Using EDPuzzle for Listening Instruction

By Melissa Meisterheim Planning a listening class can be difficult. Sheppard (2015) accurately described what usually goes on in class: assessment disguised as instruction. Teachers and textbooks often give a few pre-listening activities, then have students listen to something before asking them to answer comprehension questions. In response, Sheppard advocates a balanced approach to listening instruction that combines the process ... Read More »

MSU’s CELTA Program

By Jennifer Johnston The English Language Institute (ELI) at Missouri State University is now one of only 25 centers in the United States to offer the world renowned CELTA certificate (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from Cambridge University English Language Assessment. The ELI is only one of 3 U.S. university-based centers and the only center available ... Read More »

MIDTESOL Matters Spring 2016 Issue Published

The Spring 2016 issue of MIDTESOL Matters, our affiliate newsletter, is now available. This issue includes: TESOL 2016 Convention Info New Interest Section Details Conversations in the Field More! Click here to download your PDF copy. Read More »

MIDTESOL 2016 Awards Announced

MIDTESOL is pleased to announce two awards in conjunction with the 2016 MIDTESOL Conference. New this year is the Interest Section Travel Award, providing one MIDTESOL member from each interest section with a check for $125 to help cover expenses to the MIDTESOL Conference. Click here for details. Teachers are invited to announce the Essay Awards for the Best High ... Read More »

Book Review: Academic Conversations: Classroom Talk That Fosters Critical Thinking and Content Understandings

by Shaeley Santiago When two or more people converse, their ideas mix and interact to create new knowledge. Talkers walk away from the conversation with much more than they could have thought up on their own. Like flowers that rely on bees to pollinate them, we need the ideas of others for our minds to thrive. (Zwiers & Crawford, 2011, ... Read More »

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 »

TESOL International Seeking Volunteers

Get involved with TESOL International Association through these volunteer opportunities! TESOL/CAEP Reviewers TESOL International Association is seeking up to 10 individuals to serve as volunteer program reviewers for the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP, formerly NCATE). As a volunteer program reviewer, you will have a unique opportunity to expand your professional experience and expertise by reviewing program ... 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 »