Category Archives: TESOL Blog

Reading Barefoot

Spencer Salas
Spencer Salas

Happy winter holidays from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte! Last month, I wrote about literacies of vulnerability and how my fourth grade teacher, Mrs. Dahlstrom, cried when she turned to the final page of Where the Red Fern … Continue reading

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10 Asset-Based Approaches to Professional Development

Laura Baecher
Laura Baecher

I have been teaching for over 15 years now and I have rarely come across professional development programs in my country that make the teachers’ assets visible…Professional learning [should] follow the same learning rules that apply to our learners. Teachers … Continue reading

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Online Answering Machines for Speaking and Listening: Leave a Message After the Beep!

Brent Warner
Brent Warner

It’s always fun to explore shiny new tech with your students, but we should always remember that the classics never go out of style. Over the years, I’ve fretted over the best ways to get students’ voices recorded and put … Continue reading

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Intersections of Race, Language, and Education: 8 Interviews With Scholars to Put in Your Ears

Naashia Mohamed
Naashia Mohamed

We live in a time when we can find a podcast on every possible conceivable topic. It’s an engaging way of tuning into some professional learning and reflection while we go about our everyday lives. Though there is a vast … Continue reading

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Writing About Food: 5 Activities for the Language Classroom

Betsy Gilliland
Betsy Gilliland

November begins an intensive season of holidays around the world, from Día de los Muertos on November 1-2 to Chinese New Year in February. Many of these festivities include traditional foods that vary by culture and region. Food is a … Continue reading

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STEM and ELT: Performance Tasks for MLLs

Darlyne de Haan
Darlyne de Haan

Performance tasks can be more informative for teachers, students, and parents of all students—particularly multilingual learners (MLLs) of English—than standardized achievement tests, which are used for assessment and accountability purposes. This is because performance tasks can offer multiple opportunities for … Continue reading

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3 Ways to Get From “Burned Out” to “On Fire”

Laura Baecher
Laura Baecher

We hear a lot about teacher/faculty burnout these days—but can we “use fire to fight fire” in our personal and professional lives? Fire can be a force that paves the way for new growth (like in the picture below), and … Continue reading

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6 Spooky Ways to Set the Tone for Scary Storytelling

Brent Warner
Brent Warner

Halloween is upon us, and whether you’re in a country that celebrates it or you’re teaching to students who have seen versions of the holiday on television, every culture has some history of telling scary stories that they can connect … Continue reading

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