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Controversy in Adult Conversation

Robert Sheppard
Robert Sheppard

A lot of teachers I’ve spoken with completely avoid contentious topics in their classroom. Of course, the intentions are good: to create an inclusive, congenial atmosphere. And in a world where the language of trigger warnings and safe spaces is … Continue reading

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Eyes vs. Ears: The Problem of Vowels

Karen Taylor de Caballero
Karen Taylor de Caballero

A couple of weeks ago, I posted a piece about how our eyes play tricks on our ears. We experienced the McGurk Effect and we listened to “Obama’s Elf,” and I believe most of us had fun realizing that no … Continue reading

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3 More Ideas for PD on Social Networks

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

In my last blog,  I wrote about using social media–facilitated professional development (PD) that allows teachers to form networks to share ideas and strategies with educators from around the world. I specifically wrote about using Twitter,  Facebook, and blogs.  In … Continue reading

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3 Takeaways From the TESOL Advocacy & Policy Summit

Guest Author
Guest Author

A guest post by Judith B. O’Loughlin and Bette Empol Having attended several TESOL Advocacy and Policy Summits, Bette Empol and I, as the official CATESOL delegates to this year’s summit, continue to learn more and more about becoming an … Continue reading

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ESP Project Leader Profile: Ronna Timpa

Kevin Knight
Kevin Knight

Hello, ESPers worldwide! When you think about the hotel industry, which ESPers come to mind? I immediately think about Ronna Timpa, and in this TESOL Blog post, I am excited to present her ESP project leader profile! When I think … Continue reading

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How Aware of Teacher Language Awareness Are You?

Kristen Lindahl
Kristen Lindahl

As language teachers, we think about, talk about, and use language frequently, but we may or may not be aware of the ways in which we do it. This awareness is called teacher language awareness, or TLA, and we access … Continue reading

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Developing Writing Skills Through Personal Journals

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

A few years ago, when I was studying English in an intensive English program, I asked my writing instructor what I could do to improve my writing skills. I had a hard time coming up with ideas, so I asked … 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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Guest Writer: Vocabulary Through Social Media With SayWhat

Tara Arntsen
Tara Arntsen

Today, it is my great pleasure to introduce our guest writer, Ivy Li. Originally from China, Ivy recently graduated from Columbia University with a master’s degree in TESOL, speaks three languages, and shares my interest in educational technology. A while … Continue reading

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Reading Texts for Adult ELLs

Robert Sheppard
Robert Sheppard

When it comes time to find a text for your next adult reading lesson, it can seem that everything you pick up is either Finnegan’s Wake or Charlotte’s Web, with none of the in-between that your students need. We need … Continue reading

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