20 Teaching Ideas to Decrease Student Lateness

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

When I was teaching in a community English program several years ago as part of my teaching practicum in the MATESOL program, I—as well as some of my fellow graduate students—faced the problem of students coming late to class. As a beginning instructor then, I didn’t know what to do, so I talked to my supervisor, and he suggested that I tried doing an interesting activity at the beginning of each class, before the main lesson. He said it would help me avoid wasting time while waiting for the late students, and it would also be a reward for those students who arrived on time.

I followed my supervisor’s suggestion and soon enough noticed positive results: Because the students expected me to do something interesting and informative at the beginning of every class, more of them tried to come on time. Continue reading

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2014–2015: A Collaborative, Productive, Visionary Year

Yilin Sun
Yilin Sun

The TESOL President’s Blog

It’s hard to believe that another year has passed.  At the TESOL 2014 convention in Portland, Oregon, USA, I was giving my acceptance speech as president, and at TESOL 2015 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, I delivered the TESOL Annual Report as your president.  I’m proud to say that this year has been one of collaboration, productivity, and vision.

When I was running for the president’s position, I made three promises to our members. The first was my commitment to making TESOL accountable to its members and the global community by listening to and representing diverse voices to address critical issues of “TESOL-international,” and to affect positive changes. The second was to work closely with the Board of Directors, tirelessly advocating for our association locally, nationally, and internationally. My third promise was to further strengthen TESOL’s research and professional development agenda. I am pleased to say that by working collaboratively with the TESOL Board of Directors and the TESOL staff team, I have kept my promises to our members. Without the Board and staff team working together, without the support and trust of our members, it would have been impossible for us to accomplish so much this year.  Continue reading

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TodaysMeet: Encourage Backchanneling

Tara Arntsen
Tara Arntsen

One way technology can be used in the classroom is to encourage “backchanneling.” As I understand it, the backchannel is what goes on online about a lecture, event, or presentation during or even after it takes place. This can be a very valuable aspect of the learning process, especially if supported by the instructor. Let’s see how we can do this.

I realize my teaching context may not be the same as everyone else’s, but I teach adults that all own smartphones, and they are never without them. Do any of your students glance at their phones during class? Mine do. Continue reading

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How to Hold Effective Conferences With Families of ELs

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

When families of English learners (ELs) are actively engaged in the education of their children, those children will attend school more regularly, be less likely to drop out, and be more successful academically. Many classroom teachers do not know how to communicate with parents who do not speak English and who are not familiar with U.S. school practices. On the other hand, many families of ELs may not be familiar with the practice of meeting with their child’s teacher and do not know what is expected of them during a parent-teacher conference. The goal of this blog is to help teachers hold productive parent-teacher conferences. Continue reading

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Preparing Your Learners for the Unexpected

Kevin Knight
Kevin Knight

Hello, ESPers worldwide!

In the training that we do as ESP practitioners, we are often preparing our students to do something that they will be expected to do. For example, we may be preparing students for presentations that they will need to give at a meeting or a conference. However, how do you prepare your students to cope with the unexpected? In this TESOL Blog post, I will share a couple of my own experiences on this matter.

Business Internships for Undergraduate Students

In the International Business Career major in the Department of International Communication at Kanda University of International Studies in Chiba, Japan, many of the students participate in internships internationally during the school breaks. When they return to class, I ask them to share their stories. Through such stories, I have learned about the English language related challenges that they have faced and the strategies that they have employed to overcome those challenges. Continue reading

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A Week After TESOL 2015: Technology Reflections

Christel Broady
Christel Broady
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TESOL 2015 Convention Blog Post

It has been a week since the 2015 TESOL convention concluded, and I am still sorting through all of my convention experiences. Many of my TESOL friends must feel the same way, since my social media channels and e-mail are abuzz with convention follow-up messages.

We all agree that we are grateful for the opportunity to have attended the convention, to learn from the best in the profession, to make new networking connections, and to deepen existing friendships. In addition, we always learn so much more about other cultures and languages. We all enjoyed the hospitality of the Toronto volunteers and the TESOL staff members who did everything possible to make the visit enjoyable for us.

For this blog post, I want to focus on a wonderful technology tool for anyone attending TESOL conventions: The TESOL Convention app. Here is how it works: Continue reading

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TESOL 2015: The Takeaways From a First-Time Attendee

Navnish Sidhu
Navnish Sidhu
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TESOL 2015 Convention Blog Post

Every year, educators from around the world approach the TESOL convention with one single mission in mind: to learn. Some come to learn the trends of the ESL world, some come for the research, and still some others for the strategies and techniques they can implement in their classrooms.

In this blog, I have listed some great ideas—my takeaways—from TESOL 2015. I sincerely thank the presenters for these tips, and I hope you, as the reader, find them as valuable as I did.

Mobile Technology and TEFL: Maximizing Opportunities and Collaborative Learning
by Vinicius Silva

This was a wonderful presentation that demonstrated the use of mobile technology in the ESL classroom. Continue reading

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TESOL 2015: Focus on Teaching Listening, Part 2

Autumn Westphal
Autumn Westphal
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TESOL 2015 Convention Blog Post

This is a continuation of my previous post on ideas I garnered about teaching listening from the TESOL International Convention that took place in Toronto, Canada last week. I have two more sessions to share with you. Again, I hope you can use the tips, strategies, and activities I learned in your teaching.

3. Too Much, Too Soon? Using Authentic Materials Before Advanced Levels
presented by Rubens Heredia

Authentic language is unpredictable and spontaneous, and so it can be intimidating for a lot of learners. This session presented a few key concepts that can be used to help students feel more comfortable with authentic material, even at low levels. Continue reading

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3 Thematic-Based Vocabulary Learning Websites

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

Let’s continue talking about online vocabulary resources! Today, I’d like to introduce three vocabulary websites for beginning-level learners, in which vocabulary items are organized based on themes. The features provided in these websites allow using them in class as well as for learning vocabulary independently.

Learn English Vocabulary

What I particularly like about website is the visual component. Most vocabulary items come with a picture, which makes the learning process more effective, especially for beginning learners. Continue reading

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TESOL 2015: Focus on Teaching Listening, Part 1

Autumn Westphal
Autumn Westphal
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TESOL 2015 Convention Blog Post

This past week I attended the TESOL International Convention in Toronto, Canada. It was an amazing time filled with the sharing of new ideas, confirmation of tried-and-true ideas, and testing out of unconfirmed ideas. Now that I am back at work in New York City, I miss the invigorating environment of the conference, but it is good to be home to digest and reflect on what I learned.

For this conference, I did something a bit different—I decided to attend as many sessions on listening as possible to get a greater feel for what is happening in the field and to help clarify my own teaching practice for this skill. I was able to attend sessions focusing on a variety of English language teaching contexts (teaching young learners, EAP, adult ed, EFL, ESL, etc). As a teacher trainer, I wanted to get a feeling for the field as a whole and not only focus on one teaching context. This would help me better prepare my preservice teachers for whichever listening teaching context they wanted to explore. I’m going to cover the top four sessions I attended, and I hope you can use the tips, strategies, and activities I learned in your teaching. Here are the first two. Continue reading

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