MIDTESOL Winter Workshop Upcoming

MIDTESOL presents MIDTESOL Winter Workshop February 3, 2017 2:00-5:00PM Iowa City, Iowa This event will serve as a professional development workshop that will be available free of charge to members of the MIDTESOL organization. The purpose of this event is to encourage networking and collaboration among MIDTESOL members and to preview presentations that will be given at the TESOL International Convention and English Language Expo in March. ... Read More »

Talking About the Election with ELLs

By Zach Spiering In the culmination of an historic campaign, Donald J. Trump captured the most electoral votes to win the presidency of the United States this past November. Trump’s campaign promises cover a wide array of topics, but few are more polarizing than his statements about immigration. Most notably, Trump proposed building a wall on the Mexican border and ... Read More »

Facilitating Cross-cultural Relationships Among University Students

by Emily Adams International students participating in Intensive English Programs (IEPs) in the United States often feel isolated not only from university life, but also from American society in general. Much of the students’ time is spent in the ESL classroom with other international students, perhaps in a separate building. In addition, limited English proficiency and lack of confidence to ... Read More »

III International Colloquium on Languages, Cultures, Identity, in School and Society

The Call for Proposals (English and Spanish) and Registration are now open for the III International Colloquium on Languages, Cultures, Identity, in School and Society, which will be held in Soria, Spain, July 5-7, 2017. The Colloquium is organized by the Loyola Marymount University School of Education (Los Angeles, California), with the support of the Department of Culture of the ... Read More »

Community Resources for ELLs

by Zachary Smith Part of being an ELL teacher for a non-credit English course at a community college is providing resources for the migrant population that is being served. It is important for the members of the migrant community to feel well-connected to the local community, and this goes beyond simple necessities such as work, a safe living environment, transportation, ... Read More »

Call for Participants: Global Survey of English Language Teachers

Project Title: Do You Teach About American Culture? Dear Colleagues, My name is Bryan Meadows, and I am an associate professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University (Teaneck, USA). I am conducting a global survey of English language teachers. The survey is collecting information about how English language teachers in global settings teach about American culture to their students. Put another way, ... Read More »

Theory Informs Teaching

by Shaeley Santiago “Why do you put so much emphasis on the students answering in complete sentences?” I was once asked by a practicum student observing my class. As I hesitated to form my answer, I realized the reason was based on what I believe about language learning and my responsibilities as a teacher. These beliefs have been shaped by ... Read More »

English Language Learners and the New Standards Book Review

by Shaeley Santiago College- and career-ready standards in the K-12 world have raised the bar of expectations for English Language Learners (ELLs) and their teachers. English Language Learners and the New Standards by Heritage, Walqui, and Linquanti (2015) explores ten necessary shifts in instructional practice to provide support for ELLs to learn at accelerated rates. This review will focus on ... Read More »

Call for Proposals: TESOL 2017 Electronic Village & Technology Showcase

The TESOL CALL-IS is pleased to present the Call for Proposals for the Electronic Village and Technology Showcase at TESOL 2017.  Please re-post and re-share the following Call for Proposals to all interested parties: TESOL 2017 March 21-24, 2017 Seattle, Washington, USA Electronic Village Special Events: Call for Proposals Deadline for Submissions: November 15, 2016 http://www.call-is.org/ev/ You are invited to submit a proposal ... Read More »

Just Don’t Cloze Anymore?

By Arla Jones It’s free. It’s fun. And you can dance to it! Lyrics Training is my favorite new website for teaching English. There are so many features to the site that I made a short video to show what it can do (see below). There are music videos from every genre, including pop music, TV shows and children’s songs. ... Read More »