Category Archives: Weekly Feature

Fun and Useful Apps for the Classroom: Aurasma & Kahoot

Technology has become ubiquitous in today’s classrooms. Regardless of whether or not an academic environment is outfitted with the latest technological equipment, students are likely to be carrying cell phones, a fact that is often the bane of many a teacher’s classroom experience. Few educators can report that they have never been frustrated by the sight of a student engrossed ... Read More »

Student Connections: The Great Iowa Pizza Caucus

Living in Iowa, it is impossible to escape the hype and media coverage of the Iowa Caucuses. Even though I try to leave political discussions out of the classroom, the caucuses are an important process. This process is new and complicated to our ESL students. As I work with students, both K-12 and adults, one common request I hear is ... Read More »

How to Work with General Education Teachers

In the current day and age of accountability, ESL teachers may find themselves thrust into the position of teaching students and training colleagues. This can be a very challenging position when an ESL teacher has not been trained on how to best support colleagues who may even have more teaching experience. However, there are some tips of the trade learned ... Read More »

7 Tips for Successful Home Visits

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 »

Voicethread: An Overview

Tool:  Voicethread URL: 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

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 »

Multiple Concerns for Recent Immigrant Adult ESL Students

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 »