Turn to TESOL for Online Professional Development

In honor of the TESOL International Convention and English Language Expo that is happening in Portland, Oregon next week, today’s online resource is straight from TESOL. Most of my posts have been about resources you can use with students, but this one is just for you. It is TESOL’s virtual seminars, which are great for professional development.

If you are a member of TESOL, the virtual seminars are free to attend and you can view recordings of past virtual seminars for free, too. If you are not a TESOL member, you can register for a particular seminar for $45.

I know from experience that it can be hard to find the 1 1/2 to 2 hours to spare, but these seminars are worth it. When I started attending these last year, I would trick myself into believing that I could multitask and then miss out on the content. Don’t make the same mistake! I recommend taking notes, disconnecting your mouse, or participating in the chat during a live session to help maintain focus.

There is such a broad range of topics that you are sure to find something you are interested in or perhaps struggling with in your classroom. I obviously spend a lot of time on tech ed, so I attended a seminar called Using Technology to Promote Collaborative Classroom Practices presented by Greg Kessler last July, which was exceptional. There is another one I am looking forward to in September titled Mobile Warming: Melting the Barriers to Language Learning with Mobile Devices by Sandy Wagner. These are just the ones that caught my attention, but there are many more.

Regardless of whether or not you make it to the conference this year, just remember that these virtual seminars are here year round. When you are feeling energized about learning new things, stumped by a particular classroom issue, or even just bored, turn to TESOL!

Already attended a TESOL virtual seminar? Which ones? What did you learn?

About Tara Arntsen

Tara Arntsen
Tara Arntsen recently completed her Master's degree in Teaching-TESOL at the University of Southern California. She currently teaches in the Intensive English Program at Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota. She has taught ESOL in China, Japan, and Cambodia as well as online. Her primary interests are communicative teaching methods and the use of technology in education.
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