Tag Archives: TESOL Teacher of the Year

Best Practices in ELT—in Context: Pakistan

Sherry Blok
Sherry Blok

What are best practices in ELT?  In 2016, my TESOL blog will bring different voices from the ELT world community together to share their individual contexts and experiences as teachers and learners, and demonstrate how all of the above weave … Continue reading

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Teacher of the Year Speaks at the 2015 SPELT Conference

Sherry Blok
Sherry Blok

As teacher of the year, I’ve had the good fortune to connect with educators from across the world, share my practice, and broaden my horizons as a teacher. In my last blog as teacher of the year, I’d like to … Continue reading

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3 WebQuests to Engage Your ELLs With Content!

Sherry Blok
Sherry Blok

Tired of fighting against the current? Students love their phones and want to engage in online activity, so why not put those cellphones to good use? WebQuests have proven to be highly effective to: Engage students with content Improve reading comprehension … Continue reading

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Teacher of the Year: Kickstart a Professional Development Program

Sherry Blok
Sherry Blok

Professional development has always been near and dear to my heart as I am a self-declared lifelong learner. Sounds like a cliché, I have to admit, but it has transformed my career as an educator and my life. Like many … Continue reading

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Teacher of the Year’s Focus the First Week of School

Sherry Blok
Sherry Blok

The first week of school is a crucial time to get to know your learners and establish a classroom community. Having a clear focus and game plan can set the tone for creating a welcoming and successful learning environment. Here … Continue reading

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Old School Social Media With Inkshedding: A Lesson Plan

Sherry Blok
Sherry Blok

Imagine a world without cell phones. That was my reality when I began teaching ESL more than two decades ago. In those days, students interacted with each other much more than they do today. Today, in any dull moment, they revert … Continue reading

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Taking Learning out of the Classroom in EFL Contexts: Part II

Sherry Blok
Sherry Blok

I recently blogged on creating meaningful and authentic opportunities to apply student learning to real-life experiences. Most of the activities I suggested related to an ESL teaching context in which students are living in an English-speaking environment. Finding authentic opportunities … Continue reading

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Taking Learning out of the Classroom

Sherry Blok
Sherry Blok

Teachers often say that they would like to provide more authentic opportunities for students to experience language and culture out of the classroom but may feel constrained by a lack of time or lack of attractions in their areas. The … Continue reading

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Learn, Think, Act: Implementing Global Citizenship One Coffee at a Time

Sherry Blok
Sherry Blok

Ah, coffee! If you’re like me, you need a good ol’ cup of java to start your day. Everyone is thirsty for coffee in North America, so it’s a great topic to tackle in the ELT classroom. It’s universal, yet … Continue reading

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TESOL 2015: Teacher of the Year’s Top 5 Highlights

Sherry Blok
Sherry Blok

Are you feeling invigorated and re-energized after the 2015 TESOL Annual Convention & English Language Expo? Here are my top five highlights from the TESOL 2015 convention in Toronto. 1. Reflection In the opening keynote, Dr. Sonia Nieto’s talk on culturally … Continue reading

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