I can hear my grandmother’s voice echoing through her house as she called. “Get your feet off the davenport!” My mother still calls remote controls “clickers.” My siblings and I have found humor in their use of these antiquated terms. In recent years, I’ve found more and more commonality with my grandmother and mother as some of the words in my vocabulary Rolodex are now notably different from the mainstream dialect.
I’m a teacher educator and an applied linguist. Like any progressive linguist, I bristle at those who identify as “grammar snobs,” knowing the colonial and elitist backdrop that such a posture implies. It is because of my deep respect for language evolution and variation, as well as my Midwestern aversion to disruption, that I’ve struggled to voice my dissent on a vernacular change in my field. Continue reading
One of the most interesting aspects of working as a teacher educator is the various ways it intersects with other aspects of English language education, such as teacher identity development, social responsibility, and the use of technology in formal and informal contexts. For you teacher educators who plan to attend the TESOL International Convention this year in Chicago, the Teacher Education Interest Section has some excellent intersection panels planned for you! Check them out below. Continue reading
I thought it might be fun to start this blog out with a song. As most English teachers know, music can be a great way to engage learners to listen extensively and intensively. Music can make learning English fun while allowing teachers to focus on any of these aspects that are relevant to their current teaching. It can provide students with welcome opportunities to listen repeatedly and carefully to understand the English lyrics. Lyrics can be used as a source of authentic language to support the instruction of all language skills. Continue reading
Hello, ESPers worldwide!
In this ESP project leader profile, we meet our incoming English in occupational settings (EOS) representative for TESOL ESPIS. If you would like to speak with Jennifer and other ESPIS members in person, please attend the ESPIS Open Meeting at TESOL 2018 in Chicago. Jennifer’s bio highlights her background as an aviation English specialist, her international experience, and her research interests: Continue reading
In last month’s blog, I described various social and professional opportunities that the Second Language Writing Interest Section (SLWIS) has prepared for the upcoming TESOL 2018 convention. Today, I’d like to share more details on two networking sessions that I mentioned in the previous blog. Networking sessions are a fairly new format at TESOL annual conventions—they are organized and facilitated by TESOL professionals who share their expertise about a particular topic related to professional development, and allow attendees to learn about this topic in an informal and interactive way.
For this year’s convention, SLWIS has prepared one networking session related to conference proposal writing and one related to job search. Below is the information about each session. Continue reading