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September 2013
3 Principles for Teaching Reading
by Joe McVeigh
How can you help your students improve their reading skills? Joe McVeigh offers three solid principles for teaching reading and suggests how to implement each with your students.
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Lesson Plan: I Can Explain...
by Sarah Sahr
This lesson plan, for secondary to adult students, provides students with a scaffolded, authentic speaking activity. Students interact and ask clarifying questions.
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3 Ways to Emphasize Reading Comprehension
by Jennifer P. Gray
This series of reading comprehension activities encourages understanding of material and helps students become engaged with a text. Handout included. Read More
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TC Quick Tip: Using Movie Trailers to Teach Adjectives
by Tamara Warhol

Movie trailers found online provide free authentic material with which instructors can create tasks to teach adjectives. These tasks use movie trailers to teach adjectives at the novice, intermediate, and advanced levels. Students focus on form, producing novel language structures, and creating rich descriptions. Read More

Free Book Chapter From "Language Teaching Insights From Other Fields: Sports, Arts, Design, and More"
Edited by Christopher Stillwell

This chapter, "How Would a Basketball Coach Get a Team to Talk the Talk?", written by Sylvia Whitman, uses a court-centered lesson to engage sports fans in your class and appeal to varied learning styles. Teach your students converation "plays" and help build confidence along with skill. This chapter is from TESOL's latest book, Language Teaching Insights From Other Fields: Sports, Arts, Design, and MoreRead More

Association News
TESOL 2014 Registration Open:  Registration for the 2014 TESOL Convention & English Language Expo in Portland, Oregon, USA is now open. Visit the convention website for keynote speakers, events both before and after convention, travel and visa information, and much more.
TESOL Awards & Grants: Now accepting award and grant applications/nominations. Funding for TESOL 2014 available. Deadline 1 November.
TESOL Comments: TESOL comments on the Workforce Investment Act of 2013 (S. 1356).
Call for Submissions: Do you have a lesson plan that is innovative, interactive, and never fails? Submit your lesson plan to TESOL Connections!
Leadership Development: TESOL Online Leadership Development Certificate Program: 30 September–25 October 2013. Register today!
New From TESOL Press: Language Teaching Insights From Other Fields: Sports, Arts, Design, and More.
TESOL Online Course: Separating Difference From Disability, 28 Oct–25 Nov 2013. Register today!
TESOL Symposium in China: International TESOL Symposium in Guangzhou, China on the future of ELT, 15–16 November 2013.
Social Media: How to improve your social media skills in 30 minutes a day.
Common Core State Standards: New York and the CCSS for ELLs: What happened over summer vacation.
Report: U.S. Dept. of Ed releases 2008–2010 Biennial Report to Congress on the Title III State Formula Grant Program.
Census Map: New Census Bureau interactive map shows languages spoken in America.
Report: Brookings Institution Report: Immigration Facts: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

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