Hello, ESPers worldwide!
In the 50th ESP Project Leader Profile, I am honored to be able to feature a TESOL veteran and my colleague at Kanda University of International Studies (KUIS), Professor Tim Murphey. Tim’s profile is my final post as an official, regular blogger for TESOL International Association. Since May of 2012, I have written 135 blog posts, including the 50 ESP Project Leader Profiles which feature ESP leaders and their projects on six different continents.
As a leader in the ESPIS, I am very grateful to TESOL International Association for giving me this opportunity to write about ESP, and I wish success to the next ESP blogger! I plan to continue the profiles in ESP News, the newsletter of the ESPIS of which I am the current editor. Please note that you can access all of the profiles in the ESPIS library and in ESP News. Now, let’s look at Tim’s impressive bio. Continue reading
This TESOL Blog series focuses on teaching speaking to English learners.
As the editor of the newly released New Ways in Teaching Speaking, Second Edition, I’m thrilled to tell you about it! For those unfamiliar with the New Ways series, it’s a bestselling series in which English language teachers from varied teaching and learning contexts share professional knowledge and classroom activities gleaned from many years of classroom practice.
This volume contains more than 285 pages and more than 100 brand new activities, bringing together the very best activities designed, classroom-tested, and written about by dedicated English language teaching professionals from around the world. They represent every continent except Antarctica and work in a wide variety of contexts.
In this TESOL Blog series, we’ll meet some of the contributors from this exceptional, diverse group and get some tips from them on teaching speaking to English learners. In this first post in the series, you’ll learn a little about me and about the book, and you can download some free activities. Continue reading
This blog has been a long time coming. Truth be told, I put this off for a long time; not because I had no idea what I wanted to say, but because I didn’t know how to say it. I decided on the version that reflects me the most: the brutally honest, oftentimes sarcastic, unapologetic one. I’m well aware that my style might be different than what is normally posted in this space, but I also think we shouldn’t be afraid to be honest about how we feel, what we’re thinking, and who we are, especially when it comes to advocating for the things we care about. So, if you came here expecting a black and white picture on advocacy, I’m not sorry; advocacy and policy work is as gray a picture as you can get.
I’ve titled this series the Unapologetic Advocate, not only because that describes me pretty perfectly (for better or worse), but also because all too often the advocates I work with feel the need to apologize for their beliefs around English learners and education in general. “I’m sorry, but I have kids who don’t come to school out of fear they’ll be deported,” was something I heard recently from an advocate. Why are we sorry for believing and advocating for our students? There is nothing to apologize for! Within this space, I’m optimistic that we can stop apologizing for who we are and what we think, and get to work on advancing the changes we want to see in English language learning and teaching while being true to who we are. Continue reading
One of the questions I am most frequently asked is how I teach grammar rules to young English learners (ELs). Well, the truth is that I never taught out-of-context grammar to young students. I learned early in my career that research shows that grammar drills do not work with students of any age. According to Krashen (1988), a linguist specializing in theories of language acquisition and development, there is an important distinction between language acquisition and language learning. Continue reading
There are many engaging ways to use video and video creation projects in teaching English. There are also, of course, numerous videos online that can be useful in various English teaching contexts. Video streaming sites such as Vimeo and YouTube provide access to a seemingly endless supply of video content, but this can quickly result in the sensation of being overwhelmed and leave teachers uncertain of where to begin.
Fortunately, the most useful and valuable of these video collections are intentionally archived and curated for instructional purposes. These often benefit from inclusion of a focus on specific topics, lesson types, language levels, and teaching contexts. Increasingly, there are collections of such media accompanied by extensive documentation to support implementation or even teachers’ manuals and lesson plans. So many recent useful and impressive projects have focused on the use of TED Talks that I will focus on these for this first article. Next month, I’ll share thoughts about other video applications. Continue reading