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
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
Hello, ESPers worldwide!
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
I’d like you to meet guest blogger, Kathy Perret, who is an educational consultant for Northwest AEA in Sioux City, Iowa. Her areas of interest include literacy, ESL, instructional coaching, and teacher leadership. I met Kathy on Twitter and her ideas on family literacy partnerships seemed ideal for families of English learners (ELs). Here is Kathy’s blog. Continue reading
Hello, ESPers worldwide!
In this ESP project leader profile, we will take a closer look at the work of Barrie J. Roberts, who has created mediation as a second language (MSL). Here is her bio: Continue reading
The new year is well underway, and many opportunities to innovate and improve our pedagogical practices abound! Below are five of the top trends that I predict will frame much of the discussion in the coming year around how to best educate the millions of people learning English worldwide. Continue reading
I have always dreamed of attending the TESOL convention and presenting a paper at the august gathering. It is almost a mela ( a fair) for English language professionals to engage, enrich, and empower their understandings and expertise. My dream of attending the conference this year has turned into reality because I have become a part of the convention. Continue reading
In a previous blog, I described three recommendations for writing teacher education programs on how to incorporate some issues of feedback in teacher preparatory courses. In today’s blog, I provide four more ideas related to the same topic. Once again, these recommendations are based on the published research on feedback. Continue reading
With the recent proposals regarding TESOL International Association’s affiliate relations and knowledge-based member communities, the association’s governance review process is moving into its final phase. I think it is appropriate therefore to summarize the findings of the Governance Review Task Force and to discuss how the TESOL Board of Directors has responded to them. Continue reading