Tag Archives: English as a second language

Death of an ESL Program

Bruce Stirling
Bruce Stirling

The fall 2012 American Language Program pre-semester meeting began like any other. I chatted with my fellow University of Connecticut (UConn) adjuncts, then settled back to check my rosters. Good news. Enrollment was up again. Our program in Stamford, Connecticut, an … Continue reading

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Global Resources in ESP: An Opportunity to Publish in an ESP Journal

Kevin Knight
Kevin Knight

Hello, ESPers worldwide! As many of you know, the TESOL ESP IS and the IATEFL ESP SIG have been collaborating in a number of ways, including online discussions, speaker exchanges, and publishing opportunities. In this regard, I am pleased to … Continue reading

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Global Resources in ESP: Current Developments in English for Academic, Specific, and Occupational Purposes

Kevin Knight
Kevin Knight

At the TESOL convention in Dallas in March 2013, the academic session of the ESP IS created by the current chair, Yinghuei Chen, was titled “Developments in ESP Pedagogy Around the Globe.” As a member of the audience and a … Continue reading

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Why attend the TESOL Advocacy & Policy Summit?

John Segota
John Segota

If you’re a member of TESOL International Association, you have likely heard about advocacy, and the importance of getting involved. A key opportunity is coming up 16-18 June in Washington, DC, at the new TESOL Advocacy & Policy Summit (formerly … Continue reading

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Introducing TESOL’s Second Language Writing Blogger…

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

Finishing up this academic year, I am starting a different, small, yet enjoyable, journey as a TESOL blogger. My name is Elena Shvidko. I originally come from Russia, and I have been in the United States for 7 years pursuing … Continue reading

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Many Helpful Things: Online Resources and Activities

Tara Arntsen
Tara Arntsen

As a comment to one of my earlier posts about blogging, reader Diana Bermfadez mentioned a website that was new to me called ManyThings.org. This prompted me to take a look at the site, which is amazing, and think about other … Continue reading

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Investment, Identity, and Language Learning

Bonny Norton
Bonny Norton

In my early research with adults in Canada (published in the TESOL Quarterly, 1995), I observed that existing theories of motivation in the field of language learning were not consistent with the findings from my research. Most theories at the … Continue reading

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Moving Education Online

Tara Arntsen
Tara Arntsen

Jenkins, Clinton, Purushotma, Robison, and Weigel (2006) describe participatory cultures, outlines new media literacy skills, and explains the importance of learning and teaching these skills in their white paper “Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture: Media Education for the 21st Century” … Continue reading

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Advocating for TESOL as a Profession

Suzanne Panferov
Suzanne Panferov

In my day job, I direct the Center for English as a Second Language (CESL) at the University of Arizona (UA). The UA is a large, public university located in the city of Tucson in southern Arizona about 100 kilometers … Continue reading

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The Flipped Classroom

Tara Arntsen
Tara Arntsen

More and more, you might hear about the flipped classroom. What is it? Well, the flipped classroom is a teaching model where students do traditional classroom activities, such as listen to lectures, at home via the Internet, resulting in more … Continue reading

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