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May 2013
Working the Weather: A Lesson Plan on Small Talk
by Martha Wilson
This lesson on small talk for intermediate to advanced learners covers various interaction strategies and speaking topics that are useful and authentic. Worksheets included. Read More
Academic Word Use in the ESL Classroom
by Cassandra Hummel
Academic words qualify as generally low-frequency words; these activities are designed to build a conscious awareness of words that require more attention and focus in order to better retain their meaning and use. Read More
CALL Overview: Technology Tools From the Convention
by Justin Shewell and Roger Drury
Learn how you can implement the latest technology tools, techniques,and mobile apps in your classroom from these technology-related 2013 TESOL convention session summaries. Read More
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TC Quick Tip: If These Photos Could Talk...Using Photo Art to Stimulate Writing and Speaking
by Alexandra Dylan Lowe

In our image-saturated culture, photos are a surefire way to maximize student talk and stimulate creative writing.  This activity allows students to practice the narrative and interrogative forms of present, past, and future tenses, and gets them up and out of their seats. Read More

U.S. Advocacy Update: The Quarter in Review

This U.S. advocacy update covers adult education, federal education spending, and immigration reform. Although spring was off to a slow start in Washington, DC, this year in terms of the temperature, it was a very busy time in terms of education policy issues for the TESOL field. Here’s a brief summary of what has happened over the past few months. Read More

Association News
Are You the Next Teacher of the Year? TESOL is now accepting applications and nominations for the 2014 TESOL Teacher of the Year Award.
Write for TESOL: Enjoy what you read in TC, and think you have something original to contribute? TC is looking for feature article submissions. Read the full guidelines.
Interview: Executive Director Rosa Aronson featured in Q&A with TESOL member LaWanna Shelton.
New TESOL Issue Brief: Overview of the Common Core State Standards for ELLs.
Upcoming TESOL Professional Development: Register today!:
TESOL Responds: TESOL International Association responds to U.S. FY 2014 Federal Budget Proposal.
Call for Proposals and Reviewers: TESOL is calling for proposals and reviewers for the 2014 TESOL Annual Convention.
Embracing and Celebrating Diverse Families: Q&A with Larry Ferlazzo.
The Academic Language of Mathematics: A discussion of the role of academic language in math, English learners, and the U.S. Common Core State Standards.
Immigration Facts on Foreign Students: This preliminary analysis examines the size, characteristics, and geographic distribution of foreign students in the United States.
Report: UNESCO Education for All Report - Learning and Teaching for Development.
White Paper: Five Strategies to Help Beginning ELLs Meet the Common Core.

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