Tag Archives: ESL

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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What to do after the TESOL conference

Joe McVeigh
Joe McVeigh

Many of us return from a big conference like TESOL 2012 full of energy and excitement. It’s invigorating to be around other professionals and to share ideas. But once we get home and sort out the laundry and get our … Continue reading

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Figuring out the frequency of two word verbs

Joe McVeigh
Joe McVeigh

The December 2011 TESOL Quarterly contains a wonderful study by Dilin Liu analyzing the frequency of phrasal verbs across several corpora. This is a really useful article for teachers and materials writers, with lots of great information in it and … Continue reading

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Class Chemistry

Joe McVeigh
Joe McVeigh

Have you ever taught a class that just never seemed to come together? Or one in which the students all worked together really well? Do you think that classes have their own personalities? I first learned about the concept of … Continue reading

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The Wise OWL

Korey Marquez
Korey Marquez

Owls are known for their wisdom, and the OWL at Purdue University is no exception. The OWL, which stands for Online Writing Lab, is an immense online resource for students, teachers, tutors, and academic support professionals. With more than 200 … Continue reading

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Tips on remembering student names

Joe McVeigh
Joe McVeigh

I am not good at remembering names and faces. In the small town where I live, I am constantly running into people and trying to recall if I know them from my son’s school or from musical theater or from … Continue reading

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The Glass Half Full

Korey Marquez
Korey Marquez

ESL professionals often have a lot to complain about, and rightfully so. Long hours. Low pay. Small program budgets. Lack of job security. These are real concerns within the profession that affect our careers and our quality of life. Today, … Continue reading

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Classroom Horror Stories

Joe McVeigh
Joe McVeigh

We’ve been having a heat wave in Vermont, in the northeastern United States where I live. The temperature has reached 95° F (35° C). It’s actually hotter here than it was in Saudi Arabia when I visited in the spring. … Continue reading

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