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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ESP Project Leader Profile: Susan Barone

Kevin Knight
Kevin Knight

Hello, ESPers worldwide!

In this ESP Project Leader Profile, we meet Susan Barone, Executive Director of Global Learning and Education at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. At Vanderbilt, Susan has effectively bridged the gap between linguistics research and program design. Continue reading

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7 Common Obstacles to Writing

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

What are some of the obstacles that writers face? By talking to my students and other writers and by observing my own writing activities, I came up with the following list:

  • writer’s block
  • writing anxiety
  • procrastination
  • lack of confidence
  • lack of productivity
  • lack of motivation
  • perfectionism

In today’s blog, I provide online resources that discuss these writing problems and offer solutions, tips, and suggestions in order to help writers overcome these obstacles. Continue reading

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TESOL International Events Foster Camaraderie

Michael Waters
Michael Waters

As I prepare for the TESOL convention in Seattle next month, I remember the first time I attended a TESOL international event. It was 2006 and I was in Washington, DC, at George Washington University to attend a workshop with my TESOL colleagues from around the world. We were to discuss the new (2005) TESOL standards. Continue reading

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Why Attend TESOL Pre- and Postconvention Institutes?

Moise Alcantara
Moise Alcantara

Innovative. Exciting. Reassuring. Energizing. Varied. That’s what the TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo has come to mean in my professional life. I know for sure that I’m not the only one feeling this way about the TESOL convention. A highlight of the convention is the variety of sessions that cater to the different needs and expectations of the participants. Continue reading

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Empowering Women Living in Difficult Circumstances

Sherry Blok
Sherry Blok

When I first spoke to Cathy Raymond in mid-December 2016, little did we both know about the storm that was about to hit. As I review our interview, her words and actions take on a much deeper, more profound meaning. Educators like Cathy make a difference in the world because of one important word: empathy. Cathy cares about the human condition; she cares about human rights for all, and uses her position to empower women through language education in countries stricken by war and extreme poverty. In my view, Cathy is a true global citizen. I dedicate my blog this year to bringing to light the stories of these global citizens in our TESOL community, those individual who exemplify the core values of TESOL’s mission. Continue reading

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Misconceptions About Immigrants and Refugees in the United States

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

Recent political discussions in the United States have centered on whether we should allow refugees and immigrants from different parts of the world to enter the country. In this blog, I would like to review some of the facts about immigration that are ignored by politicians.

Why, you may wonder, am I writing this for TESOL when my blog is about pre-K-5 English learners? It is my feeling that the anti-immigration rhetoric, including the ban on Muslims from entering the United States and the building of a wall between Mexico and the United States severely affects the learning environment that English learners (ELs) encounter in our schools. They need a supportive community to succeed in school, and anti-immigration sentiments may undermine the supportive atmosphere. It is our job as ESL teachers to learn the facts about immigration and defuse some of these misconceptions in our schools. In this political climate, ELs need the support of adults in their schools, and ESL and bilingual teachers are the first line of defense for these children. Continue reading

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ESP Project Leader Profile: Jen Cope

Kevin Knight
Kevin Knight

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So far, we have published more than 25 profiles in the ESP Project Leader series, with projects on six continents. The first profile from Australia was Phil Chappell. In this second profile from Australia, we meet Jen Cope. Continue reading

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