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Tap Into Funds of Knowledge

Kristen Lindahl
Kristen Lindahl

A question popped up in one of my classes last week about cultural accommodation: “Dr. L, how much should we acknowledge or accommodate our students’ cultures in our classroom or school? How do ELLs learn to function in the new … Continue reading

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Assimilated or Acculturated? Helping Students Navigate Two Worlds

Nathan Hall
Nathan Hall

I like to use current events in my ELL classes, but I hate seeing immigration in the news. This politically touchy subject comes up everywhere from the presidential candidate debates to my own state’s legislature, where politicians want to make … Continue reading

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4 Pathways to a Culturally Responsive Classroom

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

Culturally relevant or responsive teaching is a pedagogy grounded in the idea that educators teach to students’ unique cultural strengths. Geneva Gay is one of the early leaders in this field, and her book Culturally Responsive Teaching: Theory, Research, and Practice … Continue reading

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5 Back-to-School Activities Supporting Student Diversity

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

In a previous blog, Creating a Welcoming Classroom Environment for Pre-K-5 ELs, I wrote about how teachers can alleviate many fears experienced by English learners (ELs) who are new to the United States by creating a welcoming environment in their classrooms. … Continue reading

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Discussing Same-Sex Marriage in ELT: A Survey Approach

Alexandra Lowe
Alexandra Lowe

One of my goals as an instructor in an intensive English program (IEP) has been to encourage my students to pay more attention to the news in the United States. (See “Producing Newscasts for the ESL Classroom“) When students watch the … Continue reading

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How Coquís Were My Key for Cultural Connections

Nathan Hall
Nathan Hall

For the past 2 years I’ve been working primarily with Puerto Rican students. Within a few months, I learned how different students from one island can be: some were raised on farms while others lived in cities; some lived on the … Continue reading

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Small Is Beautiful: The 7th PELLTA Int’l ELT Conference

Andy Curtis
Andy Curtis

The TESOL President’s Blog In 1973, the German economist E.F. Schumacher published a book subtitled A Study of Economics as if People Mattered, making its financial focus clear, but it is the main title that he is best known for: … Continue reading

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The 2014 SPELT Conference in Karachi, Pakistan

Rosa Aronson
Rosa Aronson

In September 2014, I had the great honor of being invited to speak at the 30th anniversary of the Society of Pakistan English Language Teachers (SPELT) conference in Karachi, where I spent 4 days interacting with local teachers and researchers. … Continue reading

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Culture Shock and Pre-K–5 English Learners

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

Today I am writing this blog with my co-author and friend Debbie Zacarian, author and professional development provider. (See her bio at the end of this blog.)  In our experience, identifying culture shock at the beginning of the year is … Continue reading

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Focus on Cultural Education: A Writing Activity

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

Living in a foreign country can be difficult if one doesn’t understand many of the cultural concepts that “locals” sometimes use on a daily basis.  When I came to the United States a few years ago, I realized how little … Continue reading

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