In a previous post, I talked about the components of word knowledge, which include meaning, orthography, pronunciation, part of speech, morphology, register, collocations, and connotation. Today I’d like to elaborate on collocations, which I think is one of the most challenging components of word knowledge.
Once upon a time, it was determined that a book we were using in one of my classes, selected before my arrival I might add, was not a good fit. The goal of the class was to prepare students for college, and the class set that we had available was a graded reader, so it was true. The students should definitely be reading at the high school level. Evaluation of materials is a good thing and I was completely willing to make a change. The twist? We did not have the funding to purchase new materials at the time and the semester started the following week. Continue reading
I recently attended Missing Voices: 2016 Equity in Education Summit at St, Mary’s University in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In recent years, I have attended many conferences in various regions, but this one resonated with me for many reasons. As a TESOL member, I would like to share some of my experiences at this event and connect them with possibilities for TESOL conferences. Continue reading
One of the real honors of being TESOL International Association President is the chance to represent the Association at conferences hosted by Affiliate associations around the world. Since being elected I have had the chance to speak at events hosted by TESOL Kuwait, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Association of Language Teachers (KSAALT), VenTESOL, EcuaTESOL, Society of Pakistani English Language Teachers (SPELT), and TESOL Italy, with Thai TESOL and TESOL Arabia still to come. Each of these conferences has had a unique theme and has sought to address local issues, but at the same time there has been a persistent thread running through them all: the need to adapt as professionals to a changing and uncertain future. Continue reading
My good friend and colleague, Monica Schnee, is currently in Seoul, Korea, as a
Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Recipient. Monica is a K–5 ESL teacher from River Edge, New Jersey. She is currently on leave from this position to spend a semester in Korea. I am pleased to share Monica’s blog with you. Continue reading
Hello, ESPers worldwide!
As you know, TESOL International Association has launched a new platform called myTESOL. Accordingly, we are in the process of moving documents and links from the old ESPIS library (in the discontinued TESOL Community Network) to the new ESPIS Library (in the newly established myTESOL). In addition, we have moved the online discussions, including a one-month discussion with leaders from the TESOL ESPIS and the IATEFL ESP SIG about ESP that is 261 pages and 65,707 words in length! In this TESOL Blog post, my purpose is to annnnounce the opening of the ESPIS Library in myTESOL to the world in January 2017 and to ask for your contribution of items now! (Only TESOL members have access to myTESOL until January 2017, when it will be open to the general public.)
Today I’ll share four games that you can implement in your classes to practice verb tenses and make your lesson more fun. Continue reading
I am certain that there must be model teachers out there that never lose anything, always remember to tell students about assignments, and perfectly perform complex mathematics, like weighted grading, entirely in their heads. For the rest of us, help is here! Continue reading
Most of you who have been reading my blog are familiar with Karen Nemeth, who has written many guest blogs over the past few years. Karen is a nationally-known expert on ELLs/DLLs in early childhood education. Please enjoy this review of policy discussions that have taken place over the past year. Many organizations and government offices now use the term dual language learners (DLLs) to refer to all children under the age of 9 years who are learning in two or more languages. For purposes of this article, Karen uses ELLs/DLLs.