Winners Announced for MIDTESOL 2016 Best Essay Awards

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MIDTESOL is pleased to announce the winners of our annual Best Student Essay contests. Students responded to essay questions related to this year’s conference theme of “Innovation and Improvisation”. The winner of the Best ESL Student Essay is Manou Maeva Boko. She is a student at the University of Missouri’s  Center for English Language Learning. Her sponsoring teacher is Mary ... Read More »

TED Talks: Using Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s “The Danger of a Single Story” in the ELL Classroom

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by Lindsey Jackson It’s not uncommon nowadays to hear of instructors incorporating TED Talks into their lesson plans. TED Talks present interesting topics for discussion, and they also have subtitles and transcripts available for listeners who may require a little more scaffolding. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s TED Talk, “The Danger of a Single Story” (2009), has become one of the most ... Read More »

Memoirs of a First-Timer: Reflections on #TESOL16

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by Lindsey Jackson It’s been a few weeks now since the annual International TESOL Convention in Baltimore, Maryland, and I’ve had some time to process and reflect on all that I experienced. As a first-time attendee (and a really young one at that), I learned a lot, not only about what’s happening in my field but also about how to ... Read More »

Call for Proposals: Missouri National Association for Multicultural Education

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Missouri Chapter of the National Association for Multicultural Education Fall Conference University of Kansas City-Missouri Saturday, October 22, 2016 Conference Theme: Racial and Cultural Justice: Engaging Multicultural Education for All Keynote Speaker: Dr. Linda Christensen, Lewis & Clark College, Portland, Oregon Deadline for Electronic Proposal Submission: June 17, 2016 Click here for proposal guidelines and submission form. For more information ... Read More »

Resources for Teaching Citations to ELLs

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by Lindsey Jackson Plagiarism is something that language learners often struggle with, especially when they come from countries where taking others’ words or ideas is actually considered a compliment (see McCool, 2009, for a more thorough explanation of culture’s influence on writing). Language learners often voice concern about plagiarism. They may be able to verbally explain what it is. However, ... Read More »

App Review: English Central (ECentral)

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by Lindsey Jackson ECentral is an app designed to introduce English Language Learners (ELLs) to authentic materials in the L2. The app description boasts over 10,000 available videos for users to watch and learn from, directions given in eight different languages, and a variety of activities learners can do in response to the videos. Positive Features of English Central The ... Read More »

4 Words to Describe 4 Days at #TESOL16

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By Shaeley Santiago I recently spent four full days in Baltimore, Maryland, at the TESOL 2016 International Convention. Since returning home, I have struggled to summarize the convention so I can share with colleagues what it was like. So, I have selected four adjectives that capture the highlights of my experience this year. Educated – One of the best parts ... Read More »

Call for Submissions: New Ways in Teaching Creative Writing for the ELL Community

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Seeking contributors with exciting and effective lesson plan ideas for using creative writing in the English language classroom. Submission Deadline: June 15, 2016 Scope and Purpose For decades, creative writing has long been ignored as a pivotal craft for helping ELLs enhance their writing skills. Recently, however, the tide has dramatically turned. There has been a huge and constant wave ... Read More »

Building Trust with International Students

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By Lindsey Jackson Like many teachers, one of my main concerns in the classroom is lowering my students’ affective filters. Reading past and current literature on the topic always further convinces me of my need to make my students feel safe in our English Composition for Non-Native Speakers classroom. Following best practices set forth in the literature, I make attempts ... Read More »

MPI Webinar: Experts Discuss Upcoming Supreme Court Hearing on DAPA

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According to Migration Policy Institute estimates, as many as 3.6 million unauthorized immigrants would be eligible for President Obama’s Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) program currently on hold pending a Supreme Court decision on whether implementation will be permitted. The program would affect an estimated 10 million people living in households with potentially eligible ... Read More »