Making the Most of TESOL 2018

TESOL Ambassador
TESOL Ambassador

With the breadth, depth, and wealth of knowledge that goes into each TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo, attending one can be among the most rewarding experiences a teacher has all year. The insights and inquiries that arise from engaging with colleagues who share the goal of finding effective ways to reach students are the fuel that make us better educators, but absorbing this vast amount of knowledge requires a plan. To ensure a full exploration of the expertise on offer, attendees may wish to remember three steps: Preview, Peruse, and Plug in to Community. Continue reading

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Tips for TESOL Teachers on ELL Advocacy

Kristen Lindahl
Kristen Lindahl

This is a guest post by Alpha A. Martínez-Suárez, a doctoral student in the culture, language, and literacy program at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She works as a research scientist for the Academy for Teacher Excellence and volunteers as an advocate for the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights, helping unaccompanied minors detained by immigration officials. Alpha also serves as board member and chair of the Advocacy Committee for TexTESOL Region II. In this post, she discusses what she learned at the 2017 TESOL Advocacy and Policy Summit. Continue reading

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How to Create More Engaging Conference Presentations

Joe McVeigh
Joe McVeigh

Have you had the experience of attending professional conferences where you experienced death by PowerPoint—a presentation in which the person at the front of the room has too much text on too many slides? Often, the presenter then proceeds to read to the audience everything that is already written on the slides. This can soon become very dull indeed. But what if that presenter is you? How can those of us who find ourselves at the front of the room make our presentations more interesting and engaging to our participants? Continue reading

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ESP Project Leader Profile: Sandra Zappa-Hollman

Kevin Knight
Kevin Knight

Hello, ESPers worldwide!

In this ESP Project Leader Profile, it is my pleasure to introduce you to Sandra Zappa-Hollman, who was introduced to me by another ESP project leader, Ismaeil Fazel. Her story is an inspiring one of bringing together experts in various disciplines to create a new English for specific academic purposes (ESAP) program for students coming to the University of British Columbia from all over the world. Continue reading

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How the EFL and ESL Classrooms Differ

Maxi-Ann Campbell
Maxi-Ann Campbell

This is the final blog in a four-part series on teaching English abroad. This blog will focus on ways in which the EFL classroom differs from teaching in an ESL context. Continue reading

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