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April 2014: Poetry Special Issue
Honoring Ourselves, Creating Community Through Poetry
by Eimile Máiréad Green
Learn how to use poetry to honor students’ native languages and cultural heritage, as well as to bridge worlds and create a sense of community. Read More
Celebrate Poetry Through Science Content: 3 Easy Lessons
by Carol I. Bearse
These easy lessons integrate science and the arts to help teach rich vocabulary, close reading, and analytical skills. Read More
Lyrical Poetry: A Lesson in Creative Writing
by Aiden Yeh
This lesson plan teaches your ELs to use symbols and prepositions, and to build rhythm and beat when composing their own lyric poems. Read More
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Grammatically Speaking
by T. Leo Schmitt
In the April Grammatically Speaking column, grammar expert T. Leo Schmitt discusses a sometimes confusing subtlety of time in the English language: the use of "until now" and "so far," and when it is acceptable to use each clause. Teaching tips are included to help you in class, and language notes are included for your reference.   Read More
Quick Tip: 3 Ideas for Using Rhymes in an English Class
by Elena Shvidko

Use simple rhymes to practice pronunciation, invigorate grammar, and foster group work and interaction. These three easy activities are interactive, lively, and enjoyable for beginning to low-intermediate ESL or EFL students. Example poems provided.  Read More

Association News
Call for Participation: Call for Participation for 2015 TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo, 26–28 March, Toronto, Canada.
2013 TESOL Annual Report: Read about TESOL's successful year and financial results, and take a "mini tour" of the art in the TESOL offices.
TESOL Advocacy & Policy Summit: 22–24 June 2014. Register now!
TESOL Is on Instagram: Start following us today!
Accreditation Initiative: TESOL Board of Directors authorizes year-long short-term certificate program accreditation initiative.
TESOL Governance Review: Governance Review Task Force releases report on findings and conclusions.
Upcoming TESOL Professional Development: Register today!:
10 Great Sites for Using Poetry in the ESL Classroom: Use these great resources to help teach poetry to your English learners.
TESOL 2014 Free Recorded Sessions: View two keynote speaker sessions, free!:

Learning English With William Shakespeare: An interactive classroom activity for adult ELs, in honor of U.S. Poetry Month, by TESOL blogger Alexandra Lowe.
Focus on Common Core: The history of the Common Core State Standards.
Teaching Across the Board: Developing a whole-school approach to EL academic achievement.
The Many Origins of the English Language: Use this interactive resource to see how words borrowed from different languages have influenced English throughout its history.
Literacy Study: Study finds ELLs' literacy improved under popular instructional model.
Report: San Francisco's bilingual programs as effective as English only.

Miss the 2014 TESOL convention this year?

Read about it from TESOL bloggers who blogged live from Portland, Oregon!

Convention Blogs

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Assistant/Associate Visiting Professor of TESOL, Alliant International University, San Diego, California USA

Master Teacher/Language Center Director, American Cultural Association, Kenitra, Morocco

IEP Faculty (Full Time), Spring Int'l Language Center, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas USA

English/Language Arts (ELA) Content Specialist, WestEd, San Francisco, California USA

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