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April 2013
Grammatically Speaking
by T. Leo Schmitt
For April, T. Leo Schmitt uses authentic language examples to discuss "original" vs. "derived" adjectives, and he provides context and teaching tips. Plus, check out this month's brain teaser! Read More
Culturally Responsive Teaching
Interview of Robert Sautter & Lhisa Almashy by Tomiko Breland
Two winners of the 2012 Culturally Responsive Teaching Award, presented by the Teaching Tolerance project, discuss what it means to be a culturally responsive teacher. Read More
Lesson Plan: Hurrah for Poetry!
by Sarah Sahr
Celebrate poetry during U.S. National Poetry Month! Incorporate poetry writing into your English language classroom using this lesson plan for upper intermediate learners. Read More
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TC Quick Tip: Teaching a Song Effectively in 7 Steps
by Anne Alexander

Songs have long been used as an “extra” activity in ESL/EFL classrooms, because they can help imprint language, improve pronunciation, and motivate students. Use the steps listed here to help get the best results and the most enjoyment (for your and your students) out of adding music to your curriculum. Read More

Free Chapter from
Teaching Writing:
"Addressing Cultural Differences"

Check out and then download a free chapter from Teaching Writing, one of the latest titles in the new TESOL English Language Teacher Development series, edited by Thomas S.C. Farrell. This book, by Tomaš, Kostka, and Mott-Smith, offers the latest on the theory and practice of teaching writing to English language students in various contexts. Read More

Association News
TESOL Installs New Officers: Read up on TESOL's four newest board members, including President-Elect Yilin Sun.
New TESOL Quarterly Editors: TESOL welcomes new TQ editors Drs. Ahmar Mahboob and Brian Paltridge.
Upcoming TESOL Professional Development. Register today!:
Call for Proposals and Reviewers: TESOL is calling for proposals and reviewers for the 2014 TESOL Annual Convention.
Awards for Excellence: TESOL presents awards for excellence at the 2013 TESOL Annual Convention & English Language Expo.
TESOL Comments: TESOL submits comments to U.S. House of Representatives on WIA Reauthorization Legislation.
Poetry Resources: April is National Poetry Month in the United States. Here are 10 great sites for using poetry in the ESL classroom.
Innovations in Preservice Education and Training: for English language teachers (from the British Council).
New Report: The English Learner Dropout Dilemma: Multiple Risks and Multiple Resources.
Webinar: Building on the Common Core State Standards to Improve Learning for English Language Learners.
New Report: A Case for Online English Language Teacher Education  (The International Research Foundation).
Call for Research Proposals: The Learning Resource Network; deadline 10 April 2013.

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