue reading

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Books About Social Justice and Recent U.S. Events

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

Activism and social justice have been in the news since the beginning of the 2016  presidential election.  During the first few months of 2017, it has taken the form of marches, protests, and letters and phone calls to Congress. These events provide real-life models that teachers can use to talk about activism and social justice with young students who are very invested in what is fair and not fair. One way to facilitate this discussion is to link what is happening in the U.S. to characters in books who are activists. Continue reading

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Magical Moments in the Lives of Business English Learners

Kevin Knight
Kevin Knight

Hello, ESPers worldwide!

I was recently watching the February 2016 TED Talk by Stephen Wilkes, which is described as follows:

Photographer Stephen Wilkes crafts stunning compositions of landscapes as they transition from day to night, exploring the space-time continuum within a two-dimensional still photograph. Journey with him to iconic locations like the Tournelle Bridge in Paris, El Capitan in Yosemite National Park and a life-giving watering hole in [the] heart of the Serengeti in this tour of his art and process.

The title of his TED Talk is “The Passing of Time, Caught in a Single Photo.” However, the “day to night” approach is not time-lapse photography.  It involves the collection and then selection of “magical moments” captured on film from one location and from day to night. The day-to-night compositions are indeed stunning.

When I viewed what Wilkes was doing, the power of the day-to-night approach hit me  from a metaphorical perspective. Continue reading

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Resources for Beginning L2 Writing Teachers

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

In this post, I’d like to share a few resources that might be helpful for beginning second language (L2) writing instructors. They include books about teaching L2 writing, resources for teachers offered by online writing labs, a professional journal, a professional conference, and a professional community. Continue reading

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TESOL Teacher Education in Multilingual Norway

Kristen Lindahl
Kristen Lindahl

As part of a “Notes from the Field” series, guest bloggers and teacher educators Dr. Anna Krulatz and Dr. Mona Evelyn Flognfeldt provide some insight on L2 teacher education in multilingual Norway. Continue reading

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