TESOL President’s Blog: SETESOL Conference

Ester De Jong
Ester De Jong

One partnership that TESOL has with its 100+ affiliates is the Affiliate Speaker Program. This program encourages TESOL’s affiliate partners to select a TESOL board member to come and speak at their conference. As part of this program, I had the pleasure of visiting Argentina when I was on the board of directors. Luciana de Oliveira, our current president-elect, wrote a wonderful reflection on how powerful these experiences are for both the affiliate and the board member. Continue reading

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The Betty Azar Travel Grants: Gobinda Puri at TESOL 2017

Sherry Blok
Sherry Blok

Did you know Betty Azar generously supports TESOLers in their professional development annually? This year, we are very proud to have renamed the award the Betty Azar Travel Grant for Practicing ESL ESL/EFL Teachers because she deserves that recognition. This is the second year I’m coordinating the award and I can attest that volunteering on the TESOL Awards Council is an excellent way to connect with Betty, but also the award recipients all the committed volunteer reviewers. One special recipient of the award is Gobinda Puri, an educator from Nepal. Betty’s generous donation helps educators like Gobinda make a difference with his learners and community. Please read on as Gobinda shares his experience from the 2017 TESOL International Convention and Expo in Seattle. Continue reading

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Challenging Leadership Stereotypes Through Discourse

Kevin Knight
Kevin Knight

Hello, ESPers worldwide!

Have you considered how the ESP Project Leader Profiles (36 published to date with projects on six continents) might be viewed as research data that can give us a deeper understanding of leadership itself? Please keep this question in mind as I share with you in this TESOL Blog post a new book that explores leadership using discourse analytical approaches. Continue reading

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ESP Project Leader Profile: Elizabeth Matthews

Kevin Knight
Kevin Knight

Hello, ESPers worldwide!

In this ESP Project Leader Profile, we visit Elizabeth Matthews at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida. In her profile, she addresses aviation English, the development of leadership skills in pilots and cabin crew, and International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) language policy creation. On a personal note, I was extremely impressed that she was writing this profile and a newsletter article for ESP News (the ESPIS newsletter), while she was evacuating Daytona Beach due to Hurricane Irma! Continue reading

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Got the Offer? Contract Details Not to Miss

Maxi-Ann Campbell
Maxi-Ann Campbell

So, you got the job. That’s great! Before signing the contract, there are a few details that you should confirm with your potential employer. Continue reading

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