Category Archives: Weekly Feature

Connecting Iowa K-12 ELL Classrooms with Iowa Senator Charles E. Grassley, Part 2

by Adrienne Johnson James Rice shares his reflections on his visit to Iowa K-12 ELL programs In preparing to write this follow-up to Mr. Rice’s visit in October of 2016, MIDTESOL reached out to Mr. Rice to ask him to share what he learned and experienced on his visits to West Des Moines Community Schools and Johnston Community School District. ... Read More »

Connecting Iowa K-12 ELL Classrooms with Iowa Senator Charles E. Grassley, Part 1

by Adrienne Johnson If you are an ELL teacher, a good portion of your job is spent trying to explain the diverse needs of your students to others as well as trying to dispel the many misconceptions that surround the education of language learners. This educational process takes place daily as ELL teachers work to ensure that ELLs’ needs are ... Read More »

Empowering International Programs Across Campus

by Sarah Springsteen Trumble Making connections between IEP students and the larger university is always important, especially with current enrollment issues (Allen, 2017). We do not want to just integrate our students into campus but also within our departments across campus. Our connections, as well as campus-wide familiarity with our function, aids our work, our funding, and thus, our students. ... Read More »

Online Conferences: Virtual Professional Development Opportunities (Part 2)

by Katie McClintic Ed Tech IS Co-Chair Review of k12online Conference Session Session Title: Social Annotations: Collaborative Online Reading Link to Session: https://goo.gl/eTnK1p (transcript available here) Presenter: Paul Allison Date: October 22, 2015 Session Description: For this conference session, the presenter, Paul Allison, used content collected from his weekly webcast called “Teachers Teaching Teachers.” The content was related to his ... Read More »

2017 Summit on the Future of the TESOL Profession – Part 2

by Deborah J. Osborne The first article in this series presented a brief summary of the first two themes, Futurology and English in Multilingualism, with this article addressing Reimagining English Competence and the Profession as a Change Agent. Reimagining English Competence Inquiry: Anne Katz teaches online courses for the MA TESOL program at The New School in NYC. Her presentation ... Read More »

2017 Summit on the Future of the TESOL Profession – Part 1

by Deborah J. Osborne ATHENS, 2017- We met in the cradle of Western civilization: 200 delegates from 64 countries- teachers, teacher trainers, NGO managers and employees, government officials, RELOs from the State Department, representatives from the British Council, TESOL (national and regional), IATEFL, and CEA, IEP administrators, and publishers’ reps. Together we listened, discussed, asked questions, and exchanged ideas about ... Read More »

Student Engagement and Active Participation Using Mentimeter

by Shaeley Santiago As language teachers, we understand the value of student engagement and active participation in class. This is especially true when participation takes the form of authentic language use. But what about students who are hesitant to speak up in class or share their ideas? How might you maximize class time to engage more students in the content ... 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 »

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 »