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Teaching Tips

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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Teaching Tips

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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Beyond the native speaker: why teacher ed matters

The problematic and, sadly, widespread native speaker fallacy suggests that all that’s needed to teach English to language learners is to have grown up in an English-speaking country. This isn’t just deeply offensive–considering that our […]

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Teaching Tips

Helping learners think about thinking

Metacognition, writes Jennifer Eidum Zinchuk, “is often conflated with reflection, or the conscious exploration of past experiences.” In this article for the (U.S.) National Council of Teachers of English, Zinchuck, a composition professor, explains how […]

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Immigrant students write letters to Trump

The U.S. election surfaced in lessons and classroom discussions for TESOLers around the world. But for teachers of immigrant and refugee students living in the United States, this dialogue was crucial and delicate. 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. Earlier this month, TESOL.org blogger Sherry Blok interviewed TESOL Arabia’s past president, Naziha Ali, about organizational leadership and how […]

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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 […]