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December 2014
Tech Gems for Writing: 5 Ideas for Your Teaching Toolbox
by Lea Sobočan
How do you make writing relevant for your connected ELs? Try these easy and motivating tasks, useful for both low- and high-tech contexts. Read More
Teaching Talk: The Essence of Lesson Prep
by Christina Michaud and Marnie Reed
Learn to bridge the gap between student error and appropriate, learner-friendly lessons that will help your students build their linguistic knowledge. Read More
Academic Writing: Scaffolding for Beginning ELLs
by Allison Balter and Lindsey Mayer
With the CCSS, demands on ELs to acquire academic language are higher than ever. Use these methods to help your students make significant linguistic gains. Read More
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Quick Tip: Individualized Spelling Lists for ELLs
by Alma L. Contreras-Vanegas

Though it may seem like a time consuming or difficult task, preparing individualized spelling lists for your English language learners is actually not all that hard—and these lists help your students acquire vocabulary at their own pace and learning levels. Learn how to provide individualized spelling lists to your students here.  Read More

Free TESOL Journal Article: "Taking Digital Stories to Another Level: Making Documentaries"
by Gilda Martinez-Alba

Digital stories can allow students to share information about themselves and their culture, facilitate students learning about one another, and increase student motivation. Take digital stories one step further: Author Gilda Martinez-Alba discusses the steps and structure involved with making a short documentary with your English language students, which can teach about course content, history, science, and so much more.  Read More

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TESOL Convention 2015: Make the most of your TESOL 2015 convention experience with Pre- and Postconvention Institutes (PCIs).
Call for Submissions: TESOL Connections Quick Tips: TC has an open call for Quick Tips—short, innovative, easy-to-follow ideas for use in the English language classroom or in any aspect of English language teaching. Read the submission guidelines and submit your article today!
TESOL Professional Development:
TESOL Association: Update on next steps in Governance Review timeline.
Article: 5 Great Teachers On What Makes A Great Teacher
New Video Series: Engaging ELLs in Academic Conversations
Article: From NYC's International Schools, Lessons For Teaching Unaccompanied Minors
TED Talk: How Languages Evolve - Alex Gendler

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