Flipping With YouTube

Tara Arntsen
Tara Arntsen

Over a year ago, I wrote about The Flipped Classroom here on the TESOL blog, and I would like to revisit the topic since the flipped classroom has really continued to gain popularity in the past several years. It is really a hot topic and something that many educators are interested in learning more about and even trying out.

One of the most daunting tasks is figuring out how to deliver the content of your course to students at home, and the easiest solution to this is YouTube. YouTube is a great option for sharing content with students because it is free and comes with some really great features. Continue reading

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ESL Games: Clueless

Marc Anderson
Marc Anderson

The Game: Clueless is a game that uses many clues to describe a common word. Research supports the use of games to “…motivate learners, promote communicative competence, and to generate fluency” (Forum Vol. 35, No. 4, Oct.-Dec. 1997, M. Martha Lengeling and Casey Malarcher). Clueless does all three. Continue reading

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The Power of Collaboration and Active Engagement for ELs

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

For today’s blog on collaboration, I have collaborated with author and professional development provider Karen Nemeth. Karen is a nationally known expert in early childhood education and dual language learners.

Teachers in many general education classes lecture to impart information to their students. This teaching method prevents  English learners (ELs) from benefiting and participating in the content instruction. ELs learn best when they collaborate with classmates to create a product of some kind (Cohen, 1998). Many ELs come from cultures where collaboration is the norm. Collaboration provides rich opportunities for language learning and oral language practice (Kagan 1995).  Continue reading

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ESP and Communicating Bad News  

Kevin Knight
Kevin Knight

Hello, ESPers worldwide!

A couple of years ago, I heard the following ESP story related to the global financial crisis. An ESPer had been conducting language training in a company when his students asked him to teach them how to communicate bad news. The students explained to the teacher that the shares of stock that they had sold to their client for a pension fund had dropped in value from 100 dollars per share to 7…not to 7 dollars per share but to 7 cents per share! In this TESOL Blog post, I will address the issue of communicating such bad news. Continue reading

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Excellent Academic Journals to Stay Up-to-Date in EL Writing

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

In one of my previous blog posts, I introduced five journals concerned with different issues in second language writing.  There are obviously other academic journals in the field that publish articles related both to research in second language writing and writing pedagogy.  So let me add a few more to the list introduced earlier. Continue reading

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The 2014 SPELT Conference in Karachi, Pakistan

Rosa Aronson
Rosa Aronson

In September 2014, I had the great honor of being invited to speak at the 30th anniversary of the Society of Pakistan English Language Teachers (SPELT) conference in Karachi, where I spent 4 days interacting with local teachers and researchers. I was hosted by Professor Zakia Sarwar, along with two other international speakers at the conference: Professor Anne Burns, from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, and Les Kirkham, from IATEFL.

What a wonderful experience it was to meet such energetic, motivated, and spirited teachers.  Their zest for life, sense of humor, and warmth stood in sharp contrast to the somber and unsafe climate portrayed by the media. Following is a series of vignettes and reflections that I recorded during my trip. Continue reading

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Evernote: For Organizing Your Digital Life

Tara Arntsen
Tara Arntsen

With all the media that we are exposed to every day, it is no wonder that people are often overwhelmed by the amount of information they come into contact with. For example, some of us are being told to use more technology in our classrooms, but researching what tools we would like to use and what might work best with out student populations and classroom setup is a daunting task. Others are just searching for content to use in our lessons, but even that can turn up more than what is manageable.

Just from doing one search online, you might find a ton of interesting and useful information, but without a useful way of organizing it, you will inevitably lose or forget about it in no time at all. Enter Evernote. Continue reading

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A New Way of Looking at Teacher Evaluation

Yilin Sun
Yilin Sun

The TESOL President’s Blog

In this blog, I’d like to share a new way of conducting teacher evaluation. In his book, Becoming a Critically Reflective Teacher, Stephen Brookfield (2007) argued that conversations with faculty peers are essential to the development of teachers. However, he emphasized the need for creating a clearly defined reflective culture, so that faculty can shift away from faultfinding and defensiveness toward the possibility of transformation.

How to turn this “utopian” vision of colleagues’ discussion about teaching and learning into reality is a difficult task, but not an impossible one. Continue reading

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ESL Games: Connect Four and More!

Marc Anderson
Marc Anderson

The Game: Connect Four and More! helps students practice their pronunciation in a fun way. It is modeled after the basic Connect Four math game for younger children, where the goal is to get four in a row and win. This version combines the traditional, simple logic with a focus on ESL skills. Played either with a partner, in small groups, or even in a larger group setting, it is sure to bring excitement to language learning. Continue reading

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Connecting Adult ELLs to Supportive College Resources

Alexandra Lowe
Alexandra Lowe

As many TESOL members head back to the classroom for the fall semester, I wanted to share what I learned from some work I did recently for the Community College Consortium on Immigrant Education (CCCIE), a national network of community colleges focused on improving educational and career opportunities for immigrant students.

Last spring, CCCIE (which is based at SUNY Westchester Community College, in Valhalla NY, where I teach) asked me to research and write an “issue brief” outlining some simple steps that ESL instructors can take to help connect their immigrant students to supportive resources available on the wider community college campus.  As those of you who teach in a community college setting already know, many adult immigrant ELLs take their first step toward realizing their American dream by enrolling in ESL classes at their local community college. Continue reading

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