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Demystifying Audience and Genre: A Classroom Activity

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

The concepts of audience and genre tend to be challenging for second language writers. Even when students seem to understand them theoretically, they struggle applying their knowledge to practice. We can help them demystify these concepts through simple classroom activities. … Continue reading

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A New Way of Looking at Teacher Evaluation

Yilin Sun
Yilin Sun

The TESOL President’s Blog In this blog, I’d like to share a new way of conducting teacher evaluation. In his book, Becoming a Critically Reflective Teacher, Stephen Brookfield (2007) argued that conversations with faculty peers are essential to the development … Continue reading

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L2 Writers: Difficulties in Mainstream Composition Classrooms

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

Several weeks ago, I addressed the topic of the placement of international students in first-year composition classes in the institutions of higher education. Several options were mentioned including mainstream classes, basic writing classes, and courses designed specifically for L2 writers … Continue reading

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The Rhetorical Situation: An Interactive Classroom Activity

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

The concept of rhetorical situation is not easy to grasp for even the most advanced ESL writers. Even when they seem to understand it conceptually, they still may have a hard time applying it to their own writing. The interactive … Continue reading

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College Lectures for Advanced ELLs: Academic Earth

Alexandra Lowe
Alexandra Lowe

This summer, I was fortunate to co-teach an English for Academic Purposes class with the head of the English Language Institute at my college.  This gave me a welcome opportunity to learn from an experienced colleague about a whole new … Continue reading

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Summaries of TESOL Surveys on Professional Development Needs

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Sarah Sahr

TESOL International Association conducted surveys of TESOL members and nonmembers in January and February 2012 to learn more about the professional development needs of specific groups within the English language teaching field.  The surveys included both quantitative and qualitative questions.  … Continue reading

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