Category Archives: TESOL Blog

What Language Should Multilingual Learners Speak in the ESL Classroom? 6 Strategies

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

During a recent Twitter chat, a teacher of multilingual learners (MLLs) wrote that she was struggling with a class of fifth and sixth graders who persisted in speaking their home language (Spanish) in class. The teacher explained that her goal … Continue reading

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Exploring the World of Walking Simulators: Using Games as Narrative Text

Jeff Kuhn
Jeff Kuhn

Welcome to another edition of the TESOL Games and Learning Blog. In this month’s blog, I wanted to dive into the genre of video games commonly referred to as “walking simulators.” These games are first-person narrative games that task players … Continue reading

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4 Steps to Get Started With Translanguaging

Hetal Ascher
Hetal Ascher

It can be challenging to move from a mostly monolingual English classroom to a more multilingual, inclusive one. However, the lasting impact is well worth the changes in classroom practice. Last month, Naashia Mohamed wrote a compelling case to incorporate … Continue reading

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STEM and ELT: 9 Strategies to Help ELs Learn Science (Part 1)

Darlyne de Haan
Darlyne de Haan

I am very excited about the topics for the next two months because I will be focusing on strategies that all teachers can use to help English learners (ELs) be successful contributors in the science classroom no matter their level … Continue reading

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Frolleagues: Why Friendships at Work Matter

Laura Baecher
Laura Baecher

 Link to Podcast of this blog. In an earlier blog I suggested that our strengths and skills in the professional sphere are interconnected with our personal growth and development, and that admonitions to separate the personal from the professional may … Continue reading

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5 Built-in iPhone Features That Can Help ELs

Brent Warner
Brent Warner

With the launch of new a iPhone inevitably comes a new iOS. (If you’re an Android user, I haven’t forgotten about you! I’ll be covering the same topic for Androids next month!) A lot of English language learners download all … Continue reading

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3 Ways to Harness the Power of Translanguaging

Naashia Mohamed
Naashia Mohamed

When 14-year-old Zena moved from Turkey to New Zealand, she was apprehensive about going to school. Zena had learned some English in school in Turkey but was not confident that she would be able to follow the teachers or converse … Continue reading

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What’s Different About Teaching Second Language Reading to Adults?

Barbara Gottschalk
Barbara Gottschalk

Early in my career, I used to be jealous of reading teachers. They had so much native speaker reading research to back them up, they had curriculum, they had progress tests, and they had ways to diagnose deficits. In contrast, … Continue reading

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