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Five ELT Trends to Watch in 2017

Kristen Lindahl
Kristen Lindahl

The new year is well underway, and many opportunities to innovate and improve our pedagogical practices abound! Below are five of the top trends that I predict will frame much of the discussion in the coming year around how to … Continue reading

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Four Suggestions on Implementing Feedback in Writing Teacher Training Courses

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

In a previous blog, I described three recommendations for writing teacher education programs on how to incorporate some issues of feedback in teacher preparatory courses. In today’s blog, I provide four more ideas related to the same topic. Once again, … Continue reading

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Feedback in Writing Teacher Education: 3 Suggestions

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

I’d like to continue my conversation about implementing issues related to feedback into teacher training/education programs. In today’s post, I provide three ideas that writing teacher educators can use in their preparatory courses: 1) helping teachers develop their philosophies about … 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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10 ELL Must-Haves for the First Day of School

Kristen Lindahl
Kristen Lindahl

Students and teachers in the United States are packing up their summer gear in favor of backpacks and briefcases to get ready to go back to school. Although calendars around the world differ, the first days of a new school … Continue reading

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Organize Online Lessons and Resources: Live Binders

Kristen Lindahl
Kristen Lindahl

To follow up on my last post about TESOL curriculum innovation and design, in this post I review online curation software called Live Binders. As an ESL teacher in the 1990’s, I had always kept my “stuff”—lesson plans, handouts, tests, quizzes, … Continue reading

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3 Steps to Innovate TESOL Curriculum

Kristen Lindahl
Kristen Lindahl

If necessity is the mother of invention, as TESOL educators, we may want to develop our own or adopt new materials for a few reasons. Sometimes, we find ourselves in teaching contexts without the materials that we need or would … Continue reading

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5 Reasons We Need TESOL Teacher Education

Kristen Lindahl
Kristen Lindahl

Recently in the United States, some states have been turning to hiring people who are not certified or trained teachers to fill open classroom positions. States such as Utah and Georgia are allowing schools to hire individuals with a bachelor’s degree … Continue reading

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Embracing the International TESOL Perspective

Kristen Lindahl
Kristen Lindahl

This weekend, I participated in the Southwest Fulbright Symposium in Texas, and it was just what I needed for renewed inspiration about the importance of international perspective in our field.  In one morning, I listened to colleagues talk about brokering peace in Colombia, … Continue reading

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11 Tips for Preventing Summer Slide—in Teachers

Kristen Lindahl
Kristen Lindahl

The “summer slide” is an education phenomenon during which students regress in their learning and language development over the summer months when they are not in school. In her 5 May 2016 post, “11 Tips to Help ELs Avoid the Summer Slide,” … Continue reading

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