7 Tips for Successful Home Visits

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For most ESL educators, home visits are becoming more common. The importance of home visits is that they help to open the lines of communication between students’ parents and classroom teachers.  One difficulty is their time-consuming nature. However, the positive outcomes pay off in the end. We all know that being an ESL teacher goes far beyond the classroom; we ... Read More »

Webinar: Attaining Core Content for ELLs in Literature

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In a series of three one-hour webinars, the Center for English Language Learners at the American Institutes for Research (AIR) presents its system for supporting ELLs, Attaining Core Content for English Language Learners (ACCELL). Each webinar focuses on a different scaffolding topic—background knowledge, vocabulary, and close reading—using English language arts as the target content area. The presentations include research-based pedagogical ... Read More »

Voicethread: An Overview

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Tool:  Voicethread URL:  www.voicethread.com Intended Audience:  All ages, levels, and skills Technology Skills Required:  Beginner Ease of Use:  Easy to navigate; friendly user-interface; short learning curve to create or participate in a Voicethread. Cost:  Free What is Voicethread? Voicethread, a cloud-based technology tool allowing for “threading,” or ongoing asynchronous conversations in the cloud, enables users to create, collaborate, and share ... Read More »

ESL Hashtags for Twitter

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For those of you already using Twitter, hashtags (#) are an important addition to maximize the experience. (If you are not already on Twitter and are interested in getting started, view my #MIDTESOL14 presentation.) Here are a few ways hashtags come in handy when looking for education-related content on Twitter: Search for Tweets related to a topic of interest (e.g. ... Read More »

UNI Announces Spring “Ed Perspectives” Events {IOWA}

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The Center for Educational Transformation (uni.edu/cet), a new University of Northern Iowa-based Regents center charged with supporting and promoting research on PreK-12 education in Iowa, invites educators, organizations and networks to the spring “Ed Perspectives” series. These events bring notable figures in PreK-12 education to Iowa to spur discussion and collaboration among stakeholders in Iowa PreK-12 education. Our Spring 2016 ... Read More »

EdCampIowa – February 13

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FIVE locations. ONE day of powerful learning. EdCampIowa is scheduled for Saturday, February 13, 2016 from 8:30AM-3:30PM. EdCamp sessions are NOT ‘sit and get’ presentations. EdCamps are about discussion and thinking and problem-solving. Participants build the agenda first thing in the morning and then spend the rest of the day talking, sharing, and learning. EdCampIowa is for educators, students, parents, ... Read More »

TDSIG Web Carnival

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IATEFL TDSIG invite you to attend its inaugural Web Carnival on “Stories of Teacher Development” on Saturday, January 30, 2016. During the carnival selected speakers from the TDSIG community will share their stories by focusing on: a turning point that led to a realisation about their teaching a key question that they faced in this realisation how these turned into action While sessions ... Read More »

Multiple Concerns for Recent Immigrant Adult ESL Students

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At a well-attended Interest Section (IS) Meeting on Saturday, October 24, 2015, in Iowa City, Iowa, members of MIDTESOL’s Community College and Adult Basic Education IS discussed issues of concern they have within their institutions or as part of their personal recent experiences teaching English to our immigrant populations. Concerns about student learning and progress were high on the list ... Read More »

Guide to TESOL Acronyms

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Based on feedback from the Professional Development Committee, Research Committee, Standards Committee, Book Publications Committee, IS Leaders, and TESOL Board members, TESOL recently updated their guide for common acronyms used in the TESOL profession. Click here to access the revised guide. Read More »

U.S. Department of Education Addresses Discrimination in Schools

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The U.S. Department of Education recently issued a statement concerning discrimination and harassment in schools, calling for educators to ensure a safe place for students regardless of race, religion, or national origin. The letter is published below in full along with links to suggested resources. Dear Colleagues, On the eve of this new year, we are writing to enlist your ... Read More »