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Three Levels of Complexity in ESOL Placement

Robert Sheppard
Rob Sheppard

Placement testing is tough. Doing it well can be time consuming and resource intensive, and doing it with insufficient rigor can lead to “slippery” leveling, where, say, a level 3 one year is different in ability from a level 3 … Continue reading

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#GoodCallsHome: From Twitter Hashtag to Education Movement

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

I’m happy to introduce guest bloggers Rik Rowe, a secondary math teacher from Wilmington, Massachusetts, USA, and Anabel Gonzalez, a Grade 7–12 ESL teacher from Mooresville, North Carolina, USA. Rik and Anabel met on Twitter while chatting on #GoodCallsHome, a … Continue reading

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Under the Ice in a Business English Class in Japan

Kevin Knight
Kevin Knight

Hello, ESPers worldwide! One thing that I really like about the classroom is the opportunity to “create” on the spot. I love those “magical moments” when seemingly unconnected things are brought together to make a lesson. The joy is in … Continue reading

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Homework for ELLs: Help or Hindrance?

Kristen Lindahl
Kristen Lindahl

Homework and school have gone hand-in-hand for so long that it’s mostly assumed, if not ingrained, that studying outside of the classroom is an essential part of any schooling experience. Like any other part of education, homework trends have come … Continue reading

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3 Ways to Avoid Appropriating Student Writing

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

When I first started teaching writing, I remember asking myself questions that Joy Reid addressed in her article “Responding to ESL Students’ Texts: The Myths of Appropriation” (1994): “When might I interfere with their objectives or crush their creativity? In … Continue reading

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Languaging in a New World

Dudley Reynolds
Dudley Reynolds

The TESOL President’s Blog To understand the world of TESOL 2.0, I have previously looked at changes in the system that provides English language education and the tools of the classrooms where students learn the language. The privatization of education … Continue reading

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Get Inspired at TESOL 2017! Apply for a TESOL PD Travel Grant

Sherry Blok
Sherry Blok

“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” ―William Arthur Ward Great teachers also engage in professional development to enhance their classroom teaching, networks and opportunities for growth, both personal and professional. … Continue reading

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90 Tech Resources for Teachers

Tara Arntsen
Tara Arntsen

With a hundred posts under my belt, I thought a recap would be good before moving forward with new material. Below are 90 tech resources that have appeared on the TESOL Blog over the past several years, organized somewhat loosely into nine … Continue reading

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ESOL Community Scavenger Hunts

Robert Sheppard
Rob Sheppard

Scavenger hunts can be a really fun addition to your adult ESOL activities repertoire. They get students out of the classroom and into the community, they can be structured to require a lot of communication in English, and they engage … Continue reading

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Multilingual ELL Children’s Literature: 6 Great Books

Shannon Tanghe
Shannon Tanghe

One recognized benefit of children’s literature is its ability to act as both a window and a mirror. A mirror in that it may offer a reader a reflection of oneself, which can be a form of validation that one … Continue reading

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