Top 5 Places to Go and Things to Do in Chicago

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Guest Author

So, you’re attending the 2018 TESOL Convention in Chicago. Congratulations! You’ll be visiting the finest city on earth. That is a completely unbiased, verifiable fact, straight from someone who only spent a measly two decades growing up and living in Chicagoland. Alright, so I might be slightly biased, but I do still think of Chicago as “home” and have had the pleasure of enjoying most of the city’s sights, sounds—and deep-dish pizza. Being one of two resident Chicago experts here at TESOL, I wanted to share some of what I think are the best places to see and things to do in Chicago (when you aren’t listening to me speak at the convention, obviously). So without further delay, I’m sharing my top 5 with you. I wanted to list 10, but our cranky blog editor thought that would be too much. The joke’s on him, though, since I may have squeezed in a 6th after he edited this—you’ll just have to read on to find out . . . Continue reading

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Three Tips for First-Time Convention Attendees

TESOL Ambassador
TESOL Ambassador

In 2014, I was able to attend the TESOL Convention for the first time in Portland, Oregon. I had been to quite a few national and local conferences and conventions, but being part of an international convention truly exceeded my expectations. Of course, in hindsight, I feel that I could’ve gotten more out of it if I had been better prepared. With the hope of helping you have the best possible first-time experience, here are my top three tips for first-time convention attendees. Continue reading

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Four Must-Try Chicago Neighborhood Cuisines

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Guest Author

If you are headed to Chicago for the TESOL 2018 International Convention, you are probably planning to try Chicago’s famous deep-dish pizza. For those who are curious about experiencing the other cuisines Chicago has to offer, here are some neighborhoods with authentic international flavors that you shouldn’t miss. Continue reading

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Get Motivated: Inspirational Quotes for Students

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

At the beginning of the last year, I shared motivational quotes about teaching. With the coming of this New Year, I would like to share some quotes that we teachers can share with our students to motivate and encourage them. The ways you can implement these quotes in your classes are numerous: simply sharing them with students, asking them to write reflective responses on or share their opinion about these quotes, giving the quotes as topics for group discussions, asking students to illustrate the quotes with their life experiences, and many others. The quotes below are categorized into five thematic groups with ten quotes in each: power of education, power of learning, power of mistakes, power of reading, and power of perseverance. I hope you and your students will enjoy them. Continue reading

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An Insider’s Guide to Attending TESOL 2018

TESOL Ambassador
TESOL Ambassador

As I look forward to attending TESOL 2018 in Chicago, I thought I would share with you an insider’s guide to participating and getting the most out of the convention. Continue reading

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