Teaching Tips

Broaching #metoo in the ESOL classroom

Is #metoo an appropriate discussion topic for the ESOL classroom? In her recent essay in International Higher Education, Joanna Regulska of UC Davis argues that international educators should use the #metoo movement as a catalyst […]

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U of Michigan pushes “engaged learning”

Whether you know it as “active learning,” “experiential learning,” or “transformative learning,” chances are you’ve heard the benefits of “engaged learning”–a cover term for instructional efforts to help students gain awareness of their learning processes […]

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Three steps to save a dying lesson

We’ve all been there. You poured your heart into your lesson plan, but the clever activities you thought would thrill fell flat. Where you’d anticipated squeals of delighted discovery, you see blank — maybe even embarrassed? […]

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New brain scan study sheds light on linguistic aptitude

There’s a popular assumption that language learning is effortless for children and much more difficult for adults. This resonant idea that there’s a magic window of language learning aptitude — a “critical period” where it’s easy […]

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Higher ed’s ‘to ban or not to ban’ debate

Our recent admonishment to “dive in” with digitally-enhanced teaching represented one of many voices in the heated debate about how to address the seismic shift that personal technology has prompted in our classrooms. While some educators […]

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The pedagogical power of Day 1 fun

The start of a new term can be unnerving for anyone — including the teacher. You walk towards the classroom, not knowing who will greet you, and when you open the door, you quickly take […]

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Teaching TESOL, modeling inclusivity

Education is larger than subject matter. As TESOLers, we do the work of language teaching. We help learners develop comprehension strategies. We foster their development of communicative competence and stretch their ZPD’s. We support their achievement of educational and professional goals. But as […]

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New study on speaking fluency development

“Fluency” is an important concept in language education, and it can mean a range of things. Broadly speaking, fluency is the ability to think, speak and/or write in a smooth, straightforward way. It emerges as learners develop automaticity: subconscious activation of internalized knowledge […]

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“Flipping” the TESOL classroom

Classroom ‘flipping’ is all the rage in mainstream education, and though the term is already nearly passe with overuse, it points to a fundamental truth that educators of all stripes likely feel: if we could […]

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The magic of “How do you know?”

“How do I talk to students?” It seemed like a simple question, but the new teacher asking it wasn’t shy. He didn’t lack subject material or feel classroom jitters up in front of the room. […]

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Developing information literacy in EAP

Last week we shared Robert Shepard’s TESOL.org blog post about the range of literacies that adult learners need to develop in addition to basic literacy–the ability to read and write. The concept of multiliteracies has been […]

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How students evaluate their teachers

If you’ve ever received less-than-stellar student evaluations of your teaching, you’ve likely felt torn between taking the criticisms on board and ignoring them to save your ego. A new paper published in Teaching in Higher […]

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New books on language use and its origins

Interested in the science behind the cathartic effect of swearing? Or a primer on social interaction? Or perhaps you’re curious about the origins of language itself, and want to explore an alternative viewpoint to Chomsky’s […]

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New Yorker short story on language learning

An important developmental exercise for any TESOLer is taking foreign-language courses yourself. Even if you grew up in a multilingual home, the experience of being a beginner-level student in a completely new tongue is a […]

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Immigrant students write letters to Trump

For teachers of immigrant and refugee students living in the United States, the Trump era has changed the landscape of their work, positioning them as front-line supporters to this understandably concerned population. In this article […]

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Spotlight on TESOL Arabia

The International TESOL Association has affiliate bodies all over the world. A prominent one is TESOL Arabia. Last year, TESOL.org blogger Sherry Blok interviewed TESOL Arabia’s past president, Naziha Ali, about organizational leadership and how all […]

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Working with what students already know

In this Inside Higher Ed article, John Warner offers counterpoint to controversial recent rejections of process approaches in writing courses. But first, a little context… One of the TESOL communities that TESOLidarity aims to shed […]

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The pushback against classroom tech

Classroom-tech critic Nicholas Kardaras argues in this Time Magazine essay that screens in the classroom cause more harm than good. Technology is now part of the classroom landscape, and while many educators are calling for the field […]

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Understanding new generations of students

For this Chronicle of Higher Education article, Jeffrey R. Young interviewed star anthropology professor Michael Wesch, who used the tools of his profession to try to understand the distance he was feeling around the generation gap […]